Frequently Asked Questions
ICP Europe stands for Intercultural Church Planting. ICP started in 2000 with the first intentional intercultural church plant, ICF (International Christian Fellowship) Rotterdam. This church plant was the beginning of a Dutch ICP network (2005). In a time span of 10 years, 30 new churches were planted. ICP NL facilitated those churches with coaching and training.
In 2017, ICP EU was launched. After a couple of years, ICP Europe now walks, works and worships together with friends from Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Intercultural. We desire to plant new churches which are intentionally intercultural. The ultimate goal is that a new community in Christ will be formed, where unity within diversity is celebrated.
Missional Communities. We primarily focus on reaching out by deeds and words with a holistic mission to those who do not walk with Jesus. The best way to reach our nation is through Missional Communities where all believers stand together in the mission.
Discipleship. The goal of the community is that everyone becomes like Jesus in a way that fits each other’s personality.
Multiplication. Multiplication has to take place in many different ways, in order to impact every corner of society with the Gospel.
Gospel Centred. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and our infallible authority for faith and life. In every aspect, we are driven by the Gospel, not by cultural trends or church traditions. In doctrinal and ethical choices, ICP Europe stands on the foundation of classic Christianity: the cross-denominational, cross-cultural abundance of teachings and practices of the Church of God throughout the ages and around the world.
The reason we start with Alpha is that, at the beginning of the mountaineering, we need to make sure we reach seekers! It would be rather easy to start walking with Christians for an extended time. But that is exactly what we would like to avoid: this is all about Jesus’ heartbeat to make disciples of all ethnicities. We do believe that sharing life and relationships is at the core of that. Alpha is a strong brand, a proven concept and many people across Europe already have experience with that. Alpha helps to get started fast and include Christians and seekers who walk together on the trail of mission and discipleship. That is why we are so excited about Alpha and decided to work with this course.
In this video, Johanna Weddigen from Alpha Germany explains why Alpha is such a powerful tool in planting a church.
We developed the ADVANCE! training program to inspire you first of all to live your life in the Presence of God. After that, we train you to live as a disciple of Christ, which makes disciples through planting missional communities.
During the first year of the training we would love to train and equip you to start an Alpha course well, developing these meetings into a Discovery Group and eventually continuing with a Missional Community. After the first year you might decide to extend the training program, which helps you to start an Intercultural Church Plant.
During this year ICP offers a training which exists of ten online lessons. In this overview you will get an idea which topics will be covered during the first year of the ADVANCE! training.
There are some reasons why we are so excited to walk with you this journey:
– Participate in God’s mission so that He receives glory for His name.
– Sharing the Good News in a starving world
– A passion for diversity in the church of Christ
– Being a disciple who makes disciples
– Flourishing in the Presence of God by putting faith into practice
We believe that everyone with a heart and passion for Jesus and leadership skills (let’s say: to build and lead a team) can join the ADVANCE! training program.
- You participated during the Advance! conference at the workshop about ‘the 7 best practices’ of Alpha, or you are committed to go through the online lesson about ‘the 7 best practices’ at the ICP training platform before the first lesson starts.
- You are dedicated to start within 3 months after enrollment with building a team and running an Alpha course in your own context.
- You are dedicated to go through the materials before the online meeting starts. You are present at 7 of the 10 online gatherings with your training group.
- You are willing to raise €750,- in your church and/or network in order to make your training possible.
A lesson is divided in three parts:
- Preparation. Three weeks before the online meeting you get access to the online materials.
- Online meeting. This session is about the TOOL modules, practical advices and intervision regarding Alpha, Discovery Group and Missional Community.
- Go! Connect after the online meeting with your buddy/buddies in order to go through the SHAPE and SKILL modules.
In every lesson three modules will be highlighted, which are categorized as SHAPE, SKILL and TOOL. The first two modules are meant to be studied in couples (we call it a buddy system), the tool module will be discussed during the online meetings.
SHAPE, SKILL and TOOL are the three categories in which the ICP training modules are divided.
- SHAPE for personal development,
- SKILL focuses on deepening knowledge,
- TOOL provides practical equipment.
The modules SHAPE and SKILL are designed to study with your buddy/buddies.
Each lesson of the ADVANCE! training program contains three modules. The modules SHAPE and SKILL are designed to study together with your buddy/buddies. You are fully responsible for your own spiritual growth and training.
Besides that, we encourage you to make sure that you really start practicing what you have learned. With a buddy you might share your experiences and struggles.
Yes. Three weeks before the online meeting, you will receive an email which gives you access to the online materials.
In order to prepare yourself well, start three weeks before the online meeting in accessing the materials. It takes around two hours per week to go through the materials.
During an online meeting you have the opportunity to connect with your regional coordinator and meet with other participants of the training.
An online meeting exists of:
- Start, connecting, relating
- Talking through the materials of the skill module
- Prayer and preparation for next time
Your regional coordinator will communicate these specific dates to you. Normally spoken, an online meeting occurs once a month.
This is a general plan for 2022-2023.
Three weeks before the online meeting starts, you will receive a notification which gives you access to the resources.
No, you don’t. You are expected to join the meetings. In exceptional circumstances you may skip the online meeting. Please inform your regional coordinator beforehand.
Yes, you can. That is a great way to get an impression of the ADVANCE! training. Please inform your regional coordinator.
The best way to apply is to sign up during the annual ADVANCE! conference. After the conference new groups are formed which go together through the ADVANCE! training program.
Alternatively, if you are able to recruit a group of at least 5 participants, we are able to start the ADVANCE! training with a new group any time.
If you want to apply, send an email to [email protected].
Yes. In our brochure we provide all information which is needed to figure out if the ADVANCE! training program is for you the next step to take.