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Interministries Summit
Children’s Ministries - Family Ministries - Women’s Ministries

Workshops

Workshop schedule

Thursday

Block A: 15:00 - 16:15

Raquel Arrais

Raquel Arrais

Created whole to flourish

DESCRIPTION:

Every piece of God’s creation was made to flourish. We were made to flourish. We were made to be fruitful, to prosper, to live eternally with God. However, because of our sin, fruitfulness comes only through pain; prosperity can become an idol and our minds are not balanced anymore. Yet we still await the day when Christ will make all things new.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to discuss the biblical concepts of flourishing and how it impacts the way I live;
  • to describe six areas of flourishing and their impact on a woman’s life;
  • to identify ways of flourishing in our mission.
Paolo Benini

Paolo Benini

Being disciples of Jesus today

DESCRIPTION:

It is more than just understanding and engaging in the mission of the Gospel, which is MAKING DISCIPLES. Being a disciple means discovering one's human vocation, one's place in society, one's mission in the world. It is discovering our role in the Kingdom of Christ; it is building our human and Christian identity. It is always the main road to discover God's intelligent plan for us.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to introduce the main factors that help us to grow as disciples
  • to make disciples and to transform our churches in a school for disciples.
Rick Chromey

Rick Chromey

Why Kids (really) misbehave

DESCRIPTION:

Every child acts up and out. In this insightful, biblically based workshop, discover the primary reasons why children and teenagers misbehave. Participants will also learn why certain discipline techniques backfire and how to produce more positive attention and desired behaviour.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to discover how belonging issues, boredom and internal beliefs influence behaviour;
  • to learn a biblical approach to discipline that empowers children and teenagers through grace and love;
  • to create a positive, proactive discipline strategy for the classroom, church or home environment.
Valérie Dufour

Valérie Dufour

Raising healthy & happy Kids

DESCRIPTION:

The last decades have been marked by important changes in children’s lives in regard to lifestyle, family relationships or recreational activities, all of which has contributed to the increase of various physical and mental health problems at a young age.

This workshop will present good news through information and principles for a healthy childhood. It will answer questions related to children’s fitness, balanced diet and adequate intake of essential nutrients specially when consuming a plant-based diet. There will also be presented some factors related to mental performance and emotional balance. Last but not least, participants will be given tips on how children can maintain a healthy body weight.

OBJECTIVES:

  • understand the keys to children’s whole health;
  • get tools for balanced meal planning;
  • know how to prevent or deal with childhood overweight;
  • learn how to increase children’s motivation towards healthy habits;
  • get some information about available resources.
  • to create a positive, proactive discipline strategy for the classroom, church or home environment.
Noemí Durán

Noemí Durán

God loves science. Do you?

DESCRIPTION:

If you like science and would like to use cool scientific experiments in your church ministries… this workshop is for you!

If you do not like science because it poses a threat to the faith of our children and youth… this workshop is for you, as well!

Science is the study of nature, the second book of God, and it can be a powerful tool to teach about the genius of God’s wisdom and creativity. However, science has been also used to deny and replace God. What should be the Christian attitude towards science? What should we teach our children about science? Should we advise our youth to become trained scientists? Is it possible to be a professional scientist and believe in the Bible? This workshop will try to answer these questions while showing you some practical, very cool science.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to promote science as a precious way to study God’s design and works in nature.
  • to provide resources to use science in church activities to encourage faith, admiration and love for our wise Creator.
Roberto Iannò

Roberto Iannò

Preparing families for heaven … since the beginning

DESCRIPTION:

Everyone wants a happy family that will be saved and enjoy life in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, sometimes, we lose our freshness along the way, family suffers the most, and sometimes it even falls apart. Of course, we can cooperate with God to prevent such situations by praying and cultivating our spiritual life. We can also train couples, even before they get married, so that they may be more equipped to face the challenges of married life. Come and discover what you can do for the future of families in your Church.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to learn about premarital preparation in our Church;
  • to experience some of the skills we teach in premarital education, applied to your personal life and/or family;
  • to apply those principles in our local Church, in cooperation with other departments.
  • to provide resources to use science in church activities to encourage faith, admiration and love for our wise Creator.
Sonja Kalmbach

Sonja Kalmbach

Burning bright, burning out, burning again

DESCRIPTION:

Burnout is not just a buzzword - it is a serious health issue in our part of the world - and we as a church community with a health message are not spared! Why? In this workshop we will look at what happens with people who get burned out, we will discuss about risk factors and what we can do to help people in our surroundings who suffer from burnout. Are there ways out of this black hole?

