Sustainable models and testimonies of Gospel impact into unreached, persecuted areas in East Asia. Focus on helping save and serve slaves and other at-risk groups such as: the homeless, migrants, abandoned elderly and mentally and/or physically challenged, and recently released prisoners.
Event Category: Adult Seminars
How can you respond to a call to missions without the spiritual or financial support of a backing church or agency? Explore the possibilities.
Discover how adopting Mordecai’s paradigm can stop horrific persecution of Christians in the Middle East and around the world before it takes place.
Hear powerful stories of how violence, poverty and injustice are being tackled in the city with godly grace and transformation.
Returning from a short-term mission trip to N.E. Japan in Aug 2014, veteran missionaries, Tony and Pat give a first-hand current update on the situation there. What effect can be seen after 4 years of dedicated Christian volunteering from both abroad and Japan to the tsunami-stricken area?
How do we effectively prepare ourselves to handle change and transition in our lives and work? Here are practical tools and resources that help us cope.
Testimonies from the world’s most resistant regions teach us how to be more effective in sharing the love of Jesus with those around us.
Hear testimonies of how Rwanda is coping with its wounds through a knowledge of God’s grace. Beloved and accepted, how do they then extend that grace?
The global demographics of aging presents challenges and opportunities to governments, families and churches. Sometimes the challenges of caring for the aging seem overwhelming. But they also provide opportunities to prayerfully engage in responding to the needs presented by this new reality
Tentmaking is not for everyone. Learn how the right wisdom and strategies are needed to operate within an acceptable level of risk in volatile areas.
Born into a Muslim family in a Soviet republic, Pastor Shohrat suffered persecution for his faith before God brought his family to freedom. Hear how.
How a missional community in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood equips Christians to live and minister in the slums of Asia. Gain applications for your life.
Aren’t there churches in most nations? Shouldn’t we focus on ministry near us first? Addressing these and other questions around missionary need.
Learn about the cross-cultural challenges and considerations of teaching and ministering here and abroad to those grieving after abortion.
God’s Word is vital to all people. Examine how to faithfully translate and clearly communicate God’s Word for bible-less people groups.
A seminar for Christians engaged in dialogue who seek a template for effective, thoughtful responses and resources for a pluralistic society.
A leadership coaching approach developed in Indonesia helping missions staff, volunteers, team members and family take the next step as leaders.
An interactive discussion around fundraising for organizations, from donor trends and organizational priorities to the theology behind fundraising.
Opportunities abound in missions for older people. This seminar encourages God’s people aged 50 – 80 to consider serving the Lord worldwide.
Shedding light on the city’s broken: a challenge to tangibly love and make it our mission to embrace Vancouver’s most wounded and cynical.
An overview of MK (Missionary Kid) experiences, outlining the benefits of assistance and the impediments to missionary health when MKs are not cared for.
God’s bringing the nations to the city. Here’s an equipping strategy featuring 7 vital ministry roles your church can fill to reach the city for Christ.
We live in a global village and to relate the gospel cross-culturally we must become aware of our own cultural biases and sensitive to cultural assumptions of other ethnic groups. This seminar focuses on exploring our own cultural orientation, and how to build bridges in Canada and around the world.
Thousands of Internationals are in our cities; the opportunity to impact the church from Colombia to the Sudan to Mongolia is huge. Having coffee, a meal or a walk with them has never before had the potential to have such a global impact… Imagine them returning home with Christ in their hearts.
Discover the listening and conversation techniques you’ll need to answer common Jewish objections and challenges to following the Messiah.
Rethinking the ‘See a problem, fix a problem’ approach to local and global ministry with the poor: 5 key principles to transform your ministry.
A look at how child sponsorship is promoted and developed in donor countries and the good and bad effects it has on receiving countries worldwide.
Being quieter and (seemingly) less energetic doesn’t mean we can’t do amazing ministry work. Find out how to harness the strength of being an introvert!
Exploring the possibility and potential of Christian mission that includes our care for the places we inhabit, whether at home, school or church.
Learn what it looks like for the Canadian Church to live missionally by caring for waiting children here in Canada and around the world.
The Christian faith was never meant to be kept to oneself, but rather shared with others. The non-Western church, having received the blessing of the gospel, must now take seriously the responsibility and duty of proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel to the ends of the earth in fulfillment of Acts 1:8. The wonderful news is […]
We find in Luke 10:1-9 a template for organic ministry that results in open doors and profound advancement of the Gospel. Field-tested applications.
