About

Missions Fest Vancouver

Joining people together in Christ's mission.

Missions Fest is the largest annual mission conference in North America. Every year we have between 10-15,000 people join us over the weekend. General admission is free and the invitation to attend goes out to all the churches of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and beyond. 

When attendees visit they get to engage with over 250 mission agencies, learn from missional experts in Mini-Conference and Seminars, take in our Film Festival, and much more.

Mission

Mission Fest Vancouver (with Mission Central) is a catalyst that helps people become mature missional disciples of Jesus.  

We do this by connecting people, virtually and face-to-face. These encounters are directed to mentoring, knowledge sharing and partnership development, so that the good news of Jesus is proclaimed and the spiritual and physical needs in communities, locally and abroad, are met.

Vision

A world transformed by the power of Christ at work through His people in every sphere of society.

Definition of Mission

We define mission as a work of God through Christ, a work we are invited into, to redeem and reconcile all creation to God and bring flourishing, fullness and peace to the earth.

What We Do

Interact with missional experts who work around the world.

Develop strategic partnerships and meet spiritual and physical needs for wherever God is calling you.

We…

  • Inform people about needs (physical, spiritual) around the world and opportunities to serve
  • Educate people to meet needs intelligently and with excellence
  • Celebrate what God is doing through His people around the world, and
  • Challenge people of all ages to get involved in God’s mission by going, sending, praying, and giving.

35 YEARS SERVING THE CHURCH OF VANCOUVER

Missions Fest Vancouver is a registered charity in British Columbia and does business as Mission Central. Missions Fest Vancouver is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

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The values and vision of Missions Fest align with the vision and purpose of our church in it’s commitment to mission and Kingdom. We are very thankful to have Missions Fest in our city as it allows us to be more aware of the ministries that happen in our city, country and beyond. In other words, it provides us with the exposure and insight into what God is doing in the broader church around us which feeds not only our awareness, but encourages us as we follow God in our own particular calling.

Rev. Ted Ng, Pastor, Faith Community Christian Church

Theological Values

As a non-profit Christian organization we desire that all that we do be Christ centered.  We believe that “’mission by us’ in Christ is a continuation of ‘mission by Christ’ in the Father.”[1] Thus through the Spirit we are enlivened to, by word and deed, minister compassion, justice and forgiveness and to disciple others in a journey towards Christlikeness.  Essential to this ministry is the truth that our usefulness in the “expansion” of mission (width) is dependent on “the extent to which” we live “into the depth of the triune communion of love by the Spirit.”[2]

The implication of this is that while our predominate interest is in activities that support the accomplishment of the ‘Great Commission’ we need to be diligent to actively acknowledge God’s mission in the broadest possible sense of bringing his shalom to all of creation.  Our goal, as Ross Hastings notes is that “the telos (end) of Christian mission is thus human beings becoming humans fully alive.  However this equally asserts the ecclesial nature of the new humanity.  God’s mission was to be carried out by the church – the church as a signal of the new humanity, the church as the sign and servant of the kingdom of God, for the re-creation of the cosmos.”[3] Because the church is central to mission our goal is to make the church a key partner in Mission Fest Vancouver, the key beneficiary of the work that we do. We need to reflect the interest of the local church in mission and meet needs relationally and through partnership.

1Hastings, Ross; Missional God, Missional Church, p249

Philosophical Values

Mission Fest Vancouver believes that the mandate for mission rests on the people of God who make up the church. The church as an organism needs to be engaged through relationship and partnership, not just programs and structure.  If we, at Mission Fest Vancouver, exist to be a reflection of the local churches’ interest in mission then we need to be advocates for relationship and partnership between the local church, communities and agencies. A conscious decision needs to be made to avoid promotion of a consumeristic relationship between attendees and agencies. We need to be advocates of a servant posture with agencies so that when they engage the church of Vancouver that they come to listen to the stirrings that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of the church as much as we (attendees) come to hear about what God is doing in the world. 

Mission Central

We are also known as Mission Central on the web, and our other website is at www.missioncentral.ca. You can find more details about Missions Fest Vancouver and Mission Central there, including: