In the face of unprecedented pressures on health services around the world, CMF seeks to pursue the mission of uniting and equipping Christian health professionals to live and speak for Jesus.
We know that as a result of the backlog resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be times of particular stress and tension. There will also be unique opportunities to share the love of Christ in word and deed. The CMF Pastoral Care and Wellbeing team are available daily for members to listen and pray when you need support with the challenges you are facing or to give encouragement for you to grow and flourish in Christ in your healthcare role.
We would invite members to e-mail us via the CMF website on the following link: Contact CMF. Please head your enquiry '#Wellbeing' and do leave contact numbers for a call back for prayer or conversation as necessary. Let us know what time would be best to call back. Alternatively, you may just log the issues you want the CMF team to pray for, and we will add them to our list of daily prayers, as we work together to serve health care workers and students at this time. As ever, there should be respect for all patient confidentiality in any messages left.
We aim to get back to enquirers as soon as possible but we are not a crisis service and there may be a short delay in our response.
If you are in touch with a hospital chaplaincy service or you know of local church pastoral teams who have healthcare workers to support, do let them know that we would love to hear from them too.
You may also be interested in the CMF Members Mentoring Scheme.
This is an opportunity to team up with another Christian doctor or nurse and walk with them, sharing experience and encouraging one another in our walk with Christ. To find out more, visit the CMF Members Mentoring Scheme page at cmf.li/Mentoring
CMF Pastoral Care and Wellbeing seeks to offer Christ centred and Biblically framed encouragement and support to members. We believe that it is God that provides all care and we are simply channels of his grace. Our Pastoral Care Day Conference looked at the many gifts God has provided to help us to care for and encourage one another. We have a real Toolbox of Hope. That isn't to say that there aren't real challenges for each of us every day as we serve in healthcare.
We are pleased to share three of the key note talks from our Pastoral Care Day Conference held on 11 March 2023.
Robert Lightowler, Pastor, Prison Chaplain and author talks about Post-Traumatic Growth.
Bert Jones is the Vice-President, Missions and Member Care at Christian Medical and Dental Association in USA and leads their pastoral care services. Bert tells about the pastoral issues most commonly seen amongst Christian doctors in the US and then walks us through the important topic of Burnout.
We have also included a short extract of Bert Jones opening conversation where he describes how CMDA USA offers pastoral care to their members.
Simon Edwards is an ex-military officer with international development and coaching experience. Simon talks about the impact of moral injury.
We trust these talks will be encouraging and will enable thinking around these issues. Ideal for personal reflection or for use as a discussion starter in your local group Catalyst meetings.
A selection of other talks from the Day Conference and additional wellbeing resources are also available for CMF groups to use. Contact us for further details through the webform: https://www.cmf.org.uk/doctors/cmf-local-contacts
Pastoral Care Day Conference video playlist
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Alternatively you can watch the playlist directly via YouTube.