ADVERTISING
 
Monday, August 19   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Mission in Europe
 

Six takeaways from the 2018 European Leadership Forum conference

Some of the ideas about mission and society shared at the #2018ELF conference in Poland.

NEWS DESK AUTHOR Joel Forster , Belén Díaz WISLA (POLAND) 01 JUNE 2018 14:13 h GMT+1
One of the plenary sessions of the 2018 European Leadership Forum. / FOCL

More than 700 Christian leaders coming from across Europe spent a week together, reflecting on how to better serve God’s mission in the continent. These were some of the key ideas heard at the conference.



 



1. Communicate the Christian worldview respectfully and with rigour



Many times, society expects evangelical Christians to be hard to talk to, intolerant, or even hateful. We need to be people of integrity, warmth, and grace as well as conviction, engaging respectfully with anyone, never undermining the message of the gospel.



In a very secularised context, Christians will not be treated fairly at times. As professor of philosophy and ethics Paul Copan said, quoting Christian author Stuart Briscoe: “We need the mind of a scholar, the heart of a mother, and the hide of a rhinoceros”.



 



2. Remember that success comes always from God



Looking at King David’s life (morning Bible expositions) one becomes aware of the fact that God may choose their servants because of their weaknesses. That is why it is important for Christians to acknowledge how much they depend on the Lord.



David defeated Goliath because he believed that God’s grace is uncountable, trusting God was his best weapon. Our identity in Him is what gives us strength and security. “Our job is to be faithful, not successful”, summarised Bible scholar Peter J. Williams.



 



Bible expositions at ELF 2017. / FOCL



3. Be ruthless with personal sin



Looking at the story of 1 and 2 Samuel, it becomes clear how easy it can be to take God’s grace for granted, especially for those who have been given some kind of spiritual authority in Christian organisations. “A risk is that we become more and more comfortable with the things that come with leadership”, the Bible expositor said.



King David departed from the God that he had trusted with all his heart in his youth, when he started ignoring Scripture. David, the good shepherd who was ready to give his life for his sheep (foreshadowing Jesus Christ), would later hold the life of the people around him as cheap.



“Cherishing our own sins” is the straightest path to disaster, and the consequences of the fall of a Christian leader will not only destroy his/her personal live, but also deeply affect the lives of family, church and the gospel witness.



 



4. Give voice to children and young people



Local churches need to be places where young people feel free to express themselves. Many leave because their questions and doubts are never addressed, therefore it is essential to be aware of the challenges children and young people face.



Time and genuine relationships are key when dealing with teenagers if we want to see them thrive in their Christian walk. Churches not only have to equip young people, but also give them the opportunities to actively share the gospel with others, evangelist Amy Orr-Wing explained.



 



5. Escape the Christian filter bubbles



Though social media platforms have only been around for about 10 years, they are now perceived as almost indispensable. In a digital world in which “the centre-ground of discussion has been eroded”, Christians should make special efforts to “see through their own filter bubbles” when they communicate, media expert Tony Watkins said.



Furthermore, as we learn to navigate in a culture of frayed nerves and polarisation, the followers of Jesus should model the ability of building bridges, starting honest conversations about important issues in an environment of respect and passion for the truth.



 





6. Work with others with a mission mindset



During lunch time the last day of the conference, member of the Steering Committee Stefan Gustavsson and Director Greg Pritchard emphasised the vision that drives the European Leaderhip Forum.



The evangelical movement goes beyond denominational barriers to unite people who share the common goal of evangelising Europe and renewing the Biblical church. Every participant was encouraged to widely share everything they had benefitted from during the week with others in their own national context. Beyond the annual conference and the year-round initiatives, everyone was challenged to start projects that address the needs of church and society back home.



Learn more about the European Leadership Forum by visiting its website.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - Six takeaways from the 2018 European Leadership Forum conference
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process Arie de Pater: Refugees deserve a fair and efficient process

The Brussels representative of the European Evangelical Alliance offers a Christian perspective on the crisis: “We can’t reduce people to just a number that needs to be controlled”.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’ IFES World Assembly: ‘Messengers of Hope’

Students, graduates and staff of the global evangelical student movement reflected together on how the books of Luke and Acts apply to today's universities.

 
Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission Christians at work - the missing link in fulfilling the Great Commission

Photos of the Lausanne Movement Global Workplace Forum, celebrated in Manila.

 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one' Chinese Homecoming Gathering: Thousands say 'we’re one'

Christians from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and North America, from different ethnic backgronds, came together to pray for unity as the body of Christ.

 
How have global missions changed over the last century? How have global missions changed over the last century?

The centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted from Europe to Africa, says Nana Yaw Offei Awuku, Director of the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation initiative.

 
Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister Christian organisations call to pray for new British Prime Minister

Representatives of the National Day of Prayer, the Evangelical Alliance and CARE express the need for churches to pray for the new leadership of a country divided by Brexit and other issues.

 
Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth Practical ways to direct our hearts toward spiritual growth

“It is not our initiative, it is not working for ourselves, it is gazing to Jesus and responding to Him. It is the language of inclining the heart that we see in Psalms”, said  Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo.

 
Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa Evangelical students from around the world gather in South Africa

A short video summary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) World Assembly, July 3-10.

 
GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration” GWF in Manila: “Kingdom building requires global collaboration”

850 from 108 countries met for the Global Workplace Forum, June 25-29. The gathering was organised by the Lausanne Movement. “Every workplace is a place of ministry”.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.