Seminars

Missions Fest Vancouver’s seminars are a unique experience! You’ll never get an opportunity to experience the breadth or depth of topics that you find at Missions Fest’s Seminars. This is an amazing opportunity to increase your missional IQ and learn from mission practitioners. 

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Friday at 1:00 pm

Involvement in Missions: from Perspective to the Practical

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Greg Young

Organization:

Engineering Ministries International Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 906)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

Whether you are a student, in mid-career, or transitioning a life-time of work and experience into the mission-field, we will explore how to identify opportunities, establish “fit”, and unpack the rewards and challenges of entering God’s work of redemption in your community and around the world.

Speaker's Biography:

Greg practiced architecture in Vancouver before joining EMI Canada in 2005 as a full-time, faith-support missionary. Today, he serves as Executive Director but continues to lead teams to aid ministries who otherwise cannot access engineering and architectural services.

The Sacrifice of Serving Across Cultures: Not the One you Expect

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 08

Speaker:

Kara Bergstrom

Organization:

Columbia Bible College (Exhibitor Booth: 911)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

When serving across cultures we expect homesickness and language learning challenges. We don't always foresee the pain of losing our former identity as we become bi-cultural. Hear stories and examples from 20 years of sending College students. Learn how to re-enter as bi-cultural Christians

Speaker's Biography:

As a language-learner overseas, writer, fundraiser, STM sender, translator, mentor, budgeter, trainer, leader of orientation and debrief, graduate of MA in ICS, and faculty/director of the ICS Program at the College level, Kara has a passion for transmitting her learnings to the next generation.

Intercession: The Manner of Mission

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

James Eagles

Organization:

Intercede International (Exhibitor Booth: 003)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

The Lord Jesus Christ has called us to Go into all the World. A very important part of that Call is to first Go to Him in prayer. We need to realize what the scripture says about us, His Body and who He is. Then equipped with that knowledge, we enter the Mission Field of Intercession.

Speaker's Biography:

James Eagles is President of Intercede International and an ordained minister of the Gospel, located in Fort Erie, Ontario. He has served with Intercede International for over 38 years visiting and ministering to international Mission boards reaching over 50 nations.

Reaching the Unreached

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Janelle Keller

Organization:

The Maranatha Evangelistic Association

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Hear how churches have been planted among the indigenous people who live in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico by empowering and training nationals to do the work.

Speaker's Biography:

Janelle is the Executive Director of Foundation For His Ministry, children’s homes and outreach in 4 locations in Mexico. She lived in Oaxaca for 4 years before moving to work in California.

Strengthening the Mission Through Spirit-Led Leadership

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Mark Maxwell

Organization:

Prairie College (Exhibitor Booth: 527, 522)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

Christian organizations should set the standard as the best places to work. Though Christian organizations are not immune to poor culture because of our fallen world. Learn how Biblical leadership can be contrary to the conventional and how to follow the Spirit's lead through tough decisions.

Speaker's Biography:

Born to missionary parents in Nigeria, West Africa, Mark earned a BA in Business Administration at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. in 1981 and an MBA in Finance at Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1984. He is the current President of Prairie College and holds dual US/Canadian citizenship.

The Existential Identity Crisis of Millennials

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speaker:

Gord

Organization:

Outreach Canada Ministries (CNMM, CMKN) (Exhibitor Booth: 801, 822)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Millennials, one of the largest generations yet, are struggling with daunting existential concerns, both personal and cultural. This session will outline key issues of this identity crisis, and offer direction to recover their hope and sense of calling.

Speaker's Biography:

Gordon Carkner works at UBC as a meta-educator chaplain, where he raises meaningful points of dialogue on faith and culture among postgraduate students and faculty. He is the author of The Great Escape from Nihilism (2016), a reflective journey from skepticism to faith.

Global Revival: A Massive Turning to God in a Hostile World

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Ron Pearce

Organization:

Empower Ministries (Exhibitor Booth: 915)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

Do you need some good new? Listen and be inspired as Ron shares remarkable stories of millions being transformed by the power of God. Hear firsthand reports from Ethiopia, China, Israel and many more countries! The global Church is thriving despite intense persecution. Come and be challenged.

