“STAY THE COURSE”
Come join 150-200 church, mission leaders and refugee workers across Europe to be encouraged, share resources, best practices and practical ideas for ministering to refugees. This year’s theme is ‘Stay The Course’ and we’ll think together about how to stay on track doing Refugee Ministry in Europe. Every morning we have Ron van der Spoel as our plenary speaker and we also take time for worship, prayer, group discussions and workshops about various topics related to refugee ministry. In the afternoons ministry visits will be offered to see how Refugee Ministry in the Netherlands changes lives of many. Also time for more in-depth sessions, training and networking will be offered. In the evening you are welcome to hang out and network in the evening cafe, or join for a panel discussion on topics like Unaccompanied Minors or Justice.
The Roundtable starts by signing in on Monday February 5th at 4pm and is done on Thursday evening February 8th at 9pm . You are welcome to stay another night and leave Friday morning after breakfast.
Plenary Speaker Ron van der Spoel
Rev. Ron van der Spoel is a 49 year old pastor, married with Annette and father of three daughters of 22, 20 and 18 years. Ron served three churches in The Netherlands for almost 20 years, the last one being a church plant. Now he trains pastors around the world for Open Doors International and is the prayer pastor of a mission organization in Holland, called IZB. He supports local churches in renewing their prayer life in order to renew their church life. He teaches Missional Preaching at several seminaries around the world and is a frequent preacher in churches and at conferences. He serves his hometown Amersfoort as a member of the City Council. Ron has first-hand experience with some of the issues that have driven many of today’s refugees from their countries. He works with churches that are reaching out to refugees, and he will address some of the pastoral issues that are relevant for churches involved in refugee ministry.
Although the schedule is not totally fixed yet and things might slightly change, please find a general overview of the schedule below which can be helpful for your personal planning!
Monday, 5 February 2018
16.00 Arrival and registration
19.30 Opening session
21.00 Evening Cafe
Tuesday, 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 February 2018
09.00 Devotions & Worship
09.45 Morning Plenary
11.00 ` Coffee break
11.30 Workshops I
14:00 Tracks & Ministry Visits
19.30 Evening Plenary
21.00 Evening Cafe
Friday, 9 February 2018
08.00 Breakfast & Departure
1. Leading a Refugee Ministry or Organization
2. Trauma & Pastoral Care
3. Equipping Churche
4. Legal Issues
5. Women’s Ministry
Afternoon Ministry Visits
1. Tuesday: House of Peace + Refuge Ministries
2. Wednesday: Local Refugee Camp
3. Thursday: Still Kept a Secret. 😉
Morning Workshop Offerings
Click Here to get a complete overview of about 25 workshops being offered!