Mini Conferences are new to Missions Fest Vancouver for 2017. They are opportunities for you to learn from experts who are collaborating together to help you go deeper into a subject than can be done in a seminar, and to develop a practical response that can be tied back to your community.
All Mini Conferences take place on Friday, January 27, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 and include a coffee break. Pre-register now or purchase tickets on-site in the VCC lobby.
2017 MINI CONFERENCES
- Residential Schools: Responding to Our Shared History
- Earth-Keeping as Mission: Caring for People and Creation through Small Scale Sustainable Agriculture, Locally and Internationally
- Ending Poverty Together Boot Camp: Rethinking Causes and Solutions
- Fruitful Friendships with Muslims
- No Lone Rangers: A Collaborative Approach to Missionary Care
RESPONDING TO OUR SHARED HISTORY
Level 2, Meeting Room 18
Residential Schools are impacting people today and the solutions are not quick fixes. It may take generations to change, but it starts today. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada states that reconciliation is “about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country.” In the Calls to Action developed by the TRC, the church needs to learn about its role in colonization; the history of residential schools; and why apologies to the victims and families were necessary. In 2 Corinthians 5:19, “He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” What will the ministry of reconciliation look like in your life?
- Temera Millar, North America Indigenous Ministries
- Terry LeBlanc, Indigenous Pathways
- Randy Barnetson, Street Church and First Nations Bible College
- Byron Grant, New Beginnings Church
EARTH-KEEPING AS MISSION:
CARING FOR PEOPLE AND CREATION THROUGH SMALL SCALE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
Level 2, Meeting Room 12
Caring for creation is a Gospel issue and it is also a matter of justice. Being in right relationship with God leads us to a right relationship with self, others and creation. This mini-conference explores what “shalom” looks like on the ground for people and places. We will also take the mandate of caring for creation right into your church and discover very practically what you can do through community gardens locally, as well as supporting small-scale farmers in the Global South.
See also A Rocha’s event page
- An introduction to Creation Care
- Caring for creation is a justice issue
- How can your church care for creation?
- Community gardens and food security
- Unbend the Trend: supporting small scale farmers in the Global South
- Markku Kostamo, A Rocha Canada
- Gord King, Canadian Baptist Ministries
- Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank
- Jasmine Kwon, OMF
ENDING POVERTY TOGETHER BOOT CAMP:
RETHINKING CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS
Level 2, Meeting Room 10
Come and experience an interactive workshop from a biblical worldview designed to help redefine your understanding of poverty—both causes and solutions—in Canada and abroad. Connect with like-minded individuals while gaining a healthy, hope-filled approach to engaging in poverty alleviation.
- Impoverished Thinking: a need to redefine poverty
- We’re All in this Together: our work is relational
- Holos: our understanding of poverty is holistic
- Beyond the Band-Aid: changes that last
- Wendy Toews & Eric Strom, Food for the Hungry
FRUITFUL FRIENDSHIPS WITH MUSLIMS
Level 2, Meeting Room 17
In 2015, twenty-five thousand Syrian refugees arrived in Canada. They joined with many others who are arriving as refugees or immigrants from countries where they have never had a chance to understand the good news of redemption found through Jesus Christ. As Canada becomes more ethnically diverse, each of us who loves Jesus will need to grow in our understanding of the worldview of others; to build relationships that allow conversation to grow from pleasantries to the core questions that our new neighbours are wrestling with. Come learn tips that will help you build friendships, develop confidence to engage in meaningful conversations, and understand the issues that need to be addressed in order for Muslims to discover who Jesus is.
- Understanding the Muslim presence in Canada (religious, worldview and cultural make-up)
- Discover who is ministering to Muslims in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
- Exploring bridges in faith
- Roundtable discussion on ways to build friendship and open dialogue with Muslims
- Art Klassen, Pioneers
- Lorna Johnston, Outreach Canada
- Roland Muller, WEC International
- Guests from CNMM, Journey Home, Middle Eastern Friendship Centre, Wycliffe, and General Conference Baptist
NO LONE RANGERS:
A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO MISSIONARY CARE
Level 2, Meeting Room 7
Missionary Care seminars have been a feature at Missions Fest over the past 3 years, however common feedback has been the desire to go deeper into the “how to’s” of providing care to missionaries. This mini-conference will provide you with that opportunity. Featuring live testimonies and case studies on the partnership between Church, Agency and Missionary, you will walk away with a foundational plan for your community to support missionaries well.
- Why care for missionaries is needed
- Bridging gaps in care through collaboration and partnership between a sending church, agency and missionary
- Live testimonials and perspectives on real issues missionaries face
- Small group breakout discussion over case studies
- Practical advice on coordinating, co-developing and co-operating in care
- John Best, Willingdon Church
- Lori Nickel, MB Mission
- Gilbert & Lydia Nigh, SIM