Five Step Tour Missionary Living

How do you shape a missionary lifestyle in the neighborhood where you live and the network you are part of? Hans and Carolien Euser moved to Rotterdam with this question and found answers that are relevant in many other contexts. . They have developed a tour in which they provide insight into their own learning process based on a number of principles and provide tools for everyday missionary practice.

The program consists of the following ingredients:

  1. A visit to BLEND where business, care and meaning are combined for the flourishing of the neighborhood. You start with a delicious coffee + cake and the origin story.
  2. Then follows a walk through the neighborhood in which the five steps to missionary life are explained from Luke 10. We read, listen and let ourselves be inspired.
  3. We end in BLEND for an evaluation and reflection: what do we take with us to our own place and how do we apply the discovered principles in practice?

The duration of the tour is 2 hours and can be planned in consultation. Can possibly be expanded with a lunch or dinner on location. BLEND’s address is Lange Hilleweg 220A in Rotterdam and the neighborhood we explore is called Bloemhof. Number of participants: 5-25. Costs per participant: 25 euros incl. coffee or tea and cake. A lunch can be booked from 10 euros per person.

More info: bloemhof@blend.nl | www.blend.nl

ICP regional lunch is highly recommended!

“The regional ICP lunch with colleagues from other intercultural churches within the network was a valuable moment for me to make time for relationships again and to talk about topics where we can use each other’s input.”

(Maarten Blom – ICF Gouda)

On November 30, ICP organized a regional meeting for pastors and pioneers in the network. In Wageningen, leaders from Gouda, Utrecht, Ede and Wageningen came together to encourage and build each other up.

You are cordially invited to be there next. More information about the dates in 2024 will come soon. Would you like to have information in advance? Send us an email.

You can also participate in an intervision group that is offered free of charge by ICP. View more info.

Pastoral care voor mixed couples

Recently ICF Wageningen followed in the footsteps of ICF Utrecht. A group of 12 intercultural couples got together to discuss the marriage challenges of being from different cultural backgrounds.

Claude and Corina Mushikangondo, churchworkers in ICF Rotterdam, led two workshops to help the couples reflect on their situation. The couples did exercises on intercultural communication and discussed how culture impacts men/women roles and money matters (the top two reasons why couples fight). The groups then continue by their own, and decide which topic they want to discuss and how. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm in the groups. Participants get to know each other in a different way. Couples with a longer track record are happy to share experience with the younger ones.

Some quotes from participants:

“I feel reconnected with other ICF members over food and the word of God. For me this is already serving the families/couples. The topics discussed improved our open communication, and at the same time challenged what I thought we knew”.

“Outstanding is the simple fact of Claude and Corine’s intercultural example – from about as opposite poles as you can imagine, yet in love and ministering together. Fabulous examples of how it can work. And inspiring to any couples trying to see how to grow their relationship.”

“It worked well to discuss the questions about forgiveness as a couple! It’s very special how open people are in the group.”

Are there intercultural couples in your church or community and do you need training and guidance for these couples and/or for your pastoral staff? Then you can invite Claude and Corina. More info? Call Corina: 06-28812666 or request more information via office@icpnetwork.nl

Why the ICP Team Training?

What challenges do we encounter? What solutions are available? How do you work out what God intended when He brought forth the church? Do we really need training for that?

What can go wrong?
Church-being 21st century; it’s a great challenge in a challenging time! What can go wrong in the process of church planting and church building?

4 breakpoints:
Church visitor: “I didn’t intervene. I couldn’t connect with these people.”
Team leader: “I can’t get people motivated to take their place and work together.”
Church leader: “I have become tired. I may have carried too much alone.”
Outside observer: “They seem to be having a good time together, but it remains a small club and what are they actually talking about?”

The church is a living body; always movement, always growth, always new people and increasingly deeply rooted members. At least, that’s how we’d like to see it.

What does the ICP Team Training offer?
The ICP Team Training takes you and your team through the process of team building and community building over 2 years in 4 weekends and interim guidance. Four important themes are discussed, the themes that help us avoid the above breaking points:

  • Go on a mission together
  • Making disciples
  • Train leaders
  • Multiplying the community

Ready to start day 2024
The FREE starting day of the ICP Team Training will take place on April 20, 2024. All participating teams will start their training there, which will run from 2024 to 2026. But also if you are considering participating or if you are curious about ICP’s vision on team training and church planting in an intercultural context, then you are very welcome on that day and in the right place!

