Returnee Roundtable FAQs
Q: What is the purpose?
A: We are aware of the challenge for every Chinese student when they return home. Statistics confirm that less than 15-25% Chinese believers continue in their faith journey. For many who return – and stay – it is a time of intense conflict and upheaval. They experience unexpected culture shock. They often feel misunderstood, alone and isolated. We want every Chinese student to be prepared for their re-entry so they will not just survive – but thrive. And, we want to help them have a spiritual impact on others.
Q: What is a Roundtable?
A: It is more than a lecture, conference, or retreat. The roundtable is a conversation. Topics are discussed to promote change. Participants network and collaborate together. At the roundtable, presenters will provide information with practical application. Their role is to guide and inspire to action.
Q: Who are the presenters?
A: They are spiritual leaders with first-hand experience and expertise in the area of returnee ministry. They are from China. They are former international students. They can relate to students.
Q: Who has organized this event?
A: The Chinese Network with Bridges International and LinkedBack are co-sponsors for the Returnee Roundtable. These two organizations work closely in partnership in returnee ministry. The Chinese Network sends Chinese returnees. LinkedBack receives Chinese returnees.
Q: Who can attend?
A: We want any Chinese student believer who plans to return home in 2016 to consider this special opportunity. They can plan to return for short visit (such as summer break) or long stay (for work or study). They must desire to know God and make Him known.
Q: How do I join?
A: All interested students must complete an application, as well as receive the recommendation from their local staff member. After reviewing each application, as well as each reference, we will make a decision regarding their participation. If accepted, the student will be invited to register to the event.
Q: Why must I apply?
A: Because of the strategic nature of this event, as well as the investment of resources to enable students to participate, we have established criteria for student involvement. We want to make sure those who participate can fully benefit – as well as contribute – to the roundtable.
Q: How do I pay?
A: Payments (credit card and check) should be made through the online registration. All registration payments are non-refundable.
Q: How do I get there?
A: Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Some participants will be able to drive. Those who travel from farther distances will need to arrange their own flights.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Yes! The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. A brown bag lunch will be provided on Saturday. Dinners featuring Chinese (authentic) cuisine will be served on Friday and Saturday night.
Q: Is there a schedule?
A: Yes! See tentative plans below.
2016 Chinese Returnee Roundtable Tentative Schedule
4:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Session One: God’s Plan for the Return Home
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Session Two: Responding to Reversal Culture Shock
11:00am – 12:30pm Session Three: Relating to Parents and Family
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Reflection
3:30pm – 5:00pm Session Four: Connecting with the Body of Christ
5:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Session Five: Living as a Christian in Society
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am Session Six: Working with Purpose
10:30am – 11:30am Wrap up and Prayer
11:30am – 12:00pm Check out and Leave