What is the difference between a Christian Science practitioner and a Christian Science nurse?

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“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (I Cor. 12:4-6)

Q: What is the difference between a Christian Science practitioner and a Christian Science nurse?

In The Christian Science Journal, a monthly publication of The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, are found the names and contact information of Christian Science practitioners and nurses. These names appear in the Directory of Professional Services and Church Information at the back of the publication. Each of their roles are clearly defined.

Christian Science Practitioners

“The men and women who advertise in these pages are devoted full-time to helping others through Christian Science as explained in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. They are experienced in the healing ministry of Christian Science and available to give Christian Science treatment through prayer for life challenges.”

Christian Science Nurses

“The men and women who advertise in these pages represent themselves as experienced Christian Scientists who are prepared to provide spiritual reassurance and skilled physical care to those receiving Christian Science treatment for healing . . . The standard of the Christian Science nurse is found in the Manual of The Mother Church, p. 49, Article VIII, Section 31.”

The Christian Science practitioner and the Christian Science nurse both have a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice and both are witnesses to the Divine power of healing but their roles are distinctly different. The Christian Science practitioner provides “Christian Science treatment through prayer for life challenges” while the Christian Science nurse provides “spiritual reassurance and skillful physical care to those receiving Christian Science treatment.”

Further explaining these differences and similarities is an article in the December 1981 Christian Science Journal entitled “Practitioner, Nurse, and the Seamless Garment of Healing” by Donna Nalley Ryburn.

“Fulfilling the demands of their respective roles — each bearing witness to the oneness and allness of God — practitioner and nurse blend their sympathies in Christian cooperation, thus preserving the garment of healing in its undivided wholeness for their patient.”

The Christian Science nurses of Upward Wing consider it a joy and a privilege to support this healing mission. Please call (855) 276-4968 to see how we may be of service.

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