The following is a description of my own experience: Superwoman has crashed into a wall! After healing her wounds, she had to leave her flying cape behind and is now learning to walk like normal human beings.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to raise awareness of the complexity of burnout;
  • to share keys for more balance - both to avoid getting burned out and as guiding posts for people who have suffered from burnout.
Linda Koh

Linda Koh

Exploring nature and the outdoors with children

DESCRIPTION:

Children love to explore and discover the world of nature around them. Inspire them with fun activities to learn about the Creator God.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to examine the values of nature and outdoor education with children;
  • to identify the principles of nature education;
  • to get participants involved in fun and exciting nature activities.
João Martins

João Martins

The church as a blessing for the community

DESCRIPTION:

As disciples of Christ, we are called to the mission of restoring God’s image in humankind. When we look at our European Societies at present, we can see that sin has created precisely the opposite in our fellow human beings. Injustice, suffering, distress, needs, human rights violations and destruction of nature are part of our daily reality. The biblical mandate is that the children of God should “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” Prob. 31:8.

Church members have a role to play in positively influencing the society with God’s work of restoration. This workshop will cover some reasons for the church to be active in the community and give some suggestions on how to bring about positive change in a practical matter.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to think about the importance of serving others as part of our church ministry;
  • to share some ideas on how to be involved in community service;
  • to motivate participants to work with children, women and families in advocating for biblical social causes.
Zenobia Niculiţă

Zenobia Niculiţă

The healthy way to forgive in a family

DESCRIPTION:

Forgiveness is a moral imperative and an act of healing. Even though we hold this belief, we are often at a loss as to what it means to forgive. Working within a Biblical framework, the workshop will offer a practical approach to the meaning and practice of forgiveness in the family relationships context. The activities will have participants reflect on their own relational history and work within small groups to find compassionate and understanding ways of offering, receiving, and teaching forgiveness.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to create a working definition of forgiveness that strengthens the family and promotes emotional health;
  • to provide the context and the tools for self-reflection and self-practice in the matter of forgiveness of family members and oneself;
  • to exercise methods of teaching forgiveness in our family and community.
Frauke Gyuroka

Frauke Gyuroka

Reaching out to Muslim families with love, boldness & wisdom

DESCRIPTION:

In this workshop, we will look at the DNA of Muslim families. We will learn about some of the needs Muslim families in Europe have and how Adventist families can minister to them lovingly and intelligently. We will consider some of the fears that might make some shy away from contacting Muslims. In closing, we will catch an encouraging glimpse of what God can do. Do you have a burden from God to reach out to Muslims? Are you hesitant to get to know your Muslim neighbors for fear of doing it all wrong? Are you confused or afraid because of alarming headlines and contradicting assertions? Then this workshop will be an eye-opening, motivating, and encouraging experience for you.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to make participants familiar with some particular features of Muslim families and their needs;
  • to help participants understand why some people avoid contacting Muslims;
  • to make participants aware of what God can do to help them approach Muslims.
Heather-Dawn Small

Heather-Dawn Small

Images in the Bible that enhance your time with God

DESCRIPTION:

All through the Bible God has given us beautiful images that emphasize the lessons the Word of God teaches us. Let us spend some time finding some of these images and adding them to our Bible.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to see the beautiful images in God’s Word;
  • to understand that God speaks to us through sight, sound, speech, and even touch;
  • to see the Bible through new eyes and renew our excitement to spend time engrossed in God’s Word.
Josef Slowík

Josef Slowík

A creative approach to the inclusion of people with special needs

DESCRIPTION:

This workshop is for those who want to understand what "inclusion" (not only in education) really means. Social inclusion represents a model of interpersonal coexistence very close to the Christian concept of relationships, attitudes and values. It concerns not only children or adults with special needs but all of us. Every Christian school, every Christian family should be pro-inclusive--and the whole Church should be naturally inclusive as well. Otherwise, we can pay for our exclusivity.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to introduce the essential principles of social inclusion;
  • to reflect on our awareness and attitudes to those who are different;
  • to describe and practice some creative ways of inclusive approach to individuals and groups of people with special needs (in public, in a family, in a church community, etc.).
Eliza Spătărelu

Eliza Spătărelu

Mrs. Zebedee

DESCRIPTION:

Mothers want to raise successful children. Success is defined in different ways: security, social status, good reputation, etc.

