Chapter 10 – More Info On Nursing Home Ministry


The following books and resources may be of significant interest and assistance to those involved in some way with care facility ministry. Several of these listed were recommended to us on the website of Faithful Friends Nursing Home Ministry (

Adelsperger, Charlotte. Effective Encouragement. Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing, 1986.

Bolton, Joy L. Ideas for Nursing Home Ministries. Birmingham, Alabama: Woman’s Missionary Union, 1990.

Carson, Margaret. Who’s Taking Care of Mom and Dad? Michael S. Andrews Publishing, 2001, 7122 S. Sheridan Rd., Suite 2, Number 102, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133. A very readable and informative resource, equally suitable for family and professional caregivers.

Creating a Successful Senior Adult Ministry, produced by the Senior Saints Ministry of Thomas Road Baptist Church, 701 Thomas Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502. A comprehensive, 290 page guide for the local church doing ministry with and for seniors, including nursing home visitation and outreach.

Dymski, J. Daniel. A Caregiver’s Companion – Ministering to Older Adults. Notre Dame, Indiana: Ave Maria Press, 1997.

Eppinga, Jacob D. As Long as I Live. Grand Rapids, Michigan: CRC Publications, 1993.

Goodrich, Bill & McCormick, Tom. Nursing Home Ministry. Published by God Cares Ministry, 33399 Walker Rd., Suite A, Avon Lake, OH, 44012. Phone: (440) 930-2173. A comprehensive tool for nursing home ministry. Recommended for volunteers, pastors, nurses, and activity directors. Drawing from many years of personal involvement in long-term care ministry, the authors offer a wealth of practical advice along with many moving stories. Based on a strong Biblical foundation.

Gospel of John- In Large Print, NIV, Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc., P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, California 92399. Many other great resources for the blind and those with poor eyesight. Email: Website:

The Sonshine Society. A great source for affordable nursing home ministry resources! Large print hymn books, large print devotional books, a book of Bible lesson plans, large print scripture books and pamphlets, large print tracts and greeting cards. Now exclusively available through the auspices of God Cares Ministry:

Haugk, Kenneth C. Christian Caregiving- A Way of Life. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Augsburg Publishing House, 1984.

Hauser, Roger L. Activities with Senior Adults. Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman Press, 1987. Provides unique programming ideas for activities and services for a creative senior adults’ ministry. May be especially helpful for the population of a retirement facility.

Kinman, Chaplin Dwight L. Love Thy Neighbor Ministries. P.O. Box 386, Canby, Oregon 97013.

Miller, Dorothy. A Song for Grandmother. Hemet, California: Jeremiah Books, 1990. Also available in video form. Phone: 1-800-828-2290.

Montgomery, Herb & Mary. Beyond Sorrow – Christian Reflections on Death and Grief. Montgomery Press, 1991, P.O. Box 24124, Minneapolis, MN 55424. “Though death has shattered our lives, we can pick up the pieces.” This book is an attempt at helping the grieving survivor to resume life with new wisdom and beauty of spirit.

Morgan, Richard L. No Wrinkles On the Soul, order # 610, Upper Room Books, 1908 Grand Ave., Nashville, TN 37212. A book of devotional readings specifically for older adults, chiseling away at the subject of aging, bringing shiny new faces to older adult life. Toll-free order line: 800-972-0433.

Morgan, Richard L. With Faces to the Evening Sun, order # 826, Upper Room Books, 1908 Grand Ave., Nashville, TN 37212. 54 meditations written especially for nursing home residents and their families, offering a new vision of the nursing home, “where living is something more than dying,” Toll-free order line: 800-972-0433.

Our Daily Bread Daily devotionals.

Seniors’ Devotional Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1995.

Williams, James D. In the Company of Others. Nashville, Tennessee: Convention Press, 1988.

Wright, Norman H. Recovering from the Losses of Life. Fleming H. Revell, 1995. Encouragement and practical guidance for anyone who has experienced profound loss in their life.

Related Web Sites

Administration on Aging (AoA) –

The Administration on Aging (AoA) web site is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging. Whether you are an older individual, a caregiver, a community service provider, a researcher, or a student, you will find valuable information provided in a user-friendly way. A government agency.

American Health Care Association – “AHCA” –

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is a federation of 50 state health organizations, together representing nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, long term care, and subacute care providers that care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally.

CareGuide –

The company was founded to provide a comprehensive free resource of national care solutions to meet the needs of caregivers, whether they are searching for local or long-distance care. More than a listing of providers, CareGuide also provides valuable information and resources related to child and elder care. Through tools and content, CareGuide seeks to educate and empower caregivers about issues related to finding care and enable them to make the best possible decisions based on their needs.

ElderCare Links and Info –

“ElderCare Links and Info” is a periodic email transmission sent from Tom McCormick (co-author of “Nursing Home Ministry”. The email comes loaded with a wide range of items of interest to a wide range of folk who are involved in or interested in long-term care. Contact Mr. McCormick via email ( for inclusion in his mailing list.

Faithful Friends Nursing Home Ministry –

Faithful Friends’ mission is to spread the love and message of Jesus Christ in the nursing home environment, providing support and encouragement by regular visits of caring Christians. They support other interested groups and churches with training, multimedia ministry materials, and assistance in recruiting volunteers. This is the patriarch of nursing home ministries on the web. To this site all others are compared!

God Cares Ministry –

Their vision is to empower Christians to provide quality Christ-centered spiritual ministry in long-term care facilities that serve seniors.

Home Free Ministries – Jerry and Lin Fagerland

Home Free Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is currently involved in serving seniors in Des Moines and surrounding communities. We are a Christ centered and Biblically based outreach program. Volunteers provide programs and fellowship to seniors in nursing care and assisted living facilities.  Home Free Ministries recruits, screens, and trains individuals with a heart for seniors and a love for the Lord. Training is designed to meet the standards of professional care facilities. Our services provide seniors with a sense of future and hope.

Love Your Neighbor Ministries –

Love Your Neighbor Ministries exists to equip the church to reach out in compassion to people in care settings . . . including hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, hospice care and private homes.

Nursing Home Ministries –

The goal of Nursing Home Ministries is to reach out to adult care facilities in America with the love of the Lord. Through commissioned chaplains and volunteers, they are gaining access to and ministering in hundreds of adult care facilities throughout the USA.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA)-

The NIA, one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the National Institute on Aging to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer’s Disease research. Excellent information on illnesses specific to aging.

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