About ICCM-Europe

Overview


ICCM-Europe is an annual conference uniquely designed for techie missionaries or missions-minded techies. At ICCM-Europe, we gather for a unique experience of spiritual fellowship, information sharing and vision renewal.

ICCM-Europe focuses on building a community of Christian Technologists where we provide a relaxed forum for people to meet in person. During our time together, we’re able to share our successes and failures, our ideas and dreams. We build each other up and encourage each other in our callings. We inspire each other to move forward in using our God-given gifts and skills in His service.

Christian Technologists can be a bit, shall we say, unusual. Every year ICCM-Europe meets to remind us of the answers to some basic questions. Who are we? What have we accomplished this year? What can we learn from each other? How can we work more effectively in the year to come? What do we need to know about advances in technology and mission computing opportunities?

ICCM-Europe is part spiritual retreat, part technology conference, and part small group. Here are a few more things you should know about ICCM:

  • By Missionaries, For Missionaries – Everyone involved with ICCM-Europe, whether attending, presenting, or leading worship has a heart for missions.
  • International Mission Focus – There’s an overall emphasis on security, web and app development, multi-cultural relations, and how we use other forms of technology to further the great commission.
  • Friends – ICCM-Europe feels more like a retreat or a camp than a typical tech conference. One advantage to holding ICCM-Europe in a college-like setting is spending the whole time together – from lodging, to meals, to free time in the common areas – it all happens in community.
  • Relevant Technologies – The technical sessions are designed and selected by real mission techies doing real mission technical work. They cover the real mission technical issues real mission techies are facing every day.
  • Priced for the Missionary – ICCM-Europe costs are kept to a minimum, though that cost varies based on the conference location. Some scholarships may be available (also, per country).

Who Should Attend ICCM-Europe?

Our focus is on the community of Christian Technologists. Who are we? What have we accomplished this year? What can we learn from each other, to work more effectively in the year to come? What do we need to know about advances in technology and mission computing opportunities?

Missionary and Mission-Interested Christian Technologists
Technology designers, implementers, managers and support personnel.

Educators and Students
Department liaisons at Christian colleges and universities, plus students who are becoming technologists.

Vendors and Supporters
High-tech businesses supportive of mission-related opportunities, vendors serving mission organizations with computing products and services.

Ministry Management and Investors
Mission MIS directors/managers of computer personnel, mission researchers and information specialists, high-tech “kingdom business” entrepreneurs and investors.

The Mission of ICCM


ICCM-Mission2
The International Conference on Computing and Mission (ICCM)
is an annual informal (NO ties allowed) gathering of women and men
who have a common interest in computers and mission.
We share a vision of cooperation for effective use of technology,
bringing the Gospel to every nation.


The History of ICCM-Europe


ICCM is an incredible time of Christian fellowship and professional training and networking among people with technical or technical management responsibilities and interest in missions! When, where and how did it start?

Paul Sturgis writes:
In the late 1970's and early '80's there was a group called CCU (Christian Computer Users) that met for several years... These gatherings were quite technical, but had lots of good fellowship, exchange of ideas, etc. I attended these and always looked forward to these meetings.

Also existing at that time was the CMMA (Christian Ministries Management Association now Christian Management Association). In the early 1980's the CMMA wanted to have a Computer track along with the other tracks and they merged the CCU functions into the CMMA to be a part of their annual conference. I attended and spoke at several sessions of the Computer track within the CMMA. The conferences attracted around 1000-1500 attendees and were held in first class hotels and were rather expensive.

...I recall meeting together with Bob Hodge (Taylor University), Norm Ducharme (SIM International), Ron Tenney (Operation Mobilization), Dave Sironi (Intervarsity Christian Fellowship), and several others during one of these annual conferences in Los Angeles and our general thoughts were "We need more than what is being offered as it relates to computers and missions. What can we do to make that happen?"

Norm Ducharme takes it from there:
In the spring of 1988 I was invited to come and visit Taylor University. TU had a new President that year, and Jay Kesler wanted to investigate ways of getting students more involved in missions. First he installed a Missionary-in-Residence. That was a great idea and a good first move. Next idea was to start a conference of technical people from various mission agencies, and have the students serve them. He invited representatives from two IFMA agencies: Bill Jack was the IT Director for TEAM at the time, and I was the IT Director for SIM.

