1.Self-Image — The Meaning of Life
We all have a past, present, and future. Our past has shaped us who we are. Are you embracing your past? You may not change your past, but you can change the meaning of it. We are brought to the place where we are now. Do you know why you are here? There is a meaning for your present time. We get to choose what we are going to do with our lives. What is your choice? Your choice matters. Let’s take some time to think about your life and find out the wonderful life God wants you to have. We’re going to explore how this affects your self-image.
2.Watching out for the Darkside of Leadership
How should we face the dark side of our leadership? Or how should we face the dark side of leaders within the church or workplace? How should we serve them admist that reality?
3.Serving God without Burnout
When you hear the word “burnout” do you feel that it has nothing to do with you? But burnout will come when most unexpected. If you are wishing to serve God with all of your heart, but at the same time feel slightly tired, you might need to watch out. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” What do we need to zealously serve God without burning out?
4.Communicating the Good News at the Workplace
Our primary role in the workplace is to work for the Kingdom of God. On the other hand, you might be an opportunity for your non-Christian colleagues to hear the Gospel for the first time. How can we efficiently share the Gospel in an environment where Christianity is a minority?
5.Reconciliation in the Family
Ng Weng Hou &
Goh Gaik Suan (Husband & Wife)
The basis of our relationships lies in our relationship with the family. Yet family is the closest, and thus one of the most difficult relationships to build. We experience conflict or difficulty among our family members. Yet God tells us to “forgive one another”(Colossians 3:13) While sharing the difficulties we experience in the family, let us take one step to forgive and love our family.
6.Single/Married: Overcoming Myths
This workshop is to overcome myths about marriage and singleness. There are common myths in the world and within the church; for example, we should be in the life cycle of getting married, bearing children, and raising them. We often pray for these, and if we are called to be in the stages, they are blessings and we should enjoy them. We, however, are sometimes called to live a different life from what we pray for, such as staying single, marrying non-Christians, or not having children. When our expectations are not met or we see a gap between our ideals and realities, we do not know how to pray and what steps to take. Let us receive encouragement from the Lord about where to look at and what to focus on.
7.Overcoming Disappointment with Church
Sometimes we are disappointed with our church. Because a church is a gathering of rescued sinners, and there are various problems, conflict and a generation gap.Yet, how does Christ see our church? Christ keeps loving the church and continues to engage with it as his bride. We should not end with dissapointment because “A reformed church has to keep being reformed.” The Lord wants to use you.
How should we deal with office politics? We are surrounded by superiors, subordinates, and coworkers, and sometimes see their greed, unhealed scars of the past, or conflicts among them in our workplace. It is natural to encounter them there. Millions of books on relationships or office politics are sold every year. They tell us how to overcome problems about office politics by giving common advice. Then, what the Bible says about those problems? How should we deal with them as Christians? Should we win in office politics or avoid them?
How should we think about nationalism as Christians who are sent to this world from God? How should we receive the meaning of being sent to this world while being identified as a Christian? We will think about brokenness and reconciliation in both domestic and international contexts. We will also learn how each country was founded and their present situations by examining stories of 3-4 movements in East Asia. What does it mean to love and serve a country as a Christian?
God cares about justice for the poor (Pro. 29:7). However, we are facing the reality that the gap betwen the rich and the poor has been increasing a lot while more and more poor people are oppressed. How can we understand this situation as Christians? We would also like to think together what we can do in our daily lives.
11.Wealth or Richness
What should we think about the meaning of money which we gain from work in order to build God’s kingdom? What kind of brokenness does getting money cause? What can money contribute to bringing reconciliation in the world?
12.Digital Ministry for Church and Social Transformation
How to use technology and Christianity spirit to solve real world problem?
This workshop will be about…..
* Sharing experience from Dr.Kanapon, founder and CEO of Health at home, Health tech startup based in Bangkok.
* 101Playbook for christian-founder who want to initiate technology startup company. What should we prepare or avoid in the early stage of startup journey?
13.Reconciliation at Work (Offered in Japanese）
*This is a workshop for Japanese participants*
We will have time to review the Bible exposition 1 in Japanese and have time for reflection. Then we will prepare for the Bible Exposition 2 in the evening on the next day. We also learn ideas from Japanese perspectives from Rev. Sugaya.
14.Administration as Mission (Offered in Japanese)
*This is a workshop for Japanese participants*
What is the administration as a ministry based on the holistic understanding of the Gospel? We are not expected to have dualistic views such as regarding the worship service and the missions as holy and accounting and managing land and buildings of a church as secular. What conflicts do we need to deal with? How should we contextualize the view and build up churches and ministry organizations in Japan?