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NCF Membership Christmas Special

November 14, 2016

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Save 30% on NCF membership with a special Christmas offer for nurses! JOIN NCF at 30% off the regular price in all membership categories from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, 2016.

Add NCF as a professional nursing membership on your résumé. As a member of NCF, you’ll receive the Journal of Christian Nursing, as well as continuing education and publisher discounts. Your membership also demonstrates your support for ministry to nurses and nursing students. Learn more about the benefits of NCF membership.

Here are four ways you can take advantage of this Christmas special:

  • Join NCF and strengthen your faith and your nursing practice.
  • If you are already a member, renew your membership now and extend your membership by one year.
  • Give the gift of membership to a colleague, supervisor, nursing student, or nurse friend.
  • Pass on this membership special to other nurses and invite them to join NCF and take advantage of the Christmas discount offer.

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Now is the time to join NCF and become a part of a large network of Christian nurses who are devoted to serving God in healthcare.

Delighted to be a Member

October 17, 2016

10172016wendyI have been a member of Nurses Christian Fellowship for several years. NCF has greatly blessed my life’s calling to be a nurse as well as an educator. It is important for nurses to support and be connected to an organization such as this by joining NCF.

NCF knows nursing is more than a job, more than an occupation, and it is definitely more than a chosen career path. Nursing is a calling from God which requires a close relationship with our heavenly Father so we can embrace and operate in the fullness of his grace and favor in everything we do.

10172016wendykenyaLast summer I was on a medical mission in Kenya. I talked to the Kenyan nurses and nursing students—our partners there—about how NCF bridges the gap between healing and total health. I know God uses NCF in the lives of nurses like myself who do cross-cultural nursing.

I recommend joining Nurses Christian Fellowship to become a part of God’s family of faithful nurses serving him in our world.

Wendy Brooks, BSN, RN, shared these words of appreciation with the NCF Facebook community. Find out how you can become a member of NCF to integrate your faith and your nursing practice.

A Fellowship for Christian Nurses?

August 5, 2016

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As NCF director, I’m challenged to think through the relational piece of NCF. Why do we have a “fellowship” for Christian nurses? Is it possible that our fellowship, spread over thousands of miles, could “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)?

Technically, a fellowship is a community of people with common interest—ours being Christ and nursing. Relationally, a fellowship is about helping each other. Solomon captured why we need fellowship in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up… if two lie down together, they will keep warm… though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Christianity began as an amazing fellowship that changed the world as Christians prayed and worshiped together, ate together, encouraged each other; they stood firm in one spirit contending for the gospel (Philippians 1:27).

How might we have such fellowship? Locally, NCF can connect member nurses to meet and “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs… always giving thanks to God” (Ephesians 5:19-20). Regionally, some areas offer events. Nationally, NCF partners with Christian nursing schools for conferences. Individually, NCF communicates through our newsletters, the NCF Blog, and the Journal of Christian Nursing, trying to “admonish one another with all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16).

But is this enough? The apostle Paul longed to visit the Christians in Rome so that they “may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12). How could we mutually encourage each other’s faith? What if you could share prayer requests and know that a community of nurses would pray for you? What if you could ask questions, share needs, and other Christian nurses would respond?

We want NCF to be an effective fellowship. Will you take this two-minute survey to help us explore ideas for fellowship? Connect with us on Facebook and share. Subscribe to the NCF blog and make comments.

Let’s commit to praying for one another, for our fellowship, and discovering how we can “Love each other as I [Christ] have loved you” (John 15:12).

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Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN
, serves as the National Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship/USA and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Christian Nursing.


Become a member of NCF and receive Journal of Christian Nursing as a member benefit throughout the year.

Introducing the New NCF Director

July 18, 2016

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Meet the new director of Nurses Christian Fellowship!

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN, didn’t plan on being a nurse until she worked in a hospital as a high school senior and was captivated by the life-giving power of the nurse-patient relationship.

“After I witnessed the intimacy of caring for people, I knew nursing was for me!” Kathy said. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing at UT Arlington and started caring for cancer patients. “I quickly realized the critical need to care for people spiritually, to be with them in their suffering, to help them reach out to God.”

Within a year of completing her BSN, God called Kathy to further education at Oral Roberts University. “The master’s program at ORU was outstanding. I learned whole person caring—body, mind, and spirit. I discovered theory and research. I heard Jesus’ call to excellence. I also was introduced to Nurses Christian Fellowship and NCF Bible studies. I discovered Jesus was the model nurse.”

After graduation, Kathy worked as a clinical nurse specialist and successfully led a cardiac rehabilitation department during the huge insurance changes of the 1980s.

