Archive for the ‘NCF Chapters’ Category

Making an Impact on Students

July 27, 2017

We are so encouraged by what God is doing in nursing schools around the country!

Here are some of the comments we received at the end of the school year from student leaders reporting on the impact of their NCF group:

  • “Because nursing can be so intensive, our NCF chapter prayed for students and encouraged them to keep their eyes on Jesus.”
  • “NCF presents a non-threatening way for faculty to engage openly with students about Christ.”
  • “We read from the Bible at NCF meetings and then discussed practical application for our lives. For some who come to our group, this is the only time they hear the word of God.”
  • “NCF provided a safe place to share Christ with other nursing students. We developed ways to incorporate God into nursing practice, and created friendships to last a lifetime.”

Doesn’t this sound amazing? NCF nursing student ministries met regularly in 100 different nursing schools this year, and we cannot wait to see what new campuses God will lead us to next year!

Please pray for NCF Student Ministries as we spend the summer making plans and creating resources for next year. Thank you!

— Tim Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director

 

How NCF Student Chapters Are Changing Lives

June 23, 2017

6232017students.jpgNursing students are immersed in rigorous academic and clinical demands. In the relentless pressure-cooker of nursing school, NCF chapters provide authentic faith communities that encourage, equip, and empower students to be followers of Jesus in life and nursing.

How does this happen? These comments from chapter leaders demonstrate the impact of the NCF community on some of the nursing students involved this year:

  • “NCF is a place where people feel they belong. We all share in the difficulties and joys of nursing school. The barriers of class status are broken and we are all one. I appreciate how the older students mentor the new students. It’s a time when we all step away from the busyness of school to take a breath and be reminded of God’s love and goodness.” – Student Leader (MI)
  • “We provide moral support and prayer for each other. NCF keeps its members centered on Christ and growing in his truth during this stressful time in our lives.” – Student Leader (FL)
  • “Students in our chapter grew closer and built deep relationships for support, spiritual encouragement, and accountability. Our weekly Bible studies taught us how to apply the Gospel to our school work, lives, and nursing practice. Visiting RNs from the community helped us learn how to share our faith in practice and serve God in our care.” – Student Leader (IA)
  • “We got to know each other by sharing our highs and lows each week. We studied and discussed God’s Word and prayed for one another.” – Student Leader (PA)
  • “Initiating an NCF chapter gives the students a forum to discuss the challenges of their program and how they can apply their faith to help them through those challenges. NCF provides hope and a support system.” – Faculty Advisor (IL)
  • NCF provides a support system for us and encourages us to live out the word of God in both the classroom and clinical setting. We urged each other to step out of our comfort zone to share our faith with classmates and engage in community outreach. – Student Leader (TX)
  • This year we focused on the faithfulness of God which instilled peace in the students, especially during exam time. It also opened conversations about how we can pursue a deeper relationship with God and trust in him more. – Student Leader (NY)
  • Our meetings gave students an opportunity to worship, share concerns, and learn new ways to pray and connect with God through activities that corresponded with the NCF Bible studies we used. – Faculty Advisor (PA)

We thank God for growth in student ministry this year. We witnessed a 14% increase in the number of students (1,862) who are meeting Jesus and learning how to follow him in nursing. Rejoice with us that 46 nursing students committed their lives to Jesus!

Today’s students will be the hands and feet of Jesus as tomorrow’s nurses. When we invest in the spiritual development of nursing students, they are more prepared to identify spiritual needs and offer holistic care to patients throughout their nursing practice–an investment with eternal dividends.

Please partner with what God is doing to change the lives of nursing students with a financial gift to NCF Student Ministry.

Empowering Nursing Students

June 22, 2017

6222017nsgschoolOur vision for NCF Student Ministries is for nursing students and faculty to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered. But what does it mean for students and faculty to be empowered?

First, NCF student chapters empower nursing students to share their faith with their classmates. Think back to nursing school. Remember how you and your classmates together crammed for exams, engaged in simulations, and commuted (exhausted) for clinicals? Nursing programs bond students; they live and breathe nursing with each other.

Because of this bond, Christian nursing students have unique relational opportunities to talk about their faith with their classmates. NCF chapters empower students by providing concrete principles and tools to share their faith.

Second, NCF student chapters empower nursing students to become leaders for God’s Kingdom on campus. Most NCF chapters are student-led. Thus, students receive leadership training on how to lead a Bible study or how to present the gospel. Through these leadership experiences, NCF student leaders will become Christian leaders in every sphere of life—professionally, with family, at church, and in their community.

