I. WHAT IS NURSING HOME MINISTRIES, INC.?
- Nursing Home Ministries, Inc. (NHM) is a non-profit, interdenominational, evangelical, Christian organization of chaplains, associates chaplains and volunteers.
- It is a caring ministry, helping people of all ages who find themselves confined to an adult care facility.
- NHM, as a non-profit ministry, is staffed by chaplains, associate chaplains and volunteers who provide their own support. NHM neither requires nor requests financial support from facilities where our chaplains serve.
- Most adult care facilities do not have a chaplain. Many facilities provide worship services on Sunday by visiting local churches but little one on one ministry during the week.
- The physical and social needs of the residents are usually met, but often the spiritual needs are not met. Many residents are lonely, unhappy and even depressed. Family and friends are gone, or live a great distance away. The residents do have emotional and spiritual needs which we are equipped to meet.
- Some residents are unsaved.
- Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brothers, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40). Paul said, “Bear ye one another’s burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:20), and James said, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this; to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction.” (James 1:27).
III. WHO QUALIFIES TO SERVE
- NHM seeks individuals who: give evidence they have trusted Jesus as their Savior, who are active in a local church, who desire to minister in adult care facilities, and who have demonstrated experience and skills in sharing the gospel and showing genuine concern for the spiritual needs of seniors. The ministry is open to ordained or licensed and non-ordained or unlicensed individuals. The Board of Directors will consider the total application and, if approved, commission an applicant as “chaplain” or “associate chaplain”. Both chaplains and associate chaplains enjoy the full privileges as ministers of the gospel in NHM.
- The board will appoint volunteers when they become evident by their service and upon recommendation by the chaplain with whom they serve.
IV. OUR VISION
- To recruit, and train, chaplains to serve in adult care facilities in the United States.
- To encourage and train volunteers in local churches to minister in their neighborhood adult care facilities.
- To assist others in starting, or expanding, elderly chaplaincy ministries.
- To assist and train volunteers to serve under the guidance of a chaplain.