PRESS RELEASE | Dec 6th, 2017
It is with great sadness and after much deliberation the leadership of Mission-Net writes this press release. We have to inform you that the 5th Mission-Net Congress is cancelled.
During the last year we have been enthusiastically preparing for the Congress and we were confident we would have a great congress, because we had great speakers and seminars and other special offers. It was all well planned and the budget tightly controlled. However, despite all the efforts of the team, National Motivators, Board and support from organisations, the participant numbers have remained significantly lower than previous congresses.
We cannot provide one exact reason why people have not registered. What we hear varies a great deal. For some it is the price and for others it is the distance. In some countries there are many other congresses to attend and support. In some cases, organisations which previously sponsored participants to attend have decided to divert their generosity elsewhere. In other cases, different organisations have offered sponsorship to participants, but with little take-up.
Looking at the cost we are facing for the congress and the income expected we feel the risk is both too big to take on, and irresponsible to do so. Therefore, we have made the hard decision to cancel the Congress. Right now we are working on a plan to settle all of our liabilities related to the congress.
The Board and both CEO’s regret this decision very much. We very much believe in Mission-Net and its vision. All of us have a heart for Europe! We are saddened for the lost opportunity to grow God’s kingdom in Europe and for the fact that we will not be able to gather together as young European Christians over New Year 2017-18.
For the Mission-Net Board, Connie Main Duarte, Chair of the Board & Hester Zoutman, CEO Mission-Net Congress