As Christians, they want them in the church. However, keeping children in the church is not enough.

Christian mothers should follow the example of the mother of the sons of Zebedee. She guessed that the best place in the world for her sons was to the left and right of Jesus. Jesus was not upset because of her unholy ambition. He just opened her eyes to see the greatness of ministry. Serving is the greatest honour that can be given to a human being!

OBJECTIVES:

  • to make participants aware of 10 practical ways in which they can educate their children for ministry.

Block B: 16:30 - 17:45

Andreas Bochmann

Andreas Bochmann

Containing those tears

DESCRIPTION:

Loss is part of our life experience – from the very beginning to the end. In this workshop, we will have a look at our own pain and share our coping strategies. This workshop was inspired by the sudden, totally unexpected loss of the moderator’s first wife three years ago.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to allow mourning for ourselves and others;
  • to differentiate between grief and depression;
  • to find appropriate responses for loss in pastoral care.
Claudia Sokolis Bochmann

Claudia Sokolis Bochmann

Listen carefully and bless the Lord my soul!

DESCRIPTION:

The starting point for all human beings is to listen carefully to the rhythm of life. In this workshop we will deal with the treasure of silence, learn how to listen and make the strings resound in us praise God in a holistic way. We will play with words and sounds, dynamics and vitality. We will walk and dance, sing and sit. The important thing will be to be mindful, ready, and curious, to participate in the process to find a word, a tone, an attitude.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to get access to one’s own spirituality by silence, movement and music;
  • to deepen the ability to listen and give expression to what is heard;
  • to introduce participants to the method of relative solmization, which can be used and enjoyed by all generations.
Bojan Godina

Bojan Godina

Butterflies or junk in your head?

DESCRIPTION:

Modern media, like smartphones, tablets, computers or television, and their contents are changing our society. Unfortunately, it is often junk that gets into the heads of our children, teenagers and adults. What can we as Adventists do to fill our hearts with good things? How can we use this knowledge to become trendsetters for a healthy use of media?

OBJECTIVES:

  • to sensitize the participants to the current problem in the media situation (aspect: what happens in our brain...)
  • >to see what we as Adventists can do to protect our children and elaborate positive alternatives.
Karen Holford

Karen Holford

Kindness – the “chesed” challenge

DESCRIPTION:

Kindness is compassion that has been moved into action. It starts in the heart of God and flows into our lives so that we can share it with others. Kindness creates the warm and safe foundation for every healthy relationship, and every healthy church community. Together we will discover the radical importance of kindness, the power of implementing it in our everyday lives, and creative ways to inspire others to live kind.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand the powerful significance of kindness in the Christian life;
  • to be moved with compassion for others, just like Jesus;
  • to discover new and creative ways to encourage a culture of kindness in families, churches and communities.
Gábor Mihalec

Gábor Mihalec

Marriage and family: nightmare or resource?

DESCRIPTION:

We all want to be happy ever after. We are all in love on our wedding day. We all want the best for our kids. Yet, something goes wrong along the way. Half of the marriages break up, half of the families fall apart. And statistics are not much better among Christians. Is there anything we can do? Do we have any control over our lives or are we helpless victims of bad luck, wrong circumstances or unhealthy family patterns? Dr. Gábor Mihalec will share his experiences from 15 years of research and therapeutical experience, to help you gain control over the trajectory of your most important human relationships.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to show possibilities of influencing relationships to a better outcome through learning, conscious work, and effective interpersonal skills;
  • to give hope that a happy family life is possible;
  • to give practical help about how to cope with everyday challenges.
Chidi Ngwaba

Chidi Ngwaba

Prison break! The keys to physical, emotional & spiritual freedom

DESCRIPTION:

With depression, anxiety, and burnout on the rise, we will look at how to find the pathways to freedom by identifying the root causes.

We will show how to free individuals, families, communities, & churches from these common issues.

