About us

EurECA’s Background

In 1990 a group of interested individuals from various countries met in Kandern, Germany, to form an organisation that would support Christian educators across Europe. The European Educators’ Christian Association grew out of this initiative and was officially founded and registered in 1993 as “eingetragener gemeinnütziger Verein” (non-profit association) under German law. For more information about EurECA’s backgroud read the History of EurECA.

EurECA’s Purpose

EurECA aims to encourage the development of strong national organisations for Christian teachers, Christian schools, Christian parents and school board members. We do not wish to compete with, or replace any such organisations.  Rather we seek to strengthen them through an international network. We seek to serve Christian educators in the whole range of educational contexts, including home education, state schools, private schools and Christian schools.

EurECA wishes to:

  • encourage contacts between Christians and Christian organisations across Europe in the area of education
  • become a meeting-place, including both leaders of Christian education organisations at national or regional level and also individual Christian teachers who are concerned to relate to colleagues across Europe
  • provide a European forum for considering issues related to Christians working in the field of education and for the sharing of ideas and resources
  • help Christian educators to teach Christianly and live out their faith in their educational calling
  • encourage Christians to promote Christian involvement in education across Europe
  • be a professional organisation in specific areas, e.g. for the development of an educational philosophy and pedagogy with a biblical basis

These purposes will be realized mainly through annual conferences, social networking, the EurECA website and informal contacts.

Some of EurECA’s achievements

Every year since 1992, EurECA has held an international conference on topics of education and faith, with anywhere between 29 and 138 participants, in varying countries. Since 2004, these conferences have taken place on Ascension weekend, going from Thursday evening to Sunday noon. See Conferences

In 1997, EurECA members met together in Prague to formulate a declaration about Christian education and the role of Christian educators in Europe. This document is known as The Prague Declaration.

In 2006, the conference aimed to collect and make accessible materials based on a Christian worldview for practical use in the classroom. This library covers many subjects and all age groups. See ResourcesWe need someone to attend and develop this library – please contact us if that someone could be you!

2000 – 2011, John Shortt worked as Travelling Secretary for EurECA, teaching teachers in many places. He has a website with materials which you might find very helpful, including articles and books of his own: www.johnshortt.org

In 2009, conference participants brought along personal “stories of transformation” – encouraging experiences of God’s presence and loving influence in the classroom; these stories were collected and can be found under Resources.

EurECA Statement of Faith

EurECA is an Affiliate Member of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and accepts their Statement of Faith as the Basis for their work and for membership.

The EEA is a fellowship of Christians who accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament and confess the faith of the Gospel as set forth therein. They assert the following doctrines (the EEA Statement of Faith of 1846) which they regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, and which should issue in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern:

  • The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  • The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen man, making him subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
  • The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
  • The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
  • The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
  • The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in power and glory.

 


 

EurECA Leadership

EurECA is led by a board of presently 8 people from various European countries. Board members are elected at the General Assembly which is held every other year. EurECA has no centralized office; every board member works on his/her assigned task from his/her home as volunteers. At the moment one member (Liviu Caprar) is working on a part time basis as a missionary for EurECA (he is supported financially through private donations, not through EurECA).

The current members of the EurECA Board are:

Bureau:

Graham Coyle (UK, chairman)

Agnieszka Crozier (Poland, vice chairwoman)

Liviu Caprar (Romania, executive secretary)

Peter J. Schneller (Switzerland, treasurer)

Supporting members of the  board:

Silke Edelmann (Germany)

Matt Kägi  (Switzerland)

Raquel Polainas (Portugal)

Markus Wagner (Austria)

FAQs

What is EurECA?

The European Educators’ Christian Association (EurECA) is a volunteer based network, aiming to serve God by providing a forum or meeting-place:

  • for Christian educators across Europe, including both leaders of Christian education organisations at national or regional level and individual Christian teachers who want to relate to colleagues across Europe;
  • for mutual encouragement and for the sharing of ideas and resources;
  • through annual conferences, this website and informal contacts.

EurECA aims to encourage the development of strong national organisations for Christian teachers, Christian schools, Christian parents and school board members, rather than to become an alternative to these organisations.  It seeks to serve Christian educators in the whole range of educational contexts, including home education, state schools and Christian schools.

When was EurECA founded?

EurECA was founded in 1993 when it was registered as a charity in Germany. The EurECA office is located in Kandern.

What is EurECA’s basis of faith?

EurECA’s basis of faith is the Statement of Faith of the European Evangelical Alliance, to which EurECA belongs.

Evangelical Christians accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and confess the historic faith of the gospel therein set forth. They here assert doctrines which they regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, and which should issue in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern:

  • The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  • The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and it’s consequent entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen man, making him subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
  • The justication of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
  • The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit.
  • The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the Body of which Christ is the Head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
  • The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in power and glory.

Can anyone join EurECA?

Members of EurECA may be:

  1. Educational organisations and committees who recognize the basis and work of EurECA as well as its constitution; and
  2. Individuals who especially wish to engage themselves for the aims of EurECA.

How much does it cost to join EurECA?

The annual subscription is 60 Euros for organisational members and 15 Euros for individual members.

How do I join EurECA?

You can become a member by registering through this website: Click here.

The Board will review your application and will get back to you within a few weeks. If you qualify, we will be happy to welcome you to our network.

How can I contact EurECA?

In the contact section. Click here.

Is EurECA affiliated to any other Christian organisation?

Yes, EurECA is an affiliate member of the European Evangelical Alliance and it forms the Education Network of Hope for Europe.

Who are the current EurECA Board members?

The current members of the EurECA  bureau (leadership team)  are:

  • Graham Coyle (UK, chairman)
  • Agnieszka Crozier (Poland, vice chairwoman)
  • Liviu Caprar (Romania, executive secretary)
  • Peter J. Schneller (Switzerland, treasurer)

The supporting members of the EurECA  board are:

  • Matt Kägi  (Switzerland)
  • Silke Edelmann (Germany)
  • Raquel Polainas (Portugal)
  • Markus Wagner (Austria)

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