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9 June 2023

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

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

Conversation about faith with other believers: open and unprejudiced?

How do you give multicultural faith a chance with your church? Think about it with other Church leaders and interested people during a full-day conference filled with talks and hands-on workshops.

The theme is topical and urgent. About 25% of the Dutch population now has a migration background and there are more than a million migrant Christians in our country. Yet there is still (too) little attention for how you can shape believing together between different cultures in a good way.

In the morning, Prof. Dr. Benno van den Toren will talk about having an ‘open and uninhibited’ conversation about faith with people of other faiths. Pastors Jurjen ten Brinke and Eric Rufyiritana will also talk about the journey of discovery at their multicultural churches: how do you overcome obstacles and get congregants on board with a new vision?

Speakers with and without a migration background lead the seminars of the afternoon program on, among other things, welcoming Christians with a Muslim background, anti-racism and believing together with Ukrainians. Participants are also challenged to think about the (im)possibilities of their own local context.

The conference is organized by: Intercultural Church Plants, Stichting Gave, Stichting Evangelie & Moslims, the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and Stichting Geloofsinburgering.


• Location: Protestant National Services Centre, Joseph Haydnlaan 2A, Utrecht
• Date: Monday, September 18, 2023
• Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, walk-in from 9:00 am.
• Participant contribution: €39 (tea, coffee and delicious Arabic lunch. Early-bird discount until September 1st: €29. Students €19.
• Bring someone! Mention immediately upon registration: €9.

Information: Esther van Schie,, 06 87 34 80 63