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ec16 workshops are designed to focus on the participants' growth as Christ followers. This year we prepared 32 workshops, providing opportunities to grow up as Christians, tailored to modern life and the issues that participants may face in the future. There are 8 interest categories in the workshops. Following are the symbols for each of the categories. Those symbols are also on the workshop descriptions, so we hope that it will help with narrowing down your choices when deciding which workshops you would like to attend.
1) Returnees (Symbol: RN)
If you or a close friend of yours are going back to Japan in the near future, or if you are the one to accept those who come back to Japan, these are the workshops for you. We provide opportunities to learn how you should prepare before going back to or visiting Japan, and what to expect in Japan. These workshops are filled with concrete examples and advice from speakers who live in Japan and those who accept and support returnees in Japan.
2) Growing & Discipleship (Symbol: GD)
Would you like to learn more about God, get close to Him or grow to serve His purpose? These are the workshops for YOU! What's the meaning of salvation? How did God design you for His purpose? What does God expect from you? God uses different opportunities and various methods and places to learn.
3) Leadership (Symbol: LS)
If there are people behind you when you turn around, or if you bring influence to those around you, you are a leader. We provide workshops to help you build relationships with others. They will be helpful for both those who are leading ministries and those who are thinking of starting a new ministry.
4) Missions (Symbol: MS)
It is God's command to reach out to the world and spread the Gospel. How does God work all around the world? What does God expect of us? How about people who are already in mission work for God? God made us to serve His purpose to spread the Gospel to all of the people in the world and where you are placed.
5) General (Symbol: GEN)
These are workshops for more generalized learning. The topics we cover in this category are: dating, marriage, evolution and creationism, relationship building, mental health and so on. If you have special interest in certain topic that we cover, please join us in our workshops!
6) SEEKERS' Program (Symbol: SK)
This is a program for all the unbelievers who seek to know what the Bible is and who God is. The theme for this year is "shifting paths." It will be a great opportunity to reflect on the path that we have been living. We'll also have Bible study, workshops, and small group. We welcome anybody who is interested in the SEEKERS' Program.
7) Youth Program (Symbol: YH)
Youth Track is a bilingual program aimed for our youth attendees (middle school and high school). It includes special youth workshops and various games and activities to bring the youth closer together. With the theme of "Restoration", ec14 youth will first learn how their broken relationship with God was restored by Jesus. From there, we will take a look at brokenness within ourselves or between others, and also look at brokenness within our community and discover how God's love can bring restoration.
8) English Speaker's Program (Symbol: ENG)
For those who serve and pray for the growth of Japanese Christians and Japanese people, we've got effective training sessions for such outreach. If you are interested in spreading the Gospel to Japanese people, would like to help the growth of Japanese Christians, or are currently engaged in fellowship with Japanese people, these workshops are for you. These workshops are presented by men and women with many years of experience in reaching the Japanese for Christ. This will be a great opportunity to hear the real life experiences and advice from them! Bring your questions and an open mind and let's interact with these godly leaders.