And Bob Hodge adds:
...One other fellow and I started ICCM at Taylor, upon request from Bill Jack from TEAM and Norm Ducharme of SIM. ...The movement started sometime before ICCM. But, ICCM itself was first hosted at Taylor, and Dale Sloat and I were the local dudes that made it work.

Thus, the event for missionaries and by missionaries was born and continues to encourage the spiritual and technical lives of those who attend.

Past ICCM Conference Websites

ICCM Europe Started in 2009 with about 50 people at De Betteld. In 2014 there were over 80 in attendance and every year God keeps adding to this number. We’ve kept the websites up for past conferences as a virtual time capsule and so you can know the history of this impactful ministry.

ICCM-Europe Testimonies

Name: Mick Leggett
Organisation: HCJB Global – UK since – 2002
Country: Based in Bradford, UK
My first experience of ICCM was in 2002 when I attended in the US just a few weeks after joining HCJB Global in Bradford. For me it was like a light being switched on! I have attended ICCM somewhere in the world every year since. The benefits to my work are enormous as it means during the conference I can talk to people about my technical issues and get answers, I can find out what others are doing with technology to aid mission and I can also spend time really getting to know people I might not otherwise meet. Despite its technical name, the conference also provides spiritual input, we worship together, pray together and even have fun doing it. I would recommend that anyone who is involved with technology for the Kingdom of God (or would like to be involved) attends ICCM – you will come away wondering why you haven’t been before!
Name: Marc
Organisation: Open Doors International (Support Desk rep., since 2007)
Country: Holland
I attended ICCM Europe in 2009. Wonderful! Great roommates also 😉The experience of not being an IT person being unknown (look at the IT crowd series where IT people do their job in a cellar ;)), but being part of a whole, being part of a special ministry: serving others and God with technical means, encouraged me. It was great to be able to share knowledge with others and learn from other people’s experience in the workshops; sit together and have fun, with everyone actually understands your tech-speak!. For me it was also great to be part of the worship team, playing bass guitar – so if you have a instrument you can use – take it along and join in.ICT staff of Open Doors International have been attending ICCM since 2002.
First of all it has been a wonderful experience for our IT people over the years. ICCM stands for meeting other, like-minded, people working in missions, sharing your faith with others, share knowledge with others, learn
from each other and pray with others.
Now, as ICCM-Europe is organized for the first time, we look forward to meet new people that will participate in this conference. We encourage workers in ICT to attend this unique conference and share your passions with other, wonderful, people.
Name: Hasso Weeke
Organisation: Hands To Serve since 1990’s and at RED PILL Design since 2009
Country: Based in the Netherlands
I caught the ICCM virus from Paul Z. His enthousiasm about ICCM USA was contageous, so I didn’t want to miss out on the first ICCM Europe ever (yep, been there & got the t-shirt). I even got to do a workshop on webdesign and to sing during worship.The atmosphere in which you can harvest from other peoples knowledge and let them harvest from yours is heartwarming. So, if you are in anyway related to IT (owning a computer is reason enough) and Mission; ‘BE THERE’!!! I am looking forward to meet you , worship with you, pray with you, let you pick my brain and have a humongous amount of fun together!
Name: Courtney Roes
Organisation: Greater Europe Mission with a ministry called eDOT since 2004
Country: Based in Kandern, Germany
My first ICCM was in 2009 here in Europe. I was finally excited to be with people who speak my language – not English or German, but “geek speak” for God. When I talk about CPUs, SMS, PHP, CSS, the syntax for SQL queries, IP Addresses, pinging, binary vs. hex, etc., their eyes don’t glaze over. When I speak about wanting to use technologies like the Internet, USB sticks, mobile phones, and Internet Cafes as ways to connect people to knowing God more, I get enthusiasm and helpful ideas – not questions of why and how. When I get excited about new 3G infrastructure and other advances in technology, they’re excited with me not asking me to spell “3G”. The sharing of knowledge and ideas at ICCM-Europe last year was wonderful for me personally and for the ministry God has called me to be a part of. I so ready to be a part of it all again this year!
Name: Lars Gunnersson
Organisation: Trans World Radio for 18 years: 9 in Africa and 9 in Europe
Country: Based in Vienna, Austria
Some colleagues from our office in the USA told me about how much they appreciated going to the ICCM conference. Often times the networking between various Christian organisations is through the leaders and not through the people working with technology. Since I live and work in Europe I thought that this conference is unfortunately not for me, but in 2008 I felt that the networking with others who are using technology for Gods kingdom is so important for my work that I have to go. I did not regret the effort it took to travel back and forth over the Atlantic. It was well worth it! Now that ICCM is coming to Europe it is even more important to use this opportunity. You don’t want to miss it!
Name: Libby Wasserbeck
Organisation: Cross Link Group as Network Systems Manager
Country: Based in Colorado, USA
June 2008 was my first ICCM-USA conference. It was such a blessing to meet with other technologists working in ministry. I benefited greatly from the training as well as the times spent over a soda talking about current challenges in ministry and technology. Several ideas I took back with me helped move the ministries I work with forward in their technology. The times of fellowship, worship and prayer were awesome. I left feeling I had a caring support group of people who understand the struggles I face each day as a missions technologist and are there for me when I need it. I plan to attend again this coming year.
Name: David Miller
Organisation: Global Recordings Network since 2008 and previously with Crosscape
Country: Based in Australia
