"Migration, International Churches, religious asylum-seekers, intercultural cooperation" - We Face Challenges! United We Stand!

"Migration, International Churches, religious asylum-seekers, intercultural cooperation"

We Face Challenges! United We Stand!

During the third Lausanne Congress in Cape Town 2010, the Swiss delegation had formulated a mandate in their final report to "promote reconciliation and unity with migrants in Switzerland. We do not consider foreigners as intruders, but seek fellowship and help them to integrate. In particular, we fellowship with our foreign brothers and sisters in faith." The leadership of SEA.RES was moved to focus on strengthening the work of AGiK.

Strengthening Partnerships

Last year, AGiK dealt intensively with its mandate and its structures. It wishes to intensify its work and strengthen partnerships. AGiK views itself as the SEA.RES's competency center in the sectors of intercultural cooperation, migration and integration matters. It intends to connect evangelical churches, ministries and training schools from different cultural circles and languages, whom it supports and motivates to live the Gospel and to transmit it to the multifaceted population of Switzerland. By doing so, AGiK also promotes intercultural encounters between Christians from any background.

From Geneva to Romanshorn

While the work was limited to German-speaking areas of Switzerland in the past, AGiK has consciously been working on a national level since 2014 and thus supports the activity area of Réseau évangélique suisse (RES). The sponsorship should become broader and more multilingual. Aside from ministries and churches, it should also include theological educational institutions. For this reason, an information and networking meeting took place in Bern with its partner organizationens.

New Coordination Office

Because of the new developments, another person will be hired in a part-time capacity for the area of coordination. Until now, these tasks were carried out by volunteers, and with very little time available to do so. The working group can fulfil its mandate better with a coordinator and make the current services as well as new initiatives more known and accessible.

Staff Changes

Within the framework of the further development, there will also be some staff changes. The previous AGiK co-directors Samuel Kopp and Carl Hardmeier are stepping down from their (volunteer) positions and Martin Saegesser will be leading AGiK during the period of transition and the implementation of the decisions taken.

On behalf of the AGiK-Partners and the SEA, we would like to thank the two directors for their commitment and their work these last years. They will continue to help out in the management team (Carl) or in individual cases (Samuel) and work for AGiK.

Marc Jost
General Secretary and national coordinator for SEA.RES