#realyou online sessions

Having made the decision to postpone the physical AMiCUS Congress to 2021, we have also chosen to start a series of #realyou online sessions as a spin-off of the theme #realyou. These online sessions have the purpose of keeping #realconversations happening about #reallife topics with #realpeople like you.

 

We are excited about starting this #realjourney with you from now to the physical congress in 2021. During this time, we hope to learn from each other and to truly create a close-knit community of followers of Jesus throughout Europe.

The online sessions will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel: EUD Youth Ministries.

Our next online session is on 12 March 2021 on #realchurch, and our guest speakers are Jonathan Contero and Abigail Esquirolea, from Cero Church in Madrid.

#realchurch

with Jonathan Contero and Abigail Esquirolea

Friday, 12 March 2021 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

Church… A word that has been used to point to so many things. But what is church really

If we pay close attention to what the Bible says, we will discover an ancient purpose: to become the image of God to the world. God is relational, and so should be the church: a community where we experience love and deliver God’s grace to people. Let’s be real Church. 

Register here.

#reallove

with Sam Leonor

Friday, 11 June 2021 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

More info will be available here.

Meet our speakers

Jonathan Contero and Abigail Esquirolea are a passionate couple of Jesus’ followers who love to tell a secular society that they need God even if they apparently don’t. That’s the reason why they planted CERO church to accomplish this purpose.

Jonathan is the pastor of CERO Church (Madrid, Spain) and also associate director of the Center of Secular and Post-modern Studies at the General Conference of SDA.

Abigail is a nurse who works in a school taking care of children.

They have two kids that bring them joy and beautiful and endless work.

There are many things that they like to do: travelling, reading, and hanging out with friends.

Online response groups

In #realyou online, we will also have response groups. These are special groups in which you will be given the opportunity to respond to and process the main message in a way that is the most appealing to you and in the company of youth and students from all Europe. Maybe you process ideas through conversation, or through lettering or arts, or perhaps by having a moment of personal devotion... You decide!

For our next online session, we are offering these response groups:

Conversation Response Groups with Jonatán Tejel (@jonanany)

 

First of all, who is Jonatán?

Hi! I’m Jonatán Tejel and I currently serve as the Youth Ministries Director for the Inter-European Division. I enjoy life with my wife Daniela and my two precious daughters, Astrid and Édera.

I’m into sports such as football, rock climbing, and scuba diving and I like working with computers and doing puzzles. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

What can I expect in the Conversation Response Groups?

Since I was young I grew up with the conviction that there is nothing better than an open, honest and respectful conversation about any topic in life. There will be difficult topics, sometimes during the conversation you can disagree with the other person's opinion, but the experience of having a good conversation will help you to grow and to better understand those around you. The more open and respectful your dialogue is, the healthier your relationships will become. So, come, join one of the Conversation Response Groups, and enjoy your time, listening to others and also giving your own opinions. 

We will have more than 10 different conversation response groups to choose from, in the following languages: English, French, Spanish and Romanian. If you want to meet new people, we recommend you choose an English-speaking group. 

 

What will I need for the Conversation Response Groups?

  • A desire to engage in conversation with other students and young people in Europe

  • An open mind and a respectful heart :)

Register here: https://bit.ly/realchurchregister

 

Lettering Response Group with Sayei Méndez (@escribiendosupalabra)

 

First of all, who is Sayei?

Hi, I’m Sayei! I’m 21 years old and I live in the hottest city of Spain, Seville. I love marine biology but I have another passion… Lettering and art! When I was about to start college, I first had to pass the exams. I’ve always been an easy to stress person. I decided to try a 30-day lettering challenge to relax when I needed it. It helped me so much, that I decided to keep lettering and started an Instagram account called Escribiendo Su Palabra. Years have passed and it is now my everyday ministry. God has blessed me a lot through every design! Thanks to this ministry I’ve met beautiful people and their stories. And I look forward to seeing you again in #realpurpose.

 

What can I expect in the Lettering Response Group?

Are you ready for a new session of the Lettering Response group? I am! This time, besides learning all the tips to a perfect hand lettering and practicing with the guides and printables, we’re going to customise an object of your choice. For example: a wooden box, a mug, a flowerpot, a notebook cover... Whatever you want! The point is to give it to someone as a gift and be the light and make a change in that person’s day! Start preparing your material and watch the video to see what I created! Maybe it could inspire you :)


What will I need in the Lettering Response Group?

