Pre-Congress Courses

Pre-Congress Courses: Descriptions and Schedules


The Values – Based Teacher

This is a new course, designed for all teachers of NCFI courses, such as the Art and Science of Spiritual care and the Biblical Leadership in Nursing. From 2024 NCFI will require that all who teach NCFI courses to take this course, in addition to Train-the-Trainer courses for the course they will teach.

Values based education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement and develops students’ social and relationship skills that are long lasting. This course is designed to help nurses who plan to become teachers of NCFI courses to enhance their understanding of the fundamentals of Christian values in teaching and learning. Key strategies and principles will be taught to enable those teaching the course to grow a sense of confidence and competence in teaching others. The course will be of value to all teachers as the course incorporates the art of teaching like Jesus and integrating the Christian values affirmed by NCFI. The course is taught between 8 – 9 hours.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm


Biblical Leadership in Nursing

NCFI recognizes that nurses are leaders at all levels: at the bedside, in the community, in churches, in academia, research and in global issues. Nurses therefore need to be trained to develop the skill set and strategies to be the kind of leaders that God calls them to be. NCFI leaders have developed a model of leadership that is patterned after the way Jesus led: the Leader as Servant, Shepherd, Steward, and Scholar. This training is designed for three levels of leadership development. It focuses on the professional leader, the clinical leader at the point of care, and leadership skills at a personal level. It may be used in one or all levels of training. A Bible study is provided at the end of each module for personal or group use. The program is taught between 12-16 hours, and participants will get a Participants Book with all the slides used in the educational program.

The objectives are:
1. Integrate, articulate, and implement the rich tradition of Christian leadership
2. Strengthen and impact individual nurses, communities, and the organizations they serve through Christian Leadership skills
3. Engage and inspire nurses in their on-going growth as future leader4. Ground leaders and their organizations in the foundational, Biblical values to ensure the mission of NCFI is preserved.
4, Ground leaders and their organizations in the foundational, Biblical values to ensure the mission of NCFI is preserved.

Saturday, July 11, 2020  8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020   1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Monday, July 13, 2020 8:00 am-12:00 pm


The Art and Science of Spiritual Care  (including Train the Trainer Course)

Please note revised schedule

Nurses’ Christian Fellowship International values the spiritual needs of every person and recognizes the need for nurses to provide excellent, evidence-based spiritual care. The “Art and Science of Spiritual Care” has been developed to provide practicing nurses with state of the science knowledge in the specialty of spiritual care. This is not an evangelism course; it is a professional nursing course developed to help Christian nurses identify and address spiritual care needs in a variety of settings for any patient coming from any various religious/spiritual belief and backgrounds, or even a patient who has no faith tradition at all. To that end, the curriculum is designed to be: Christian in orientation; Global in scope; Based on the best available scientific evidence; Focused on practical application; Flexible in its pedagogy; Student centered; and culturally sensitive.

The program is designed to be taught over 12 hours. It will be taught in English. There are four sessions and each has its own set of objectives. The four sessions are:

Session One: Spiritual Care Overview: Content and Mandate
Session Two: Spiritual Care Assessment
Session Three: Spiritual Interventions & Care
Session Four: Challenges in Spiritual Care Giving

Participants are invited to take the Train the Trainer (TTT) course after they have completed the ASSC course. On Monday following the ASSC program, six (6) hours of TTT didactic content will be provided.  In addition, to complete the training, there will be a “take home assignment” that can be completed and turned in during the conference or sent to the ASSC coordinator after return home.  ASSC TTT is not complete until all the assignments have been completed at an acceptable level as judged by the ASSC Programme Lead.

The target group for the Train-the-Trainer-course of the Art and Science of Spiritual Care course is nurses with experience in teaching or with practical experience in spiritual care with an interest to teach others about professional spiritual care in nursing. The Train-The-Trainer-course is for nurses that are in agreement with the NCFI’s statement of faith ( and will prepare nurses to teach others the NCFI Educational Program of The Art and Science of Spiritual Care.

12 hour ASSC Course:

Saturday, July 11, 2020  8:00am-4:30pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020  1:00pm-5:00pm

6 hour Train the Trainer (TTT) course:
Monday July 13, 2020 8:30am to 3:00 pm


Faith Community Nursing (FCN)

The Faith Community/Parish Nurse Foundation Course (FCN/PN). This 36.5 hour Foundation Course that prepares R.N.’s to serve on the staff of a congregation with a health ministry. The Course will focus on prevention of illness, maintenance of health and meeting spiritual needs of the church congregates.  It is offered through a partnership between the International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC)-Westberg Institute (WI) and Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI).  The faculty will be experienced FCN/PN’s approved by NCFI and WI.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Friday, July 10, 2020 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:00 pm-4:30 pm


Saline Process Witness Training (SPWT)

This Saline Process program includes both the Saline Process Witness Training and the Training The Trainers courses. The course will be offered both in Spanish* and English. Participants may choose one or the other.

The purpose of the SPWT is to equip health care workers to be witnesses for Christ in their clinical settings. Nurses around the world come from places where spiritual openness ranges from very open to very closed, yet because it is biblically based, the Saline Process is relevant to each of these different cultures and healthcare settings. By use of presentations, discussions, case studies, & role plays, participants learn eight tools that can be put into practice with their patients and colleagues. Throughout the course, participants grow in their ability to assess a patient’s attitude toward Christ and learn how to respond appropriately, always applying the ethical principles of permission, sensitivity, and respect. Those who complete the course will receive follow-up emails over the coming year to encourage them in living out what they have learned. They will also be invited to an on-line community where they can share their experiences and questions with others and connect to those with whom they took the course.

The Saline Process training is a part of a process whereby healthcare workers are equipped and encouraged to be part of the Lord’s work in our world in response to His call for us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). We look forward to having you join us as we meet the opportunities and challenges of our world today with a Christ-centered response!

* “Proceso Salina: Un curso para mejorar nuestras habilidades como testigos de Cristo en nuestro lugar de trabajo. Sabiendo que somos sal y luz, este curso nos desafía a entrar en acción y nos muestra tanto las barreras como las oportunidades que vamos a tener.  El énfasis está en dos puntos:

  1.  Esto es un proceso, Dios está trabajando en nosotros y a través de nosotros en nuestro entorno.
  2. El poder es de Dios a través de la oración y nuestra total dependencia de Él

Saline Process Witness  Training (SPWT)
Saturday, July 11, 2020 8:00am-4:30pm; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Saline Process Train-the-Trainer (SPTTT)
Sunday, July 12, 2020 8:00am-4:30pm (Note: participants will meet together instead of attending a local church.)
Monday, July 13, 2020 8:30am-3:30pm.

The SPTTT is a practical course which includes preparation for how to teach the SPWT to others.  However, even those who do not plan to teach the SPWT course may find it beneficial, as SPTTT participants have reported that this course is a helpful review of the material taught in the SPWT.

SPTTT participants should be aware that permission to teach the SPWT course is granted only to those who have completed the SPTTT course and also are members/associates of NCF or another International Saline Partnership organization.

For futher enquiries about this course contact Carol Rowley

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