What you need to know about the Union

What is the Franco-Belgian Union?

First of all, it’s a tier in our worldwide Church organizational structure. Its purpose is twofold: to be a link between the General Conference, represented in Europe by the Inter-European Division, and the Federations; and to support the Federations in their mission. This may include publications, services, organizing events or courses, or providing materials or human resources.

The Franco-Belgian Union unites three federations and three countries: our Belgian-Luxembourg Federation (and thus two countries) and the two French federations (North and South). The headquarters of the Union is in Dammarie-les-Lys, southeast of Paris.

Who is in the Franco-Belgian Union?

It is a group of about fifteen employees who together are responsible for administration, departmental management, secretariat and finances. Some names and faces are probably familiar to you: Philippe Leduc, our previous Youth Officer, Ruben de Abreu and Pascal Rodet, recently joined by Jethro Camille, Karin Eloidin and David Milard. Five times a year, the Executive Committee of the Union, composed of the above mentioned leaders, the presidents of the three federations, the representative of the Salève Campus and 6 lay members, meets to make or approve important decisions regarding recruitment or collaboration, budgets, projects, etc. The most recent meeting took place on Sunday, April 21.

What are the challenges for the Franco-Belgian Union?

The challenges are numerous and complex. Representing a religious body in a secularized and non-denominational area means facing significant administrative obstacles, not to mention the many constraints related to laws, practices and procedures that vary from country to country.  It is also a challenge in the multicultural field when it comes to spreading the Gospel, which remains our main mission. Bringing together so many different nationalities, cultures and sensitivities in a balanced way requires a great deal of patience, dialogue and communication. A major challenge for the Union, therefore, is to understand each area, adapt to it, and provide materials and services that match its specific needs.

If you would like more information, go to the Franco-Belgian Union website or contact the leaders.

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