Pre-Conference event

When helping hurts

Burnout – the common cold of the 21st century

EMCC 2024

When we care for others, we can all too easily reach a point where we have nothing left to give because we’ve given too much of ourselves. We are delighted to offer this pre-conference event, where Jelena Sivulka will describe her experiences as someone in ministry, as a counselor, and as a person who came close to giving up.

She will help us answer some important questions, both for us and for the people we serve. Is there anything that brings people to the brink of burnout? What keeps them going when their bodies fail, their souls cannot empathize, and their spirits fail? Is God asking us to make this kind of sacrifice? Does that mean dying for ourselves?

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
Charles Spurgeon

The day consists of several interactive sessions with varied content, case studies and plenty of room for asking and answering questions, mutual discussion and processing in small groups.

Jelena Sivulka was born and raised in Serbia, where she got her master’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in theology. She became a Christian 30 years ago and a few years later got involved in ministry with her husband Greg, planting churches, distributing humanitarian aid, and partnering with Joni and Friends, serving people with disabilities. Jelena has also worked as a psychologist and therapist in Serbia’s schools, social centers, medical clinics, and she is currently overseeing International Counselling School in MENA Region, and finishing Ph.D. research on the topic of Mental Illness and Suffering. She is the founder and director of the non-profit organization Hana’s Hope. She has been blessed with three children: Benjamin, Sara, and Hana, who has autism.

Jelena will be supported by Rafael Năstase, a missionary who served with his wife Alice, seven years in Republic of Moldova, being involved with Operation Mobilisation (OM) in church planting, discipleship and mobilizing churches for missions. Returning in his home country, Romania, he stepped in the leadership position from 2007-2019 as National Director of OM. Now he coordinates the church relation department of OM in Romania and is the national member care facilitator. Rafael has a BA in Philosophy and Journalism and got a master in Theology at Baptist faculty. Being born in a Romani (Gypsy) family he is passionate working towards getting his doctorate in ecclesiology and ethnography at the University of Bucharest, researching on the role of the church in transforming Roma communities. Rafael also serves on the board of Member Care Europe.

Please note that the event will be in English without translation. Participants who need translation are asked to come with someone who can translate for them.

Monday, March 18th from 9:00 am-15:30 pm

The event will take place at the Hungarian Baptist Union (Magyarországi Baptista Egyház). Address: H-1068 Budapest, Benczúr utca 31 (walking distance from the hotel).

As a day guest it costs €30,00 (including coffee break and lunch).

If you want to attend this event, please book your day guest ticket via our booking system.


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