We will show how emotional/mental health is important to help reverse physical illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, & hypertension.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to show attendees how to prevent and break free from emotional/mental health issues;
  • to provide tools to help communities, churches, and families do the same;
  • to explain the links between physical & emotional well-being.
Sophia Nicholls

Sophia Nicholls

Connect, share, inspire

DESCRIPTION:

Making the Gospel accessible: You might be interested to know that there are over one billion people, that is 15% of the world's population, who are experiencing some form of disability. People with disabilities are said to be the poorest in the world to have poor access to employment and to be the least evangelised. How can our churches and communities be more accessible to people living with disabilities and special needs including their carers and families?

OBJECTIVES:

  • to open the world of disabilities by providing real life testimonies and experiences;
  • to provide an opportunity for understanding and appreciation of the needs and requirements;
  • to look at some of the barriers and how we can remove them towards making the gospel accessible for everyone.
Elaine & Willie Oliver

Elaine & Willie Oliver

A wholistic approach to child abuse prevention

DESCRIPTION:

The World Health Organization has recognized child abuse and neglect as a worldwide health problem that affects the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of children and adolescents. Thus, the prevention of abuse and neglect of children and adolescents should be a central focus of child and family wellbeing efforts and ministry to families, women and children. This workshop will further our understanding of the impact of violence and abuse on children and explore evidence-based prevention processes integrated with a biblical worldview.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to better understand child abuse and neglect (including adolescents) and their connection to the family system;
  • to explore child abuse prevention approaches from a physical, emotional, social and spiritual perspective;
  • to provide an opportunity for lively discussion and relevant solutions for workshop attendees.
Liviu Olteanu

Liviu Olteanu

When freedom mattes and when conscience doesn’t feel pain

DESCRIPTION:

Faith, Conscience and Freedom. We do not accomplish God’s will by doing nothing to preserve freedom of conscience. Liberty today is in danger. Therefore, we will focus on today’s greatest threats to freedom and on some special factors we must pay attention to. When are Christians safe and free? We are going to look into several approaches of freedom, threats and tendencies related to that.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to remember some lessons from history regarding the price paid for liberty, which probably could reset a new ecclesial approach on responsibilities and action as defender.
  • to help participants be prepared for, and deal with, unexpected crises.
Marjukka Ostrovljanovic

Marjukka Ostrovljanovic

Can we change God’s mind?

DESCRIPTION:

What is the purpose of intercessory prayer? Do humans have the power to change God’s mind if they are persistent enough? If not, why should we pray for someone? If yes, does that mean God is not omnipotent? This workshop studies some particular Old Testament texts that shed light on the character of God and intercessory prayer.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand better the character of God.
  • to deepen participants’ understanding of the function of intercessory prayer.
Katja Reinert

Katja Reinert

Porn free: the gateway to wholeness project

DESCRIPTION:

Pornography is becoming an epidemic with a negative impact on the health of individuals and families globally. Porn users often start young and feel trapped by their addiction, which is often accompanied by shame and guilt. Is there hope to break free? This seminar will discuss the prevalence and neurobiology of pornography addiction, while describing holistic interventions for prevention and recovery.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to identify prevalence, risk and protective factors of pornography addiction;
  • to discuss the neurobiological cycle of addictions;
  • to describe evidence-based interventions and resources for pornography recovery.
Belinda Samari

Belinda Samari

Women’s life cycles from a psychological and spiritual perspective

DESCRIPTION:

We will focus on your relationship with God and others through the prism of your body as a woman, living rhythmically, and growing to be more rounded and whole as a person.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand your body better;
  • to value the role and importance of living rhythmically;
  • to walk away with practical tools to enable you to connect to God and others.
Svetlana Shchelkunov

Svetlana Shchelkunov

The Bible through the Montessori method

DESCRIPTION:

The workshop will focus on the child-centred educational approach as developed by Maria Montessori. The participants will have the opportunity to see and touch the particular collection of materials, which are the tangible form of religious ideas and stories. Several presentations shown will help to get inspired by this creative method.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to explain what approach is the basis of the Montessori method to demonstrate handcrafted sets of figures and objects
  • to draw attention to the importance of multi-modal and multi-sensory teaching
Norbert Zens

Norbert Zens

The path to financial peace

DESCRIPTION:

During this workshop we will look into the Biblical principles for family finances. The participants will also find out how to get out of debt and will be introduced to the principles of estate planning.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand how to apply the Biblical principles for family finances;
  • to do away with the shame of talking about money and financial problems.

