Secrets of Transformational Change Agents

27 May 2020 | Jim Golden

God and objective truth are indispensable in solving real world problems in business, law, NGOs, academia, family and individual lives. In this talk you will learn how to listen with your heart as well as your head in order to change the game; identify hidden interests and asymmetric exchanges that enable unexpected solutions; ask the right questions so that the answers really matter; and facilitate win-win outcomes.

Worldviews, Christian Faith and Science - How Do They Relate?

26 May 2020 | Ralf Bergmann

Apologetic discussions often suffer from a lack of clarity concerning the definition of terms such as worldview, science, and Christian faith as well as their interrelation. The talk first discusses the concepts underlying these terms focusing on the relation between Christian faith and atheism and the role of natural science. In order to understand the scope especially physics can cover, I discuss the nature of theories in physics, the concepts of evidence and proof, and the role of falsifiability and paradigms, especially related to reductionism.

What If the Quality of Your Church Could Be Measured?

26 May 2020 | Bernd Winkelstraeter

There are many views on what makes churches grow. Natural Church Development (NCD) has identified eight universal quality factors that distinguish growing churches from shrinking ones. But NCD is no “easy fix”, it is like an ongoing fitness program. As you can’t force a flower to grow but only nurture it, churches have to improve their quality to unleash more “all by itself” growth.

Everyone Loves Music: Using Music as a Bridge to a Non-Believing World

24 May 2020 | Angela MacKenzie

Everyone loves music, but how can we help people understand that music is a gift from God? How can we communicate the Gospel to non-believers using the language of music? Martin Luther said, “I feel strongly that all of the arts, and particularly music, should be placed in the service of Him who has created and given them.” How do we do that? This session will help you understand how music can be a bridge to help non-believers understand the Gospel with applications for the musician, church leader, and apologist.

The Communion of Giving and Receiving: When Transactions Become Transformative

22 May 2020 | Rob Martin

Why is fundraising so hard? How can we fundraise in a biblical and healthy way? This session explores the concept of sustained interdependence, when ministries are strengthened and supported by local boards, local funding, and local accountability, which in turn creates local ownership and responsibility. Sustained interdependence allows engagement and partnership where all are equal partners at the foot of the cross. This session gives practical steps that foster the communion of giving and receiving where mere transactions become transformative and dependency moves to discipleship.

How to Integrate Science in a Christian Worldview

27 May 2020 | Alexander Fink

Alexander Fink discusses the implications and challenges this week’s learning will have on our ministries and refer to previous experiences - positive and negative - we have personally had or encountered. What specific steps can we take at home? Which resources can we use and share? What would help us as scientists to be effective messengers for Christ in our context? How can we motivate more Christian scientists to participate in this process?

Practicing Poetry Together

24 May 2020 | Tim Basselin

The meaning of a poem is abundant. It overflows its bounds and offers readers a variety of connections and truth, much like a parable. This talk will discuss how reading poetry together (or viewing art or listening to music) invites more profound levels of discussion, sparks our collective vision for what’s possible, and ultimately encourages deeper community.

Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion

25 May 2020 | Francoise Thonet

How much religious freedom do we have in Europe today? Looking at jurisprudence from the European Court of Human Rights can reveal a side of Europe that some choose to overlook. There are cases regarding the veil, the burqa, and the freedom to wear religious symbols in public, but also cases of Christians being accused of infringing anti-discrimination laws, which threaten the right to religious freedom. It seems that the scope of freedom of religion is wider than Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Scripts for Life

The narratives we encounter in films express a vision for life, sometimes explicitly and sometimes in more subtle ways. These stories grab our imagination and shape the ways in which we think, live, and search for hope. But Christians need to see themselves as part of God’s story, not the stories that we pick up from films. In this session, we will focus on helpful ways to watch and understand films as Christians, and how we can relate to their stories in different ways in our families, youth groups, Bible study groups, in preaching and other contexts.