Register now for the FREE starting day on April 20 in Voorthuizen!
Or request more information by email. office@icpnetwork.nl
Also check our website for more information. http://www.icpnetwork.nl

Migration Bible comes at the right time

Our country is under high tension, especially when it comes to the subject of ‘Migration’. The NBG recently published the Migration Bible. What timing…

For migration theologian Samuel Lee, theMigration Bible is ‘a dream come true’. He is a member of the international editorial team that wrote this Migration Bible, a publication of the Dutch-Flemish Bible Society. “I believe that the Netherlands is the first country in the world to publish an English-language Migration Bible.”

What a contrast to the movement we see in our country. But that is also characteristic of the church, of the message of Jesus and the people who follow Him; against the flow…

Are you curious about the ‘Migration Bible’? Read more via the links below.

NBG presenteert Migration Bible
Eerste Bijbel over migratie komt geen moment te vroeg

Opwekking Media: a new video platform…

At the beginning of September, the Opwekking Foundation came up with something new: a unique and user-friendly platform where you can watch Opwekking videos. Unlimited and 24/7! For ‘Vrienden van opwekking’. Check the website for more information about that.

On the video platform you will find videos of the Pentecost conferences, including services, seminars and concerts from various years, from young people, teenagers, children and the Special People Tent.

Last year ICP also organized a seminar ‘More color in the church’ in the church’ in the big tent of Opwekking. You can also find these recordings on this video platform.

Check the platform here: Opwekking Media

Review of Team Training Weekend 3

From October 5-7 we had the third Team Training Weekend with 9 intercultural leadership teams in Voorthuizen. A great time in which we learned a lot. Thanks to interesting lectures, in-depth conversations, valuable team time, beautiful worship and pleasant encounters, we have grown and gained more insight into important processes in the formation and construction of our intercultural communities. The theme was ‘Training leaders’ and that starts with ourselves.

We have zoomed in on the Bible book of Nehemiah and the leadership lessons we receive from Nehemiah. We listened to trainers who took us to the heart of leadership and the challenges that our intercultural context brings us. And we enjoyed Alexander Emoghene, pastor of Claypot Church, who got us excited about building a Jesus Church with leaders who grow up in a vision based only on Jesus.

Responses from participants to the question ‘What did you benefit from most?’:

The mutual conversations with trainers and team leaders.

Team time, valuable as always.

Sara and Rien’s stories about leadership. Nehemiah as a practical example of leadership.

Worship evening, reading and meditating on Nehemiah, the practical examples.

Good, challenging questions for our team.

A couple of photos:

More information about the Team Training: Two-year ICP training for teams – ICP Network

Ready for the start day of the new Team training round 2024-2026
The Ready to Start Day will take place in Voorthuizen on Saturday, April 20, 2024. A day for participants of the new Team Training that starts in October 2024. This day is also intended for teams that are interested, but still want to discover whether it is something for their team.

You can request information without obligation via office@icpnetwork.nl

Workshop Inspiration Day “What do you mean equality?”

Rien van der Toorn will give a workshop during the Inspiration Day on November 11. The theme of the day is: ‘Gracism – growing as a church in equality’. The theme of Rien’s workshop is: ‘What do you mean equality?’…

Of course, everyone thinks equality is a good idea. But what do we mean by it? Isn’t our definition of equality colored by our cultural lenses? Are we perhaps selectively equal? Is the leader equal to the members, or are we served with a degree of inequality? Isn’t distinction necessary?

Enough to think about together in this seminar.

Rien van der Toorn is a non-Western sociologist and, together with his Iranian wife, runs a training and consultancy agency for intercultural work. He trains organizations, companies, government and churches in dealing with diversity. In addition, they have developed an acculturation method for newcomers in Dutch society for the municipality of Leiden. Rien lectures at Tyndale Theological Seminary, the Evangelical College and Foundation Academy of Amsterdam.

Have you already registered for the Inspiration Day?
On Saturday, November 11 from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM in Veenendaal.
Do not miss it! You can register here.

Review of ICP Regional Lunches

On September 19 and 21, ICP organized regional lunches in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The regional lunch in Veenendaal, which was planned for September 26, unfortunately could not take place. This lunch will be organized at a later date.

In Amsterdam we were guests at Oase for Nieuw-West and in Rotterdam we met at ICF Rotterdam-Noord. It is very nice to set aside some time with fellow pastors and pioneers for meeting, conversation, encouragement and deepening. While enjoying a delicious lunch, we got to know each other better and exchanged experiences.
Here you can see some pictures 🙂

We hope to organize these meetings more often. Hopefully you will be there next time!

