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Passing on the baton


CMF Christmas Appeal 2018 — £80,000 needed

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Medical needs are increasing. Resources are in short supply. Hostility to Christian faith and values is growing. The need for Christian doctors and nurses to stand together has never been greater.

CMF exists to glorify God by uniting and equipping doctors and nurses to live and speak for Jesus Christ. We aim to help Christian health professionals:

  • Connect — through conferences, local groups and social media
  • Grow — with training, support, publications and online resources
  • Speak — in gospel witness and advocacy for the voiceless and marginalised
  • Serve — through competent, compassionate clinical practice both here and abroad

Building ministry

We are now in the third year of implementing our five—year 2020 ACTIVE Vision with six main strategic priorities — Advocacy, Communications, Training, International Partnerships, Volunteering and Evangelism.

Integral to this is the mobilisation of members under the direction of our new National Field Director, John Greenall and the building of a strong volunteer workforce in four main areas: Regional Catalyst Teams, Deep:ER Fellowships, Associate Staff Workers and National Roles.

These changes are bearing fruit. Catalyst Teams have been established in six regions to stimulate local ministry; fifteen junior doctors and students have been involved in our one year Deep:ER ministry training programme; five members have served as Associate Staff Workers and many others have been involved as speakers, leaders and trainers. All these people have given their time voluntarily to serve the Fellowship.

John's move to the position of National Field Director has also given us the opportunity to reorganise the staff team and to move each senior team member to their position of greatest strength.

CMF is in a good place — our staff team is stronger than it has ever been, our board is wise and experienced, and our ministry is growing with creative new initiatives.

  • 24 students, nurses and juniors have now completed our 18—month Global Track preparing them for the challenges of cross—cultural mission
  • Eight students and junior doctors are involved in our one-year Speakers' Track with plans to start similar tracks for writers, media spokespeople and evangelists
  • 20 new nursing student groups have been established throughout the country
  • We are rising to meet the huge ethical challenges of assisted suicide, any—reason abortion and transgender ideology
  • exciting new resources in film, blogs, podcasts, videos and social media are coming on stream

Significantly stretched

We are encouraged but still feel we are only scraping the surface. We face new challenges. Peter Saunders finishes as CEO in December after 27 years with CMF to start a new role as CEO of ICMDA in February 2019.

The search is underway for his successor, but it is inevitable that a significant part of Peter's role, especially in advocacy and international ministry, will not be part of the new CEO's job description.

With the passing on of the CEO baton, there are some sizeable gaps to fill and we need to strengthen the staff team. We are also significantly stretched, especially in the areas of administrative and IT support.

There are big financial challenges too. This time last year we were seriously considering selling our London office to raise funds for ministry. Whilst we have avoided having to do that the extra income we were trying to raise through subscriptions and increased regular donations has only materialised in part, meaning that we are projecting a deficit of over £80,000 this year - over 5% of our annual budget of £1.5million.

Needs going forward

The board and senior staff have prayerfully considered what we need going forward to maintain momentum and streamline our ministry. They have identified five priorities.

  • Senior Advocate (four sessions) — a doctor to take on our departing CEO's role in media and public policy strategy
  • IT Support (six sessions) — a skilled specialist to help us clear backlogs in income processing, membership administration and website development
  • Administrator (ten sessions) — to provide much needed support to our Head of Nursing, Head of Global Ministries and National Field Director
  • Pastoral Associate (four sessions) — a senior doctor to coordinate pastoral support for members nationwide
  • Evangelism Associate (four sessions) — a senior doctor gifted in evangelism to run training and events aimed at reaching colleagues for Christ

Can you help us achieve these goals and keep moving forward through this CEO baton change?

Christmas Appeal

Will you stand with us at this time of transition?

Only 40% of our annual income comes from members' subscriptions and we deliberately try to keep subscriptions for students, nurses and F1 doctors low.

We therefore continue to rely heavily on our 5,000 qualified members who can make gifts over and above their subscription.

Knowing that many members prefer the flexibility of giving in response to specific appeals rather than regularly, we had already planned at the beginning of this year to raise £80,000 of our £1.5 million budget through this Christmas Appeal.

The CMF Board of Trustees meets on 1 December to agree budgets for 2019. Your prompt response will help us plan responsibly and wisely for next year. Would you be able to help us by making a special gift to the ministry of CMF today?

Thank you for prayerfully considering this request.

'Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.' (Hebrews 12:1—2)

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