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1 Ten Reasons why Christian dental students need the Christian Dental Fellowship

2 Why are you doing dentistry? For the money? For the money? Because its interesting? Because its interesting? To help people? To help people? To serve God? To serve God? Because you like teeth? Because you like teeth?

3 How can you serve God through dentistry? Earning lots of money to give to your church, charities etc? Earning lots of money to give to your church, charities etc? Being a good dentist? Being a good dentist? Sharing your faith with all your patients and colleagues? Sharing your faith with all your patients and colleagues? Going overseas as a missionary dentist? Going overseas as a missionary dentist?

4 Wouldnt it be great if… There was someone who could help you integrate all aspects of your faith with your dental career… There was someone who could help you integrate all aspects of your faith with your dental career… Someone who could support and equip you so that youre: Someone who could support and equip you so that youre: not just a dentist who happens to be a Christian not just a dentist who happens to be a Christian nor a Christian who happens to be a dentist nor a Christian who happens to be a dentist but a real Christian dentist but a real Christian dentist Well, it just so happens that… Well, it just so happens that…

5 Thats exactly what CDF is for! For Christian dentists and dental students in the UK and Ireland For Christian dentists and dental students in the UK and Ireland Equipping you as a Christian in dentistry Equipping you as a Christian in dentistry to know who you are in Christ to know who you are in Christ to serve him through your profession to serve him through your profession to integrate your faith and work at all levels to integrate your faith and work at all levels

6 1. Christian dentists – a unique position Dentists have the privilege to: Dentists have the privilege to: Relieve pain Relieve pain Improve health, well-being and confidence Improve health, well-being and confidence Care for the vulnerable Care for the vulnerable Develop relationships within a cross-section of the community Develop relationships within a cross-section of the community We must take our responsibility seriously We must take our responsibility seriously Who will help you fulfil your calling? Who will help you fulfil your calling?

7 2. Contact with Christian graduates Learning from the example of Christian dentists Learning from the example of Christian dentists Real lives, real examples Real lives, real examples How we learn to follow Jesus How we learn to follow Jesus Via Via Prayer support Prayer support CDF Annual conference CDF Annual conference local groups local groups Friendships within CDF Friendships within CDF

8 3. Prayer Support From CDF Student Co-ordinators From CDF Student Co-ordinators Via CDF prayer calendar Via CDF prayer calendar Alan Vogt: Alan Vogt: Prayer networks Prayer networks Within dental schools Within dental schools Within regional groups Within regional groups With Christian dental friends With Christian dental friends For our overseas mission partners For our overseas mission partners

9 4. Annual CDF Conference October October 2009 GDPs, VDPs, specialists, mission partners, and dental students from all over the UK and beyond GDPs, VDPs, specialists, mission partners, and dental students from all over the UK and beyond Bible studies, clinical talks and mission reports Bible studies, clinical talks and mission reports Great fellowship with a cross-section of the profession Great fellowship with a cross-section of the profession Ask those whove been! Ask those whove been!

10 5. Supporting local groups Annual regional days Annual regional days Social events Social events Talks of interest Talks of interest Developing relationships between students and members of the profession Developing relationships between students and members of the profession

11 6. Encouraging Christian witness within the profession Testimonies and ideas from CDF members Testimonies and ideas from CDF members Courses (e.g. Saline Solution) Courses (e.g. Saline Solution) Helping dentists to integrate faith and practice Helping dentists to integrate faith and practice Bringing Christ into the consultation Bringing Christ into the consultation Support pack available for student groups Support pack available for student groups

12 7. Overseas issues With privilege comes responsibility With privilege comes responsibility Overseas dental mission Overseas dental mission Electives support (resources, grants) Electives support (resources, grants) Links to other organizations (e.g. Mercy Ships, Bridge2Aid, Dentaid) Links to other organizations (e.g. Mercy Ships, Bridge2Aid, Dentaid) Longer-term support Longer-term support ICMDA (International Christian Medical & Dental Association) ICMDA (International Christian Medical & Dental Association)

13 8. Christian Dental Literature On topics you need to think about: On topics you need to think about: Ethical decision making Ethical decision making Business decisions Business decisions Overseas dentistry Overseas dentistry Witnessing to colleagues/patients Witnessing to colleagues/patients Quarterly publication: CDF Newsround Quarterly publication: CDF Newsround Website: Website:

14 9. Speaking out on ethical issues Christian representation: Christian representation: Raman Bedi, Margaret Seward; both previous CDOs Raman Bedi, Margaret Seward; both previous CDOs Organizations like Dentaid raising awareness of global oral health needs Organizations like Dentaid raising awareness of global oral health needs Influencing policy and public opinion Influencing policy and public opinion Speakers for local events Speakers for local events Accountability between members of the profession Accountability between members of the profession

15 10. The student-VDP transition Prayer support Prayer support Local groups Local groups National conferences National conferences Supportive relationships between VDPs and senior practitioners/consultants Supportive relationships between VDPs and senior practitioners/consultants Mentoring and career choices Mentoring and career choices Range of specialists within CDF (e.g. Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Max-Fac) Range of specialists within CDF (e.g. Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Max-Fac)

16 So there are ten reasons… 1. The unique position of Christian dentists 2. Contact with Christian graduates 3. Prayer 4. CDF conference 5. Supporting local groups 6. Encouraging Christian witness within the profession 7. Overseas issues 8. Christian literature 9. Speaking out on ethical issues 10. The student-VDP transition

17 So why join us? Easier access to mailings and conferences Easier access to mailings and conferences Were here to support you throughout your training and throughout your career Were here to support you throughout your training and throughout your career £10 for students! £10 for students! Members are our lifeblood Members are our lifeblood you need us and we need you! you need us and we need you!

18 What is it that only you can do? All of us face hard decisions in prioritising our time, resources and efforts All of us face hard decisions in prioritising our time, resources and efforts What are the unique gifts and opportunities that God has given you to help build His kingdom? What are the unique gifts and opportunities that God has given you to help build His kingdom? For Christian dentists, this is a serious calling For Christian dentists, this is a serious calling How will we use our dental careers? How will we use our dental careers? CDF is there to help you! CDF is there to help you!


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