Will you pray for the nursing students and student leaders in our 100+ chapters? Ask God to give them the courage to share their faith in nursing school!

–by Tim Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director

Encouraging Nursing Students

March 24, 2017

3242017encourageWhen new students join the NCF chapter on their campus, they often ask, “What is NCF?” There are three words that capture the mission and vision of NCF on campus. NCF is a place where students and faculty can be encouraged, equipped, and empowered.

In this first blog post, we will focus on what it means that NCF is a place where students and faculty can be encouraged. Stressed-out students need over-all encouragement. But NCF also has the unique mission of encouraging spiritual growth. To accomplish this mission, many NCF chapters make Bible study the centerpiece of their meetings.

But NCF is not your ordinary Bible study. NCF is a community that encourages spiritual growth in the context of nursing school. This is why NCF publishes a variety of Bible studies that look at how our faith impacts nursing. In our newest series, Trusting God in Nursing School, we invite students to consider what the Bible says about anxiety, academic competition, and suffering. Ultimately, we want students and faculty to increasingly place their faith and hope in Jesus Christ.

Join us in praying for our 100+ NCF student chapters as they seek to encourage spiritual growth in the context of nursing school!

–Tim Lin, Student Ministries Director

Growing a Compassionate Heart

March 24, 2017

God calls us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8), but what does this look like for marginalized people in health care? Nurses and students gathered in Minnesota to explore how to represent Jesus Christ with a growing heart of compassion for the underserved in their communities.

The NCF group in the Twin Cities hosted 35 nurses and students for a soup supper and informative discussion led by Leya Didur, Twin Cities Urban Program Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The NCF seminar provided 1 CE credit.

Leya shared her vision for her work training students in cross-cultural urban experiences: “Throughout the Bible, from beginning to end, it is impossible not to see the theme of God calling his people to be concerned and care for the marginalized. Ultimately God wants to see all his children thrive and, as Christ’s followers, we can be active participants to bring about that thriving.”

Table groups first discussed the question, “What patients are marginalized in your work?” Then they explored barriers to providing quality care for marginalized individuals or communities.

A core component of the seminar looked at how Jesus had compassion on the people he met. Leya provided questions to ask when reading stories about Jesus engaging with people at the margins.

* How is this person marginalized in their community?

* What barriers does Jesus have to overcome or address to care for this person?

* How does Jesus provide compassionate holistic care for this person?

* How do others respond in this story?

The challenging question for nurses is how to grow in compassion and make an intentional effort to change. “It is critical to be honest with your starting point and the barriers you have,” Leya reminded the participants.

“We talked about the importance of receiving the love of Jesus for ourselves and taking care of ourselves,” said Mary Thompson, former director of Nurses Christian Fellowship. “This is at the heart of growing in compassion for others.”

Finally, Leya challenged nurses and nursing students to develop a plan for practical ways to grow in compassion and understanding for marginalized people. She suggested watching movies or reading books from a different perspective, or visiting a church of a different ethnicity or culture. The key factor is developing authentic relationships with others and loving them in Christ.

Mary Thompson is grateful to God for NCF ministry in the Twin Cities, MN, and for this new partnership with Leya as InterVarsity staff. “Through Leya’s excellent presentation, we are encouraged by the opportunities before us as followers of Jesus—in healthcare and in the community.”

As these nurses and students return to their daily lives, they take with them this reminder about the God they serve in nursing, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8). It’s a good word.

Impacting Students and Educators

January 24, 2017

1242017nsgschoolRecently I had the joy of “meeting” Jodi virtually. As part of our efforts to equip and encourage NCF student leaders and faculty advisors, we are hosting monthly leadership training webinars. Jodi came to our scheduled online call and said she had restarted the dormant NCF chapter at her nursing school in Texas. In the first semester, almost 20 students from her cohort were involved in NCF meetings.

Since the school has both regular and accelerated programs, Jodi’s vision is to reach all eight cohorts and all 800 students in the program! She is identifying potential Bible study leaders in the other cohorts. Can you imagine the impact new NCF Bible study groups could have on nursing students and faculty?

As we start a new semester, I am thankful for our student leaders and faculty advisors. They, like Jodi, are sacrificially giving of their time and energy to bring the Kingdom of God to every nursing class, every cohort, and every clinical group.

Will you please pray for student leaders and faculty advisors who deeply desire God to restore and refresh them for his service?tim

Timothy Lin, MA, is the NCF Student Ministries Director and a senior area director in Kansas with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Give to nursing student ministry.

