2023 Forum Volunteer Information
The Forum Volunteer Team is open to committed evangelical believers from across the United States and Europe who have a desire to serve. We welcome volunteers of all ages, as long as they are in good health and able to keep up with the busy Forum schedule. Over the years our volunteers have ranged in age from 18 to 80.
As an ELF volunteer, you’ll facilitate the administrative logistics to create a warm, encouraging environment for Europe’s Christian leaders, so that they can experience God’s global community, grow spiritually, and receive teaching that will help advance their ministries.
If you feel called to short-term mission work but hesitate at the thought of the manual labor and the challenging conditions of traditional mission trips, the Forum may be the perfect opportunity for you!
Volunteers work together to run the Forum’s annual meeting – making sure that all participants are well taken care of and that all activities run smoothly. Tasks include, but are not limited to: greeting participants in registration, video recording and monitoring Forum sessions, praying with and for participants, and working in the Forum bookstore.
The 2023 Forum is planned for May 20 - 25. American volunteers depart for Poland on Tuesday, May 16, and arrive on Wednesday, May 17. Volunteers from the UK will leave home and arrive in Poland on Wednesday. You’ll return home on Saturday, May 27, after a day and a half in Krakow, where you'll have a chance to experience and better understand the culture in which you're serving.
The Forum is held in Wisła (pronounced “VEES-wah”), a lovely resort town located in the mountainous southwest corner of Poland, near the borders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. All participants and volunteers stay at Hotel Gołębiewski for the duration of the Forum. All volunteers stay at Galaxy Hotel during Krakow volunteer days.
Applying for ELF involves submitting an application form and additional materials, including your medical history, medical consent form, and travel policy acceptance.
Lodging: A double room from May 17th - May 27th
Meals: All meals during the Forum and Krakow volunteer days (except for lunch on Fri May 26)
Transportation: bus to/from the airport and between Wisła and Krakow.
Conference materials: All digital and paper materials for ELF
Please note, this contribution rate does not include airfare. All volunteers are responsible for purchasing their own flights. If you are coming with a church, please reach out to the main contact for your church to discuss flight logistics.
Contributions are non-refundable, non-transferable, and tax-deductible. Due to the laws that govern our 501(c)(3) organization status, we are unable to refund any contributions. Please note that volunteers from outside the United States are responsible for all wire transfer and currency exchange fees incurred by the Forum of Christian Leaders.
Apply by November 18th to receive a $100 discount!
Contributions are due by December 2nd
Apply by January 31st
Contributions are due by February 14th
Once accepted, your next step will be submitting your volunteer contribution.
All checks should be made out to the Forum of Christian Leaders with the volunteer’s name in the memo line. Please mail all contributions to:
Forum of Christian Leaders
P.O. Box 1442
Wheaton, IL 60187-1441
Applying for ELF involves submitting an online application form and additional materials, including your medical history, medical consent form, and travel policy acceptance. To apply to join the Volunteer Team, please complete and submit the following materials by clicking each icon below.
A note about contribution rates:
Since we began in 2003, we have worked hard to keep our rates as low as possible so that volunteering at the Forum is accessible to as many people as possible. For almost a decade we kept our rates the same. Unfortunately, due to global inflation and significant price increases from the hotel in Wisla, we have had to increase the contribution rate for the 2023 ELF to offset costs. We are still committed to keeping volunteering at the Forum as affordable as possible. For this reason, we have not passed on our full price increases to you.