Friday

Block C: 15:00 - 16:15

Raquel Arrais

Raquel Arrais

Created whole to flourish

DESCRIPTION:

Every piece of God’s creation was made to flourish. We were made to flourish. We were made to be fruitful, to prosper, to live eternally with God. However, because of our sin, fruitfulness comes only through pain; prosperity can become an idol and our minds are not balanced anymore. Yet we still await the day when Christ will make all things new.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to discuss the biblical concepts of flourishing and how it impacts the way I live;
  • to describe six areas of flourishing and their impact on a woman’s life;
  • to identify ways of flourishing in our mission.
Fabiana Bertotti

Fabiana Bertotti

Internet, the new religion

DESCRIPTION:

It is impossible to imagine the world without connectivity, but it is possible to analyze what its excess does to our brains. This workshop will show how communication, behaviour and even thinking, have changed with what experts call “interneticity”.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand current communication and information tools, as well as be better able to use it for evangelism.
Andreas Bochmann

Andreas Bochmann

Containing those tears

DESCRIPTION:

Loss is part of our life experience – from the very beginning to the end. In this workshop, we will have a look at our own pain and share our coping strategies. This workshop was inspired by the sudden, totally unexpected loss of the moderator’s first wife three years ago.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to allow mourning for ourselves and others;
  • to differentiate between grief and depression;
  • to find appropriate responses for loss in pastoral care.
Claudia Sokolis Bochmann

Claudia Sokolis Bochmann

Listen carefully and bless the Lord my soul!

DESCRIPTION:

The starting point for all human beings is to listen carefully to the rhythm of life. In this workshop we will deal with the treasure of silence, learn how to listen and make the strings resound in us praise God in a holistic way. We will play with words and sounds, dynamics and vitality. We will walk and dance, sing and sit. The important thing will be to be mindful, ready, and curious, to participate in the process to find a word, a tone, an attitude.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to get access to one’s own spirituality by silence, movement and music;
  • to deepen the ability to listen and give expression to what is heard;
  • to introduce participants to the method of relative solmization, which can be used and enjoyed by all generations.
Rick Chromey

Rick Chromey

Why Kids (really) misbehave

DESCRIPTION:

Every child acts up and out. In this insightful, biblically based workshop, discover the primary reasons why children and teenagers misbehave. Participants will also learn why certain discipline techniques backfire and how to produce more positive attention and desired behaviour.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to discover how belonging issues, boredom and internal beliefs influence behaviour;
  • to learn a biblical approach to discipline that empowers children and teenagers through grace and love;
  • to create a positive, proactive discipline strategy for the classroom, church or home environment.
Valérie Dufour

Valérie Dufour

Raising healthy and happy Kids

DESCRIPTION:

The last decades have been marked by important changes in children’s lives in regard to lifestyle, family relationships or recreational activities, all of which has contributed to the increase of various physical and mental health problems at a young age.

This workshop will present good news through information and principles for a healthy childhood. It will answer questions related to children’s fitness, balanced diet and adequate intake of essential nutrients specially when consuming a plant-based diet. There will also be presented some factors related to mental performance and emotional balance. Last but not least, participants will be given tips on how children can maintain a healthy body weight.

OBJECTIVES:

  • understand the keys to children’s whole health;
  • get tools for balanced meal planning;
  • know how to prevent or deal with childhood overweight;
  • learn how to increase children’s motivation towards healthy habits;
  • get some information about available resources.
  • to create a positive, proactive discipline strategy for the classroom, church or home environment.
Noemi Duran

Noemi Duran

God loves science. Do you?

DESCRIPTION:

If you like science and would like to use cool scientific experiments in your church ministries… this workshop is for you!

If you do not like science because it poses a threat to the faith of our children and youth… this workshop is for you, as well!

Science is the study of nature, the second book of God, and it can be a powerful tool to teach about the genius of God’s wisdom and creativity. However, science has been also used to deny and replace God. What should be the Christian attitude towards science? What should we teach our children about science? Should we advise our youth to become trained scientists? Is it possible to be a professional scientist and believe in the Bible? This workshop will try to answer these questions while showing you some practical, very cool science.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to promote science as a precious way to study God’s design and works in nature.
  • to provide resources to use science in church activities to encourage faith, admiration and love for our wise Creator.
Bojan Godina

Bojan Godina

Butterflies or junk in your head?

