A Christian perspective on organ donation

Is organ donation permitted for Christians?

Organ donation is giving an organ to help someone who needs a transplant.

The Christian faith is based upon the revelation of God in the life of Jesus Christ.

Jesus taught people to love one another and embrace the needs of others. 

 Christianity and organ donation

  • Christians consider organ donation an act of love and a way of following Jesus' example
  • Christians believe in eternal life, and preparing for death should not be feared
  • Christians believe that nothing that happens to our body, before or after death, can impact on our relationship with God.


Celebrating the vision and generosity of organ donors is a way of celebrating one of the most important things in our society – the willingness of countless men, women and children to think and act selflessly. If we are ever tempted to believe that we are on a downward spiral to individualism and narrow self-interest, we should remember these people and their families as a sign of hope and an inspiration to all of us.

- Rt Revd Lord Rowan Williams of Oystermouth

Thousands of people in the UK today are waiting for an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their lives. The simple act of joining the donors’ register can help make the world of difference to those in need. I hope that everyone will consider whether they can give life to others after their own death.
Sentamu Ebor

Archbishop of York, 2010

The Methodist Church has consistently supported organ donation and transplantation in appropriate circumstances, as a means through which healing and health may be made possible.

- Methodist Church UK

Giving organs is the most generous act of self-giving imaginable
Rt Revd Dr Barry Morgan

Archbishop of Wales, 2011

Organ donation and Christianity 

Making a donation is your choice. But it can be seen differently even in the same religious groups. If you have any doubt, you should approach your religious adviser. You can join the Organ Donor Register here.

Make sure you talk to your family and friends about your decision, so they know your wishes.

Further information

Download leaflets about Christianity and organ donation in different languages. 

Christian donor cards

If you support organ donation, why not download our Christian digital, printable and smartphone wallpaper donor cards?

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