Spring Bible School 2020

Dear Spring School Students,


It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Spring Bible School at Tauernhof, Austria.


The Corona Virus continues to hold Europe, and the rest of the world, in its tight grip. As you are surely aware, governments have taken extreme measures to prevent the spread of the disease. As of today, borders to Austria have been closed until April 13th, with a high possibility that restrictions will continue to be extended. This will further impact all tourism and international travel into the country, and we cannot with good conscience move forward into our Bible School season. Please be assured that this decision was not an easy one for us, but we trust with you that the Lord is sovereign even, and especially, in these times.


We understand that many of you have made transportation and travel arrangements that now need to be cancelled. We are truly sorry for the financial implications it has for some of you.


All payments made towards school will be fully refunded. This includes both registration fees and tuition. Please note that this process might take us a while as we are also, at the same time, processing the cancellation of this year’s winter programs.


The Bible School Team at Tauernhof would love to offer you this challenge. You have committed eight weeks of your lives to deepen your knowledge and understanding of God, and of His Word. Our motto at Tauernhof is “BODY SOUL SPIRIT” (cf. 1 Thess. 5:23). We want to encourage you to invest into all three areas in these upcoming weeks in order to glorify God. Set yourselves goals, such as studying a specific book of the bible, exercising regularly, memorizing a Psalm, engaging in Christian fellowship, starting a prayer journal, investing in other people etc. Make this time count.


In cooperation with Torchbearer’s International,we are currently discussing ideas of providing electronic content for you. Please follow our Homepage, Facebook and/or Instagram for further details on this issue.


We would love to see you at Tauernhof some time. If not in Spring, then perhaps for our twelve-week long Fall Semester, or even in Spring 2021.


Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have further questions. Our office is currently closed but we remain available via Email.


Soli Deo Gloria,


Martin Buchsteiner, Tauernhof Director


David Hines, Bible School Principal

Welcome to Bible School

Each year we offer two English speaking Bible Schools: In Fall (12 weeks) and in Spring (8 weeks).


These intensive courses are intended to encourage the growth of Christians so that they may be equipped for effective Christian living and service. A four month (Upward Bound and Fall Bible School) or six month (Spring Bible School, Upward Bound and Fall Bible School) course is possible when you combine the different programs

UPWARD BOUND

ADVENTURE Bible SchooL
DATE: June 28 – August 1 | 2020
PRICE: € 1.996,00
Availability: OPEN

FALL 2020

Bible School
DATE: SEPTEMBER 20 – DECEMBER 12 | 2020
PRICE: € 3.389,00
Availability: OPEN

SPRING 2021

Bible School
DATE: APRIL 18 – JUNE 12 | 2021
PRICE: € 2.430,00
Availability: OPEN

Here is some important information that will help you in preparing to come to Tauernhof.
Please read it through carefully. We look forward to having you here!

Our students come from

Various countries and denominations, which creates a valuable multicultural learning environment.


This international interdenominational environment provides the opportunity for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the worldwide body of Christ.



Tauernhof provides a personal setting in which to study, form great friendships, learn together, take responsibility, and above all to grow deeper in your relationship to Jesus Christ.

The objective

1. To facilitate the deepening of relationship with, faith in, and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e. to come to personally experience the reality of His indwelling life – Christ in you


2. To increase our knowledge of God’s Word


3. To provide opportunities for practical application of spiritual and mental learning


4. To promote the development of the Christian as a whole person, i.e. spiritually, mentally and physically


5. To give students the advantages of cross-cultural and multi-cultural Christian exposure, also by providing a community environment which encourages Christian fellowship, maturity, responsibility, participation, and cooperation


The course consists of

Teaching by Tauernhof Bible School and Torchbearer’s International staff, as well as guest lecturers, on books and subjects including:


In Fall: Old Testament Overview, Gospel of John, Exodus, Romans, Prayer that Works, Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, Colossians, The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit, Personal Evangelism, Missiology & Cultural Theology, Life Issues, Life Stewardship, Proverbs and…


In Spring: 1 John, Life with a Capital L, Ephesians, Spiritual Endurance, Worldview, The Greatest Life on the Planet, Galatians, Malachi, The Life of Elisha, 1 & 2 Timothy, Relationships, Life Stewardship & The Kingdom of God as well as various related topics

Besides class there are various

Readings, assignments, seminars, and opportunities for application and interaction in services, devotions, studies, fellowship and prayer times, and also various outreach involvement in the surrounding area. Students will be divided into smaller groups for some of these purposes.


A fitness plan is also a vital part of the course. Students are also involved in daily household duties, as well as weekly blocks of practical work, such as cleaning, maintenance and gardening. Also of importance is time for study and sports, both individually and as a group.

The basic weekly schedule

Four lectures and seminar hours daily Monday to Friday. Afternoons are generally set aside for personal study and relaxation. Saturday is free for recreation and optional outings, and day trips and Sunday is set aside for worship, fellowship and relaxation.


Since it is a school with a capacity of around 84 students, Tauernhof enjoys a warm and personal atmosphere, in a close community made up of students from various countries and cultures. You will share a room with typically three to five roommates.