Report Day Conference Migrant & Church

On September 18, the Day Conference “Migrant and Church – opportunities and bottlenecks” took place in Utrecht. An inspiring day with stimulating topics, courageous conversations and wonderful contacts.

Hans and Michele (ICP) were present. Here you will find a more detailed report, written by Hans. How do you enter into an interreligious conversation? Is a multicultural church a dream for later in heaven or a concrete goal here on earth? The conversation with Jurjen and Eric (see photo) was inspiring and stimulating.

Do you have any questions about this conference or Hans’ report or would you like to register for other similar activities? Please contact us by email or view our range of training and equipment.

Theme of Inspiration Day explained

God willing, we will again hold the annual ICP inspiration day on November 11, 2023, this time around the theme Gracism – growing in equality. It will be an exciting meeting for all leaders in the church; not only pastors and pioneers, but also elders and deacons, youth workers and speakers are more than welcome. Spread the word …

Gracism was coined as a term by David A. Anderson, an American pastor and author. He combines two words: grace and racism. We know racism as the negative assessment of others based on origin. Grace can be translated as mercy or grace. Gracism is giving positive affection (favor) to other people regardless of and sometimes because of their color, class or culture.

It should be self-evident, but unfortunately we discover all kinds of resistance, prejudice and discrimination in ourselves and in others. Where does that come from and above all: how do we get rid of it? The subtitle of the book Gracism is: The art of inclusion. Inclusive thinking is an art that requires practice.

In that respect, intercultural churches are beautiful places. In a tense society, they form safe havens to put God’s grace into practice. It is precisely there that multi-colored wisdom becomes visible (Ephesians 3:10). So do not be discouraged, but continue to encourage each other to love across cultural boundaries, so that we grow in equality as true gracists.

Come to the ICP Inspiration Day on November 11 in Veenendaal and be inspired, refreshed and encouraged!

Ready-to-start day Team training 2024-2026

The Ready to Start Day for the new edition of the Team Training is scheduled for April 20, 2024

The next edition of the ICP Team Training is already on the agenda. From the autumn of 2024 to the spring of 2026 we will be on the road with intercultural leadership teams. We take a walk that can help your team grow in team spirit, in vision development, in church building, in discipleship and leadership and in multiplying the intercultural church in the Netherlands.

A fascinating, educational and intense journey, the beginning and end of which is in God’s hands and of which the Holy Spirit is the travel guide.

We will start this journey on20 april 2024 during the Ready to Start day in Voorthuizen. That’s where we meet: the participating teams, the ICP team and the trainers. We start our trip with a day dedicated to team building and travel preparation.
IMPORTANT: The Ready to Start day is also intended for teams that are still unsure about participation and want to spend a day watching and trying to see if it is something for their team.

Do you want to know more? or Check the information on our website or send us an email without obligation

Inspiration day November 11 presents MKIDK

Workshop “More Color In The Church and your church” provides practical tools

On November 11 in Veenendaal, during the ICP Inspiration Day, Patrick and Michele will provide a workshop on the material of Meer Kleur In De Kerk, interactive Bible study material on the themes of racism, diversity and reconciliation.

Christians are called to love and reconcile with one another, even across ethnic and cultural barriers. In practice this is not so easy. The theme of racism evokes feelings of pain, shame and resistance, also within the church. How do we start with real change? What can we do as a church? What does God ask us to do?

The material from Meer Kleur In De Kerk helps us to engage in conversation in small groups, to delve deeper into others and to grow in equality.

Workshop info

This workshop is given by Patrick and Michele, both working for ICP Netherlands. Patrick has been a pastor at home and abroad for a long time and is married to Janine from Brazil. Michele is also from Brazil and married a Dutchman. Together they know what it feels like to be a ‘foreigner’.

The workshop is intended to provide practical explanations about the material developed by ICP and how it can be used in a study group or home small group. We go through part of a lesson together, to let everyone experience what MKIDK is all about.

Want to know more about More Color In The Church? This is already possible via this link…

Would you like to register for the Inspiration Day on November 11? Do it now!

Extra Inspiration Day workshop added to the programme

Can a mono-cultural church change into a multi-cultural faith community?

Eric is Burundian by origin and has lived in the Netherlands for a long time. He worked at ICP and has a lot of experience with intercultural community building. On November 11 he will also provide a workshop during our Inspiration Day with the theme ‘Gracism – growing as a church in equality’.

Who else is Eric?

Eric Rufyiritana is the father of three children, married to Vanessa, lives in Best and, in addition to his work for the municipality of Maastricht, is pastor of Crosspoint Kingdom Impact. This religious community was originally Burundian, but was captivated by the intercultural vision of being church. Through a challenging and fruitful process, the church changed and became open to a greater diversity of believers.