I first attended ICCM in the USA in 1997. I was encouraged to fellowship with around 200 Mission IT folk with the same interests and needs as myself. Not only could I find people who knew the answers to some of my questions, but I was able to help them answer theirs. ICCM is so much more than speakers and workshops, it is community and fellowship with people of like mind. I’ve found it so valuable I’ve flown to the USA at least 8 times to participate, and I’ve coordinated similar conferences in Australia and Asia. I heartily encourage workers in Missions ICT to attend an ICCM conference, where ever it is!
Name: Vijay Burton
Organisation: Olive Technology since 2003
Country: Based in Hyderbad, India
My first experience of ICCM was attending the ICCM-Asia in Chiang Mai in October 2006 when I was invited to be one of the speakers. It was a great event mainly to network with a lot of like minded people and also getting to know much on the technology needs of these various organizations. I was also at the ICCM in May 2008 @ the Taylor University and here it was great to meet with a lot of Tech guys from around the US and other parts of the globe. I like the ICCM as this gets me wired to the Tech and missions world together and it’s a great learning experience. I wish and pray that ICCM-Europe is a great success. My prayers and best wishes are with the organizers.
Name: Jeff Hazard
Organisation: Rift Valley Academy with AIM International since 2001
Country: Based in Kijabe, Kenya
I am a missionary serving as the IT Manager for Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for MK’s in Kenya. I was introduced to ICCM in 2004 and attended my first conference in 2006. It was through networking and relationships at ICCM that I was able to coordinate several Tech Teams through LightSys and Missionary Tech Support to visit Kenya during our mission’s annual spiritual life conference. The teams were able to serve over 200 missionaries with their tech needs in a week’s time. This past year at ICCM I had the privilege of getting to know Paul Zonnenberg and learning of the ministry of Hands to Serve. Long story short, as a result of ICCM, Moffat Bible College here in Kijabe will be receiving an entire lab of computers through the help of Paul Z and Hands to Serve. ICCM is an extraordinary time and excellent way for missionary techs to come together, collaborate, share ideas, encourage one another and lift each other up in prayer. What blessing is ICCM.
Name: Robert Hodge
Organisation: Robert D. Hodge & Associates, LTD Co-founder of ICCM 1987
Country: Based in Indiana, USA
I had the privilege of being a prayer buddy with Paul at the 2008 ICCM in Indiana. We prayed about this step to host an ICCM in Europe, recognizing that it is a huge job to pull off, yet knowing that it was the right and necessary thing to do. I prayed for God’s blessing upon this effort as it could assist so many missionaries in Europe that haven’t been to the US or can’t afford the time or money to attend in Indiana. Indeed, ICCMs outside of America will take the whole idea of ICCM to its original vision. I continue to pray for Paul as he steps out to nurture an ICCM in Europe. I pray that others will join together to make it special and unique for the needs of missionaries in Europe and beyond. After all, it’s all for the missionaries, and by the missionaries.
Name: Roy Campbell
Organisation: International Teams Canada since 1999
Country: Based in Ontario, Canada
At the request of a colleague, I attended my first ICCM in 2001. What I saw was an amazing tapestry of Christians worshiping God, and sharing their experiences with technology. I was struck by the whole “by missionaries, for missionaries” focus coupled with “no one’s paid to organize this, it’s all done by volunteers”. Over the years I’ve learned about some useful technology, and I’ve even shared experiences about technology. Mostly I’ve grown to appreciate my brothers and sisters and the work they do around the world. My single biggest reason for being a fan of ICCM is that EVERY conference I’ve been to has spoken to me where I was at in my spiritual walk. Sometimes by keynote speakers, sometimes by devotional speakers, sometimes by a chat over a meal, but always a piece of direction I can use and apply in my life.
Name: T.R. Knight
Organisation: Taylor University since 1996
Country: Based in Indiana, USA
Since 2002 I have been involved in the hosting of ICCM at Taylor University. I am impressed each year at how this conference comes together through the volunteer efforts of numerous missionaries around the globe. Through the heartfelt spiritual work of the volunteer leadership, a yearly conference flows that offers technical training, spiritual growth, and friendship bonding. ICCM is an amazing experience for missionary information technology staff and non-missionaries interested in technical missions to come together, collaborate, share ideas, and grow spiritually together.
Name: Joel Harrison
Organisation: Works with the commercial banking industry
Country: Based in Delaware, USA
I’ve been to two ICCM’s now at Taylor U, and have been refreshed and encouraged greatly by those visits. It’s not just about the new friends, abundant food and the fellowship of being surrounded by other like minded individuals — although those things are great! It’s about working together to build God’s kingdom with what He’s given us. I have been privileged to meet many of the others listed here, I look forward to seeing each of them and many others at the next ICCM. To HIM be the glory!
Name: Patrick Bailey
Organisation: Assistant Professor Computer Science at Calvin College
Country: Based in Michigan, USA
ICCM was suggested to me almost three years ago when I was doing research on the link between the craft of technologists and their faith. Originally, I went to that conference to solicit volunteers, but I was rewarded with a new calling. Once I understood the value of ICCM to information technologists supporting the Lord’s work, I realized that ICCM provided opportunities in many dimensions. First, it has been my privilege to give my time to the conference through presentations on technical and management subjects. Second, ICCM has connected me to the work of others, and sharing their insights benefits my students at Calvin College. In addition to understanding the challenges of information systems for non-profits, my students have had the benefit of visits from ICCM members to discuss career options in this field. Most importantly, the love of Christ permeates throughout the conference, and I have seen relationships on a national and international scale develop in my three years of attending ICCM.
Name: Brian Roberg
Organisation: DiscipleMakers since 2001
Country: Based in Pennsylvania, USA
I first attended ICCM in 2005. I’d attended other ministry management/technology conferences before, but ICCM immediately stood out. Here’s some reasons why:

