Training & Consulting

Equipping and supporting effective ministry among refugees

How can IAFR help you?

Perhaps you want to help people survive and recover from forced displacement, but you're not sure where to begin. Or maybe you are already serving refugees but feel the need to be better equipped?

IAFR missionaries bring a wealth of front-line refugee ministry experience and perspective to our training and consulting work that is highly sought out by churches, agencies and practitioners around the world.

We can provide training on a single topic, several days of in-depth material, or consultation for your ministry team. A selection of our common topics are listed below. We are also launching a webinar series this year.

Click here or on the Training Email Sign Up button at the top of the page to be notified about upcoming webinars and training opportunities.

Training Content

IAFR's training program will help you gain an in-depth understanding of refugee realities along with biblical perspective and cross-cultural tools to help you develop a ministry strategy well-suited to your unique context. Click on a topic below to learn more about the training session and its content.

Refugee Realities

Gain an in-depth understanding of the global refugee crisis.

Biblical Perspective

Develop a biblical perspective concerning issues related to refugees and forced displacement.

Investing in Long-Term Recovery

What is the difference between humanitarian aid or relief work and helping refugees recover for the long-term? Learn what refugees say it takes to help them really recover from the trauma of forced displacement

Christian Witness in a Humanitarian Context

Churches have unique strengths that can make a real difference in refugee recovery, and many Christians find the divine mandate to welcome the stranger a compelling reason to get involved. This topic addresses how we can be authentic in our Christian identity and desire to witness to Christ while maintaining high ethical standards that respect the freedom and dignity of those we serve.

Emotional Well-Being for the "Helper"

A key part of supporting refugee recovery involves engaging in authentic and mutual relationships with people who have experienced deep loss. Learn how to maintain your own emotional and spiritual health while remaining a compassionate and helpful advocate for forcibly displaced people.

Ministry Strategy

Develop a contextualized strategy to help people survive and recover from forced displacement.

Training & Event Calendar

Upcoming training opportunities, conferences, workshops and speaking engagements are listed below. Click on a heading to learn details of an event.
5-8 February 2018 | Refugee Highway Partnership - Europe Regional Round Table

Dates: 5-8 February April 2018
Event: Europe Regional Round Table of the Refugee Highway Partnership
Location: Helvoirt, Netherlands
Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.

Details
Paul Sydnor (IAFR Europe Regional Leader) is leading the planning team of diverse Europe based ministries affiliated with the Refugee Highway Partnership to gather for a time of mutual learning, encouragement and resource sharing.

IAFR's Paul Sydnor (Lille), Whitney Gerdes (Vienna) and Doug Marshall (Malta) will be  leading discussions and workshops during the Round Table.


 

13-14 April 2018 | Joys and Challenges in Refugee Ministry (Germany)

Dates: 13-14 April 2018
Theme: Joys and Challenges in Refugee Ministry
Location: Sinsheim, Germany
Registration: Registration required. Click here to register.

Details
Rachel Uthmann (IAFR Director of Church Training) will lead this conference on refugee ministry for church leaders and members in Germany who have been engaged with refugees.

Topics will include common joys and challenges of refugee ministry, refugee recovery, and the integration of Christian faith with refugee work.

Sessions will be in English with German translation.

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21 April 2018 | Introduction to Refugee Ministry (Italy)

Date: 21 April 2018
Theme: Introduction to Refugee Ministry
Location: Parma, Italy
Registration: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Details
Rachel Uthmann (IAFR Director of Church Training) will lead this one-day seminar on refugee ministry for church leaders and members in Italy who want to learn more about welcoming refugees.

Topics will include an overview of forced displacement in our world today and how churches can make a life-giving investment in refugee resilience.

Some sessions may be in Italian only, and some may be in English with Italian translation.



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IAFR Training

Refugee Realities

Gain an in-depth understanding of the global refugee crisis.

Biblical Perspective

Develop a biblical perspective concerning issues related to refugees and forced displacement.

Recovery Work

Learn how you can help people recover from the trauma of forced displacement.

Ministry Strategy

Develop a contextualized strategy to help people survive and recover from forced displacement.
IAFR missionaries bring a wealth of front-line refugee ministry experience and perspective to our training and consulting work that is highly sought out by churches, agencies and practioners around the world.

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A Movement of Hope

Let’s make a difference together!

There are over 65 million forcibly displaced children, women and men in the world. That's 1 in every 113 people alive today. Another 28,800 people are uprooted every day. The last time there were this many refugees was during World War 2.

Three reasons why we refuse to lose hope.

First, God is alive and well along the refugee highway today. Second, Refugees are more than people in need. They are an important part of the solution. And third, God has begun a worldwide movement of his people to welcome and love refugees.

Learn more below.

PROJECTS

Discover how you can help people survive and recover from forced displacement by providing them with shelter, water, Bibles, church buildings, schools, income-generation, specialized training and more!

LOCATIONS

Whether by joining the support team of one of our missionaries or by joining one of our teams yourself, you can show up in the lives of refugees. Explore the unique work of IAFR in Africa, Europe and North America.

TRAINING

Perhaps you want to serve refugees, but you're not sure where to begin. Or maybe you are already engaged in refugee ministry, but feel the need to be better equipped? We are here to help.

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