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Peter Saunders

Peter Saunders was born in New Zealand and originally trained as a general surgeon before serving with the Africa Inland Mission in Kenya and completing two years mission training at All Nations Christian College in the UK. Since 1992 he served full-time with Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members, first as Head of Student Ministries, and since 1999 as Chief Executive. During this time he was also Campaign Director of the Care Not Killing Alliance, a coalition of over 40 organisations in the UK promoting palliative care and opposing euthanasia.  Since January 2019 he has been CEO of the International Christian Medical and Dental Association which brings together national fellowship of Christian doctors and dentists in over 80 countries worldwide. His current work involves leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission and writing. His wife Kirsty is a community pediatrician and they have three adult sons, Chris, Ben and Jonno.;;;



Bioethics and the Christian Mind

Cultural shift throughout Europe has led to Judeo-Christian values being jettisoned and a secular humanist worldview and values increasingly imposed. The toxic cocktail of scientific materialism, consumerism, moral relativism and radical autonomy has opened the lid of a Pandora’s box of new biotechnologies, including artificial reproduction, pre-implantation diagnosis, embryonic stem cell research, DNA editing, three-parent embryos, and animal-human hybrids. In addition, economic recession and demographic shift provide a serious threat to vulnerable people (those who are disabled, elderly, sick or unborn) through legalised euthanasia and abortion whilst there are pressures on Christian healthcare professionals who are forced to conform as part of their ‘public duty’. These threats will increase in the coming decade.  This session will provide a biblical framework for a Christian response to these complex issues and outline principles of engagement through dialogue and advocacy.


Communicating Biblical Truth to a Secular Culture through the Media with Clarity, Creativity, and Confidence

In today’s global cyber-village, stories on issues at the interface of Christianity and culture generate a huge amount of media interest and publicity. This creates great opportunities to impart a Christian worldview perspective for those who are willing to take the necessary risks and seize the opportunities on offer. It is essential that a Christian view is heard clearly and is able to shape media dialogue and public policy, and yet many Christians seem reluctant to put their heads above the parapet and speak out. Responding effectively to these opportunities requires courage, planning, monitoring, wisdom and grace. Training can help, but the best way of learning is to get involved and learn on the job.  Based on extensive experience in the UK campaigning and speaking on issues at the interface of Christianity and medicine this session will examine how to get involved with attention to messaging, media training, consultancy, delivery and use of social media.


Post-Forum Seminar

Confident Christianity

Originally designed by the Christian Medical Fellowship to help medical students share their faith, and refined over 25 years, the Confident Christianity course is designed to help you understand the non-Christian mindset and share your faith confidently and articulately in the way the Apostles did it – in understandable language, in a safe place and with the opportunity for discussion. It covers such questions as: making a worldview diagnosis, what makes Christianity unique, the journey to faith, exposing presuppositions, God’s role and ours in evangelism, the Gospel message, Apostolic models of sharing it, dealing with our fears, answering difficult questions, the best reasons for belief, starting with the truth they know, avoiding circular arguments, dealing with relativism, the elements of successful evangelism and the faith decision.  It is a programme which, once caught, can be taught to others.


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