The Syzygy Calendar

 

CALLED TO BE SAFE?

It is vitally important that we are prepared to take risks for the sake of mission. We need to be risk aware, not risk averse.

But what we are taught in our churches about risk – and how much we are affected by our western culture’s approach to risk – will perhaps have more of an effect on our mission partners and on us as organisations than we first realise.

How can we as HR practitioners develop a framework to help manage and mitigate risk within a risk-averse culture? What do we need to consider when creating (or reassessing) a security policy? And how can we ensure there is an appropriate match between the expectations of the mission partner and the organisation in the area of risk?

Date: 9th May

Location: CMF, 6 Marshalsea Road, London, SE1 1HL

Cost: from £20

More information: Global Connections 

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EUROTCK – A WINDOW ON THE WORLDEuroTCK

EuroTCK is a conference for all people with a heart for Third Culture Kinds, whether you have TCK responsibility within your organisation, mission or church, whether you are a dorm parent, teacher, re-entry camp staffer or provide any form of TCK care.  Adult TCKs not involved with any organisation are also welcome.

Dates: 11-15 May

Speaker: Christian Quartier

Location: Friolzheim, Germany

More information: EuroTCK 

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BOUNCING BACK

A retreat for full-time Christian workers. We all face many challenges in life – disappointments and setbacks, trials and tribulations, pain and sorrow. Such experiences are common to us all. How can we cope with adversity, and how can we strengthen ourselves so that in the words of the apostle Paul we may be ‘knocked down, but not knocked out’?

Dates: 22-26 May

Speaker: Tony Horsfall

Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre, East Sussex, TN33 9QP

Cost: £310

More informationPenhurst Retreat Centre

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PASSION FOR MISSION

“What is the role of the UK church in engaging in God’s Mission in a globalised world?”

Over many years mission agencies and churches have been seeking to address the global context of mission. The growth of the global church and the changing role of the West in a globalised world leads to many questions.

Dates: 8 June

Speaker: Hugh Palmer

Location: All Souls Langham Place, London, W1B 3DA

Cost: £310

More information: Global Connections

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BREATHE

If you work cross-culturally, you understand the unique challenges missionaries encounter on the field. This 10-day retreat is intentionally created for the renewal and encouragement of singles, couples, and families who are in need of a break from cross-cultural work.

Dates: 21 June – 1 July

Location: Wilderswil, Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

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REFRESH FOR MISSION

The challenge to ‘stay’ in mission is a battle that many face. ‘Refresh for Mission’ provides input, insight and support to many who are looking for some space and time to review, recharge and ‘refresh’ for future mission service.  This course is for those who are currently in cross-cultural service and are seeking refreshment, or those re-entering their home cultures at the end of an assignment.

Dates: 10-14 July

Location: All Nations Christian College, Hertfordshire SG12 8LX

More information: All Nations Christian College

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REKONNECT FOR TEENS

Five days for teenage TCKs – those who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK. A chance to relax, chill, be themselves and interact with others who know just what they have experienced.
The programme is designed to give a safe space, an opportunity to relax, enjoy the centre and the company and learn from each other and those who can provide some help in getting re-connected to the UK scene and culture.

Date: 24-28 July

Location: The Peak Centre, Edale, S33 7ZA

Cost: £110

More information: Global Connections 

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REKONNECT FOR KIDS

Five fun-filled and action packed days with other children aged 6-12 who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK.

There will be an opportunity to share about where you’ve lived, as well as finding out more of what living in the UK is really like.

With lots of indoor and outdoor activities… plenty of chance to be creative and get messy!

Date: 7-11 August

Location: The Peak Centre, Edale, S33 7ZA

Cost: £110

More information: Global Connections 

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MANAGING THE STRESS OF MISSION

A retreat for full-time Christian mission workers.  We often suffer from massive amounts of long-term stress, leading to poor mental, spiritual and physical health. How can we understand ourselves better, and learn how to become less stressed? What techniques can we adopt to live more slowly and sustainably in a high-pressure world?

Dates: 22-26 August

Speaker: Tim Herbert

Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre, East Sussex, TN33 9QP

Cost: £125

More informationPenhurst Retreat Centre

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DEBRIEFING WEEK FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

Come and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Penhurst Retreat Centre as part of your home assignment, and take the opportunity to receive a personal debrief.  Some teaching on core aspects of re-entry and reverse culture shock as well as group discussion, worship and private prayer will feature in this restful week reconnecting with God and unpacking your missionary experiences.
Personal debriefing with both male and female debriefers will be available for individuals as well as couple-to-couple debriefing if appropriate.

Dates: 29 August – 1 Sep

Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre, East Sussex, TN33 9QP

Cost: £245

More informationPenhurst Retreat Centre

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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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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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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