Concordia's School of Nursing is pleased to offer the 28th annual Christian Caregiving Conference.

This four-day professional development conference/course is open to nurses, clergy, and anyone else intersted in parish/faith community nursing and congregational health ministries.


The 2020 Christian Caregiving Conference will take place June 1-4. Check back for a more detailed schedule of events.


The cost of attendance is $400, which includes all materials and meals. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging. Scholarships for RNs who are serving in LCMS churches are available.

Registration opens April 6, 2020. Check back for registration details.

Contact Carol Lueders Bolwerk at or 262-243-4233 with questions.


Attendees can expect a variety of content that integrates a Christ-centered framework for developing a holistic congregational health and parish nurse/faith community nursing ministry. Course content will include:

  • Christian caregiving in the context of congregational health
  • History and philosophy of parish nursing/faith community nursing
  • A theological framework for Christian caregiving, health and healing, and pain and suffering
  • Roles and models of parish nursing and faith community nursing
  • Spiritual caregiving and effective resources for spiritual care
  • Assessing the congregation
  • Parish nursing as an integrator of faith and health, health counselor and educator, and community referral agent and volunteer coordinator
  • Setting up a parish nurse ministry
  • Budgeting
  • Parish nurse journeys
  • Exercise ministries
  • Blood pressure ministries
  • Team concepts of parish nursing


The Christian Caregiving Conference is available for credit by audit as a 3-credit course (REL 287 Christian Caregiving) for nurses who are in need of continuing education credits in order to renew their RN license. Reach out to your state board of nursing to see if this introductory conference qualifies for continuing education credits. In previous years, several states have accepted it for 45 hours of continuing education.

If your state approves this course for your license renewal, you will need to complete a CUW enrollment application by visiting Concordia's application website, creating a non-degree account, and answering all the questions. When you account is created, log in, and finish course registration for REL 287 Christian Caregiving.


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