Concordia, Mequon, to host parish-nurse conferences

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, is hosting two training conferences for parish nurses, congregational health workers, pastors, and others interested in congregational health.

  • The 17th annual “Concordia Conference for Parish Nurse and Congregational Health Ministries” will be held May 28-29 under the theme “Saved by Grace, Freed to Serve,” from Eph. 2:8.

    Keynote speaker will be Dr. Daniel Paavola, associate professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin, who will address “Who’s Watching Me?”

    Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend up to six breakout sessions on 25 topics, including stress, caring for people, forgiveness, older-adult ministry, setting up a one-day “free clinic,” palliative care, grief, starting a parish-nurse ministry, ADHD, writing an interesting article, serving families affected by military deployment, and parish nursing as an evangelism tool.

    Two “pre-conferences” May 27 will feature presentations on “Fit-2-Serve — Strengths-based Approach to Health Ministry,” by Dr. William J. Duey, professor of human performance at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and “Change is a Constant — Ministry Management a Necessity,” by Dr. Louis C. Jander, mission and ministry facilitator for the LCMS Texas District.
    Registration for each pre-conference is $55; daily rates for May 28 and 29 are $90 (includes lunch) and $80, respectively.

  • The Concept and Practice of Parish Nursing and Congregational Health” will be held June 8-11 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and again, in the fall, on five consecutive Tuesdays — Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

    The intensive training conference may be taken on-site for continuing education units (CEUs) or college credit; at home, with a mentor; or via the Web, as an “E-learning student.”

    Courses will cover topics including the history of parish nursing, roles and models of the parish nurse, the theology of health and healing, legal and ethical aspects of parish nursing, spiritual assessment and caregiving, setting up a parish nurse practice and office, budgeting, self care for parish nurses, and blood-pressure ministries.

    Registration is $100 per day (or $400 total) for CEU students, plus $150 for materials.  Registration costs for other study options vary.

  • For more information about any of the conferences, or to request a conference brochure, contact Program Director Carol Lueders Bolwerk at (262) 243-4233 or  Or, visit the university’s Web site at

    Posted April 15, 2009

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