Dr. Cynthia Russell, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, recently updated and refocused her co-authored book, A Ministry of Care: Promoting Health in Your Faith Community. The book, originally published in 2004, is now more user friendly for faith communities.
Working alongside Dr. Kristen Mauk, a professor of nursing and the graduate program director at Colorado Christian University, the nursing educators wanted to create a book to assist parishioners in developing a health care ministry, even as the church focuses on the spiritual care of the members.
The book consists of three parts. Part one reviews why addressing health issues are important and provides some foundational information for the organization. Part two features a how-to guide for a health-aware ministry within the church and in the community. Finally, part three examines new trends and ways to expand the health ministry, once it is established.
“Dr. Mauk and I wrote this book complete with checklists, health links, and guidelines to support faith communities in creating a pathway for members to take a lead in supporting the health of their church and those in the surrounding community,” Russell said.