DESCRIPTION:

Modern media, like smartphones, tablets, computers or television, and their contents are changing our society. Unfortunately, it is often junk that gets into the heads of our children, teenagers and adults. What can we as Adventists do to fill our hearts with good things? How can we use this knowledge to become trendsetters for a healthy use of media?

OBJECTIVES:

  • to sensitize the participants to the current problem in the media situation (aspect: what happens in our brain...)
  • >to see what we as Adventists can do to protect our children and elaborate positive alternatives.
Sonja Kalmbach

Sonja Kalmbach

Burning bright, burning out, burning again

DESCRIPTION:

Burnout is not just a buzzword - it is a serious health issue in our part of the world - and we as a church community with a health message are not spared! Why? In this workshop we will look at what happens with people who get burned out, we will discuss about risk factors and what we can do to help people in our surroundings who suffer from burnout. Are there ways out of this black hole?

The following is a description of my own experience: Superwoman has crashed into a wall! After healing her wounds, she had to leave her flying cape behind and is now learning to walk like normal human beings.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to raise awareness of the complexity of burnout;
  • to share keys for more balance - both to avoid getting burned out and as guiding posts for people who have suffered from burnout.
Linda Koh

Linda Koh

Exploring nature and the outdoors with children

DESCRIPTION:

Children love to explore and discover the world of nature around them. Inspire them with fun activities to learn about the Creator God.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to examine the values of nature and outdoor education with children;
  • to identify the principles of nature education;
  • to get participants involved in fun and exciting nature activities.
Francesca Mencaroni

Francesca Mencaroni

Emotional education means developing emotional intelligence

DESCRIPTION:

Social and emotional abilities are said to be indicators of how well a person adjusts to his or her environment, adapts to change and, ultimately, how successful she or he will be in life. Developing empathy and knowing how to manage their own emotions through emotional education is critical to children’s development, as it directly correlates to their success and happiness as adults. The topic will be approached in a practical way.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to help participants become more familiar with what emotional intelligence is and understand how it can improve children’s lives;
  • to introduce participants to the mirroring technique (with videos) and have them put into practice in different role-play exercises.
Liviu Olteanu

Liviu Olteanu

When freedom mattes and when conscience doesn’t feel pain

DESCRIPTION:

Faith, Conscience and Freedom. We do not accomplish God’s will by doing nothing to preserve freedom of conscience. Liberty today is in danger. Therefore, we will focus on today’s greatest threats to freedom and on some special factors we must pay attention to. When are Christians safe and free? We are going to look into several approaches of freedom, threats and tendencies related to that.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to remember some lessons from history regarding the price paid for liberty, which probably could reset a new ecclesial approach on responsibilities and action as defender.
  • to help participants be prepared for, and deal with, unexpected crises.
Katja Reinert

Katja Reinert

Porn free: the gateway to wholeness project

DESCRIPTION:

Pornography is becoming an epidemic with a negative impact on the health of individuals and families globally. Porn users often start young and feel trapped by their addiction, which is often accompanied by shame and guilt. Is there hope to break free? This seminar will discuss the prevalence and neurobiology of pornography addiction, while describing holistic interventions for prevention and recovery.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to identify prevalence, risk and protective factors of pornography addiction;
  • to discuss the neurobiological cycle of addictions;
  • to describe evidence-based interventions and resources for pornography recovery.
Eliza Spătărelu

Eliza Spătărelu

Mrs. Zebedee

DESCRIPTION:

Mothers want to raise successful children. Success is defined in different ways: security, social status, good reputation, etc.

As Christians, they want them in the church. However, keeping children in the church is not enough.

Christian mothers should follow the example of the mother of the sons of Zebedee. She guessed that the best place in the world for her sons was to the left and right of Jesus. Jesus was not upset because of her unholy ambition. He just opened her eyes to see the greatness of ministry. Serving is the greatest honour that can be given to a human being!

OBJECTIVES:

  • to make participants aware of 10 practical ways in which they can educate their children for ministry.

