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Breakout Session II


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Session 6: Transforming the gap. The Arts as mediator between church and the city. Sude Hope, Hamburg

Sude studied Arts in Social Transformation and works as Artist & Community builder. She designs and realizes artistic projects to foster crosscultural encounter in urban spaces in Europe, Asia and Africa. She helps churchplants to connect with their cities using different creative methods and interventions.The space between church and the city is full of chance for encounter and transformation. This workshop will show ways how to use it and give practical examples of recent projects in Europe. Gods waiting on the threshold between church and the city and there is a lot more to discover for church in the 21st century.

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Session 7 At the intersection of faith and culture: A vision for Christian cultural expressiveness - Rene Breuel Rome

René Breuel is the Lead Pastor of Hopera, a church in Rome, Italy, which started in 2012 and is currently planting its second daughter church. He has a MDiv from Regent College, Canada, an MSt in Creative Writing from Oxford University, and is the author of The Paradox of Happiness.
How do we communicate the gospel beyond the walls of our churches? This workshop will present a biblical vision for engaging our cities' ideas and narratives and tell the story of a church plant's experiments with seeker groups, artistic events, public debates and conversations, and cultural production.

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Session 8:From Startup to Community: Leadership challenges. Peter Wieringa.

Peter coaches and trains churchplant teams and pioneers in the Netherlands since 2005. He is a mission consultant for the Dutch NGK en GKv denominations. He is co-owner of several startups that support churches with tools, training, games or long-term support. Starting a churchplant with a couple of likeminded people is just the first step towards a christian community. A new and growing community demands changes in structure, engagement and responsibility. For that to happen asks much of you as a leader. Will you be able to transform from pioneer / evangelist to pastor / manager / shepherd? This workshop gives an overview of churchplant-stadia. And of the major changes you should be able to make in your style of leadership for your churchplant to become a community.
In small groups you will discuss and evaluate your type of churchplant and of your own style of leadership in it.


Why we should plant and lead churches of Missional Communities. Mike Ely.

Mike Ely is a church planter with our Soma Family of Churches and helps out with Saturate Coaching. He spent 10 years church planting in Romania and continues to be involved there and with some other church planters around Europe.

Mike is planning on talking about: Why we should plant and lead churches of Missional Communities and what a Missional Community can look like in a European context.

Earlier Event: October 31