One hundred years ago leaders in the health field practiced in Christian Churches, which began in answer to Jesus' mandate to care for each other.

In 1980 Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg recognized the nurse as essential to wholistic health. The nurse is the one component of the system that could communicate at all levels of the healing process.

In 1998 Faith Community Nursing was formally recognized as a specialty practice by the American Nurses Association. The Scope and Standards of Parish Nursing Practice were developed. In 2005 the standards were revised to be more inclusive and were renamed Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.