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Workshops & METs

Mission Equipping Tracks will be in the mornings, and workshops will be happening in the afternoons with some of Ireland’s top thought leaders – why not take a look at which you’d like to come to? There’s plenty to choose from!

Mission–Equipping–Tracks (METs)

Each morning you’ll have the option of 1 of 5 METs.  In feedback last year, you voted these one of the best things at Equip, as they allow you to go deep together into who God is, and how it applies to campus life, over the course of 3 mornings in the same groups.  You’ll be able to wrestle with things in life in far deeper ways than other seminars enable you to do, and it’ll give you space to really respond to what God is saying.  Choose from:

  • On Mission with our Maximum Life God (Mark Ellis, CUI Director): equipping you to enjoy everything from your study, to the societies you join and the fun evenings out with friends – can we live it all to his glory?
  • On Mission with our Global God (Peter Teagle, Friends International): how does God’s heart and plan for all nations, affect our every day, our every breath and our dreams?  We’ll see it impacts far more than just the international students on campus.
  • On Mission with the People of God (Alison Williams, CUI Team Leader): God doesn’t need us, but he’s always delighted to call a people to himself, throughout history.  We’ll explore more about how being on this team shapes everything we do on campus and in life, even when it gets messy at times!
  • On Mission with the God of Truth (speaker tbc): 
  • On Mission with our Good God (Maurice and Anna McCracken): How does God being Trinity shape our every day and every action?  Does His goodness motivate you in life, or do you often find yourself spiritually dry during the term?  We’ll see how glimpsing these aspects of God changes everything.

 

Tuesday –  (1.5 hour options)

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  1. Wellbeing: thriving during your student years (Helen McNeely, QUB)
    We’re all aware of the mental health crisis happening in our land.  But as Christians, we often struggle too.  Helen McNeeley heads up a large team at QUB Academic Affairs and Student Wellbeing, and will come along with one of that team, to help us think through how Jesus forms a great foundation on which we can thrive in college life. 

  2. A Better Story, with facilitator tba
    You won’t be able to walk far on campus without seeing a rainbow flag, and pressure is increasing in society to let “love be love” without any judgement or definition of what that looks like.  In our own lives we feel the ups and downs of our sexuality too, not to mention those in the CU who may have different views on what our response should be.  Is the gospel’s take on sexuality, good news for our LGBTQ+ friends and for us?  Can we be confident in a Biblical worldview?  We’ll explore more with a top European thinker/practitioner.

  3. Engaging Other Religions
    From the Mormons shouting at Chinese students across the street, to the Islamic Society on campus or the Hindu who you never even knew was a Hindu in the corner of your lecture – our campuses have an increasing diversity of people on them.  But how do you engage with them?  Leave them to the international cafe team?  We’re all called to join in with God’s heart, and His mission for all nations, particularly those who’ve never heard and have less chance of hearing.  How will this joyful participation and call to diversity, shape your uni life and beyond?

  4. Engaging Apathetic Secularism 
    Most of our friends aren’t aggressively in our faces about their unbelief.  They just couldn’t care less.  “The Bible obviously doesn’t work, and is actually more harmful for life, so let’s just get on and enjoy life without it, right?!”  How do we understand such a worldview?  And what is best to practically engage with these friends and students on campus, to see them taking Jesus seriously?  

  5. Environment and the Christian
    The environment shapes public conversation and increasingly lots that we do.  But what is a Biblical foundation to act upon?  How can we take small steps or be leaders in bringing about change that will benefit the world God has given us, and our future generations?  It can be overwhelming to know where to start and who to believe, but it is essential to think through this key topic.

  6. FRESHERS’ TRACK (each afternoon)

    So you’ve made it!  Coming to college is exciting and nervewracking all at once.  But we’ll have a great chance to unite with other people like you, see what God says about some vital things that will come up this year, and hear from some of the best on our island who will help us thrive at college, no matter who we are.  Expect some top stuff in mental health, wellbeing, student lifestyle, engaging with our studies, making the most of CU and much more.  There’ll be free resources too!