It is our desire and prayer

To help students and staff alike to love God and our neighbours as Jesus commanded us to. We are from different cultures and backgrounds and that can be exciting and mutually beneficial. In humility we should value others above ourselves, not looking to our own interests but to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4)


We must also remember we are not called to get our standards from the world; we are called to live a life that is “set apart” (Leviticus 18:2-4)


To conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27)


To be in the world but not of the world (John 17:15-16, Romans 12:2).

If you have any questions, please first refer to the FAQ’s page on our website and if that is unable to help you, feel free to contact the Bible School Registrar: registrar@tauernhofaustria.at


We as the staff are praying for you as you prepare to come to Tauernhof. We are anticipating this course to be a very valuable time of challenge and growth in the Lord. Be praying that the Holy Spirit will prepare you for all that God will do in your life, and also for your fellow students, lecturers and staff as we expectantly approach our time together.


We look forward to welcoming you here!

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES AND ACCESSING YOUR MONEY

You will also need to have personal spending money to cover additional expenses such as stationary and postage, telephone calls, toiletries, snacks and sightseeing. Remember of course your travel expenses to and from Tauernhof, as well as any additional travel plans you may have. Austria is fairly expensive. You may conveniently obtain cash through numerous local ATM’s with the use of a qualifying debit or credit card (PIN number required).


At weekends we offer optional outings such as city tours and hikes, the costs of which are also not included.

COMMUNICATION INFORMATION

Here is your mailing address and telephone number during the course:


Your Name

Tauernhof

Coburgstrasse 50

A-8970 Schladming

Austria


Student Phone: 0043-3687-24190 (dial 011-43-3687-24190 from North America)

Office Phone: 0043-3687-22294 (dial 011-43-3687-22294 from North America)


Phone calls for you can be received only between 7:00am – 8:45am, 12:30pm – 5:15pm, and 9:00pm – 10:30pm Central European Time.


Please note the time difference, for example Austria is 6 hours ahead of Toronto, and 9 hours ahead of Seattle.

COURSE FEES

The Course Fees include: Tuition, accommodation, meals, tourist tax, a USB stick, weekly gym usage, e-mail access, class picture, a T-shirt, the use of washing machines, tumble dryer, washing powder (one load per week) and various social activities (personal Saturday outings are not included).


There is a room deposit of 50 Euros included in the course fee which will be refunded at the end of the course if you leave your room neat and tidy.


If you have not yet paid your full balance, please do so as soon as possible and in no event later than the first week of Bible School.


There are 2 possible ways to pay:


1. Bank Transfer: Please use the Account Number 17400007708 at Tauernhof’s bank “Steiermärkische Sparkasse”, A-8970 Schladming, Austria (International Bank Account ‘IBAN’: AT25 2081 5174 0000 7708, Bank Identifier Code ‘BIC’: STSPAT2G).


2. Visa/MasterCard: It is possible to pay online by Visa or MasterCard. Please see the payment window that you can access under Payments and ensure that you give details of the course you are attending as the “order number”. It is possible to select “English” as the language by clicking on the British flag at the top right.

HEALTH INSURANCE

You must have your own health and accident insurance coverage and you must bring a copy of your current insurance card or similar evidence with you. If you require medical treatment while you are in Austria, then (unless you are a European) you will have to pay when you have the treatment and then make a claim from your insurance provider.

RECEIVING MAIL

If your families and friends intend to send you a package during your stay in Europe, they should know and take into consideration the following:


The value of the package should not be higher than 50 US Dollars, as the receiver will need to pay for import tax (customs) otherwise. The custom law has become very strict these past years, and we had many students in the past that got packages from home and because the value was above 50 US Dollars, they needed to pay customs on top of it, even if the content of the package were personal belongings (such as cameras, clothes, sports equipment, etc). Also, it is forbidden to send medicine from overseas to Europe (even vitamins have caused problems in the past!).


In Brief: Care packages from home should be kept small and the value of it should be less than 50 US Dollars.

TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS AND VISA REQUIRMENTS

Please do not plan to leave Tauernhof before the conclusion of the course.

Please note that it is not possible to stay at Tauernhof before or after the dates of the course. If you arrive earlier in Schladming or wish to stay in Schladming after the course has ended, you must arrange your own lodging at a guesthouse or hotel in town (please contact the tourist information).


You will need to bring the Acceptance Letter issued to you and your passport (make sure it is valid for the duration of your stay).


If you don’t stay longer than 90 days in Europe, and have no plans to return to Europe in the next 6 months after leaving Europe, you don’t need a Visa. Please note that if you are a non-European national, you may only spend a total of 90 days in Europe without a visa in any given 6 month period.


This does not apply for people from Asia and Africa who will always need a visa for the duration of the time in Europe.


ATTENTION: Due to recent local authority changes it is no longer possible for Tauernhof to assist you in applying for a visa from Austria unless you are attending courses that finish six months after they started. That means you will have to contact the Austrian Foreign Ministry in your home country and apply for a visa there before you travel to Austria!


