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Kate Abraham, Calvin Gross, Rachel Reiss, Paul Abraham; The sin of idolatry is hard to ignore during medical school -- desiring the best education, the most knowledge, the best grades, entrance to a top residency program, popularity, respect, comfort. Praise Jesus that the Gospel offers so much more than that, and for the accountability that the Body of Christ (including the CCHF network!) provides. Come hear the stories of four very imperfect medical students as they pursue a perfect God and His commandment to make disciples of all nations.
2018 Conference - Pragmatism vs. Principle: Uncovering What Really Matters in Life and Pursuing That
Scott Stringfield; Medicine often shifts students away from their first calling to serve. Faith can guide us through the turbulent waters of medical training. Direction in life, direction in faith expression, values that guide us all through our faith, and being able to correctly and spiritually be a man or woman of principle and not people who are pragmatic like so many in society, medicine and life. Realign your thinking to the service aligned with the Scriptures.
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.
Bill Morehouse; We all enter our faith with the hope that our lives will get better, and that we'll impart the blessings of life in Christ to those we serve and serve alongside. However, somewhere along the way the dream can become disappointing, frustrating, tedious, discouraging, and even broken. How can we pick back up and continue to grow and enjoy life while resisting and recovering from life's setbacks? Will God fix us and the situations we find ourselves in, or is brokenness our inevitable destination? This session will help you make a biblical/clinical analysis of your condition, and apply lessons from others and our own history to rediscover the enduring Hope that we are meant to enjoy in Christ.
Robert Campbell; God desires us to be fruitful, effective, visionary disciples for His glory and our joy. That is our norm. So when we feel fruitless, ineffective, and blind, we need to know how to rebound. This session will help instruct those new to this type of ministry, who are excited about entering into the field of missional medicine, and it will encourage those who have been at this a while and who are weary from years of labor. Robert Campbell, co-founder of Christ Community Health Services of Augusta, will share from God’s word and discuss his experiences of over 10 years of healthcare ministry among the poor in Augusta, Georgia.
Bill Morehouse; The more divided and spiritually confused our nation and world become and the more beyond social and political solutions our problems appear to grow, the more we find ourselves crying out with aching hearts, "How long O Lord will you wait? Rain your Holy Spirit on us and rescue, heal, and restore us! Bring us times of refreshing and revival!" Do we actually know what we're asking for? And are we and our ministries prepared when the Lord answers in the affirmative? How can and should we be preparing now for an outpouring of grace in our communities in the foreseeable future? This session is a call within our community to understand the times and know what we should do.
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.
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.
This session addresses three concepts that have shaped Christian response to healthcare among the poor. It is important that those of us in missional medicine understand these distinctions and how they impact approaches to ministry.