  • Watch this video from @escribiendosupalabra: https://youtu.be/5SGjgSn37OQ

  • Pencil and rubber 

  • Brush pen or conic tip marker

  • Guides and printables (download here)

  • Object to customise 

  • Acrylic marker (brand example: Royal Talens) or acrylic paint and brush. Colours of your choice!

Register here: https://bit.ly/realchurchregister

Personal Devotion Response Group with Annika Looser-Grönroos (@acgl80)

First of all, who is Annika?

Hi! My name is Annika. My heart lives in two beautiful places. In Switzerland, the country I was born in, and the place where I live today, and in Finland, the country I grew up in. However, my heart longs to live in the place where God is. And even though we don’t live in the same place yet, He keeps on crossing my path, and guiding my steps towards Him.

I’m a theologian and counselor, but my most significant training I experience in my everyday life as wife and mother, and in all the precious encounters with the people around me.

What can I expect in the Personal Devotion Response Group?

This response group is all about personal devotion and prayer. We want to respond to what we have heard, and therefore we ask ourselves “How does the message speak into my life?”.

We embark upon this journey by reflecting upon God’s word, and personal prayer, in solitude with God. This response group is a guided reflection. Some of the elements we will experience as a group, others will be a personal contemplation. Bring a pen and a notebook, or any other device where you can jot down some notes.

What will I need for the Personal Devotion Response Group?

  • Notebook and pen, or any other device where you can jot down some notes

  • Downloadables (Download here)

Register here: https://bit.ly/realchurchregister

Go Deeper Response Group with Daniel Duda

First of all, who is Daniel?

My name is Daniel. I have been a youth leader in my local church, I have been the first elder of a large institutional church. And I have worked as an ordained pastor, theology professor and departmental director at different levels of church organization. Thus, I know first-hand the joys and frustrations that the church can bring, both at the local and institutional level. However, moaning and checking out will not change anything. You and I have a chance to change something within our sphere of influence. Let’s explore how we can do it together!

What can I expect in the Go Deeper Response Group?

This response group is about Going Deeper into the topic of #realchurch using a teaching-interactive style. This group is a place where people can learn together and also participate in an open explorative discussion. Expect an exciting online interactive learning journey for some 50 minutes. Expect to go beyond the surface of the topic and be surprised with deep thinking/thought-provoking inputs and ideas. What was God’s intention when he called Abraham; brought out children of Israel from Egyptian slavery? How does Jesus shift the purpose of his movement from a temple to a body? How can we strive to be efficient and yet compassionate, unified and yet diverse, structured and yet flexible? 

What will I need for the Go Deeper Response Group?

  • Open mind, constructive spirit, positive atmosphere and a sense of humour

  • A pen and a notebook, or any other device where you can jot down some notes.

Register here: https://bit.ly/realchurchregister

Take Action Response Group with Álvaro Dolade (@edalod)

First of all, who is Álvaro?

Hola! My name is Álvaro, I’m a Strategic Designer and Creative Director from Barcelona. I have worked for more than 10 years for brands such as Nike, Ford or Santander. I am a Design Thinking and Social Innovation lecturer at Brother Escuela de Creativos and IED Barcelona. With my incredible wife María I have collaborated in the planting of two Adventist churches in Madrid and Barcelona. My purpose in life: to co-design better future scenarios, reaching Heaven and beyond!

What can I expect in the Take Action Response Group?

In this response group you will learn to use collaborative ideation tools used by organizations such as Nike, Apple or Netflix. Innovation methodologies that will help us create empathetic, viable, feasible solutions and above all with great impact.

From the beginning of the Adventist Church, innovative DNA has always been latent. In 158 years, we have managed to reach 5 continents, more than 20 million members, thousands of schools, hundreds of hospitals, universities, etc. This is why our spiritual grandparents were called pioneers!

But don't you feel that in some areas we have fallen behind? We need to wake up! We need to adapt to the needs of a complex world that demands us to be salt and light through empathy, love and authentic relationships, leaving the stereotypes behind. Following the model of Jesus, our Universal Creative Director. 

