The Syzygy Calendar

TRACTION FOR MEN

TRACTION is a 6-day experience designed to encourage global workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  TRACTION is different than any other kind of conference. It isn’t about filling notebooks or honing leadership skills. It is about living as single men, husbands, fathers, leaders, and as guys who deal with tremendous stresses cross-culturally.  This conference is focused on helping men navigate their roles to regain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward.

Dates: 20 – 26 September

Location: Wilderswil, Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

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FOLLOWING AND LEADING ACROSS CULTURES

A one-week introductory course aimed at examining key issues associated with working well in multicultural teams. Poor interpersonal relationships are frequently cited as one of the key reasons for team dysfunction, impacting team and project success. This week aims to equip participants to be more effective and resilient team members by exploring our understanding of team dynamics. We will also look at the roles of followers and leaders, and how to identify and address problems in creative ways.

This week aims to equip participants to be more effective and resilient team members by exploring:

  •  our understanding of team dynamics
  • our place within organisational structures
  •  the role of leaders and followers
  •  how to identify and address problems in creative ways

Dates: 30 Octpber – 3 November

Location: Gloucester

More information: Redcliffe College

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TOUGH QUESTIONS NEED INFORMED ANSWERS

Within the context of addiction as a whole, and taking into account the latest research and statistics, how does a mission agency identify and help those struggling with an addiction, in particular, to pornography? As an organisation, are you ready to respond appropriately and with compassion to individuals who are impacted by LGBT and / or gender fluidity concerns?
How can you balance your Biblical and theological position with the prevailing secular liberal UK culture in which we live and work? How can your organisation address behaviours that are unacceptable in the light of your ethos and Christian witness, but not illegal? And specifically, how do you also manage these issues in cross-cultural settings?

Dates: 14 November

Location: Christian Medical Fellowship, London

Cost: from £20

More information: Global Connections

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SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

One of the significant challenges we face on a day-to-day basis is working with others, often from different cultures and with different personalities. SYIS workshops are designed to enhance the knowledge, attitudes and skills of Christian workers in how we relate to family, co-workers, friends as well as those from other cultures. SYIS is highly interactive. We will work, share, and practice skills together in pairs, small groups, and as a whole group. The best methods of adult education are utilized so that maximum learning takes place.

Dates: 19-24 November

Location: IMC, Birmingham

Cost: £570

More information: See the attached flyer

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THE PERFECT STORM

The perfect storm for Christian leadership occurs where systemic hazards meet the vulnerabilities in a leader’s personality.  Come and learn with us about five key systemic hazards, and how they can interact with personality issues to create catastrophic outcomes. How can we as member care workers use mentoring to prevent such situations arising in mission leadership?

Speaker: Rick Lewis

Dates: 16 January

Location: The Riverside Centre, Derby

Cost: From £20

More information: Global Connections

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EUROPEAN MEMBER CARE CONSULTATION

The next EMCC will focus on the issue of resilience.  Many mission workers suffer hard knocks in the course of their ministry.  How do we as member care workers help them to develop resilience and become ‘treasure in broken vessels’?

Dates: 12-15 March 2018

Location: Torremolinos, Spain

More information: Member Care Europe