About NCFI

From a short video preview, to the Vision, Mission and Strategic Plans of NCFI, you will find in this section all you need to know about this dynamic organisation, and how it connects Christian nurses around the world.

Our History

Nurses Christian Fellowship International, was founded in 1958 as an independent, non-denominational, non-governmental, non-partisan corporation comprised of national Nurses Christian Fellowships (NNCFs).  From its beginnings, when Scottish nurse, Johan Allen began to search out countries where there were Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) groups, and bring them together for mutual benefit, NCFI has been connecting nurses worldwide.

 The remarkable story of the foundation, expansion and development of this unique organisation can be found in a book by Pat Ashworth, a past President of NCFI. (Ashworth, P. (2012) A History of Nurses Christian Fellowship International. The first 50 years. Belfast, Blackstaff Press).

The June 2020 issue of the Christian Nurses International Journal, highlights the vision and inspirational leadership that moved forward the ministry of NCFI, internationally and regionally, from its beginnings to the present day.

Our Purpose and Mission

The purpose of NCFI

is to connect Christian nurses around the world, equipping them to live out their faith in professional practice.

The Mission of NCFI

is to equip and encourage Christian nurses to integrate Biblical principles and Christ-centered values in clinical practice, leadership, education and research.

The Aims of NCFI

are detailed in the Constitution, which you can view in our Whitepapers section in Resources.

President's Greeting

Tove Giske
Dr Tove Giske

NCFI is here to equip and encourage us as Christian nurses so we can live out our faith in our everyday work, whether it be bedside nursing, leadership, leadership, education or research.  As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus and to live our lives to the glory of God. For many of our patients/clients/residents/ and their next of kin, we might be the only Jesus they experience.

God’s support and care for me helps me to keep on aiming to be the best professional teacher, researcher and colleague I can be. To have the awareness of serving God through my everyday life, encourages me to have updated professional knowledge in my area, to continue to develop my skills and to work on my attitudes. In this process, I often am reminded of Hagar’s experience when she had a very difficult life situation (Genesis 16:13). God met her and she experiences that God saw her situation and was there to help her. That strengthened her to do what was right.

So, serving a God who sees, has given us an example to follow in our daily work. It is not always easy, as what we see might challenge us to speak up for the individual person’s needs, for injustice, for unethical or unprofessional practice. Alone it is overwhelming to stay open to all the needs and challenges we see, therefore we need fellowship. Your national NCF and NCFI can be such a fellowship, and with modern technology, distance is no longer an obstacle.

NCFI has national fellowships in more than 30 countries all over the world that offer local and national fellowship, education and support.  We also offer associate membership to individual students and nurses/midwives from countries where there is no Nurses Christian Fellowship yet. For students and young graduates, we have our Next Generation (NG) work. In addition to courses the International Institute of Christian Nursing offers, NCFI provides online resources such as the NCFI Cares; a bi-monthly encouragement and our free online journal; Christian Nurse International. You will find ways to connect at our website.

I greet you with a well-known psalm that reminds us about God’s faithfulness, mercy and support:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father

There is no shadow of turning with Thee

Though changes not, Thy compassion, they fail not

As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

 

Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by morning new mercies I see

All I have needed Thy hand has provided

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

 Tove Giske

President NCFI

Our Beliefs

Statement of Faith

Our Culture

Through the Constitution, NCFI states its purpose and aims and describes the relationship to its members.

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