Eric’s workshop during the ICP Inspiration Day

In this workshop Eric explains what he and his team have done to transform a mono-cultural church into a multicultural faith community. In addition to an inspiring story, participants also receive three practical tips to apply in practice.

Other workshops on November 11

During the Inspiration Day there will be two workshop rounds, in which you can always choose from different workshops. The following themes are already known:

Michele Atsma and Patrick van der Plaat – Small group material ‘More color in the church’
Rien van der Toorn – Why equality?
Maurice San-a-Jong – Church and slavery, then and now
Brooklyn Mozes – Spoken Word put to practice in the church

Register now for this inspiring and encouraging day in Veenendaal!

Workshop Spoken Word on 11 Nov ICP Inspiration Day

Have you already registered for the Inspiration Day? Brooklyn Mozes will give a performance and a workshop on November 11 in Veenendaal. You don’t want to miss that!

Register and bring your youth leaders, speakers and women’s group leaders. Brooklyn inspires with her personal story, her talent for the spoken word, her passion for God and her courage to stand up for people who think they have lost their voice.

Brief introduction Brooklyn Mozes
When you hear Brooklyn talk, she more than lives up to her name. As if she never left her hometown. Born in the concrete jungle of Brooklyn New York. Where the tough streets of Brooklyn force you to grow up and make tough choices, Brooklyn Moses never bites her tongue.

As a fighter for injustice, she tries to contribute to society by standing up for the black community and women without a voice.

Brooklyn Mozes is a young fiery spoken word artist / mother / rapper / songwriter.

Founder of the Respect the Crown foundation. Owner of Loyalty Enterprises and founder of Rappen om de Hoek and Brooklyn Bridges. Writer and producer of her own one-woman show: QUEEN ” for mothers by a mother”. And writer and producer of one-woman show: “Naked”.

Workshop Inspiration Day
During the workshop we will learn different writing techniques and try to apply them immediately. At the end of the workshop, everyone has made a wonderful start on their own written text and everyone takes different writing styles home with them to continue on their own.

Register now via

Practical information

Date November 11
Location De Regenboog, De Grote Pekken 11, Veenendaal
Time Walk-in 9:30, end 15:00
Early booking discount: ticket reserved for October 10 – 17.50 euros, including lunch and present. After October 10, 22.50 euros.

Registration is possible until November 6.

Also read this article about the Inspiration Day…

Practical orientation day CHE Ede

13 September 2023

On Wednesday, September 13, there was a practical orientation day at the CHE in Ede. ICP was also present to show who we are and what we do. The goal: to help students orientate their next steps and explore options for finding internships in the ICP network.

Oase for Nieuw-West from Amsterdam and De Wegwijzer from Almere were also present to inform and attract potential interns. These two churches are actively looking for interns who want to gain experience in church work in an intercultural context. What a great opportunity!

Are you interested in an internship within the ICP network? Please contact us! Send an email to: office@icpnetwork.nl

Day conference ‘Migrants and the Church: Opportunities and bottlenecks’

For pastors and church leaders, Monday September 18, 2023, Utrecht

Prof.dr. Van den Toren: how do you respond to uncomfortable questions of truth in conversations with migrants?

For many people in Europe, questions of truth are quite uncomfortable when it comes to religion. Isn’t faith primarily something of experience and very personal? Speaking during the day conference Migrants and the Church: opportunities and bottlenecks on September 18 in Utrecht
prof.dr. Benno van den Toren about the discomfort that Christians can feel when talking to migrants.

The multitude of religions makes it very difficult to believe that Jesus is unique. But others can question you about it. Is it possible to confidently share what the basis of your life is and at the same time be open to others?

Prof. Van den Toren: “In conversations with people from other religious traditions, we are perhaps primarily curious. But in the long run, very difficult questions can also arise. Not only about how we think we should live, but also about what we believe. Do we know the deepest reality through Jesus, do we discover it in the Koran or through a special experience of enlightenment?”

There are an estimated 1.2 million migrant Christians in the Netherlands. The annual day conference wants to pay attention to how churches and Christians can jointly shape faith between different cultures in a good way. The conference takes place in Utrecht and is intended for pastors, church leaders and interested parties. Other speakers are Jurjen ten Brinke and Eric Rufyiritana about the journey of discovery at their multicultural churches: how do you overcome obstacles and get congregation members on board with a new vision?

After lunch there are seminars. Full program is up gave.nl/dagconferentie.