Block D: 16:30 - 17:45

Fabiana Bertotti

Fabiana Bertotti

Internet, the new religion

DESCRIPTION:

It is impossible to imagine the world without connectivity, but it is possible to analyze what its excess does to our brains. This workshop will show how communication, behaviour and even thinking, have changed with what experts call “interneticity”.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand current communication and information tools, as well as be better able to use it for evangelism.
Frauke Gyuroka

Frauke Gyuroka

Reaching out to Muslim families with love, boldness & wisdom

DESCRIPTION:

In this workshop, we will look at the DNA of Muslim families. We will learn about some of the needs Muslim families in Europe have and how Adventist families can minister to them lovingly and intelligently. We will consider some of the fears that might make some shy away from contacting Muslims. In closing, we will catch an encouraging glimpse of what God can do. Do you have a burden from God to reach out to Muslims? Are you hesitant to get to know your Muslim neighbors for fear of doing it all wrong? Are you confused or afraid because of alarming headlines and contradicting assertions? Then this workshop will be an eye-opening, motivating, and encouraging experience for you.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to make participants familiar with some particular features of Muslim families and their needs;
  • to help participants understand why some people avoid contacting Muslims;
  • to make participants aware of what God can do to help them approach Muslims.
Karen Holford

Karen Holford

Kindness – the “chesed” challenge

DESCRIPTION:

Kindness is compassion that has been moved into action. It starts in the heart of God and flows into our lives so that we can share it with others. Kindness creates the warm and safe foundation for every healthy relationship, and every healthy church community. Together we will discover the radical importance of kindness, the power of implementing it in our everyday lives, and creative ways to inspire others to live kind.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand the powerful significance of kindness in the Christian life;
  • to be moved with compassion for others, just like Jesus;
  • to discover new and creative ways to encourage a culture of kindness in families, churches and communities.
Roberto Iannò

Roberto Iannò

Preparing families for heaven … since the beginning

DESCRIPTION:

Everyone wants a happy family that will be saved and enjoy life in the Kingdom of Heaven. However, sometimes, we lose our freshness along the way, family suffers the most, and sometimes it even falls apart. Of course, we can cooperate with God to prevent such situations by praying and cultivating our spiritual life. We can also train couples, even before they get married, so that they may be more equipped to face the challenges of married life. Come and discover what you can do for the future of families in your Church.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to learn about premarital preparation in our Church;
  • to experience some of the skills we teach in premarital education, applied to your personal life and/or family;
  • to apply those principles in our local Church, in cooperation with other departments.
  • to provide resources to use science in church activities to encourage faith, admiration and love for our wise Creator.
João Martins

João Martins

The church as a blessing for the community

DESCRIPTION:

As disciples of Christ, we are called to the mission of restoring God’s image in humankind. When we look at our European Societies at present, we can see that sin has created precisely the opposite in our fellow human beings. Injustice, suffering, distress, needs, human rights violations and destruction of nature are part of our daily reality. The biblical mandate is that the children of God should “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” Prob. 31:8.

Church members have a role to play in positively influencing the society with God’s work of restoration. This workshop will cover some reasons for the church to be active in the community and give some suggestions on how to bring about positive change in a practical matter.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to think about the importance of serving others as part of our church ministry;
  • to share some ideas on how to be involved in community service;
  • to motivate participants to work with children, women and families in advocating for biblical social causes.
Francesca Mencaroni

Francesca Mencaroni

Emotional education means developing emotional intelligence

DESCRIPTION:

Social and emotional abilities are said to be indicators of how well a person adjusts to his or her environment, adapts to change and, ultimately, how successful she or he will be in life. Developing empathy and knowing how to manage their own emotions through emotional education is critical to children’s development, as it directly correlates to their success and happiness as adults. The topic will be approached in a practical way.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to help participants become more familiar with what emotional intelligence is and understand how it can improve children’s lives;
  • to introduce participants to the mirroring technique (with videos) and have them put into practice in different role-play exercises.
Gábor Mihalec

Gábor Mihalec

Marriage and family: nightmare or resource?

DESCRIPTION:

We all want to be happy ever after. We are all in love on our wedding day. We all want the best for our kids. Yet, something goes wrong along the way. Half of the marriages break up, half of the families fall apart. And statistics are not much better among Christians. Is there anything we can do? Do we have any control over our lives or are we helpless victims of bad luck, wrong circumstances or unhealthy family patterns? Dr. Gábor Mihalec will share his experiences from 15 years of research and therapeutical experience, to help you gain control over the trajectory of your most important human relationships.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to show possibilities of influencing relationships to a better outcome through learning, conscious work, and effective interpersonal skills;
  • to give hope that a happy family life is possible;
  • to give practical help about how to cope with everyday challenges.
Chidi Ngwaba

Chidi Ngwaba

Prison break! The keys to physical, emotional & spiritual freedom

DESCRIPTION:

With depression, anxiety, and burnout on the rise, we will look at how to find the pathways to freedom by identifying the root causes.