Climate Change in Nursing School

November 8, 2016

1182016kumed“What’s the spiritual climate of your nursing school?” I asked three nursing students over lunch. Mackenzie, Sean, and Ben responded that there was no place in the nursing school where they could talk about their faith. So together we agreed—let’s start an NCF chapter at KU Med!

These are my favorite conversations: fanning into flames the dreams that God has already given to nursing students and faculty. I love hearing how God has given them a vision to bring Christ into their nursing school and change its spiritual climate.

In my new role as NCF Student Ministries Director, our staff team is developing additional resources and training opportunities to equip and encourage our student leaders to intentionally follow Jesus on their campus and invite others into their NCF community.

One exciting innovation this fall is that we are offering webinars for all student leaders and faculty advisors. I am partnering with Bonnie Hann, NCF Campus Liaison, for virtual training on Leading Effective Bible Studies (11/14/16) and on Spiritual Care (12/5/16) to understand and assess spiritual needs and appropriate interventions. Bonnie and I love the face-to-face interaction with these eager student leaders.

logo220x220We’re also excited about offering student leaders the Discipleship Cycle Framework, a simple tool to help NCF chapters consistently apply God’s Word in their lives.

The Discipleship Cycle is incorporated into a new series of NCF Bible studies, Trusting God in Nursing School. Specific Scripture passages will help students deal with the stress and anxiety that come with a rigorous academic program and clinical demands. They will grow in Christ and have opportunities to share what they’re learning with others in their nursing school.

The end of the semester is approaching but we are rejoicing in how God is actively seeking and saving students in nursing programs across the country.

Timothy Lin, NCF Student Ministries Director

Taking Risks in Leadership

August 19, 2016

852016flleadersRoshawn and Talysia know that good leadership involves taking risks. They nervously stepped outside their comfort zones this summer as part of their training to lead the NCF chapter at the University of Central Florida.

NCF staff Krista Doan invites all new chapter leaders to participate in six sessions of leadership training. During one session in mid-July, Krista asked Roshawn and Talysia to call their Christian friends from school to share the vision of the NCF group and offer to pray for them.

“As Roshawn and Talysia step into leadership, I want them to know that they cannot do this alone,” Krista said. “This was an opportunity for them to practice community and invite others into the mission of living for Jesus in nursing school.”

Talysia nervously called seven students and two of them answered. She described the vision of the NCF group and prayed for them. Roshawn called eight students and talked with two about the group and prayed for them.

As they continued with the training session, those who missed calls started calling and texting back. Roshawn and Talysia continued to build community throughout the day. They also built their confidence as new leaders of the chapter.

In preparation for the training event, Krista asked her ministry partners to be praying for Talysia and Roshawn as they made their phone calls. Knowing of wide-spread prayer support for them, Roshawn said it gave him courage to take these bold steps of leadership.

“God is moving in the hearts of nursing students on our campus, and I am so excited to be a part of the journey with Roshawn and Talysia,” Krista said. “I have no doubt Jesus will move in big ways at our College of Nursing this upcoming year!”

Learn more about NCF student ministry and how to pray for God’s work on campus and in nursing.

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.


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Changed Lives through NCF

June 9, 2016

BrookeI love this time of year when our graduating seniors realize that their nursing dreams are about to become a reality. They also see how God is creating new dreams for how they can serve him by caring for others as nurses.

Brooke is one of our senior chapter leaders for Nurses Christian Fellowship who recently shared her encouraging story with next year’s leaders at the University of Central Florida:

“As I graduate and look back on the past two years, I am so thankful that God gave me the NCF group. We have constantly seen just how amazing and great God is through his works. We saw a classmate come to know Christ, and we raised up future NCF leaders with a heart for God’s mission to spread his gospel.”

Brooke sums up why NCF invests in the spiritual development of nursing students:

“All in all, my experience with NCF has truly been life-changing, and I am so grateful that God called me to be a part of it!”

See why I love my job? I am thankful that God has called me to be on staff with InterVarsity/NCF so I can be a part of how God is transforming students like Brooke. As her staff mentor, I have seen how Brooke has grown and matured in her leadership and discipleship capabilities. Now Brooke begins her nursing practice equipped to follow Jesus with joy and devotion.

Praise God for the new beginnings nursing students experience through life in Christ!

Kristaby Krista Doan
InterVarsity/NCF staff @ UCF

Please join Krista’s ministry team by partnering with her in prayer and financial support so she can invest in the spiritual development of more students like Brooke.