Ministers of the Dutch Reformed Churches and Protestant Church can earn PE points by participating. Participants can bring an introduction.

The conference is organized by: Intercultural Church Plants, Gospel & Muslims Foundation, Gave Foundation, Faith Integration Foundation and Protestant Church.
Registration: Gave.nl/dagconferentie

Freedom Focus for Healing Emotional Wounds

By: Corina Mushikangondo, relationship therapist (EFT) has her own practice and regularly contributes to the ICP network as a trainer in intercultural marriage ministry.

We want to help but what, when and how?
They had been coming to our church for years. A woman with a face marked by disappointment and pain. She smiled a lot and liked to chat but wasn’t really happy. And then that young lady, always lavishly dressed but sometimes so withdrawn and defensive in contact. I could go on and on…

As a pastor or pastoral worker you look into the eyes of some sisters and you suspect a deep pain. You would like to give them all more attention and love and tell them that there is restoration with God! But you lack time, and sometimes also insight on how to approach it. Fortunately, since last year we have been given a beautiful tool that helps women recover from emotional wounds. The Freedom Focus course, developed in ICU Gouda. (also read this article of February 1, 2022).

Report first course evening ICF Rotterdam
In ICF Rotterdam we started it last week, with a group of 13 women from 9 different countries. It went beyond expectations! Everyone participated well, despite the enormous differences in culture and level of education. Each lesson is divided into 6 or 7 parts and that makes the program lively. There is room for personal exchange in small safe groups. Even the shy and withdrawn types shared their story. The openness was remarkable. Back in the car with my Ugandan sister, I suggested that she might make new friends in the group. “Oh, but I’ve already made three,” she responded delightedly: the other three sisters in her small group. Another (shy) sister was almost overflowing with gratitude and joy, and wanted to say thank you for this course at the final prayer. We had never seen her like this before, she was radiant, and we were impressed as a team ourselves. God is at work through this program in this group!

Do you want to know more?
In a few weeks I will write again about how things are going. Want to know more about the Freedom Focus course? Check on geloofsinburgering.nl of write to Esther van Schie esther@geloofsinburgering.nl. You also can send me an whatsapp! Corina Mushikangondo-van der Laan 06-28812666 or churchworkers@icfrotterdam.nl

ICP board is looking for treasurer!

Do you want to help build a movement of intercultural churches in the Netherlands?
Do you have financial skills that you can use for the Kingdom?
Are you available for consultation four half-days a year?

ICP is looking for a board member (m/f) who wants to fulfill the task of treasurer.

You participate in meetings four times a year, check the quarterly and annual figures and help decide on the vision, mission and strategy.

The board consists of Beppie Wessels (chairman), Hans Wulffraat (secretary), Rick Wan and Raffic Osman (general board members).

More info: www.icpnetwork.nl and via Beppie Wessels (email: beppie.wessels@gmail.com / phone: 06-16859396)

In this church we are all foreigners

No first or second class members in the Body of Christ.

Harvey Kwiyani writes inspiring and stimulating blogs, which you can all read at his website.

We want to bring one to your attention. The title is: ‘There is no other host but God’. There is no host other than God alone. In the Bible we read (in 1 Cor. 12:21) that no member of the Body of Christ can say to another member, “I don’t need you.” Harvey states: “I am convinced that the gospel comes to us with a multicultural necessity. The vitality of the worldwide Body of Christ depends on the mutual exchange between its parts (Eph. 4). All parts must receive from other parts. All parts must give something to other parts. No part is self-sufficient.”

In short, there are no first-class or second-class members in the Body of Christ. But how does this work in practice? One way to think about this is that God has drawn us together in Christ to the heavenly table, where God alone is host and we are all guests. The table metaphor allows us to reflect on the fact that we all bring and share our authentic cultural food in God’s presence. To taste the gifts of another part of the Body—from brothers and sisters from another part of the world—just look around the table. This works well when we successfully curb the urge to dominate and assimilate each other in our ways, but instead embrace diversity for what it is: a gift from God.

Given the global dynamics of our segregated existence, the challenge is whether we can really all be guests at God’s table. This requires a great deal of self-emptying for all of us, a letting go of our power and rights (Phil. 2). It is not necessary for those on the margins to parrot what the powerful and influential among us say and do in order to be accepted.

An older and wiser friend of mine, a white American man, led a multicultural congregation that was a safe haven for asylum seekers in St Paul, Minnesota. When I visited him, he told me, “In this church we are all foreigners.” The key to his theological conviction was that Christ decentralizes us all so that He can be our only Center.

Read other blogs on Harvey Kwiyani’s website