Event Category: Missions Fest Conference

 

Fit Faith Challenge

How do you show your faith? We will go through some do’s and don’ts of street evangelism and prayer and then hit the streets in small teams. We believe that God will move powerfully.

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Incarnational Ministry: Can I possibly do this long-term?

We’ll reflect on strategies for staying well and sustaining long-term relational ministry in the face of burnout, cynicism, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.

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Responding to the world’s refugee crisis, one person at a time.

Numbed by numbers (65 million forcibly displaced, over 23 million refugees) its tempting to avoid the most significant refugee crisis our world has seen in 70 years. Welcoming refugees one at a time changes everything.

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Just Sex

What does justice have to do with sex? Plenty. We’ll compare society’s view of justice to the Biblical view specifically as it relates to sex & sexuality. Thoughtful examination of Jesus’ life & ministry will reveal how we’re to uphold the Biblical definition of justice in our own life & our world.

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Using Hospitality in Evangelism

Prayer, friendship building, and hospitality are ways to reach out to the Muslims. What can you do to reach out to a Muslim?

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Major Barriers for Muslims to Embrace Christ

Muslims are currently coming to Christ in unprecedented numbers but often face huge barriers (historical, political, cultural and theological) to understanding the Gospel. This seminar will equip us to help.

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Responding Holistically to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a 152 billion dollar business, exploiting vulnerable individuals for sex, labour & more. How can the Church respond? Moldova and Kolkata, India will be discussed as we examine this issue at length & present lessons on how we can make a difference in Canada & in the nations.

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Youth In A Troubled World: Engaging In Global Youth Ministry

Worldwide, the scope of youth ministry is changing as issues of justice become more prevalent. We’ll discuss specific challenges faced by those entering this mission field as well as competencies and characteristics required for fruitfulness. Learn keys ways to engage in global youth ministry.

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Bringing the Disabled to The King’s Table.

Join us as we explore what the bible says about God’s sense of love and justice towards disabled people and the implications for us today.

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Mental Health, Faith and Community

Does your church talk about mental health? Is your faith-based organization able to support clergy, staff, congregants, neighbours who are experiencing, living with or concerned about mental health? Join us to talk about practical ways to offer faith-based responses to MH recovery in the community.

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How to assess and treat children of trauma

The Wanted Children Foundation is committed to using the latest child trauma treatment strategies in its efforts to help Nigeria’s orphans and vulnerable children in their attempts to reclaim some level of normal childhood. Learn how to engage the process half a world away and make a difference.

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Restorative Justice-50-years story of M2/W2

M2W2 responds to the Christian call to ?remember those in prison? (Heb 13:3). Come hear how for over 50 years, volunteers have been relating to inmates, offering them friendship, hope and support during incarceration and continuing to mentor as they are released and transition back into society.

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Environmental Justice: Promoting the Integrity of Creation and the Human Community

Thru the Biblical lens of caring for creation & the poor we?ll explore the issue of Justice. Contemporary environmental challenges will be discussed & drawing from Biblical truths, we?ll understand how Christ is calling His Church to embrace the work of promoting & maintaining Creation?s integrity.

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A Just Pathway – Responding to Relationship Abuse

We have seen the devastating impact of abuse that permeates many relationships, within and outside the local church. Explore a just gospel-centered response to the issue and the people trapped within, including practical ideas for both individuals and churches to act in justice and love mercy.

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HIV & AIDS: Hope & Love in Action

This informative discussion on “HIV, AIDS and Me: Why should I care?” answers basic questions and more, venturing into the current challenges that exist around the world, and explores how we can respond practically to these needs.

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Mission Impossible? Connecting Faith with the Marketplace.

This introductory seminar explores God?s perspective on the marketplace. We will address common misconceptions and challenges about being a Christian on this unique mission field and practical ways to engage in building bridges of faith in the marketplace.

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God’s Heart for Social Justice

We will explore the Biblical foundation of the call to Christians to engage in the ministry of social justice at home and abroad. Understand some of the specific issues we face in our generation, and how we can engage in offering help to those who seek justice.

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Refugees and the new Europe

The huge numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean is a key issue in Europe. Tensions continue to mount over the implications of their presence. But this is also a tremendous opportunity for believers to demonstrate in actions and words the importance of the Gospel of Prince of Peace.

