The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
One hundred Czech Christian leaders worked in thematic networks. Seminars addressed issues like the generational divides, church finances, and the use of pornography among Christians.
Šárka Berankova works as a civil engineer living in Prague. She heared the gospel in Spain, the UK and Colombia. “God surrounded me with Christians, even before I knew anything about faith”.
Mark Yarhouse, Professor of Psychology from Regent University, addressed the topic of pastoral care and counseling for people who struggle with LGBT+ issues.
Richard Novák is 26 years old and lives in Prague. He told us what it means to be Christian in his everyday job as an accounts manager for a packaging distribution company.
A survey conducted by the Czech Evangelical Alliance also asked evangelical church members about sexuality, refugees and divorce.
Czech researcher David Vokoun shares about what it means to live out his faith in the workplace. “What makes a difference is my motivation for doing my work”.
And adventure camp is the first part of a Czech training programme for Christians aged 13 to 17. “Pastors and Christian leaders shared with them stories of their calling and lives”.
Slavik Lytvynenko is an Ukranian research professor in Prague. “Athanasius taught me that work has meaning only when done with the divine perspective in mind”.
“My colleagues perceive Christianity as one of many possible spiritual journeys that someone could take, but not the only one”, explains Šárka, who became a Christian while doing her PhD in the Czech Republic.
The Christian Teacher’s Network gathers 400 people in the Czech Republic, the most secular country in Europe. They aim to share vision and resources with teachers in other countries.
Jan Dezort, of Generation 21, analyses the frustrations and success stories of a relocation programme for Middle Eastern Christian refugees in the Czech Republic.
Representatives of 11 countries met in the Czech Republic to discuss the present and future of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe.
A CEA survey analyzes the relationship between native churches and foreign mission agencies. Youth ministry, church planting, and leadership training are the main areas where they work together.
“We need to develop in young leaders the ability to recognize and nurture a calling of God into the ministry, even amidst career options that are much more lucrative”, says Dr. Steve Patty after conducting a wide-ranging study.
Local church members “invite refugees to their homes, let their children get to know their children, show them where to get a discount on children’s clothes.”
Dutch theologian Stefan Paas on learning from the “exile” and “diaspora” mindsets. “In the process of secularization everything else falls away: cultural pride, power of numbers, even money, position, status. The only thing you’re left with is Scripture and God.”
Jirí Unger, General Secretary of the Czech Evangelical Alliance, analyses the current situation of the evangelical church in Czech Republic, which is is “viewed with deep suspicion.”