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Interculturality as a blooming garden 

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

Interculturality as a blooming garden 2021-11-05T09:10:51+01:00

Inspirational Talks: Paul Hagayi  

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

Inspirational Talks: Paul Hagayi  2021-11-05T08:49:16+01:00

Seven keys for intercultural community building

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.

Seven keys for intercultural community building2021-11-04T13:06:39+01:00

BAM Congress 2021 

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

BAM Congress 2021 2021-10-29T08:38:15+01:00

Save the date:networking day 5 Feb ’22 

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,

Save the date:networking day 5 Feb ’22 2021-11-01T11:16:05+01:00

Inspirational Talks: Sam  Jayasinghe 

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

Inspirational Talks: Sam  Jayasinghe 2021-10-01T13:46:03+01:00

Why make it difficult when it can be easy: being an intercultural church 

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.

Why make it difficult when it can be easy: being an intercultural church 2021-10-05T21:08:16+01:00

Songs2Serve training day 2021

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

Songs2Serve training day 20212021-09-15T10:32:41+01:00

Online training ‘7 keys to building an intercultural community’

Building an Intercultural Community is an Intercultural Church Plants (ICP) training course intended for anyone involved in the formation of culturally diverse faith communities and small groups. Kerkplanter and ICP network leader Hans Euser provides the training and facilitates the intervision.  The two-month training program costs only 147 euros and participants receive:  7workoutsx 45 min  7intervisionsessions x 45 min  7timesadditional material  anetworkof contacts  The next training will take place in October and November, on evenings, from 7.30 pm to 8.15 pm. Afterwards, intervision is possible (optional) from 20:15 to 21:00.  The dates are mentioned below

Online training ‘7 keys to building an intercultural community’2021-10-25T12:08:39+01:00

Replace ICP partner contribution

The ICP partner contribution is replaced by ...  The partner churches in the ICP network received a request every year to make a financial contribution to the national mission. From now on we want to replace that question with something else, namely a six-monthly collection request. Discover how your church can contribute to the bigger picture. Read on.  ICP partner contribution will be replaced  Everything costs money. Anyone who leads a church or participates in community life, in whatever field, knows this. ICP also incurs costs; for material, productions, employees, administration, rent, and so on.  Previously, the churches were asked for an annual partner contribution, to pay for all kinds of activities. In order to achieve a broader connection with the churches, we would like to make a collection request twice a year from now on. In this way we become more visible to the entire municipality. It will be a moment to draw attention to the broader mission of the Dutch Church to disciple the nations.  From ICP we contribute an inspiring intro to the collection twice a year. This can be shared

Replace ICP partner contribution2021-09-10T12:48:39+01:00