Research related to Church and Caregiving

Churches are affected greatly by the caregiving needs of their congregations and communities. 

The following reports suggest the need for increased congregational effort to support and assist caregivers and those needing care.

While some of these reports are several years old, the increasing age of the population makes these reports more pertinent than when they were first produced.

SPECIAL REPORT: The Congregational Health Ministry Survey Report is based on a survey of almost 100,000 congregations.  Conducted by National Council of Churches USA, the survey indicates roles that religious congregations are - or are not - playing in the delivery of health-related services to American communities.

Caregiving in America What does caregiving in America look like in the 21st century? What needs are not being met? How can we help?

Care for the Caregiver How to get started on this part of your life's journey.

The Christian Century Foundation Article from The Christian Century Foundation about how churches are needed to help caregivers.

InterFaith CarePartners This newsletter provides helpful information for caregivers of faith across denominations.

Parish Nursing This article identifies the need for a Parish nurse within congregations to improve church organizational health. Suggestions for the implementation and goals of such a position.

Support Systems of African American Family Caregivers Describes nature of African American Family Caregivers support systems, particularly, the importance of the church community.

Caregivers Handbook

This handy guide provides resources, checklists and worksheets
 - all in one place.