General Sessions

The General Sessions are the core of Missions Fest Vancouver. They feature world-class leaders in missional thought, deep worship, and story telling through the performing arts. They are dynamic learning and ministry opportunities for everyone.


General Sessions

Friday Night - Hall A

Aaron White
Aaron White

Lament: Do we trust God?

Aaron White, in his article says: “Lament could be thought of as prayer in the form of complaint, protest, the honest expression of pain, sorrow, doubt, accusation, anger, or rage. Yet this prayer is offered within the context of deep faith, trust and hope.” (see page 20)

Our ability to surrender to God is dependent on how much we trust him, and lament is often the gateway.

Call to Action: Trust God today with your deepest disappointments and challenges. Invite Jesus into the hidden places in your heart as you pour yourself out to him.

Leader: Aaron White


Saturday Morning - Hall A

Confession: What separates us from God?

It says in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our job is to confess. Confessing our sins to God is a requirement for forgiveness, confessing to others sets us on the path to healing. Confession combined with repentance puts us in a right relationship to God and other people.

Call to Action: Allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and bring to light sin that separates you from God and others.

Leaders: Ken Shigematsu, Jay Ewing, Milissa Ewing



Saturday Afternoon - Hall A

Rest: Have we experienced God as our provider?

Living by faith is a journey of rest. It’s not just for Abraham and missionaries, its for all of us. Learning to rest in God is central to being a Christian, but often overlooked. To paraphrase Matthew 6:32,33: “Your heavenly Father knows what you need. He provides, and frees you up from worry, so that you can devote yourself to seeking his Kingdom…”

Call to Action: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas in your life where you need to rest and ask for an increase of faith.

Leader: Sandra Ryan



Saturday Night - Meeting Room 1-3

Thankfulness: When do we worship God?

A thankful heart is evidence of our awareness of God’s faithfulness and provision, even in the middle of trouble. Often the word ‘praise’ and ‘thankful’ get used interchangeably in the Psalms. Consider the words of David in Psalm 86:12, “I will praise (thank) you, O Lord, my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me…”  

Call to Action: Begin each day with thanksgiving. Don’t sugar-coat your difficulties but remember God’s faithfulness.

Leaders: Kevin and Julia Garratt

Sunday Afternoon