"If every parliamentarian were a Christian – would unemployment be solved? Would we know what to do with Islamic state? No – the world is fallen, and there are problems and tragedies,” says Julia Doxat-Purser, the socio-political representative for the EEA and leader of the Cross-Current Politics group. And yet it's still vital for Christians to engage in the public arena. Christians in politics face a number of challenges: how to win elections, handling power, convincing people of policies, presenting well in the media, loving your enemy and trusting God for your future. Christians in politics are not there simply to promote themselves to positions of power, reputation or money. They are there to serve God in the influence that they have and the ways that they treat others and handle the responsibility that they have been given.
Cross-Current Politics is a group for those already actively involved in the political world somehow, whether working in party politics, the civil service, campaigning, NGOs, think tanks and academia or another field but with a strong conviction to change the world in the name of Jesus through political means.
The group is led by Julia Doxat Purser - the European Evangelical Alliance's socio-political representative & religious liberty coordinator, and Christel Ngnambi who spent 8 years as the Brussels Representative of the European Evangelical Alliance and Christel Ngnambi, with support from Victoria Brandemann.
Here's what some of the members of Cross-Current Politics have to say about it:
"This 3 year long journey has been deeply transformative for me.”
"Our group gave me a lot of answers, encouragement… and hope.”
"It was definitely a life-changing experience.”
"Thank you for teaching us how to think and disagree well, while being grounded in our amazing faith. It definitely influence the way I look at politics, the church in general, and many other things (which I guess was the goal).”
Meeting 3: 7-10 March 2019 at the Operation Mobilisation ZavCentre, Fabrieksstraat 63, 1930 Zaventem Belgium. The cost will be €140 euros for the weekend, including accommodation and meals.
Meeting 4: 21-24 November 2019 at EC Begegnungs-und Bildungszentrum in Woltersdorf, (near Berlin) Germany.
The current Politics group is now full. We will be starting a new group in 2021. Check back here nearer the time, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.