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Pursuing justice for others through Member Care: Missionary Advocacy

Unless you are familiar with cross-cultural living, it is very difficult to understand the needs missionaries experience both on and off their place of assignment. This seminar explores several necessary points of consideration when caring for the needs of missionary personnel.

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Injustice, Oppression, Exploitation:The Shocking Realities

We all must stand up against injustice, oppression & human exploitation! Having worked as a Freedom Challenge leader in Africa, Larissa will be sharing first-hand experiences of encountering & combating injustice.Hearts will be moved into action, taking up the call to defend the weak & powerless.

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How to be in Full-Time Ministry Without Quitting Your Job

Have a heart to share the Gospel in your workplace, but feel constrained by corporate policy or unspoken ?acceptable? boundaries? We?ll explore the biblical definition of ministry, offering practical examples on ministering to personal, spiritual, social and organizational needs in the marketplace.

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To act justly and to love mercy in Indigenous territories

A post-colonial look at past and present realities of Christianity on Canada?s native lands and how proclaiming, without embodying the Gospel, in all its dimensions has and will fall short of Micah 6:8. Lausanne Movement, with local applications, will offer hope to redeem both communities.

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Using Business for Advocacy

Join me as I share my experience of starting a justice oriented social enterprise and business venture – You&Her. It takes guts to raise your hand and be an answer to injustice – with some tools and guidance I hope to help with the initial step!

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Isaiah 1:17 Doing Justice as my Vocation

(Isaiah 1:17) What does it mean to do justice in my world? The seminar will briefly explore the concept of Justice in the Old Testaments, the Gospels and Acts and how it could be applied in today?s corporate world at home and cross culturally overseas.

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Living out the Gospel Through Missionary Care

All of us who serve in full-time ministry believe that it is only by grace that anyone can experience the transforming power of the Gospel. This same grace must be demonstrated as we care for those serving on the front lines. The Gospel we profess must be demonstrated as we care for our own.

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Where Justice Does Not Prevail

The World Watch List records and ranks the worst countries for Christian persecution. We will discuss the top ten, exploring the plight of these nations as well as the response and hope of Christians in these areas where there is no justice.

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How Culture Shapes Justice

Concepts of justice are shaped by culture. Without cultural sensitivity, efforts to enforce justice cross culturally are colonizing impositions. Recognizing our filters is the first step in re-framing our worldview within the proper context, equipping us to make appropriate and sustainable change.

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Ageism: Caring and Acting Justly with an Aging Population

Churches and caring agencies are facing an increasing challenge to respond to an unprecedented growth in the number of older adults. There are growing pressures to provide adequate care and seek to justly distribute limited resources. Ageism is emerging in a number of ways that needs our response.

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Human Trafficking/Sexual Exploitation, Youth & Child Exploitation in BC and your Neighbourhood

Human trafficking, sexual exploitation, youth & child exploitation is the fastest growing crime in the world, Canada & locally. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be the voice for the voiceless & advocates for those who feel forgotten. Learn practical ways to engage in making a difference.

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Understanding People, Mental Illness and Trauma

Provides basic models to assess vulnerable populations, such as children, women, homeless, and older adults. Basic counseling skills, referral and networking are emphasized.

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Drivers and Barriers to Mission Engagement – Canada wide study results

Report on the Canadian Evangelical Missions Engagement Study; a national study researching the drivers and barriers to missions engagement as well as trends that influence engagement.

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Seeing, Thinking and Acting like Jesus for the Sake of the Oppressed – Engaging the church and society on Justice

Christians are called to be salt and light, to shine in a dark world. Darkness is absence of light. There should be no darkness wherever we find ourselves. This seminar is on how to engage the church and society to see, think and act like Christ in seeking justice for the oppressed.

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Ask an Ex-Muslim, a panel discussion (Women Only)

This seminar will be open to women only. A moderated panel discussion in which the panelists will be briefly introduced prior to fielding audience questions.

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BC, Climate Change, & the Gospel

Climate change is considered one of the single biggest threats facing humanity. Join us as we examine this crisis through a scriptural lens and explore practical ways in which Christians can respond.

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“But I don’t know how to help!” Overcoming mission fears.

