An inspiring choice of afternoon workshop tracks will give further opportunity to dig deeper into a topic you are particularly interested in.
Each Track will run for two days only (either Mon-Tue or Wed-Thu), but will not be repeated. Therefore you will have the opportunity to attend two different tracks during the week.
Track 1: Creation Care in Practice
This workshop will focus on practical options for creation care. We will learn more about the work of Plastic Bank to fight ocean plastic pollution.
Sarah Kaweesa will share about the creation care work done by A Rocha Uganda.
Track 2: Undivided Witness
Undivided Witness presents ten key principles linking community development and the emergence of vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the ‘least reached’.
We will explore this uncharted missiological space, drawing on decades of serving and learning among communities in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South, Central and Southeast Asia.
Track 3: Risk Assessment and management - RAM
This track is for people planning to serve in / serving in high-risk environments, and for people who lead / send out teams which might face danger and unrest, working in challenging settings. The training is centred on ‘Risk Assessment and Management‘ (RAM),
based on a theology of risk.
- analysing the risk in uncertainty
- understand your predictable responses in risk
- responding holistically to risk for yourself, your family and those ‚back home‘
- how to address increasing anxiety
Track 4: Overcoming neo colonialism - how to work alongside the poor
– use of local languages and resources cuts a foreigner down to size
There is no joy quite like the privilege of being able to share about Jesus with a foreign people on the level. That is to say – using their language, in a way that they understand, coming across as someone who cares about them, who wants to be with them, who is ready to laugh with them and cry with them.
How does one learn to engage with poor communities around the world in their own languages? How can you become a friend and confidant in a community that is, apart from being very poor, very different from your own? The answer is love; love that has much to do with sacrifice.
Indigenous churches do things very differently from what we are used to in the West. They only know indigenous languages. Many beat big drums. They wear white gowns, they dance – at times violently. They don’t know much about theology, but what they do know really affects them. It’s a privilege just to be able to turn up and join in …
Perceiving such opportunities, in this track we will reflect (and discuss)
– on the value of local languages and local resources – and the ambiguity of money and outside resources & languages
– on the necessity of true, near, vulnerable inculturization – and on the need for time and priority of long term language learning and use
– on a biblical understanding of the blessing of diversity, ethnicity and languages
– on a biblical understanding of „when helping hurts and charity destroys dignity“
– on possibilities of „vulnerable mission“ that result in empowering local people and their God-given capacities and resources.
Track 5: Urban Transformation (excursions)
We will visit some local Urban Transformation initiatives in downtown Berlin to learn from their experiences.
Hope Kreuzberg is a church planting project in Kreuzberg. For several years now, there has been a small Christian café at Kottbusser Tor, one of the most challenging places in Berlin. This was run by Teen Challenge for more than ten years. For several years, Teen Challenge’s ministry focus has shifted to another location and Hope Kreuzberg has been using the premises almost daily for six years now. People in need receive hot meals here, experience a calm healing atmosphere in the café and are accompanied in their various problems. In addition to addicts from all over the world, some „normal“ people also come to the café. However, very few of them are native Germans.
Alabaster Jar was launched in Berlin in 2006 and aims to see life transformation in individuals working in Berlin’s sex industry by communicating the love of Christ. The vision is a world free from sexual exploitation – where people are no longer bought and sold as products; where victims of sexual exploitation find true healing and restoration; and where all people actively seek to protect and care for their most vulnerable.
Track 6: Urban Church and Community Mobilisation
Historically development organisations around the world have focused on rural poverty. Many effective models for Christian Community Development, and particularly Church and Community Mobilisation, have been developed in these contexts. However, with increasing urbanisation, are these models fit for purpose in mobilising churches and dealing with issues of poverty within urban populations? This workshop track provides an opportunity to bring together both urban conceptual thinking and practical experience to help us consider urban contexts in an effective way and to learn from one another by sharing experiences of mobilising churches for integral mission in urban contexts. We will hear from the learning and experience from colleagues from Nigeria, Kenya, Netherlands and beyond.
Track 7: Peace and Reconciliation
War in Ukraine, Armenia, Ethiopia, Syria, and other places around the world, never ending conflicts around injustice, occupation, economic pressure in Israel/Palestine, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar – this is a long list of violent, destructive human behaviour. How does one talk about peace and, even more, reconciliation in the context of violence?
Track 8: Basics of Christian Community Development
This track has historically been the hallmark of CCD conferences and is aimed at those who are interested in engaging in community development from a clear biblical foundation, whether they are starting out in their faith-based community development journey or have been involved for some time. Run over 2 afternoons the track will be interactive and participatory and identify key principles for faithful biblical community development that can be applied to any context, from the urban north to the rural global south.
Sessions will include:
- understanding the biblical mandate for engaging with the marginalised and those who live in poverty
- exploring integral approaches to mission
- an analysis of understandings of ‘poverty’ and how this shapes our response
- an examination of the goal and strategies for community transformation from a biblical basis
- an exploration of the core principles of participation, sustainability and empowerment in practice
- an introduction to asset-based approaches to Community Development.
Track 9: A Church fit for the future
Overview: A Church that is fit for the future is one that is structured and equipped for faithful participation in God’s mission of wholistic, integral salvation. On day one of this track we will explore a model of such a mission-centric Church that is drawn from research of the practices of Christian development organisations. Day two will break down the understanding of a future-fit Church to a practical, tangible level and explore new ways of being and acting. Both days will be highly interactive, so please come prepared to share from your own experience.
Track 10: Business for Transformation (B4T)
- Sharing experiences in implementing B4T in the majority world
- How can we support each other in that field?
- We plan a live Zoom talk to include two B4T practitioners in East-Africa into the discussion