Daimler Christian Meetings
15TH DAIMLER CHRISTIAN MEETING
NOVEMBER 14, 2020
With speaker Daniel Hoster
Member of the executive board of a major international bank and chairman of the board of directors of the Dagmar Westberg Foundation
MOTIVATION FOR ANNUAL JOINT MEETINGS
The numerous prayer groups within the Daimler company are organized in a decentralized manner and networked only to a limited extent. In order to offer a platform for the Daimler Christians to get to know each other better and for mutual encouragement, in 2006 the so-called ‘Daimler Christian Meetings’ were launched. These take place once a year usually in November.
All Daimler employees, including former Daimler employees and external company employees, who are interested in topics of the Christian faith and are committed to Christian values in working life, are invited to the annual meetings. The location, hierarchy level, denomination and church affiliation of the participants do not matter. Also welcome are members of competitor and supplier companies.
HOW IT CAME TO THE DAIMLER CHRISTIAN MEETINGS
Impressed by the multitude of Christians he had come to know over the years in the company, Dr. Helmut Keller (then team leader in charge of Automatic Parking and Tire Pressure Control) in 2003 created a list with the names and email addresses of all Christians at Daimler known to him. This should serve to connect with these brothers and sisters of faith at the appropriate time.
When this list in 2006 had reached around 150 people, Helmut Keller invited all these colleagues to a joint meeting outside the company. The purpose of the meeting was primarily to introduce the Christians at Daimler to each other and to encourage them to live their Christianity in the workplace.
So it happened that on Saturday, November 4, 2006, the first so-called Daimler Christian Meeting took place in Weinstadt-Beutelsbach. As guest speaker Martin Daum, at that time head of the commercial vehicle plants in Wörth and Akseray (Turkey) and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Trucks (today board member of Daimler, Trucks & Buses), was invited.
The first meeting was attended by 130 colleagues and 15 accompanying spouses. The meeting was so well received that from this year until today, a Daimler Christian Meeting takes place annually in November. Today, it is attended by up to 500 people. Invited are all those who want to stand up for Christian values in their daily work. The Daimler Christian Meetings are organized by members of the “Christians at Daimler” network as well as by participants from more than 35 Daimler prayer groups.
The focus of the annual Daimler Christian Meetings is the presentation of a guest speaker who is specially invited for this purpose. These speakers may be senior executives from the Daimler company, but also well-known speakers from other areas of society. Their lectures and testimonies encourage us to involve God in our working lives and to live our Christian values in the workplace.
In addition to the main contribution of the guest speaker, the events are accompanied by a varied supporting program. In addition to the presentation of appealing Christian songs by a worship band, many other contributions such as testimony reports from Daimler colleagues or reports from colleagues from foreign prayer circles are on the program. The event concludes with a buffet with the opportunity for a personal get-together and an intensive exchange.
PAST DAIMLER CHRISTIAN MEETINGS
On November 16, 2019, the 14th Daimler Christian Meeting (DCM) took place in Weinstadt-Beutelsbach. The motto of the event was ‘Image your belief’. The main speaker was Daniel Böcking, deputy editor-in-chief of BILD, with the lecture title ‘It is not possible to believe just a little’. More than 500 visitors took part in the event, including the former CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche.
As every year, all Daimler employees, including former Daimler employees and contractors, who are interested in topics of Christian faith and committed to Christian values in their working lives, were invited. In addition to Daimler members, around 55 employees from competitor and supplier companies attended the meeting. They participated a meeting of the ‘Christians in the Automotive Industry (CAI)’ which took place just before the Daimler Christian Meeting at the same location.
Datum: 18.11.2017 Referent: Dr. Siegmar Haasis, CIO Research & Development Mercedes-Benz Cars Vortrag: Be a Game Changer
Datum: 21.11.2015 Referent: Dr. Annette Winkler, Leiterin smart und Vice President Daimler Vortrag: Köpfe und Herzen aufmachen – was wir von der kanaanäischen Frau lernen können
Datum: 15.11.2014 Referent: Martin Daum, President and CEO, Daimler Trucks North America, Portland, Orgeon, USA Vortrag: Christen bei Daimler – das Salz in der Suppe!
Datum: 16.11.2013 Referent: Robert Fraser, Kansas City, Missouri, USA Vortrag: God@YourJob
Datum: 10.11.2012 Referent: Jürgen Reyinger, Heroldstatt Vortrag: Gott und Beruf(ung)!?
Datum: 19.11.2011 Referent: Dr. med. Arne Elsen, Hamburg Vortrag: Gott in der Praxis erfahren
Datum: 20.11.2010 Referent: Gerhard Rauch, Geschäftsführer und Inhaber eines Maschinenbau-Unternehmens in Neu-Ulm, Vize-Präsident der Internationalen Christlichen Handelskammer (ICCC) Vortrag: Christliche Werte bei Daimler – Das Beste oder nichts?
Datum: 17.10.2009 Referent: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Leisenberg, Geschäftsführer einer Firma für thermische Verfahrenstechnik und Professor in Gießen Vortrag: Wissenschaft und Glaube – Gegensatz oder Ergänzung?
Datum: 22.11.2008 Referent: Bernd Oettinghaus, Gebetsleiter der Ev. Allianz und Pastor in Frankfurt/Main Vortrag: Gebet zwischen Vollmacht und Ohnmacht
Datum: 22.09.2007 Referent: Dr. Christoph Häselbarth, Josua-Dienst e.V. Vortrag: Im Alltag Grenzen überschreiten
Datum: 04.11.2006 Referent: Martin Daum, Werkleiter Wörth & Akseray, Produktionsleiter für Mercedes-Benz LKW, Mitglied der Geschäftsführung Mercedes-Benz LKW in Europa Vortrag: Wo hilft mir mein Glaube bei der täglichen Arbeit?