All children need to know God’s love. Learn how to lead kids to Christ and empower them to be witnesses at school, soccer… or Somalia!
The world of missions is filled with new terms, phrases and questions-Why send missionaries when there are many needs at home, when nationals can do the job? What is a 10/40 window or the 2/3 world? Is there a place for me? Come be introduced to the wonderful world of missions.
Three short-term mission models to effectively reach First Nations, including summer placements, volunteering and partnering with local missionaries.
Unpacking our story is crucially important. Reflective listening is one of the greatest gifts we give each other. This seminar provides the benefits of debriefing those involved in missions here and around the world. We will explore roles and responsibilities for missionaries, churches, and mission agencies. Discussion will be welcomed.
A multi-media presentation of a model for discipleship ministry that’s adaptable for different cultures and languages both in Canada and abroad.
Hear phenomenal stories of how critical messages are broadcast through team- built radio stations to the persecuted in remote and dangerous locations.
A look at how awareness training, educational programs and vocational support help to cut off the supply of children at risk from human trafficking.
Learn about ministry activities that strengthen families by increasing the parent- child connection, such as through literacy or homework help.
The door of Iran may be closed to missionaries but hear how God’s Word has reached millions through satellite who’ve invited Christ into their hearts.
How to make your neighborhood and church a welcoming destination for those coming out from persecution and oppression overseas.
How to use evidence from Scripture, Christ Incarnate, nature and human experience to make a missional case for God in this postmodern world.
Pastors, friends and caregivers: broaden your understanding of sexually addictive behaviour, how change can occur and how to offer tangible solutions.
Teachers can be agents of transformation in the classrooms of the world, presenting life-changing truth through intentional engagement. Learn how.
An examination of the concept of Christian or Holy Art, and the place artists of faith have inside and outside of the Church.
Workshop on how we can reach the world, by reaching the leaders of this generation on university campuses.
The mission field can unsettle our peace with God and other Christians. Prepare yourself with tips around Romans 12.
Practical tips for evangelism from missions work among drug addicts and prostitutes in Iquitos, Peru and to the Quechua people in Bolivia.
A First Nations Christian perspective on applying “critical contextualization” to build relationships amidst differing cultural values and beliefs.
How your church can help single expatriates adjust to Canadian culture, find their niche and redefine their identity during repatriation.
Do we care about where the people we meet every day will spend eternity? An interactive workshop featuring new ideas and methods for reaching out.
Be part of God’s work in Vancouver: considered one of the loneliest cities in North America, where only 3% of the population are practising Christians.
What would happen if you spent your entire summer on a missions trip? Learn the impacts on youth across North America and around the world.
Lives are changed when people consider the creation story based on Biblical truth. Dalit children can now face the future with hope knowing that they are created with value and purpose. Dalit women are discovering that God loves them, and Dalit communities are experiencing the transforming power of the Gospel. Come hear how God is […]
What causes isolation and how is Jesus good news to those feeling socially disconnected within and outside the church? What are ways we can help?
Is our growing interest in social justice a distraction from evangelism? Here’s why a biblical understanding of the Gospel is crucial to the answer.
A closer look at the prominent cultural mood of indifference and different ways we can respond to apathy to point people to Christ.
Learn how the Canadian church shares in God’s work when international students return to their homelands bringing the Gospel with them.
A look at mobilizing non-traditional missionary forces such as business persons, traders and entrepreneurs for transformational mission work.
Learn why it’s important to, and ways your church can, support missionaries in non-financial ways. Plus communication tips and tools for missionaries.
Every 3 1/2 minutes a Believer dies for his or her faith in 1 out of over 50 countries. See an up-to-date picture of persecution around the world.
A brief history of Jewish ministries in Canada and a look at what God’s doing among the Jewish people in Canada today. Include ministry opportunities.
Does the current missions model encourage or prevent attrition? How to recognize the signs and help new missionaries embrace their new culture.
Before we can enter the Mission Field of Intercession, we need to prayerfully determine what Scripture says about us, His Body and who He is.
Dive in into stories of indigenous ministries from around the world, planting thousands of churches and reaching tens of thousands for Christ each year.
