Member Care Europe
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“Member Care is the ongoing preparation, equipping and empowering of mission personnel for effective and sustainable life, ministry and work”
Global Member Care Network of the WEA Mission Commission in 2008
EMCC9 - Investing in People (EUR - DE)
The ninth European Member Care Convention will be held at Schönblick, Germany from 23-27 March 2014. Please put the dates in your diaries now!
Taking Jesus as our model, the them of EMCC9 - Investing in People will look at issues surrounding discipleship, calling and selection, equipping and empowering for service, preparing for suffering, and working with the broken and the fallen. We will also be tackling issues such as counselling from an Asian perspective, delivering MC via the internet, doing MC in difficult places, building safeguards against internet pornography, and helping short-term teams. For the first time, participants at EMCC9 will include those working in Human Resources. Attendance at EMCC9 will provide you with the opportunity to qualify for CE credits.
Serving as Singles - UK
A celebration of singleness in ministry, this retreat will be an affirming time helping single mission partners to embrace their situation in life, look to Christ to provide our needs, and discuss strategies for coping with the difficult aspects of being single. There will be time for teaching, discussion, prayer, silence and laughter. Open to all singles involved in mission whether unmarried, divorced or widowed. Led by Tim Herbert.
2 - 4 September 2013, Penhurst Retreat Centre, Sussex, UK
Améliorer nos Compétences Relationelles
Souvent, les plus grandes problèmes dans les Églises et oeuvres surgissent à cause de relations tendues entre personnes. Fondé sur notre aspiration à mieux comprendre ce que dit la Bible au sujet des relations interpersonnelles et de l'appliquer à situations particulières, l'objectif principal de cet atelier de formation est d'améliorer nos relations avec les autres: nos familles, nos amis, nos collègues, nos équipes, nos communautés...
Paris, 20-25 octobre 2013
Barnabas Zentrum - AT, HR, US
The Barnabas Zentrum team provides a holistic approach through counseling, consulting, training and encouragement to missionaries and Christian workers in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the USA.
Singles, couples, and families can come away to our counseling retreats at one of our three locations – Samobor (HR), Millstatt (AT), and Grand Junction, Colorado (US). These retreats serve as an opportunity to heal, gain perspective, and receive input and counsel from fellow missionary counselors in a confidential, safe atmosphere. Medical personnel are also available for consultation.
23 June - 5 July: Couples retreat, Samobor, HR
21 July - 2 Aug: Couples retreat, Samobor, HR
12-22 Aug: Family retreat, Zell am See, AT
16-28 June: Singles/couples retreat, Grand Junction CO
28 Jul - 9 Aug: Singles/couples retreat, Grand Junction CO
18 - 30 Aug: Singles/couples retreat, Grand Junction CO
The Journal of Missional Practice
The Missional Network this month is launching a new resource bringing disciplined academic thinking to the world of missional practice. This online journal is intended to be interactive, allowing the missions community to comment and feed back on the articles, or to submit their own for publication. Contributors include Babatunde Adedibu, Graham Cray, Dominic Erdozain, Craig Van Gelder, Juan Martinez, Stefan Paas, Martin Robinson and Alan Roxburgh.
The Syzygy Cars
Syzygy Missions Support Network has two cars, a Fiesta and a Galaxy, to lend to mission workers on Home Assignment or mission-related business in the UK. For more details follow the link above.
Face to Face - IT, NP
Traction is a 6-day experience coming September 21-27 2013 for men who serve in cross-cultural settings. This week of restoration is focused on helping men navigate their roles as leaders, in order to gain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward. Traction is designed to encourage cross-cultural workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Penhurst Retreat Centre - UK
Penhurst has a heart for mission, and specialises in support for mission partners, cross cultural workers and full-time Christian workers from the UK and overseas. We are a member Global Connections and our staff are committed to serving the mission community in every way possible.
We offer individuals or couples an opportunity to reflect on and talk about their experiences in ministry. We believe that you are in ministry if you are actively engaged in ‘meeting people where they are and helping them to get to where God wants them to be’. We recognise that some of us are called to minster in our home countries and others are called to do this overseas.
Personal debriefing is often done over the course of two or three hours, depending on individual need. There is an opportunity to discuss the difficult and stressful parts of ministry, as well as to share positive memories.
If relevant, we can also talk about how to recognise any signs of stress, and consider what might help. People who have recently returned from overseas may also choose to reflect on the transition to their home country. Future plans can be shared, and prayer may be offered.
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ELIM Renewal Retreats for Missionaries & Pastors - USA
Barnabas International and ELIM Retreat Ministries have posted dates for their 2013 Retreats on line at www.elimretreats.org
ELIM Retreats are renewal retreats for missionary and pastoral singles and couples. They are 6 days in length. The retreats are low key but intentional times of spiritual renewal, recovery and revival for international global workers and for full time local church pastors. The focus is deepening in a love relationship with Jesus Christ. Quiet study times are oriented towards Scriptural themes that emphasise spiritual formation and personal debriefing of where we really are in terms of spiritual growth. The Retreats are not meant to provide deep psychological counselling, but preventive pastoral care, and physical, emotional and spiritual renewal. The Retreats should not be construed as a "vacation", but a quiet and intentional time of hearing again the "still small voice."
Mission-Net is a growing movement among young Europeans. The congress conveys effective impulses for a holistic missional lifestyle, which is grounded locally and at the same time highlights the global dimension. Mission-Net is the only European Christian youth conference, which allows young Christians to be challenged with intercultural mission – in a multicultural setting.
3000 participants from 45 different countries will come together for the 3rd Mission-Net Congress over New Year 2013/2014. From 28.12.2013 to 02.01.2014 they will worship God and explore what it means to live a missional lifestyle today.
For more information go to the website.
Katafiyio Retreat House (CY)
A small traditional house in a picturesque village on the edge of the Machairas forest. A self-catering retreat house to resource those in ministry, providing a place of rest and spiritual refreshment. Available for holiday or for a structured retreat. A trained staff member is available to lead Individually Guided Retreats for 1-8 days. A brochure can be downloaded from the website and a video is available here.
The Oaks Oasis - IT
The Oaks Oasis in Italy provides a peaceful setting where you can be refreshed spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. They welcome all Christian workers to come for up to ten days to experience the Lord’s peace. Suggested Donations: Single/Couple 50€/night, Family 65€/night. This ministry on a donations-only basis; please do not let finances keep you from taking advantage of a much-needed rest.
MA in Member Care - UK
Taught by experts in the field, Redcliffe College’s new MA in Member Care recognises the need to have a Biblical basis underpinning practice, as well as understanding cross-cultural perspectives and their effect on individuals and groups. Challenges such as crisis response and trauma debriefing will be addressed, and there is the opportunity to focus on a specific context or Member Care issue through an optional module.
This MA is available in flexible learning mode. Students complete the MA over 3-4 years, studying in a combination of three-week summer school residential intensives, and self-study with email support (on average 10-15 hours a week).
Singing the Lord's Song in a Foreign Land
Singing the Lord’s Songs in a Foreign land: Biblical Reflections for Expatriates is a book designed to assist and encourage people who live overseas. It is especially appropriate for missionaries and perfect for those struggling with cultural adjustment. In it you will find biblical reflections offering insight into the struggles of living in a foreign land.
The print version of this book can be ordered anywhere in the world for $8.95 at www.createspace.com/3713708. It is also available for $4.95 for electronic readers. Click here for the direct link for Kindle. For other electronic versions go to: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/102583.