ECCEN 2020

ECCEN (European Conference for Christian Education in the Netherlands) organise conferences for school leaders and teachers of Christian Schools across Europe, drawing together different cultures, nationalities and professions within Christian education.

Welcome to the website of the European Conference for Christian Education in the Netherlands (ECCEN). 

Come and join us at our next conference!

4-6 March 2020

Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

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Position of Christian schools in modern society

What is our calling as Christian school leaders in modern society? How can we increase our relevance and act more strategically to benefit both our schools and our pupils?  If the modern world is all about connection, how do we get connected and stay connected? What communication methods do we use?  What language is appropriate?  When should we speak and when should we listen?  How do the principles of wisdom apply to our culture? If you are asking these questions, so are many others. 

Our aim at this conference is to learn from each other as well as our speakers who are Christian leaders and influencers from different branches of our society and media.  ECCEN 2020 will feature varied experiences from across Europe and in that spirit we extend a warm welcome to all our international guests.
The main purpose is that we go home encouraged, in connection with God, ourselves, our schools, our politicians, our media, our society. 
The conference is also an opportunity to meet, encourage and empower each other. We hope to meet you all! Let's unite at the 5th international ECCEN conference 2020!  You are most welcome!

ECCEN is committed to playing an active role in bringing together all the individual threads of Christian education to foster knowledge, promote the exchange of expertise and to strengthen each other for the future.

ECCEN (European Conference for Christian Education in the Netherlands) organise conferences for school leaders and teachers of Christian Schools across Europe, drawing together different cultures, nationalities and professions within Christian education.

ECCEN is committed to playing an active role in bringing together all the individual threads of Christian education to foster knowledge, promote the exchange of expertise and to strengthen each other for the future.

The reason why we organize these conferences: 

  • Christian education has a powerful biblical message of hope which can make a vital contribution to our society;
  • The place of Christian education in our countries is under increased pressure;
  • There is a great demand for solutions to an increasing number of social problems;
  • Cooperation in Europe on educational issues is becoming more important.

ECCEN is organised by the following organisations: 

Driestar Christian University
Driestar Christian University(Gouda) is a centre of knowledge for Christian education (University for Teacher Education, Educational Advice Centre and Management Advice Centre). 

Jacobus Fruytier Scholengemeenschap
Jacobus Fruytier Scholengemeenschap (Apeldoorn) is a Christian school for secondary education.

VGS is an organization (Ridderkerk) that supports boards and governors of Christian schools in the Netherlands.

Target group

Various European school leaders, school policymakers, consultants, politicians and other people who have a leadership role in education are kindly invited to participate in this European Conference. The conference will be in English.

We hope to encourage and equip every participant in his or her role for the benefit of Christian education. During the conference there will be a lot of time for knowledge exchange, sharing faith and much more. We hope and pray that after this conference everybody will return home inspired and strengthened by God.

Confession of faith

We accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the historic faith of the gospel therein set forth. We here assert doctrines which we regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, in line with the apostolic creed. We hope and pray that this issues in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern:
  • The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.
  • The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen mankind, making him subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
  • The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
  • The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
  • The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
  • The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in power and glory.

Programme ECCEN 2020

Wednesday March 4

  • 16.00    Registration
  • 17.00    Dinner
  • 19.00    Welcome and devotion by Pieter Moens (Chairman)
  • 19.45    Discussion in small groups
  • 20.15    Plenary discussion
  • 20.30    Musical intermezzo
  • 20.45    Closing of the day

Thursday March 5

  • 09.00     Welcome and morning devotion by Jan Otte (board of JFS).
  • 09.20     LECTURE by Prof. Dr. Alister McGrath  A theological-apologetic perspective at the position of Christian schools in modern society. "The Vitality of Faith: Christian Education, Apologetics, and Cultural Engagement."
  • 10.10     Plenary discussion with speaker          
  • 10.30     Break (Optional: Tour JFSG by students)
  • 11.00     LECTURE by Mr. Bo Nyberg, rektor Kallskolan, Stockholm Sweden "Experiences and advice with practical instruments how we can stay connected to the society, the media and the politics.”
  • 11.30     Discussion in small groups
  • 12.00     Closure
  • 12.15     Group picture
  • 12.30     Lunch
  • 13.30     Excursion
  • 16.10     Free time
  • 17.30     Dinner
  • 19.00     LECTURE by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stock. A communication perspective at the position of Christian schools in modern society. “It’s a crazy world – communicating as a Christian in today’s digital media."
  • 19.40     Group discussion
  • 20.00     Plenary discussion with panel
  • 20.45     Evening devotion by Jaap Braaksma
  • 21.00     Informal meeting
Friday March 6
  • 09.00     Welcome and morning devotion by Rens Rottier, chairman board Driestar Christian University, for Teacher Education.
  • 09.20     LECTURE by Mr. Kees van der Staaij, Member of the House of Representatives of    the  Netherlands since 1998 for the Reformed Political Party (SGP). “On serpents and doves. The way of Christian education in a secularizing age.”
  • 09.50     Discussion in small groups
  • 10.10     Plenary discussion with the speaker
  • 10.30     Musical intermezzo
  • 10.45     Break
  • 11.15     Review and contributions by participants of the conference    
  • 12.00     Closing of the conference by Henk van Sorge
  • 12.30     Lunch
  • 13.00     Departure

