Blog by Hans Euser Church life sometimes resembles a football match. A small club toils and the large crowd watches. It is as if Paul is only half understood. He writes that “God has given apostles and prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers…for the work of his service, the building up of the body” (Ephesians 4:11-12). At least that's how it often goes. The church planter, the pioneer or pastor, and the team leading the way, or the singing leader and the children's worker, run wild and the rest… Those who do understand Paul well know that apostles and such are not given to do all the work, but "to equip the saints for the work of his service." They should not do the work themselves, that is the task of the community! The pastor and evangelist are called to equip.
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Meeting other Christians. Share experiences. Inspire, sharpen and encourage each other. Praying, eating, thinking, talking and growing together. These are the main ingredients of the ICP network day for pastors and pioneers. On October 15, we gathered in Amersfoort on the theme of 'Equip' and it was a beautiful morning. The key question was, “How do we motivate and activate each other, our team, the community?” Each member of the community is meant to flourish in the gifts and talents God has given. Together we build a strong church. Thus we are formed into the unity of the perfect man (Ephesians 4:11-13). Liz Wiseman wrote the book Multipliers for leaders who want to get twice as much out of their team. We can master the skills that help us to motivate our team. Below is an overview of skills that suit multipliers and their counterparts 'diminishers'. What do you recognize yourself in? What unconscious behavior can you adapt to progress from Diminisher to Multiplier? If you want to know more about this, you can read Liz Wiseman's book. Multipliers - revised and updated - Opwekking (opwekking-webwinkel.nl) In addition to knowledge about successful management techniques, we
By Michele Atsma - da Silva Then the LORD God planted a garden on the east side of Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. Gen. 2:8 For many years I was a person
Discover what God is doing in the Netherlands in and through communities in our network. Anne-Marie Dane asked Paul Hagayi to share on his heart of worship with the nations… I met this young man a few weeks ago while I was at the Advance Conference of ICP Europe. I was inspired by the way Paul led the worship. Just a voice and a guitar. And the willingness to be part of the group, join the team and connect with people. First, let’s find out who Paul is and what his life in the Netherlands look like. “My name is Paul Hagayi. I was born on 02 February 1992 in the Republic Democratic of Congo (South-Kivu province), in the place called Minembwe. My wife Odette and I
From Tuesday 9 November Hans Euser will give an interesting online training about the seven keys to intercultural community building. What is the vision behind intercultural churchness? How do you deal with the cultural and theological differences in a community? And what to do in conflict situations when you are together with people from different backgrounds? The training consists of seven evenings from 19:30 to 21:00. The first part is devoted to inspiration and information. In the second part you will discuss what you have learned in small groups and you will apply this to your own situation and municipality. Those who want to do it first are welcome for a non-binding introduction on November 9th and can then decide to continue (any paid course fee will be refunded). Register in advance via the ICP Netherlands website. You can also find more information there.
Business As Mission; the other way, the way of Jesus. Look at entrepreneurship through the eyes of Jesus. THE CONGRES On Thursday 18 and Friday 19 November, BAM Nederland is organizing a conference on this theme. How can entrepreneurship promote innovation within church, aid and mission? This is what the conversation is about when you visit the BAM conference. With practitioners and thinkers from the Netherlands and beyond, such as Paul Unsworth (preacher and entrepreneur in the heart of London), Arleen Westerhof (Economy of Mutuality), Don Larson (entrepreneur in Mozambique) and our own Hans and Carolien Euser. Network leaders of ICP NL
It will take a while, but on Saturday February 5, 2022, ICP is organizing a networking day for the entire network and anyone interested in intercultural church planting or building. This is the place to be for connection, inspiration and encouragement! As part of our annual program 'ICP-connected', this network day will be filled with: New and renewed contacts Powerful worship Inspiration and encouragement Space to share and receive Information on relevant topics Equipment and training with the participation of various speakers and trainers Together we build even more beautiful, strong and healthy communities where the multi-colouredness of God becomes more and more visible. In due course you will find more information here on the website and the option to register. For now: SAVE THE DATE,
The Heart of Family Bible Church In order to hear more about the network of intercultural communities and about what God is doing in the Netherlands, the so-called 'Inspiring Conversations' were created. Michele Atsma interviews Sam
Blog by Hans Euser Being an intercultural church is far from easy. If you need God in anything, it is in living together with people who are different from you. “Heterogeneity is a provocation,” writes the French philosopher Foucault. “Why are you different? Can't you be like me? Am I not good enough sometimes?” Ethnic and economic diversity often leads to fear and distance. While in the church we strive for connection in love. How do we keep up in that exciting place? Rediscovering God's view of the matter helps to overcome resistance, to creatively search for connection and to continue building heterogeneous faith communities with hope. Paul writes about the what, why and how of being an intercultural church in Ephesians 3. We zoom in to clarify again why we choose the difficult path of being an intercultural church. What is an intercultural church (according to Ephesians 3:1-6)? In Ephesus, two very different cultural groups came to believe in Jesus. Jews and pagans (in Greek there is the word ethnoi = peoples) were far apart in customs and beliefs. The Jews had clear identity markers: circumcision, food laws and Sabbath rituals.
Growing with your band in intercultural worship. Be inspired. Meeting with others from the country who are doing the same. And above all, a feast of worship for the King of the world! Welcome to