ECCEN 2018

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). 

FREEDOM OF RELIGION & EDUCATION
Different European perspectives

Many countries enjoy 'freedom of religion' and 'freedom of education'. These treasured freedoms are protected in national laws  and even United Nations Declarations.  We also see these freedoms being eroded and challenged aggressively in our increasingly secular societies.  Despite opposition, do we truly understand the authority that God has given, enshrined in these freedoms, to offer a compelling education for Europe? 

As Christian educators, are we taking full advantage of our freedoms? Can we defend these freedoms? Are we equipping students through our curriculums and learning communities to serve both God and our neighbour in modern Europe?

Moreover, the way that we approach this situation will depend on how God’s word is working inside us. After all, it is the freedom in Christ that sets us free. How do we cultivate our external and internal freedoms?

This situation in Europe brought us into need and calls us to meet together during the 4th ECCEN conference which was hosted in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. 

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 2016 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
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.

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.

Click on the links below to listen to the lectures. 

2018

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

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2016

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

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2014

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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