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

FRIDAY
4:00pm – 6:00pm Registration
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 9:00pm Session One: God’s Plan for the Return Home

SATURDAY
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

SUNDAY
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

问:这次圆桌讨论的目的是什么?
答:
每一个中国学生回国都会面临巨大的挑战。数据证实,低于 15-25 %的基督徒回国后会继续追寻他们的信仰。对于大多数归国定居的人来说,这会是一个充满冲突、质疑与不稳定的阶段。他们会经历意料之外的文化冲击,在他们自己的家乡也常常会被误解,感到孤立无援。我们希望每一个中国学生做好再次回国的预备,使他们不仅仅是适应国内的环境,更是要活出精彩。同时,我们会帮助他们建立起属灵的影响力。

问:什么是圆桌讨论?
答:
圆桌讨论不仅仅是一个讲座或者一次会议。其中充满互动与交流。参加者讨论不同的题目,相互合作,建立联系,协助彼此适应新的环境。 在每一个圆桌上,主讲人将提供一些真实的经验和例子,帮助和引导参加者将讨论的内容与实际生活相联系。

问 :谁是主讲人?
答:
他们是在海归事工方面拥有第一手经验的属灵领袖。他们同样来自中国,也曾留学海外,所以他们能够十分了解海归基督徒的需求。

问:谁组织了这个活动?
答:
Bridges International 的中国组和 LinkedBack 共同主办了这次圆桌讨论。两个组织在 海归事工上长期合作,中国组介绍海归学生给 LinkedBack, LinkedBack 负责海归回国的事工。

问:谁可以参加?
答:
我们希望 2016 年有计划回国的中国基督徒学生把这次圆桌讨论看做一个特别的机会, 无论是暑假短期回国探亲,或是长期在国内定居。只要是渴慕神的道以及愿意传扬神的名。

问:如何加入?
答:
所有感兴趣的学生必须完成网上申请,或者被当地同工推荐。在审阅申请表以及推荐之后,我们会决定学生是否可以参与。如果被接受,学生将被邀请注册这次活动。

问:为什么必须申请?
答:
因为本次活动的特殊意义以及我们在其举办的过程中的投入,我们建立了相应的接收条件,为的是确保每个参与者都能够从圆桌讨论中最大化地受益并做出相应的贡献。

问 :应该如何支付?
答:
信用卡或者支票应当通过网上报名链接进行。所有报名费不予退还。

问:如何到达会场?
答:
您必须负责自己到达会场的花费。有些人将会选择开车去。如果您从更远的地方来,请自己安排飞行的需要。

问:餐饮是包括的吗?
答:
是的!每天早晨酒店为客人提供免费自助早餐 。同时提供周五晚餐、周六午餐以及晚餐。周五和周六晚餐将会有地道的中餐提供。

问:有日程安排吗?
答:
有!请看下面的暂定日程安排。

2016年海归圆桌暂定日程安排

周五
4:00pm – 6:00pm 登记、入住
6:00pm – 7:30pm 晚餐
7:30pm – 9:00pm 工作坊一:神为回国的计划

周六
7:30am – 9:00am 早餐
9:00am – 10:30am 工作坊二:面对逆向文化冲击
11:00am – 12:30pm 工作坊三:处理家庭关系
12:30pm – 2:00pm 午餐
2:00pm – 3:30pm 默想
3:30pm – 5:00pm 工作坊四:与基督的身体连接
5:00pm –7:30pm 晚餐
7:30pm – 9:00pm 工作坊五:在中国社会中作基督徒

周日
7:30am – 9:00am 早餐
9:00am – 10:30am 工作坊六:带使命的工作
10:30am –11:30am 结语、祷告
11:30am – 12:00pm 退房、回家