What is the Stewards’ Programme?
The Stewards’ Programme is an intensive training programme for young adults meant to strengthen their ecumenical formation, while exposing them to the development of ecumenical relations in Europe.
The Stewards’ Programme is of the highest importance for the overall smooth running of the General Assembly as stewards assist in different areas of work such as common prayer, documentation, communications, language services and floor management.
The Stewards Programme begins before the assembly as a short ecumenical formation programme. It’s not only offered to the young adults but also the youth advisors participating in the General Assembly. The focus of the programme is ecumenical relations in Europe.
The programme runs from Monday 28 May – Wednesday 6 June, 2018.
What is the General Assembly?
The General Assembly is the largest gathering of the Conference of European Churches with the highest authority. Participants at the General Assembly are delegates of the Member Churches as well as participants without voting rights invited in an advisory capacity.
Central to the life and activities of the General Assembly are worship, Bible studies, thematic plenary sessions, workshops and hearing sessions that relate to the main thematic areas of the assembly “Witness, Justice, Hospitality”.
What is unique about this programme?
Apart from providing practical information on the life and running of the General Assembly, the Stewards Programme will ensure sufficient participation of young adults. It will offer space and time for youth to engage in the deliberations at the General Assembly. The goal is to enrich discussions at the General Assembly with perspectives from different generations. The Youth Pre-Assembly event will foster reflection and expertise of young participants and will prepare the Plenary of young adults that will take place during the General Assembly.
Am I eligible to apply?
If you are between 18 and 30 years old, and have a strong interest in ecumenical work, you are eligible to apply! Sufficient knowledge of English is required as this is the working language of the programme. Be prepared to work for long hours in a team of people from a variety of cultural and church backgrounds!
Who covers my expenses?
The Conference of European Churches will be responsible for board and lodging expenses and will provide pocket money during the programme. Travel costs, passport, visa and any other personal related expenses are to be borne by the steward. Applicants are kindly requested to apply to their church, local parish and/or diocese, and National Council of Churches for funding. In case they fail to raise funds, they should contact the Conference of European Churches.
After the General Assembly stewards are expected to implement an ecumenical project related to the theme of the Assembly in their local church and/or academic community. Proposals for projects and planning will be considered and discussed during the Stewards’ Programme.
How can I apply?
The application is made through an online form. Before you start the application make sure you have the following at hand:
1. A scanned copy of your passport or national identity card.
2. A scanned copy of a letter of recommendation from your church or ecumenical organisation.
If you are unable to complete the online application for some reason or have other questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the deadline to submit my application?
Deadline to submit your application is 1 January 2018.