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EMCC 2024

Building bridges. Cultivating mutual respect, understanding and learning across generations, cultures and genders. European Member Care Consultation, March 18th-21st 2024, Budapest.

The next European Member Care Consultation will take place in Budapest, Hungary in March 2024. Our theme will be Building bridges: cultivating mutual respect, understanding and learning across generations, cultures and genders as we take an in-depth look at Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians:

1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2: 1-4)

Acknowledging and honoring our backdrop of historic Budapest and the role its beautiful bridges have played in uniting Buda and Pest into one city and one future, we will examine how building bridges is important in Christian ministry. Our plenary and workshop sessions will look at how we can better learn from each other, respect one another and ultimately build bridges in an increasingly inter-cultural and globalized world where more and more, people seem to be polarized and when confronted with differences, flee to their respective corners, surrounded by people who either agree with them or look like them. Conflicts and misunderstandings abound not only in our teams, but also on social media and even in our families. As Member Care providers, we will look at how we can encourage and empower those we serve to build bridges across the vast divides of misunderstandings, stereotypes and conflicts that so often inhibit the advancement of the Gospel with the goal of being of one mind and spirit.

Dates: 18th – 21st March 2024
Location: Hotel Benczur in Budapest, Hungary

Speakers & workshops:
We are excited to announce the names of our speakers. This time we have one keynote speaker who will speak at multiple times and thereby have the opportunity to take us deeper into our theme Building bridges. For the same reason, we are also offering a number of workshops as a 2-day track so the speakers will have more time to go into their subject.

Keynote speaker: Christian Quartier

Workshop speakers: Jonathan Ward, Sarah Hay, Mihai Lundell, Sonja Pichler, Rafael Năstase, Evi Rodemann, Maria Techow, Barry Danylak, Amrei Wehmeyer, Suzy Grumelot, Charley Warner, Cathy Thompson, Gary W. and Scott Shaum.

Follow these links to read the speaker biographies and our plenary and workshop synopses. Participants will need to sign up for workshops, registrations will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Registrations for workshops will be possible in the first week of March 2024. Everyone who has signed up for the conference will in due time receive a workshop registration link by email. Last minute participants can choose a workshops where space is still available upon arrival at the hotel at the EMCC registration desk.

Click on the link to see the (draft) Timetable EMCC 2024.

Conference fees:
We are offering you a choice of rooms – economy and superior, giving you a choice according to your budget. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and have been checked by our representatives to ensure they are suitable. Superior rooms are limited in number and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Early-bird discount rates EMCC 2024 – valid until 5th January 2024: 
* Single economy room €430,00
* Single superior room €475,00
* Twin economy room €350,00 per person
* Twin superior room €395,00 per person

Married couples sharing a twin room receive €25,00 discount each on their booking.

* Day guest entire conference (Monday afternoon – Thursday morning) €290,00
* Day guest (entire conference and pre-conference event) for Hungarian or Eastern European citizens, with a LOCAL INCOME €80,00

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General rates EMCC 2024 – valid after 5th January 2024: 
* Single economy room €480,00
* Single superior room €525,00
* Twin economy room €400,00 per person
* Twin superior room €445,00 per person

Married couples sharing a twin room receive €25,00 discount each on their booking.

* Day guest entire conference (Monday afternoon – Thursday morning) €320,00
* Day guest pre-conference event €30,00
* Day guest (entire conference and pre-conference event) for Hungarian or Eastern European citizens, with a LOCAL INCOME €100,00

For those people who would like to attend and stay at the hotel but are on a limited budget, particularly if they have not been to EMCC before and live in Hungary or Eastern Europe, there are a limited number of scholarships available. Applications for these could be submitted until December 31, 2023. All scholarships have now been given out. No new applications can be submitted.

Pre-Conference event: When helping hurts
We’d like to draw your attention to a special Member Care event led by Jelena Sivulka and Rafael Năstase on Monday 18th March. We are delighted to offer this pre-conference event on When helping hurts: Burnout – the common cold of the 21st century, where Jelena will describe her experiences as someone in ministry, as a counselor, and as a person who came close to giving up. This day is for anyone who wants to arrive a day early and dive deeper into this topic and get some more practical insights. You can attend as a day guest for €30,00 or stay at the conference hotel for an extra night (Twin room €75,00 or Single room €95,00, incl. breakfast). Keep in mind that you have to arrive a day early on Sunday 17th March. Click here for more information.

Bookings:
We are fully booked. You can be placed on a waiting list. Should anyone cancel before the end of February, we can still offer the vacant spot to people on the waiting list. Please email emcc@membercare.eu to be placed on the waiting list.


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