Wednesday (1.5 hour options)

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  1. From first conversation to coming to faith.  How to do good follow–up. 
    Good events can get hundreds of people engaging with the good news of Jesus.  But what are the key things that even small CUs can do to make this happen?  Our staff have learnt the hard way, running hundreds of these, and helping CUs on various campuses figure it out.  And once you’ve had friends or students interested in an event, what next?  Sometimes follow–up is our weakness in CUs, which leaves us seeing so little fruit.
  2. How to run missional smallgroups
    Where CU smallgroups have gone missional across Europe, dozens of people have come to faith.  But what does that look like?  Why does it work?  And when should we just leave smallgroups to churches?
  3. How to make the most of Uncover
    Equip 2020 is exciting for many reasons, but this has got to be one of the top ones!  We’ll be launching a new resource, helping us reach our apathetic friends, and see God speak into hundreds of lives.  But how do we use this resource as individuals and as a CU?  How we can see lives transformed, when we feel so unable and unsure?  Attending this workshop will equip you in personal evangelism.
  4. How to have a culture of welcome 
    In the next two weeks, around 50,000 Freshers and new overseas students will flock onto our campuses, all feeling a mixture of apprehension, excitement and opportunity.  By week 6, they’ll either have fitted in and be loving their new way of life, or be sitting alone in their room, pondering dropping out.  What does this mean for us, and the gospel?  How can we be welcoming communities? How can we see our CU meetings keep growing, rather than sharply declining over term?

  5. FRESHERS’ TRACK (each afternoon)
    So you’ve made it!  Coming to college is exciting and nervewracking all at once.  But we’ll have a great chance to unite with other people like you, see what God says about some vital things that will come up this year, and hear from some of the best on our island who will help us thrive at college, no matter who we are.  Expect some top stuff in mental health, wellbeing, student lifestyle, engaging with our studies, making the most of CU and much more.  There’ll be free resources too! 

 

 

Thursday (1.5 hour options)

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  1. Coding for the Kingdom
    Calling all computer science students, programmers, mathematicians, web nerds and anyone in the world of tech!  Fancy seeing how Jesus is Lord over your subject?  How could you join together for God’s Kingdom purposes?  We’re excited to launch this gathering, in the hope that in future it may develop into a Hack–a–thon and groups meeting across Ireland.
  2. Science as a Christian 
    How do we positively think and act about science as Christians in our courses and lives?  We’ll have an Irish academic, and has drawn together Christians to reach out and has seen hundreds of people engage on the topic through events and conversations.  Their wealth of knowledge, wisdom in how it is applied on campus, and heart for unity, will leave us with a stimulating session together.
  3. Engaging the Arts with our artist in residence (tbc)
    We’re excited to have an artist in residence with us for some of EQUIP, showcasing their art, and helping us all think through what it is to live in light of a creative God.  How would life be a richer experience for everyone?  How would it shape CU life?  How do artists deal with the challenges of employment or the culture in the art colleges?  Come along to hear a professional artist who has worked with Christian students for years.
  4. Work as Worship
    What’s the connection between your 9am maths lecture, and your CU meeting that evening?  Would it make any difference that you are a Christian in that lecture, or do you think your subject is neutral?
  5. Christians In Sport
    Sport is one thing nearly every campus has in common – even when there are nearly no societies, there’ll be sports teams!  But even when only a tiny fraction of the campus play sport – masses watch it each week or follow the latest.  How can we engage with this as Christians?  There will be an interactive session for those who take their sport super–seriously, or for those curious to know how to make the most of this incredible opportunity to “pray, play, say” for Jesus.
  6. FRESHERS’ TRACK (each afternoon)
    So you’ve made it!  Coming to college is exciting and nervewracking all at once.  But we’ll have a great chance to unite with other people like you, see what God says about some vital things that will come up this year, and hear from some of the best on our island who will help us thrive at college, no matter who we are.  Expect some top stuff in mental health, wellbeing, student lifestyle, engaging with our studies, making the most of CU and much more.  There’ll be free resources too!