  • Alister McGrath (UK) Eccen-Allister-McGrath.png
Prof. Dr. Alister McGrath, Professor of Science and Religion, University of Oxford and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. More information: check LINK.
The title of his lecture: "The Vitality of Faith: Christian Education, Apologetics, and Cultural Engagement."
  • Bo Nyberg (SE)Eccen-Bosse_s.png

Bo Nyberg, is the rector of a Christian school, Källskolan Sweden and for 15 years a board member of “Friskolornas riksförbund”, a Swedish association of independent preschools and schools. The association has more than 500 members across Sweden, and the establishments are run by associations, cooperatives, foundations and limited companies. In total, their members run more than 1,200 establishments of varying sizes, pedagogical persuasions and working methods. More than 300 000 schoolkids are involved.

He is also, for almost 10 years, the chairman of the Christian school association in Sweden, “Kristna Friskolerådet” with about 90 different school establishments, that cooperate in the field of confessional schools. These schools are very questioned politically in Sweden right now, however popular among the Swedes and considered to be high quality schools. Bo will share his testimony from these different arenas and also from his personal life.

  • Kees van der Staaij (NL)Kees-van-der-Staaij.jpg

Kees van der Staaij is leader of the Reformed Political Party (SGP) in the Netherlands. The title of his lecture: “On serpents and doves. The way of Christian education in a secularizing age.”


  • Wolfgang Stock (DE)Eccen-Wolfgang-Stock.png
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stock, born 1959, is Secretary General of the Association of German Evangelical Schools (VEBS eV), based in Karlsruhe. The association represents some 150 Christian schools and kindergardens with more than 25,000 pupils and 2,000 teachers. From 2012 to 2017, Wolfgang Stock was CEO of the Free Christian Schools and Kindergardens (Christburg Campus) in Berlin. Before that, he worked for many years as a journalist with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Welt am Sonntag, authored several books and worked as a university teacher. He earned his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Oxford and is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the IESE Business School in Barcelona. 

Register online

Registration for the conference has been closes because we have reached the masimum number of registrations for the event. Thank you for your interest!  


After we have received your registration form, you will receive a confirmation letter with an invoice for the conference fees. As spaces are limited, we suggest that you register as soon as possible. 

Registration fee

  No accommodation   Hotel (2 nights) included  Host family (2 nights) included 

ECCEN participant
from the Netherlands

         € 495,-          € 675,-                 -

ECCEN participant

              -           €250,-              €160,-

Includes: registration and conference fee, accommodation for two nights (if applicable), meals.

Many Christian families of the students/teachers of the school are willing to host international visitors.

Please read our terms and conditions before registration. 


The ECCEN 2018 conference will be held in Apeldoorn at the Jacobus Fruytier Scholengemeenschap.

The Christian Jacobus Fruytier School is the location of the conference. It is a secondary school for Christian education in the centre of the Netherlands and also a well-known place for many foreign students because of the many international exchanges. It is situated among the forests of the Veluwe, the largest national park of the Netherlands. In the surrounding area are forests, beautiful heather fields, and the royal palace Het Loo.

Jacobus Fruytier School
Anklaarseweg 71
7316 MB Apeldoorn
The Netherlands


We provide accommodation for you during the conference (4-6 March 2020).
You can either stay in a hotel or with host families. 

Hotel Het Loo
Loolaan 556,
7315 AG Apeldoorn, 
The Netherlands
Tel: 0031(0)55 5791255 

The hotel is in Apeldoorn and near the school. If you have any questions about your stay at the hotel, please contact the VGS.

Host families
It is also possible for our guests from abroad to stay with the families of students/teachers of Jacobus Fruytier school. They will take care of the travel and the accommodation. If you have any questions about staying with a host family, please contact Henk van Sorge.


Apeldoorn can be reached by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. (1 hour and 15 minutes / 30 euros)
For train connections, see

Click on the links below to listen to the lectures. 


Here you are also able to download the lectures and PowerPoint presentations which were presented during the Conference (September 2018) ECCEN-2018.jpg





Lecture by Rev. J.B. Zippro
The Bible and my neighbour

Lecture by Prof. dr. Willem van Vlastuin  
Stand on a foundation

Lecture by Phill Moon
Stand for a new generation






Lecture by G.J.M. Segers
How can we influence our secular culture as we approach 2020?

Lecture by Rev. Dr. M.J.Kater
How should we think about leadership as we approach 2020?
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Lecture by Dr. J. Shortt
How can we lead our schools and pupils as we approach 2020?
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Lecture by Rev. A. Huijgen
The Christian Life Towards 2020: The End of Times?
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Open space session 
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