Those who attended the conference came from Holland, Germany and England, about 25 representatives from various congregations.
The purpose of the conference was to seek unity amongst the various groups of the Churches of Christ which was an initiative of the English brethren.
Dyck outlines reasons for a commitment to oral witnessing and challenges service workers to be able to speak of Christ and their faith in everyday situations.
He follows this with reasons for meeting human needs, or Entz illustrates a model of cultural sensitivity in sharing the Good News of Jesus in West Africa.
-35 and others, I find Proverbs to be addressing protection from sin — not protection from relationships or pain. All friendships are going to be messy, complicated and full of drama, and obviously dating relationships often take the messiness to the next level. This shows up in gossip, male-bashing jokes or bitter complaints about females. The truth is that often the one we are bashing is a godly brother or sister in Christ — even if that person isn’t the right fit as a marriage partner.
It was the English brethren who financed the conference and it is interesting to note, that an international conference was instigated and financed by the English Churches of Christ in 1536.
That they were sufficiently well organised and financed says something for the state of the English church at that time; they were very much in the lead, rather than as many historians tell, the poor relation against the disorganised churches in Europe.
Among the Swiss Anabaptists in the Vosges mountain region of Alsace the wooing of the bride was carried on according to the most literal interpretation of Gen. The deacon known as the Schteecklimann" took the place of the servant who was sent out to win a wife for Isaac.
In carrying out his mission the "Schteecklimann" mounted a horse even though the prospective bride lived near at hand.