Five years after completing her MSN, Kathy felt the tug to expand her research expertise and earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Kansas. Kathy recalls, “The commute from Wichita to Kansas City was grueling, but I loved the deep critical thinking and learning how to build knowledge to provide better care for patients.”

As a doctoral student, Kathy was asked to serve at a national NCF conference as a Bible study leader and prayer minister. This connected Kathy with NCF nationally. Through the 1990s she volunteered with the NCF Central Plains leadership council where she assisted with continuing education conferences and supported NCF faculty advisors at nursing schools in the region. Through NCF, Kathy also began experiencing life-changing Bible study—and never stopped.

In 2002, Judy Shelly, then editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing, asked Kathy, “Have you ever considered being a journal editor?” Kathy remembers her response. “No, but God whispered to me from Numbers 13-14 to move forward and take the promised land; He would be with me.” She started helping with JCN and became editor in March 2004.

In 2005, Kathy helped NCF partner with publishing giant Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins to publish JCN. This was a miraculous work of God that widened NCF’s influence. We now publish JCN in print, online, mobile, and iPad formats, and our biblically-based continuing education for nurses is online with one of the world’s largest CE providers.”

When Paul Tokunaga, Vice-President for InterVarsity’s Strategic Ministries, approached Kathy to consider becoming NCF director, God whispered again through Numbers 13-14. Even though his people may feel like grasshoppers, “If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land… and will give it to us” (Numbers 14:8).

Kathy says, “For NCF, that land is the college campus where there are nursing programs for almost 800 bachelor’s degrees and over 1200 associate degrees. That land is InterVarsity where we can help move the vision forward to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. That land is the over 3 million nurses in the U.S. who need Jesus. NCF is about bringing the Good News of Jesus to nursing, and helping students, educators, and nurses practice from a biblically-based Christian perspective.”

On July 1, 2016 Kathy became the national director of NCF and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Christian Nursing.

“I am excited about what God will do with and through NCF in the coming years,” Kathy said, “I don’t know all that will be needed to lead NCF, but I serve the One who holds all power and wealth and wisdom and strength. God will lead NCF.”

Why NCF Membership is Important

March 17, 2016

3172016tshirtDuring my nearly 44 years in nursing, I have often reflected on how fortunate I was to have forward-looking nursing faculty who taught us the value of holistic care for individuals, families and communities.

They also taught us how to become nurses who would be committed, life-long learners, as well as the importance of engaging in professional issues and organizations.

We even printed “Professional Super Nurse” t-shirts to poke fun at our instructors!

I am so thankful that I was made aware of my responsibility to not only invest in my own professional growth, but also to invest in nursing itself as an active member of professional nursing organizations.

Every nurse knows that it is challenging to be involved in professional organizations (along with our many other responsibilities), but being involved in NCF has been a gift rather than a challenge.

Through NCF staff, resources and events, I have been able to invest in my personal growth as a Christian nurse and in the growth of Christian nursing. It has been a joy to discover how faith and nursing can be completely integrated and how I can flourish while serving Christ and others in nursing.

And even better, I have had countless opportunities to see students and nurses find life in Christ through NCF.

If you are a member of NCF, thank you!  You are connected to a broad network of Christian nurses who are devoted to serving God in healthcare. Please renew your membership promptly when it comes due so you don’t miss any issues of Journal of Christian Nursing or other benefits.

If you have yet to join NCF, do it now so you can be blessed by the Journal of Christian Nursing and significant discounts on CE in JCN and other LWW journals. Not only will you be supporting yourself as a nurse, but you will be advancing Christian nursing.  NCF members are more than individual members; they partner in what God is doing to prepare and equip Christian nursing students and nurses through NCF ministry.

For the first time in 13 years, NCF membership fees will increase a small amount in June 2016, so join now at the old 2003 rate. Find out more about the benefits of NCF membership–and how to join NCF!

I urge you to become an NCF member to support your Christian faith and your nursing practice.

–by Jane Hall, NCF National Director

NCF Stress-Busters of South Florida

February 24, 2015

Stress BustersA year ago, Monica Orozco-Cantillo, R.N., had a big vision for the new NCF group of nurses in South Florida. Their first event, hosted at Monica’s church, was a “First Responder” weekend in partnership with firefighters, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It was a huge success.

“We had over 50 nurses inquire about NCF and want to tap in!” Monica said. “We met all sorts of nurses: retired, disabled, new and burned out. We want to give them the resources and encouragement they need.”

Next they planned their first “Stress Buster” event with nurses from all over Dade County. The message focused on Christ-centered nursing care. They sponsored a raffle with prizes and an Arts ministry team enhanced the evening with a therapeutic exercise, beautiful poetry and art work.