Please refer to the FAQ’s page on our website for further information. Schladming is located about 90 kilometres (55 miles) southeast of Salzburg, in the heart of the Alps of central Austria.


Flying: The nearest airport is Salzburg. From the airport take bus # 2 to the main train station “Hauptbahnhof” (travel time approx. 20 minutes, frequency: every 15 minutes).

Then follow the train directions below. From North America cheaper flights may be available to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich or Vienna. From all of these cities there are train connections to Schladming (see Austrian or German Railway Websites).


Train: Schladming is easily accessible by train from anywhere in Europe. From Salzburg “Hauptbahnhof” take any train going towards Graz, Austria. It will stop in Schladming but you may have to switch trains in Bischofshofen which is approx. 30 minutes after Salzburg. There are several train connections from Salzburg to Schladming available each day (see Austrian or German Railway Websites).


Travel time from Salzburg is approx. 1.5 hours, Munich approx. 4 hours, and Vienna approx. 5 hours. When you arrive in Schladming, you can call us (just dial 22294 from the phone booth in front of the station) and we will pick you up if it is the first day of the course. Alternatively, you can walk – approx. 15 minutes: turn left outside the train station, and walk into town. Tauernhof is located by the base station of the Planai ski area gondola “Planai Bahn”, right next to the “Charly Kahr” ski and sport shop. Please see the FAQ’s page on our website for a map with the directions to Tauernhof marked on it.


If you are making any additional travel plans prior or subsequent to the course, or between if you are attending consecutive courses at more than one European Torchbearers’ School, you may want to purchase a Eurail pass before coming, or if you are under 26, you may buy an Inter-Rail pass, available at most European train stations. An International Student Identification Card and an International Youth Hostel Card are also advisable.

WHAT TO BRING

Because of limited space, and also for traveling convenience, we suggest that you bring along only what is essential. Here is information to help you know what to bring.

Clothing: Located in the Austrian Alps, Tauernhof experiences a typical temperate and mountain climate, with a fair degree of temperature variation and precipitation.


Therefore you should bring some warm clothing for both indoors and outdoors. Please see www.meoweather.com for historical weather trends. We suggest that you bring easy-care clothes that may be put in a tumble dryer. You can label your clothes for easier identification. Our dress standards require students to maintain a general neatness in appearance. Neat clothing should be worn for lectures, meals, outreaches, and other activities.


For meetings and meals on Sunday students are expected to dress up appropriately (e.g. men could wear a jacket and tie and girls could wear a skirt or dress). Bring along some clothes suitable for practical work, both outdoors and indoors. For the fitness plan and recreation you should also bring running shoes, shorts, a swim suit, a towel if you plan to use the sauna, and hiking boots if wanted. A bathrobe and slippers are also advisable.


Other: You must have a good English Bible (a translation such as NASB, NIV, NKJV or similar, not a paraphrase) as well as pens for lecture notes and assignments. Tauernhof has concordances, commentaries and Bible dictionaries. We encourage you to bring your personal PC-notebook/laptop for taking notes during lectures and you will be provided with a Tauernhof branded USB stick (the cost of which is included in the student fees). Also be sure to bring towels and toiletries (bedding is provided). Please note that the electrical current in Austria is 220 Volts A.C. Therefore if you intend to bring any electrical appliances, you may need to bring a voltage converter as well as an adaptor plug. We encourage you to bring along any portable musical instrument that you play.

GENERAL INFOS

INSURANCE

Since many insurance companies do not cover rescue and rescue costs, we recommend sport and accident insurance (including helicopter rescue) that covers these costs.


For example: DAV (German Alpine Association), OEAV (Austrian Alpine Association)

CANCELLATION

In the event of cancellation, the following terms and conditions apply: In the event of withdrawal, the deposit of € 80 is forfeited. Up to 1 month before the day of arrival, 40% of the leisure price will be charged. Up to 1 week before the day of arrival, 70% of the leisure price will be charged. In the last week before the day of arrival, 90% of the leisure price is due.


We therefore recommend travel cancellation insurance. (e.g .: ADAC.de; Europäische.at, Reiseversicherung.de, ÖAMTC.at)

PRICE INFO

Included in the price:

Accommodation, meals, overnight stays in a hut, city tax


Not included:

Ski pass – price depends on the season!

Div. Entrances, gondola fees, transport costs, road toll


Children pay for family vacations …

0 to 2 years: free (0%)

3 to 5 years: 30%

6 to 10 years: 50%

11 to 15 years: 70% … of the leisure amount

PAY

After receiving the registration, we will send you a confirmation with the reminder to transfer a deposit of € 80 per person!


Registration is only valid after receipt of the deposit. The down payment is added to the total price and is forfeited upon cancellation. Please transfer the amount of free time (minus the deposit) to the following account before starting your free time:


Styrian Sparkasse

IBAN: AT25 2081 5174 0000 7708

BIC: STSPAT2G


Specify the desired leisure time (e.g. experience week 1) and personal name – Thank you very much! We will send further information a few weeks before the start of our free time.