When we hear the call to ?go,? where do we start? How do we avoid the pitfalls of ?good intentions gone wrong? on the mission field? Explore practices for short-term missions that develop sustainable solutions for those we serve.

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Justice and the Gospel on an Indigenous Reserve

Reconciliation is the open door to loving relationships with our Indigenous neighbours. Drawing from Sardis Community Church?s experience, we will discuss practical steps from preparation to partnering with an Indigenous reserve.

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Living with Refugees in Canada

With firsthand experience of living with refugees in a small apartment in the Lower Mainland, Randy shares practical guidelines in preparation for your own unique mission experience. Randy will present many valuable lessons he and his family learned about serving newcomers to Canada.

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Reversing Colonialization in Missions

Evaluating the philosophy of missions, we?ll discuss the issues of colonialism & its effects in relation to church planting abroad. We?ll explore the better approach to cross-cultural ministry which focuses on developing indigenous people, empowering them through training to reach their own people.

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Great Missionary Care Through The Eyes Of An MK

Taking the “Family Feud” game show approach, we will draw out of Missionary Kids what great member care looks like in their opinion. As host, I will use key questions with two teams of MKs ‘battling’ for the win. These questions will be raised and briefly debated amongst the MK team members.

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Job Maker, not Job Faker

A unique niche has been carved out for professionals entering the mission field thru foreign business opportunities. As a job maker (creating jobs) or job taker (filling a posting), many have earned the confidence of host nations, creating a platform for Christ to be known thru integrity & actions.

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Should Christians be Involved in Politics of Social Justice?

There are many lessons to be gleaned from thirty years of ministry to the fighting factions of Colombia’s Civil War. Many top leaders came to Christ, leading to four years of successful peace negotiations. What is God’s perspective and directive on social justice now that the shooting war is over?

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God’s heart for the Orphan: Loving through fostering and adoption

There are millions of children around the world and right here in Canada, that don’t have a family. James 1:27 says that God wants us to get involved by caring for the waiting children here in Canada and around the world. Learn how you can share your love through fostering and adoption.

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Ask an Ex-Muslim–A panel discussion

A moderated panel discussion in which the panelists will be briefly introduced prior to fielding audience questions. (This panel discussion is open to all.)

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Child Soldiers – Terrible Tragedy, Terrific Triumph

The horror of child soldiers used around the world has been largely overlooked by the church and society. This seminar seeks to educate and activate the Church to help eradicate the use of child soldiers and reach out to those affected by it.

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Sharing your Faith with a Muslim Millennial in the 21st Century

The gospel story is still good news today. However, Arab millennials don?t turn to radio or reading books when they have spiritual questions. They check out social media from the privacy of their mobile devices. How can the timeless story be shared effectively with them in the digital age?

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Evangelising Amidst the Injustices of Superstitions & Racism

Pulling from 20 yrs of stories and experience, we will be teaching and sharing on how to evangelize in a culture that is strong in superstitions, voodoo and racism. How do you evangelize when the culture believes, “Nothing is a sin unless you?ve been caught, therefore, why do we need Christ?”

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Developing Immigrant Pathways to Jesus

Our neighborhoods continue to develop a multi-cultural mosaic, challenging Christ?s church with how to reach immigrants that are in our backyard. We?ll discuss effective intercultural bridges to Jesus that’ll move us from assisting with settlement programming to engaging in spiritual conversations.

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The Mission Field on Your Doorstep: Sharing the Good News with Muslim Friends & Neighbours.

Living as a minority evangelical in the Muslim country of Jordan, Fadi Sharaiha ED of SAT7 knows a thing or 2 about effective strategies for sharing the gospel with those entrenched in Islam. Come see how those lessons can be applied to our mission field here.

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Generous Spaciousness: navigating LGBTQ+ matters with grace

Generous Spaciousness is a posture that invites followers of Jesus to pursue mature discipleship in community where there is significant diversity and difference. The particular case study to be considered in this workshop is how to journey together when we disagree about same-sex marriage.

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Effective Support Raising

Is support raising one of the major concerns for you when considering full time ministry? Or are you a missionary who could benefit from some encouragement and tips on raising support effectively? Come and hear stories and new ways to engage with supporters and churches.

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Addictive Behavior in Missions: when your addictions come with you

A general overview of addictive patterns that present in many forms on the mission field. What factors can be identified in screening for the field and what are the varying levels of care that can be provided once on the field?

