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2018 Conference - Perseverance, How To Continue Walking The Walk

Bob Paeglow; This workshop is designed to be spiritually refreshing and encouraging for those growing weary or feeling burnt out. Drawing on many years of fighting the good fight of faith, Dr. Bob Paeglow, founder for Koinonia Primary Care in Albany, NY, will share testimony from his own life and ministry to illustrate principles that will help you to keep on keeping on. Rooted in Hebrews 12:2 "For the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross", participants will experience insight in how to cultivate joy in their ministry.

2018 Conference - Suffering, Sacrifice, and Social Contract: Re-Contextualizing One's View of the Practice of Medicine as an Antidote to Burn Out

Ken Buczynski; Barriers to providing care, the brokenness of our healthcare system, the difficulty of our daily work, non-compliant patients, EMR – the list goes on. These are the things that challenge our love for our patients and our work, and test our resilience. Re-contextualizing our work as worship, and offering it as a sacrifice of suffering on the altar of pride, can serve as an antidote to the burn out that plagues the modern practice of medicine. When we acknowledge our weakness and suffering, we open the floodgates of heaven to fill us with the strength of God. Ultimately the Lord is glorified, we are strengthened, and our community is blessed by God's power made manifest in our weakness.

2018 Conference - Who Am I? What Am I Doing?

Geogy Thomas; There is so much joy when you know you are walking in God’s will. However, that joy can quickly dissipate when we run headlong into the realities of life. It is especially easy to become discouraged working in underserved areas. We can lose sight of what is important, and find ourselves wavering from our calling. Using concepts from Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved, Dr. Thomas will exposit Luke 3-4 contrasting the sweet voice of our Father with the dark lies of the enemy. This timely message will encourage you to contemplate your motivation for serving in the hard places.

2018 Conference - Reframing Work-Life Balance

Kristin Martel, Susan Rescorla Hata; The intensity of medical training and the pouring out of ourselves in medical practice can lead us to feel there is nothing left to give at home, in relationships or for personal self-care. Could our pursuit of "balance" be harmful, and could it be leading us away from Christ's desire to unify all areas of our lives under his Lordship. During this highly interactive session, we will propose a reframing of the culturally popular idea of work-life balance.