BIC World Missions to convene first-ever retreat for all global workers

—This May, global workers with BIC World Missions (BICWM) will converge in Spain for the first-ever Global Team Retreat.

This week-long retreat will be the first event of its kind to bring together all global workers serving under the auspices of Brethren in Christ World Missions, according to Nathan Stonge, BICWM communications coordinator.

Previously, global workers have attended retreats and get-togethers with other workers on their team or in their same region, but the 2011 Global Team Retreat will give them “the opportunity to meet other workers they may never have met before,” Stonge adds.

In attendance at the Global Team Retreat will be all BICWM workers, staff members, covenant workers, and participants in the STEP program. Some BICWM associates will also participate in the retreat.

The retreat will focus on the theme “Connecting for Transformation.” According to Stonge, presentations from retreat speakers and resource people will develop this theme at the personal, team, and global levels.

“Our goals are to help individuals focus on personal worship and intimacy with God, team development, and vision casting for the future,” he says.

Events and activities for children and youth will be provided as well, Stonge adds. Dawn Groff, children's ministries pastor at Pequea Church (Lancaster, Pa.), will coordinate the programming for children, while Chad Wenger, pastor of youth at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Brethren in Christ Church, will oversee youth programming.

“It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the Global Team Retreat this May!” says Chris Sharp, executive director of BICWM. “This event is a first for BICWM, and represents great potential for building unity among our team. We look forward to a great experience in our days together.”