STEWARDS´ PROGRAMME
July 1 – 8, 2013 (including preparatory programme and General Assembly)


-    Would you like to get to know a number of other young people from all over Europe? Would you like to live, work and share in an international team of young people for a week? Would you like to experience an international ecumenical assembly? Would you like to get to know ecumenism in Europe?

-    Then, the CEC General Assembly Stewards’ Programme may be something for you!

What is a Stewards´ Programme?

The Stewards programme is a special volunteers´ programme for persons from 18 – 30 years of age, aiming at giving ecumenical formation to young people, as well as providing logistical assistance to major ecumenical events.

The CEC General Assembly in Budapest will have a stewards´ programme for 30 young persons, lasting from July 1st to 8th, 2013.  Ecumenical Youth Organisations in Europe are partners in the programme; SYNDESMOS – The World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, the World Student Christian Federation Europe (WSCF Europe), European YWCA, Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe (EYCE) and YMCA Europe (European Alliance of YMCA).

The venue will be Budapest for the whole programme. The programme consists of two parts; the first part will be ecumenical formation, team building, information and training for the General Assembly.  Part of this programme will be conducted jointly with the preparation of the youth delegates to the assembly.

In the second part stewards will be working in teams with specific tasks, assisting staff in the smooth running of the Assembly. The work can be intense, but also fulfilling. Tasks vary from:

-    Assisting in the assembly office (reception, information desk, administrative assistance, personal assistance)
-    Plenary hall (preparing the hall and group rooms for sessions, welcoming delegates, distributing materials and interpretation equipment)
-    Media and press (assisting journalists, distributing documents)
-    Worship (assisting the worship Committee in preparing worship sessions and  distributing materials)

 

Pre-Assembly Draft Programme

Stewards at the CEC 13th Assembly: (CEC Archive - Photo: Daniel Barton and Johan Ehrning)

What is Ecumenism?


Christians are called to live and witness for the Unity of Christ. Therefore churches all over the world are committed to work together in a common mission. This is being done in a number of ways. Ecumenical dialogues seek to reach a deeper theological agreement between churches through a closer understanding of each other. Also, churches work together on a number of issues related to society, through diakonia, ethical reflection and advocacy work. All of this is important in order to give a credible witness to Christ in the world.

Ecumenical work is immensely enriching, but also challenging. Historical, theological and cultural differences may represent obstacles to understanding each other. At the same time the common effort to understand more, work together and walk together is a learning process where churches often also learn more about themselves. Ecumenical cooperation has in many ways proven to be mutually inspiring to the churches through a deeper understanding of Christian theology, God´s mission to the world and the calling to be Christian witnesses in the world.

How can I become a steward?

Any young person between 18 and 30 years of age engaged in church and Christian work may apply to become a steward. A steward is both a student and a servant through listening, learning and acting. A steward is a team person. You must be willing to learn and share, and at times work hard for the sake of the community. 

You must fill in an application form and attach a recommendation from one of the CEC member churches. Kindly attach a CV and a photo to the application. The application must be sent no later than January 31st 2013. The selection of stewards will be done by the Stewards Programme Team in order to ensure a balanced representation in terms of confession, geography, gender and skills of the whole team.   As the Assembly is taking place in Hungary, we have allocated 50% of the total number of places allotted for stewards for young people in Hungary.

The costs for participation in the Stewards´ Programme will be covered by CEC. CEC is, however, dependent on support from its´ Member Churches. We therefore kindly ask you to tick off in the application form whether your church will be willing to contribute to the costs of your travel and accommodation.  Please note, however, that CEC is committed to enable the widest participation and representation of young people and that financial contribution will not be a deciding factor in choosing stewards.   

We warmly welcome your application!

What is a StewardWhat is a Steward

 

Visit the Youth Programmes section if you want to know more about participating in the Assembly.


Stewardship is designed as an initial gateway for young people to participate in the work of CEC, and in international ecumenical affairs more generally. The stewards share their faith, backgrounds and visions in an ecumenical experience of learning, discussion and friendship.

Stewards CEC 13th Asembly CEC Photo Archive (Photo: Daniel Barton and Johan Ehrning)
How to become a Steward

Any young person between 18 and 30 years of age engaged in church and Christian work may apply to become a steward. A steward is both a student and a servant through listening, learning and acting. A steward is a team person. You must be willing to learn and share, and at times work hard for the sake of the community. 

You must fill in an application form and attach a recommendation from one of the CEC member churches. Kindly attach a CV and a photo to the application. The application must be sent no later than January 31st 2013. The selection of stewards will be done by the Stewards Programme Team in order to ensure a balanced representation in terms of confession, geography, gender and skills of the whole team.   As the Assembly is taking place in Hungary, we have allocated 50% of the total number of places allotted for stewards for young people in Hungary.

The costs for participation in the Stewards´ Programme will be covered by CEC. CEC is, however, dependent on support from its´ Member Churches. We therefore kindly ask you to tick off in the application form whether your church will be willing to contribute to the costs of your travel and accommodation.  Please note, however, that CEC is committed to enable the widest participation and representation of young people and that financial contribution will not be a deciding factor in choosing stewards.   

We warmly welcome your application!