  1. The culture of ICCM recognizes that our technology work is a ministry calling and not just a job.
  2. Folks at ICCM do a good job of remembering that our work is not fundamentally about computers, but about people.
  3. ICCM is very practical. After my first time attending I took home knowledge that had an immediate and significant impact on my organization.

I believe that anyone who’s seeking to leverage technology to advance the gospel would benefit from attending ICCM.

Name: Marian Douce
Organisation: HCJB Global since 1990
Country: Based in Quito, Ecuador
My first ICCM was in 2000. I have always been impressed with the collaboration that happens at the conference and then throughout the year. You meet people who are farther ahead than you are in certain projects. Each one gladly shares their expertise and resources putting your mission’s IT work farther ahead. HCJB Global has benefited from tools, training, security help, management help, discounted software, and expert technical advice from our many ICCM friends. The fellowship and prayer times allow you to meet people who share your interests, speak your technical language, and understand your daily challenges. I’ve gained a precious support group through ICCM – several of us women in mission IT have continued our ICCM prayer group in a monthly prayer phone conference.
Name: Paul Zonnenberg
Organisation: Hands To Serve since 1996
Country: Based in the Netherlands
I started visiting the ICCM conferences in 2006 after hearing about them for years. It is great to meet others that are working with technology in Gods Kingdom. I made friends for life and learned about IT subjects that I should have heard about years ago. Even the meal times are a great source of information. I soon learned never to go to a meal without taking some notepaper with me to write down all the internet addresses that contained solutions to my every day problems. It is true what they say: If you ever make it to an ICCM conference, you never want to miss another one!