A biblically based look at four characteristics you’ll need to effectively share your faith with friends, family and classmates. With examples.
As OMF (China Inland Mission) turns 150, join a lively survey of today’s mission movements through the eyes of the 19th Century missionary pioneer.
Pursuing Biblical justice takes several different forms in our world today. In Cambodia, the need is great for Christians to take on the call to pursue justice on behalf of the oppressed and vulnerable. Come and learn about the complexities of injustice and how God is changing a nation one by one.
How do we respond to the global persecution of Christians? How do we develop a theology of suffering that would help the body of Christ under attack?
Interested in missions but not sure you have what it takes? Here’s how you can see God’s kingdom advanced while living life to the full.
Come and be encouraged by Ron’s stories from the Middle East, Asia and North Africa about revivals, persecution and phenomenal Church growth.
Insights into the spiritual situation in German-speaking Europe and how German Christians present the Gospel in a changing social/cultural environment.
Hear stories from a new breed of global workers: business, education and healthcare professionals at the cutting edge of the Great Commission today.
Canada has one of the largest Sikh populations outside of India. Grow your understanding of and learn how to present Jesus to your Sikh neighbours.
Opportunities abound in indigenous missions both locally and internationally, to bring the Gospel where the need is great. Come and learn more.
Many leave their ministry fields frustrated by relationship breaches and misunderstandings. Some approaches to having courageous conversations.
Learn about overcoming myths and obstacles around adoption and fostering, and change the life of one of millions of children who need families.
Ebola’s arrival changed our ministry approach to villagers but God used it in amazing ways to promote His kingdom and increase our reliance upon Him.
Would you rather disappear than answer tough questions about your faith? Practical tips for responding well when you’re asked hard questions.
Facebook, Twitter, What’s App all provide new ways to connect via the Internet: a look at the opportunities and challenges encountered in virtual reality.
In the largest number since WWII, over 20 millions refugees lives scattered around the world. Explore local opportunities to reach them.
Workshop on what factors contribute to high-risk behaviour in Vancouver’s youth and how to come alongside the vulnerable in our families, churches and neighborhoods.
Questions and answers around why fewer North American young adults seem willing to enter long-term missions, plus possible solutions.
Jesus chose to tell stories. “He taught many things using stories…so the people can understand.” Stories define us. But is your story being effectively heard? We understand the power of storytelling but is it possible storytelling is a simple how-to-skill? Learn the technique used by the Greatest Storyteller of All time – The Master Storyteller’s […]
We identify the critical steps needed to prepare for and lead performing arts mission teams in effective cross-cultural ministry.
Tips on sourcing good materials and resources for effective evangelism and use to reach those of other religions.
Turns out they’re the same person. Poverty, homelessness and addiction can affect anyone. Practical ways to reach out to the hurting within your own church.
How the hidden crisis of violence undermines our best efforts to help the poor and how the Church can engage in the fight for justice for the global poor.
What contributes to the personal health and well-being of the missions worker: recognizing needs, lifelong learning, setting boundaries? Insights welcome.
What is the Catholic church’s vision for evangelization and how can Catholics and Evangelicals work together to lead the world to Christ? Learn more.
The importance of and options for language learning and its context for effective ministry, whether you’re ministering down the street or around the world.
Through humour and role play, discover the devotion, worldview and frustrations of Muslims and how you can love them into God’s kingdom.
Focusing on the range of worldviews within Islam and the growth of Christianity within Muslim nations where wars and revolution are becoming commonplace.
Joining Jesus in His mission is a call to our own discipleship. Learn how God can use our various missions experiences to mature our faith.
Addiction has very little to do with substance abuse. Learn how an understanding of how people cope is central to helping them through ministry.
We are called to sexual purity, but this is challenging against the “relativism revolution” of diverse and hyper-sexualized communities. Some strategies.
3-hour workshop. Interactive, learn-by-doing video production. No experience necessary. Develop story-telling skills and strategies. Learn video tips & tricks. This is hands-on for beginners who will work together to complete a documentary or short film project. Lights, camera, action!
This year, only seminars by Micah Bournes, Ede Clarke, Soong-Chan Rah, Lawrence Tong, or Ron Pearce will be available for CD purchase. Our General Plenary Sessions will be recorded for Audio or Video purchase. .
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