In the fall, the group planned the “Harvest Stress Buster” to celebrate local nurses and medical personnel. “Our guest speaker, Eric Steman, spoke life into our hearts,” one participant said. “He reminded us of our strengths, value and courage within all of us.”

Another person said, “Our speaker was a rich source of positivity and love for our nurses.” Many people worked on making this a special event with food, prizes, donated flower arrangements and more.

When planning Stress Buster events, the NCF group often partners with the Blue Line Angels, a ministry for family members and spouses of police officers, because many of them are nurses.

The NCF group had a strong start to 2015 by hosting a Stress-Buster event, “How Sweet Forgiveness Is,” with a guest speaker and entertaining games as part of the program. In addition to door prizes and sweet surprises, the event included worship and childcare so that family, friends and coworkers could come as well.

Monica is very thankful for her team of co-chairs and their dedication and involvement in putting the events together: Michelle, Carmen, Sasha, Jacqueline, Margarita and Simone.

Many lives have been touched by God through the efforts of NCF in South Florida. Monica’s prayers for the group cover it all, “We pray for you to continue to be good stewards of your skill sets and be vessels for God’s glory!”

And so they are!

A Valentine’s Day Love Story

February 13, 2015

Old FashionedGuest blogger, Cindy Carter shares about an opportunity to accompany her daughter, who hosts a Christian radio program, for an interview with Rik Swartzwelder, director of a new movie coming out on February 14, 2015.

I was blessed to go along on the interview, to hear the story of how this movie came to be. It was the most incredible interview ever.

As his interview unfolded, Rik Swartzwelder, described how he came to write this story and to eventually became the lead actor. Fifteen years ago, God gave him this idea. But every time he would try to push forward with this idea, God would tell him, “Not yet” – he said it was similar to how God had Abraham and Sarah wait for Isaac.

But his story goes back much further, for when Rik was very young, he wanted to date a particular girl, but she made it clear she wasn’t interested because he wasn’t a Christian. So she made a bold leap of faith: She gave him a Bible to read, and he read it and within a month, he gave his life and soul and all he was to Christ. He has never been the same.

Now, on Valentine’s Day, this story of pure love, Old Fashioned, sharing Scripture from I Corinthians is coming out. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Old Fashioned will be showing there is a better way to love. I praise God for His perfect timing and plan. I hope each of you will view the YouTube video clip about the movie, share it with your friends, and then go see Old Fashioned.

For me, as I listened to the director’s testimony, God began to impress upon my heart several lessons about standing up for Christ. The lesson became very personal when the director ended his interview by saying, “What if that young girl had not given me that Bible? Where would I be today? Would I have become a Christian? Would I have written this script? Would we, on Valentine’s Day weekend be giving the world a different view of love, unselfish love?”

So, I had to ask myself, “As a Christian, am I obeying God’s call on my life to go unto all the world (Matthew 28), sharing God’s love and Scripture (either physically or verbally) with others, giving them the opportunity to have their life changed forever? Then, am I available to be used of God to effect further change?”

As a faculty member seeking to mentor my nursing students in the Lord, I pray Scriptures shared within my courses transform lives, giving students a glimpse of God’s love for them and His desire to have a personal relationship with those He created. I pray that each of them will choose to walk closely with Jesus day-by-day, listening for His still small voice in Scripture. For I know that ultimately, I can share valuable nursing content and help students add to their skills set professionally, but only when I am teaching from the basis of God’s truth does this Bible promise apply, “My Word shall not return void” (Isaiah 55:11). Whatever our calling, I pray we will each become an example to others of hearing and following God’s path and the results will speak for themselves.

Cindy Carter, MSN, RN, RLC, IBCLC, ICCE is a regular contributor to Nurses Christian Fellowship, as well as a published author. As nurse adjunct faculty for Christian universities, she delights in the opportunity to mentor her students in the online environment. She is also the co-chair for the North Texas chapter of Nurses Christian Fellowship, an online private support group for nurses.

Blessing in Disguise

November 20, 2014

Tire AngelLast year in the midst of a blustery winter, I walked out of a store and found a note on my windshield that I had a flat tire. I was running errands and could have thought, “Really? It’s 30 degrees out here!”

