The Tenacre School of Christian Science Nursing
In 1909, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, included the By-Law for the Christian Science Nurse in the Church Manual (Page 49, Article VIII, Section 31):
Christian Science Nurse. Sect. 31. A member of The Mother Church who represents himself or herself as a Christian Science nurse shall be one who has a demonstrable knowledge of Christian Science practice, who thoroughly understands the practical wisdom necessary in a sick room, and who can take proper care of the sick.
The cards of such persons may be inserted in The Christian Science Journal under rules established by the publishers.
The Tenacre School of Christian Science Nursing provides educational opportunities and resources for members of The Mother Church who would like to deepen their understanding of and obedience to this By-Law. These opportunities are approached in the context of the definition of “Church” in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy:
CHURCH. The structure of Truth and Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle. The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick. (p. 583)
Within the context of the Manual By-Law and this definition of Church, the role of the Christian Science nurse is explored as a healing ministry rather than merely spiritually-based custodial care-giving.