Theme and Program 2023

Meeting People's Scripture Needs Today in Africa, Middle East and Europe

Our Theme

Our theme, Meeting People's Scripture Needs in Africa, Middle East and Europehas been developed to enfold three interrelated dimensions of ministry relevant to international Bible mission.

Firstly, the context of Greece that connects us to the landmarks where and the moments when the Scriptures of the Greek New Testament were born.

Secondly, the momentum within FOBAI to include more global voices in the Annual Meeting and to hear about the practical Scripture needs of the Majority World.

Thirdly, a focus on Africa, Middle East and Europe that intersects with the contemporary phenomenon of mass migration; the role Greece plays as a transition country for refugee populations; and, the challenges this presents to the churches and mission agencies in 'source', transition and destination countries.

In 2023 we welcome the participation of leaders from member agencies from these regions to contribute to our theme during the Annual Meeting program and through informal networking.

The Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting begins at 6pm with dinner on the evening of Tuesday, 25 April through to dinner on Thursday, 27 April.

You can download the headline program here. In addition to plenary presentations and excursions, the program provides time for informal networking and sightseeing.

Development Group Day

Ahead of the official start of the Annual Meeting, the Development Groups meet from 9.00am on Tuesday 25 April.

The groups provide an opportunity to reflect on and engage with our theme through the more specific lenses of translation, Scripture engagement, multi-modal media and Deaf ministry.

Annual Meeting participants need to sign up for the development group of their choice when registering online.

If you are new to Development Groups you can find out more about each of them here.

Our Speakers

Details of our plenary speakers, who will present on different aspects of our theme, will be posted here in due course.

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Spouse Program

Spouses are welcome at the Annual Meeting. There is no separate program for spouses but by registering and paying the fee they can participate in the full Annual Meeting program and excursions.

Registration includes all refreshments and meals during the Annual Meeting.

For those not involved in CEO or Deaf Development Group meetings, there is a visit to the St. Nicolas Orthodox Church escorted by Fr. Alexandros Kariotoglou, a Board member of Hellenic Bible Society, on Friday, 28 April in the morning.

Across from the Royal Olympic Hotel is the renowned Plaka area with modern shopping malls and traditional markets. And, there is a variety of celebrated ancient sites within easy walking distance.