We will show how to free individuals, families, communities, & churches from these common issues.

We will show how emotional/mental health is important to help reverse physical illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, & hypertension.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to show attendees how to prevent and break free from emotional/mental health issues;
  • to provide tools to help communities, churches, and families do the same;
  • to explain the links between physical & emotional well-being.
Zenobia Niculiţă

Zenobia Niculiţă

The healthy way to forgive in a family

DESCRIPTION:

Forgiveness is a moral imperative and an act of healing. Even though we hold this belief, we are often at a loss as to what it means to forgive. Working within a Biblical framework, the workshop will offer a practical approach to the meaning and practice of forgiveness in the family relationships context. The activities will have participants reflect on their own relational history and work within small groups to find compassionate and understanding ways of offering, receiving, and teaching forgiveness.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to create a working definition of forgiveness that strengthens the family and promotes emotional health;
  • to provide the context and the tools for self-reflection and self-practice in the matter of forgiveness of family members and oneself;
  • to exercise methods of teaching forgiveness in our family and community.
Elaine & Willie Oliver

Elaine & Willie Oliver

A wholistic approach to child abuse prevention

DESCRIPTION:

The World Health Organization has recognized child abuse and neglect as a worldwide health problem that affects the physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of children and adolescents. Thus, the prevention of abuse and neglect of children and adolescents should be a central focus of child and family wellbeing efforts and ministry to families, women and children. This workshop will further our understanding of the impact of violence and abuse on children and explore evidence-based prevention processes integrated with a biblical worldview.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to better understand child abuse and neglect (including adolescents) and their connection to the family system;
  • to explore child abuse prevention approaches from a physical, emotional, social and spiritual perspective;
  • to provide an opportunity for lively discussion and relevant solutions for workshop attendees.
Marjukka Ostrovljanovic

Marjukka Ostrovljanovic

Can we change God’s mind?

DESCRIPTION:

What is the purpose of intercessory prayer? Do humans have the power to change God’s mind if they are persistent enough? If not, why should we pray for someone? If yes, does that mean God is not omnipotent? This workshop studies some particular Old Testament texts that shed light on the character of God and intercessory prayer.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to understand better the character of God.
  • to deepen participants’ understanding of the function of intercessory prayer.
Svetlana Shchelkunov

Svetlana Shchelkunov

The Bible through the Montessori method

DESCRIPTION:

The workshop will focus on the child-centred educational approach as developed by Maria Montessori. The participants will have the opportunity to see and touch the particular collection of materials, which are the tangible form of religious ideas and stories. Several presentations shown will help to get inspired by this creative method.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to explain what approach is the basis of the Montessori method to demonstrate handcrafted sets of figures and objects
  • to draw attention to the importance of multi-modal and multi-sensory teaching
Josef Slowík

Josef Slowík

A creative approach to the inclusion of people with special needs

DESCRIPTION:

This workshop is for those who want to understand what "inclusion" (not only in education) really means. Social inclusion represents a model of interpersonal coexistence very close to the Christian concept of relationships, attitudes and values. It concerns not only children or adults with special needs but all of us. Every Christian school, every Christian family should be pro-inclusive--and the whole Church should be naturally inclusive as well. Otherwise, we can pay for our exclusivity.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to introduce the essential principles of social inclusion;
  • to reflect on our awareness and attitudes to those who are different;
  • to describe and practice some creative ways of inclusive approach to individuals and groups of people with special needs (in public, in a family, in a church community, etc.).
Heather-Dawn Small

Heather-Dawn Small

Images in the Bible that enhance your time with God

DESCRIPTION:

All through the Bible God has given us beautiful images that emphasize the lessons the Word of God teaches us. Let us spend some time finding some of these images and adding them to our Bible.

OBJECTIVES:

  • to see the beautiful images in God’s Word;
  • to understand that God speaks to us through sight, sound, speech, and even touch;
  • to see the Bible through new eyes and renew our excitement to spend time engrossed in God’s Word.