NCF Connections, January 2019

In This Issue:

  • Focusing on Prayer
  • Student Ministry Highlight: Baylor University
  • An opportunity to make a difference in nursing!
  • Share Your Voice!

Focusing on Prayer · Christy Secor DNP, RN, CDWF · Professional Ministries Director

Focusing on PrayerBeing called to work with Nurses Christian Fellowship as the Professional Ministries Director was a real step of faith for me. I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this ministry and to have the opportunity to connect with nurses across the country.

I also realize this ministry moves forward only as we follow God’s leading and direction. For us to do this well, we need prayer. Prayer for wisdom, direction, and the needs of our NCF community and members as well as our student ministries, professional nurse outreach, and staff.

I see prayer as an active, powerful conversation between us and our Creator. It’s a time to praise and be thankful for all we’ve been given, confess the times where we’ve failed, to share our needs, and to listen. Ummm…I need to listen more. I need to slow myself down to hear His voice and His stirring within my own spirit. Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth, tells us “Of all spiritual disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father.”

Recognizing this need for prayer, I am excited to share two initiatives we are working towards as a ministry:

  • Beginning in March 2019, we’ll be sharing a monthly prayer calendar with you. This calendar will be used to communicate staff and ministry needs; requests with our student ministry, professional nurse groups, and the Journal of Christian Nursing; as well as upcoming conferences and events.
  • We are also beginning discussions for ways to have an outreach with our NCF community and members to share and support the personal and professional needs you are facing.  As a ministry and professional organization, we recognize the needs that are present for students, nurses, and our profession. We have also been asked by several of you for ways you can be more actively involved in the ministry of NCF. Joining us as a prayer partner is a powerful way you can participate in the work of Nurses Christian Fellowship. If you are interested in being a prayer partner with us, please email me at Christy.secor@intervarsity.org – I will be glad to keep you updated as we progress in this work.

As you look at ways to deepen your connections and support with NCF, I’d invite you to take that next step and become a member of NCF. You’ll experience benefits such as the award-winning Journal of Christian Nursing, free quarterly CE through our Journal Clubs, reduced prices on CE provided through NursingCenter.com, and discounts on books published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins as well as InterVarsity Press.

Student Ministry Highlight: Baylor University · Tim Lin MA · Student Ministries Director

NCF at BaylorI finally had the chance to meet Mary face-to-face at the Urbana Missions Conference in December. We had talked several times during the summer as she was preparing to take over leading the NCF student group at Baylor University. And when she showed up at our Urbana Healthcare Lounge, she greeted me with her trademark smile and a warm hug. It’s this same warmth that has strengthened and deepened the NCF student community at Baylor.

Read about all that God is doing through NCF at Baylor.

An Opportunity to Make a Difference in Nursing · Mary Thompson RN, MSN, FCN

Mary ThompsonWe are grateful to have Mary Thompson, a former Director of NCF, share this month in Connections. Mary is currently involved as an NCF Member and serves on a ministry team for NCF in the Twin Cities MN. She is also a prayer and financial support partner. 

Think about it…. 

+ Nurses are present with people from birth to death -- patients and families with physical, emotional and spiritual needs. God loves all of them.  In times of crisis, people may be more open to listening to God through those who care for them.

+ There are 4 million nurses and 2000 nursing programs in the United States, nurses uniquely positioned to represent God’s love and hope among people in need.  But many of these students and nurses do not know the love and hope available through Jesus Christ, and the resources God provides.

+ For more than 80 years God has called Nurses Christian Fellowship to share the good news of Jesus Christ through our actions and words, to receive His encouragement (Matt. 11:28-30), and to follow Jesus in His mission (Luke 4:18-19).

NCF provides a number of biblically based resources: Bible studies and spiritual care literature; the Journal of Christian Nursing; communication with student and nurse-led groups providing encouragement, mentoring, prayer and outreach; connections to build Christian community through e-newsletters and video calls; continuing nursing education through conferences and JCN.

+ NCF staff and volunteers are constantly developing resources and are interacting with students, nurses and faculty across the country.  These dedicated staff members are committed to serve and care for individuals and groups as they represent Jesus Christ in their schools and healthcare agencies.

+ Each salaried staff member is responsible for raising financial support for ministry they lead. Funding for staff salaries and ministry expenses comes from people like us! 

We have an opportunity to invest in the present and future of nursing! 

For instance, if all of us receiving this email gave $110 sometime this year that would provide $200,000 for NCF to invest into our current ministry to students in 108 chapters and help NCF staff move forward to fulfill the goal of 92 additional student chapters as well as increasing the number of professional group chapters to 50. Now is a good time to respond to the opportunity to financially support NCF ministry.  You may give to either a specific staff member or the NCF national ministry. Your gift would deeply encourage NCF's staff and help NCF move forward to fulfill the mission God has given to all of us.

And, thank you to each of you who already pray for and financially support NCF! 

How do I provide financial support for NCF?

(NCF is a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.)

Then enter a staff person’s name, or Nurses Christian Fellowship

  • By mail: Make checks payable to InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.

Include a note indicating your designation – a staff person’s name, or to Nurses Christian Fellowship.

Mail the check and note to:

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / Nurses Christian Fellowship

Box 7895

Madison, WI 53707-7895

You may also respond to periodic print newsletters with a donation form and envelope.

Thank you for thinking about this opportunity to make a difference in nursing through supporting NCF. We look forward to hearing from you.

Share Your Voice!

nurse consultThe American Nurses Association (ANA) has asked for feedback on two important initiatives that impact our profession.

It’s an opportunity to share your experiences, faith, and feedback from a Christian perspective.

  • First, you can give your input on nursing care and Do-Not-Resuscitate decisions. The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board is asking for public input on their draft position paper on this topic. Read it and respond before February 20, 2019.
  • Second, there’s an opportunity for us to address public policy issues from a Christian perspective. Consider this invitation from ANA's Professional Policy Committee to engage in the identification of strategic policy topics and the submission of proposals for discussion by ANA's governing body. The deadline to submit your proposal is 5 pm ET / February 25, 2019.