Let's use creativity and innovations tools to become pioneers again!

What will I need for the Take Action Response Group?

  • An active account at Miro (www.miro.com) a free online collaborative tool with great potential. 

  • An open and bold attitude to welcome change. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/realchurchregister

Registration

This is a free event. However, we need you to register so we can properly plan for the response groups.

Save the dates for the upcoming #realyouonline sessions:

12 March 2021

11 June 2021

 

And also for the #realyou AMiCUS Congress:

23-26 September 2021

Previous online sessions

#realpurpose

with Dejan Stojkovic

Friday, 11 December 2020 @ 19:30 (CET)* ONLINE

One of the impacts of COVID-19 has been to slow us down from a, frankly, frantic and overly busy existence. We now find ourselves with an opportunity to rethink who we are and what our #realpurpose in life is.

Like Moses when he unexpectedly encountered the burning bush, listening to God’s voice may take us out of our comfort zone. But life is not just about staying alive, it’s about living.

*Watch recorded video here

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#realfuture

with Ty Gibson

Saturday 26 September 2020 @ 17:00 (CEST)* ONLINE

The future of our world looks pretty dark right now. Not only has the coronavirus gone viral, but so has anger and hatred. We seem to be teetering on the edge of social meltdown. The most important question each of us must answer within the privacy of our own hearts is this: what kind of person will I be in the midst of the chaos that engulfs our world? I can either be a lover or a hater. The choice is mine.  

*Watch the recorded session here

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#realnewnormal

with Tihi Lazic

Friday 25 September 2020 @ 20:00 (CEST)* ONLINE

Lives are disrupted, damaged, or lost. Economies devastated; plans destroyed. The CoVid-19 pandemic of 2020 will never be forgotten. But, what if, in the midst of fear and anxiety, we decided to use this opportunity to just stop for a moment and face ourselves?! What if we decide to put aside the scaffolding of our life—our goals, ambitions, roles, jobs—and dare to wrestle with one of the most challenging and complex questions of human existence—the question of our personal identity and purpose: Who are we and what is our unique role in the new normal?

*Watch the recorded session here

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Dejan Stojkovic was born in Kragujevac, Serbia. He finished his primary and secondary education in post-communist Serbia, interrupted a few times with the ugliness of wars that struck this region. He came to England in 2001 to study theology and he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Newbold College. Here he started a student-led worship service ‘Experience’. Dejan has served as a youth pastor at Stanborough Park Church where he established the Parallel Service as an outreach and reclamation ministry for youth and young adults. Before being called to serve as British union youth director he was serving as a Director for Teen’s Ministry, AVS and Chaplaincy at the South England Conference. Dejan got married to Deana in 2010. Dejan’s mission in life is very simple and that is preparing young people for the second coming of Jesus.

Dr Tihomir Lazic works as a Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Newbold College and as the Director of Public Campus Ministry (or Student Ministry) at the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He completed his doctorate in theology at the University of Oxford. His speciality is in systematic theology, or more precisely, contemporary ecclesiology — particularly the issues of Adventist ecclesiology and identity. 

 

Tihomir lives in England and is married to Kärt from Estonia. The main drives that shape his vision of life and ministry are the sense of wonder and adventure that come from exploring the unknown and from the relentless quest to understand God and believers' life in Him.

At the age of eighteen Ty Gibson had an encounter that persuaded him of God’s existence. After having been raised with a purely secular worldview and having witnessed firsthand much evil and suffering, Ty was completely opposed to the idea of a Supreme Being. “If a God exists at all,” he reasoned, “He would have to be cruel to have made a world like ours?” Ty’s conversion as a teenager was founded upon the answer to that question. The powerful reality of God’s love opened Ty’s mind to a whole new line of thought. Since then Ty has given his life to the joyous task of sharing God’s good character in public seminars, as well as through print and video media. 

 

A passionate communicator with a message that opens minds and moves hearts, Ty Gibson is lead pastor of Storyline Church (storylineadventist.org), as well as President of Light Bearers (lightbearers.org) and the ARISE Discipleship School (arise.online). He has authored ten books, as well as the wildly popular TruthLink Bible Study Guides and online course (truthlink.org). His most recent video work can be viewed at digma.com and tabletalk.online. 

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