Sunday, April 20, 2008

Church Based Training Symposium

April 6 I flew back to Budapest where I was picked up by a band of merry symposium attendees. We headed to Vienna for a symposium on Church Based Training (CBT). They graciously let me sleep in the back of the van the whole way to Vienna. The CBT-Symposium was hosted by the Austrian organization, BAO (Biblical Training on Location). Seventy leaders from all over Europe (14 European countries), USA, New Zealand, and Brazil were represented. We had 5 of us from our church in Budapest, Kelenfold Evangelical Church (KEGy). There were a couple of concrete results from the symposium. A Europe-wide result was that a “Church-based Training Network-International” (“CBT-Net”) was created (12 organizations have already formally expressed a desire to join this network, one of them being our church, KEGy). A local result was that we began meetings to develop church based training at KEGy. We met with the Elders 4 times to train them in the material and now we are meeting with a larger group of guys to get them trained in it for the next 6 weeks. By the time we are ready to start the full blown program in the fall we should have a good group of facilitators! We are using materials from the Center for Church Based Training ( If you are interested in helping us purchase or translate the materials into Hungarian or any other language here in Europe, please contact me.
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