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The Ten Commandments and Communities of Justice

The Ten Commandments shape the church to live as a contrast community, a place where the most vulnerable among us are brought to the centre. First, we will investigate the Ten Commandments. Then, we will discuss practical ways in which churches can work for a society in which everyone is dignified.

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Pray, Plan, Prepare, Proceed – the Gospel on the Coast

Much goes on behind the scenes before coastal missionaries can “go ye.” What does it take to bring the Gospel to remote and often inhospitable parts of the Pacific Northwest coastline? Gain insight into a world where skiffs replace cars and missionaries live and work together on a mission boat.

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Social Enterprise: Mission & Business as Partners

The work we do every day matters to God. Discover how social enterprise and the Christian narrative come together to address economic injustice by providing work for the common good.

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I Am Filmmaker: Tell a Better Story

Raise awareness & inspire change by telling a story well. Join industry professionals for an interactive workshop in story structure, sequence and techniques for capturing the best shot. Participants will finish with a filmmaking project. Note: Video editing will not be part of this workshop.

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Seeking Justice in an Unjust World

Throughout scripture, pursuing justice on behalf of the poor & vulnerable was a gateway for the Kingdom of God to be ushered in. This same opportunity exists today. Join with us as we explore what it means to be bearers of God?s truth, bringing hope, love & salvation to our broken world.

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The Master Storyteller’s Guild

What if I told you that every Hollywood blockbuster, superhero comic & mythological fable flows from the pen of a single author? What if this Master Storyteller chose you as an apprentice? Join “I Am Filmmaker” facilitators to open up the pages of story, scripture and your own life-journey.

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Fighting Poverty with Literacy

According to UNESCO, the global literacy rate in 2015 was 86.3% and much of the 13% remaining are in some of the world’s poorest areas. Come find out how literacy and economic development are connected, and how, through literacy, the Church can bring Christ to the poor and lead them out of poverty.

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Moving into the Neighbourhood: Incarnational Ministry among the Unreached, Urban Poor

‘The Word became flesh’ and moved into the neighbourhood. (John 1:14 The Message). Choosing to live among the poor serves as a powerful witness for the gospel. Hear how God is using teams of regular Christians to be the presence of Jesus in places that are often overlooked?some are here in our city.

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Moving Beyond Islamophobia

We need to move beyond distortions of Islam, which appeal to our natural fears. To do this we must see Muslims as people with the same hopes and fears we have?and more importantly, the same hunger for God. We must share Christ with them joyfully as the one whose perfect justice they deeply long for.

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Mentoring Missionary Kids

Mentoring can significantly benefit any MK who is transitioning from their host country to their passport country. But what approaches are disempowering, and what are beneficial for the MK who needs both helpful information and the confidence to successfully integrate into their passport culture?

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Rethinking What You Think You’re Thinking

What comes to mind when you hear the word “refugee”? Our worldview cannot help but be influenced by the media, particularly with recent coverage of the Syrian refugees fleeing their country. Raw emotion coupled with tangible fear leads to a polarized view on an important issue of justice.

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Buddhism and Justice: Karma produces inescapable retribution void of grace! What is just? Would you trade places with Buddhists among us?

Karma is justice for one billion self-reliant Buddhists. It is impossible to escape. Hell and heaven are temporary; merit and good works are ineffective. A just God doesn?t exist to them! This harsh justice without mercy or grace needs Christ’s Gospel.

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Love your “International Neighbour”

You may have noticed that the DNA of your neighbourhood looks different than it did ten years ago. Cross-cultural missions have now become more prevalent with the world at our doorstep. This seminar will look at how we can love our ?international student? neighbour.

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Justice in a Pornified World

Child-slavery, poverty, human-trafficking, domestic violence, abortion & spiritual apathy. All of these societal ills can trace their cause back to the plague of pornography in society. We’ll discuss practical ways to fight back, and how a porn-free society would change the whole world.

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The High Cost of Seeking Justice

Justice is a word that evokes many actions & emotions; for some, the interest is short-lived. The reality is, that the pursuit of justice is not a quick or glamourous endeavor. Perseverance, dedication & self-sacrifice lead to a relentless passion to stand firm & fight for justice for the oppressed.

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