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Ministering to the faith needs of our patients. What health professionals could do as an integral part of Total Patient Care. Why minister to the faith needs?. Unavoidable two-level interaction: Professional-to-patient: focus  patient need Person-to-person: focus  total person/context

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ministering to the faith needs of our patients

Ministering to the faith needs of our patients

What health professionals could do

as an integral part of Total Patient Care

why minister to the faith needs
Why minister to the faith needs?
  • Unavoidable two-level interaction:
    • Professional-to-patient: focus  patient need
    • Person-to-person: focus  total person/context
  • Inescapable faith-health interaction:
    • Faith problem as (contributing) cause of disease
    • Faith problem as complicating factor
    • Faith contributes to healing process
what do we mean by faith needs
What do we mean by faith needs?
  • Faith aspect: Everything that has to do with the invisible world and how we relate to it
    • God / angels
    • Devil / idols / demons / spirits
    • Unusual powers / miracles / magic / curses
  • Examples of other areas of need:
    • Social / Psychological / Somatic / Judicial etc
  • Healthcare professionals focus on health-related aspects of faith / faith-needs
anamnesis diagnosis in faith area
Anamnesis / diagnosis in faith area
  • Explore relationship with God / angels
    • Consider Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • Truly born again? / Living in the fullness of the Spirit?
  • Occult influences
    • Curses / family line
    • “Opened” eyes / hands
    • Past exposure to occult influences
  • Explore relationship with idols / spirits / demons
    • Idolizing of people / things / concepts
  • Signs and symptoms of demonization
    • Bible / Prayer / Fellowship / Sleep / Fear / Restlessness
diagnostic tree

Trance behaviour / associated beliefs

Diagnostic tree

Organic mental disorder

Known organic aetiology

Psychotic decision tree

Psychotic features / disorder / bizarre behaviour

Attention-seeking / malingering

Goal obviously recognizable?

Symptoms under voluntary control?

Imitating possession

Trance state assoc with person, ritual, group induction?

Unhealthy religious ideation?

Person recognized shaman, witch, diviner, spiritist?

Occultist who needs deliverance

Blasphemous responses?

Person object of incantation, charm, spell, curse, amulet?

Occult bondage needs deliverance

Person responding to induction techniques by hypnotist

Histrionic personality disorder

Demonization

Dissociation

Suggestibility

treatment in faith area
Treatment in faith area
  • As with any other treatment: informed consent
  • If not yet born again  share the Gospel
  • If not living in fullness  pray for the fullness
  • If not knowing Father’s love  share it
  • If under curse / demonization  deliverance
what is the gospel
What is the Gospel?

Wall of Sin

I

I

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Not yet Christian

Obedient Christian

Disobedient Christian

how to share the gospel
How to share the Gospel
  • Preparation
    • Memorize a Gospel presentation
    • Intercession / walk in the Spirit – also in workplace!
  • Share Gospel piece by piece
  • Check understanding before continuing
  • Pray sinner’s prayer together
  • Help towards certainty of salvation
  • Make appointment for follow-up
  • If uncertain how to do this:
    • Serving God in the Health Field correspondence course
deliverance
Deliverance

Do with a team if at all possible

  • Recognize deception, Isaiah 6: 5
  • Repent, Psalm 51
  • Reconciliation through Jesus’ blood, Rev 12: 11
  • Renounce / get rid of unclean things, Acts 19: 19
  • Renewal: Put off old + on new, Col 3: 5-17
  • Submit and then resist, James 4: 7
  • Reckon dead to sin + alive to God, Rom 6: 1-12
  • Public confession of faith, Romans 10: 9-10
  • Growth in the faith, Ephesians 4: 23
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Sick and dying

Local churches

Health workers

Collaboration:

overlapping area of faith-health interaction

Ministry concept

what is your response
What is your response?
  • Self-diagnosis:
    • Is Jesus Christ on the throne of your heart?
    • Where do you want Him to live?
  • Surrender:
    • Are you going to minister to the relevant faith needs of your patients?