Session 1 Gospel Shaped social businesses in the city. Sean Mullan Dublin
Seán Mullan is from Ireland and worked in church-planting and leadership over twenty years. In recent years he has developed a social business in Dublin called Third Space.
This workshop will look at the enormous potential for social businesses to form part of a wider gospel movement in a city. It will help you understand what a social business is, how to ensure it is shaped by the gospel and how you can start one, or several, in your city.
Session 2 City Upheaval and the Gospel: Learning from and responding to the new situation of our cities during the Refugee Crisis -
Alexandros Pipilios and Tim Coomar.
Alexandros Pipilios and Tim Coomar planted Exarcheia Church in 2013 in the heart of a neighbourhood in Athens that is considered the anarchist capital of Europe. In 2014, one year before the major refugee crisis, they established through their church plant an NGO for unaccompanied refugees minors, which then had to expand significantly during the crisis, establishing two day centres, two shelters, and other activities. From the beginning, the refugee work was fully integrated with the long-term vision of the plant. The recent influx of refugees to Europe has generated multiple socio-political responses and realities in our cities. As church plants, what can we learn and how can we be involved in this new upheaval of society? How does church planting allow for a unique response to and engagement with the refugee crisis? And how does this promote the spread of the Gospel? In this workshop we will talk about how to assess the situation, hear the responses of the various activist groups, and come up with a new synthesis, grounded on the gospel, that will shape our churches into an effective presence in our neighbourhoods.
Session 3: Urban discipleship: European and ancient. Gert-Jan Roest Amsterdam and Andras Lovas Budapest.
Andras Lovas and Gert-Jan Roest both have been involved in church-planting and in the teaching/training of pastors.
Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” The challenge for us in City to City is to respond to this from within the urban centers of Europe. In this workshop we want to look to two aspects of this challenge: structure and content.
- Structure. For many years we have thought that you first change the thinking of people and then their lives would automatically change too. First present the truth, then apply it. However, somehow the results of this approach are limited. Is there an alternative? Yes, a very ancient one. In the early church the approach to helping people become disciples was much more holistic. We will take a good look at this ancient wisdom and discuss ways to implement it in our European cities.
- Content. We will also look to some specific content challenges within the European (Western) context. There are some specific pictures that keep us captive and prevent us to see the glory of the gospel. These pictures function like idols of the Western world and they tend to paralyze discipleship. We will discuss what this means for urban discipleship in the European context.
Session 4 Forming City Networks. Jonathan Bell and Andy Weatherley Birmingham.
We know we cannot reach the city on our own. So how do I turn a vision for a network of church planting churches into a reality? Our aim in this seminar is to give you a vision and a framework for forming City Networks; from establishing the right DNA to forging the relationships so that you can take the next steps in developing a healthy network in your own city.
Session 5 (Re)Focus as a church planter. Petra de Jong and Peter Visser Amsterdam.
As consultants in home missions in the Christian Reformed Churches in The Netherlands, Petra and Peter train and coach pioneers and church planters. Besides this, they counsel local churches in a two-year missionary renewal journey and advice leadership in mission, church organisation and evangelism.
Working as a church planter in the Mission Dei can bring a lot of challenges. Especially when you work from a ‘serving-first model’ (contrary to ‘worship-first’) in which you do not start with church services, but with serving others. How to find focus for your head, heart and hands when you start or when you are busy being a church planter?
In this workshop, Petra and Peter offer you a basic line as a reference for you and your team, to know where you stand, what needs to be addressed and how your context/network can be helpful in this. Based on the ideas of ‘integral mission’ and lessons learned in the Dutch missionary context.
Using the real-life situation of the participants, we will together try to get a picture of the process you are presently in and which direction you want to go. We try to offer you enough tools to be able to set the first steps of change within the next 72 hours and while back home to continue with this process.
Do you feel stuck in your process, or do you need to have a better overview of the process in which you are, dare to be challenged and attend this workshop.