However, I actually smiled when I thought of how God had already prepared the way ahead of me. Here is my list of reasons to be thankful:

  • God always knows what is best for me, so He was delaying me for some reason, maybe to prevent me from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. “My times are in your hands, God” (Psalm 31:15a).
  • God graciously provided this “tire angel” to warn me. Sometimes I get so focused on what I am currently doing that I can miss what is blatantly obvious in front of me. Without that note, there is no telling how far I would have driven on that damaged tire. “Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you, God” (Psalm 5:11).
  • God had just kept me safe and the tire didn’t blow out while I was driving 45 miles, even on the freeway, “The God who…saves me from my enemies” (Psalm 18:47a, 48a).
  • I have a membership with a road assistance service. Very simply, my husband told me I needed this a year ago since we live in rural America and I travel two hours to work (one-way). So, God not only provided through this company and my husband’s decision, but also because I decided to take my husband’s advice and sign up for it. “…and the wife must respect her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).
  • While I was waiting, I walked into a children’s resale shop and found it was a non-profit ministry to reach out to the young mothers and babies of the community. In fact, it was exactly the type of vision I’ve had for our community where there is no pediatrician or OB for the entire county. “You, God, go before me and follow me. You, God, place your hand of blessing on my head” (Psalm 139:5).
  • Those thirty minutes gave me much needed information, written resources, and contact information for those who founded this ministry 11 years ago. I’m not sure how God will utilize that information in my future, but I’m sure He is preparing me in some way. “For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for good and not for evil to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • After the flat was fixed and the spare was put on, I was less than a mile from the chain store tire center where I had already paid for road-hazard when I bought the tires: “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow” (Psalm 25:4-5).
  • They had time to take care of my car right then. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
  • I arrived home safely, singing praise songs all the way and thanking Father God for his precious care for me. “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Today may you also see how much God cares about you, even in the little things, and trust His provision in whatever form it may take. “Now my God shall supply all things through His riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

– by Cindy Carter, NCF member and guest contributor

Looking for Fellowship

November 14, 2014

Phone CallWhen I was a new nurse working in a hospital, I was shocked at the negativity that some of the nurses had towards their patients and their profession.

I was excited to be a nurse and knew that the Lord had brought me through many personal trials to be able to graduate and become an RN. There were very few Christians around, so I also lacked fellow believers to guide and support me.

So, I prayed. I prayed against acquiring a bitter, complaining attitude (Ephesians 4:31), and I prayed to keep the passion for nursing and the heart for patients that God had given me (John 15:12).

Then one day I was reading a nursing periodical and I saw an advertisement to connect with Nurses Christian Fellowship locally in my area. I knew this was an answer to prayer. I immediately called the number and connected with other Christian nurses. This was over 22 years ago. Through my need and my prayers, as well as the group’s prayer, Jesus connected me to NCF-USA. I am now part of NCF-International and I am connected to nurses around the world who love Jesus and love nursing!

I tell this story to remind all of us that there are nurses everywhere who need fellowship and support in maintaining their faith and passion for Christian nursing. They may feel discouraged and challenged to live out their love of Christ in their workplace. Jesus taught us to leave the 100 to find the 1 (Matt. 18:12). Thus we need to pray and actively find ways to seek out those who need encouragement.

Whether it is personally, locally, or nationally—seek out a sister or brother who needs you!

NCFI CARES

Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International and Journal of Christian Nursing. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/.

A New Season for Renee Lick

August 28, 2014

ReneePlease join our NCF staff team in saying thank you to Renee Lick, NCF Student Ministries Director. God has called Renee to leave her position with NCF at the end of August. She will continue ministering to students and faculty through another position with InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty ministry in Chicago. We are very grateful for Renee’s rich contributions to NCF over the past ten years.

Renee served four years on campus at University of Illinois-Chicago where she equipped students to lead the NCF chapter and prepared them to follow Jesus in nursing. Some of these graduates are now serving God in graduate school, as Advanced Practice Nurses, among Native American communities in Alaska, and in hospitals and clinics all across the country. Renee enjoyed teaching these students about holistic care and how to care for the spiritual needs of their patients.

For the past six years, Renee has served as NCF Student Ministries Director. Renee has enriched NCF with a vision to grow witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus in schools of nursing. She has enabled staff, students, and faculty to see great opportunities for NCF ministry on campus.

Renee’s vision is to see students following Jesus with their whole lives, including in their lives as nurses. She partnered with our InterVarsity colleagues to reach more nursing students on campus and recruited new campus staff and volunteers. We thank God that the number of nursing students involved in ministry on campus has increased by 13% over the past 5 years.

Renee has engaged with students and faculty on many campuses through retreats, seminars and the Urbana Student Mission Conferences. Renee co-led student mission trips (Global Projects) to Kenya and Uganda. She also co-led a transcultural immersion experience for nurses following the NCF International conference in Nigeria.

We know that God will use Renee’s gifts and talents to further his Kingdom work! Please pray for Renee in the transitions ahead and for her marriage to Trevor in October.

–Jane Hall, NCF Director