Speaker's Biography:

When Ron Pearce accepted the Lord as a boy in Saskatchewan, he did so with a request to God that his life be anything but boring. After decades of following God around the world to the spiritual hotspots and equipping the national Church to grow, Ron can report his life has been anything but dull.

Why The Bible Is Unique

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Heinz Lycklama

Organization:

First Baptist Church Arlington

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

The Bible is like none of the 300+ "holy" books in the world. It provides sound evidences and convincing proofs of God's Word in history, prophecy, archaeology, and science. The Christian Faith is based on the Bible, matches reality, and can be shared with confidence on the mission field.

Speaker's Biography:

Dr. Heinz Lycklama served as Chairman of the Missions Committee at First Baptist Church Arlington for 10 years. Heinz is Founder and President of the Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County. He teaches SS classes and Bible Studies and speaks on Apologetics topics overseas as well as in North America.

Why Indigenous Peoples Must be First

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

Beverly Hadland

Organization:

Crossroads (Exhibitor Booth: 023)

Concentration:

Relief and Development

Seminar Description:

Bev will give an overview of the Indigenous Peoples before the Europeans arrived; life with treaties and life in the last 75 yrs. It will bring a clear mandate from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and what Christian youth can do to make a difference.

Speaker's Biography:

A passionate advocate for Canada’s First Peoples, Bev travels cross country with a message of hope and healing, raising awareness of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. She has visited 54 Indigenous communities in the past two years and has spoken in 13 countries to 3 million people.

How to Witness - Jewish Evangelism

Time:

Friday at 1:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Laura Barron

Organization:

Jews for Jesus (Exhibitor Booth: 212)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

If you can witness to a Jewish person you can witness to just about anybody! Gain valuable tips on presenting the gospel to Jewish friends and learn insights into various objections to the gospel as well as conversation techniques, understanding Jewish sensitivities and more!

Speaker's Biography:

Laura and her husband, Andrew, are pioneers of the first overseas branch of Jews for Jesus in South Africa. Andrew is the director of Jews for Jesus Canada and Laura does editing work, special projects and events, and speaks on behalf of the organization.

Friday at 2:30 pm

Seeing God through different worldview lenses

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Mark A Naylor

Organization:

Northwest Baptist Seminary (Exhibitor Booth: 415)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

Submission to Christ requires a right orientation to God. Contrasting worldviews– Hindu (monistic), Western (dualistic: natural / supernatural), Biblical (dualistic: God / creation)– reveal the submission others have within their belief system and clarifies our submission to the God we serve.

Speaker's Biography:

Mark spent 14 years serving an unreached group in evangelism and discipleship. He currently works in intercultural leadership development with an emphasis on disciple making and is on an editorial team to develop lessons for leadership training. He holds a DTh in Missiology.

Emerging Trends in the Bible Translation Movement

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 08

Speaker:

Roy Eyre

Organization:

Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 422)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

1 in 5 people in the world still do not have the Bible in a heart language. Some of them are here in Canada. How is the indigenous church taking ownership of the work of Bible translation? Come learn about the process of translation and trends emerging in the global Bible translation movement.

Speaker's Biography:

Roy’s has a passion for developing leaders and casting vision. He has worked with Wycliffe US and is now President of Wycliffe Canada. Roy believes God has specifically given the Canadian Church a challenge: to help make God’s Word accessible to every language group on the planet.

Strengthening Faith with Science

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Lester Marr

Organization:

Reasons To Believe Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 032)

Concentration:

Business and Technology

Seminar Description:

The heart cannot exalt in what the mind rejects. Science is our ally, providing reasons to believe in God and the Bible. Christians can use science to defend and strengthen their faith. Revelations from nature provide new insights into God’s love and power leading to full praise from the heart.

Speaker's Biography:

Lester Marr is an engineer, is with Reasons to Believe (RTB) Canada, and is president of the RTB Vancouver Chapter. As a trained volunteer RTB apologist for 7 years, he has spoken to schools and church groups about Christianity and Science as well as hosting monthly Q&A sessions for skeptics.

On mission for the marginalized: Bible education in Canada’s Prisons

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Gordon Allert

Organization:

Prairie College (Exhibitor Booth: 527, 522)

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Seminar Description:

23,000 men are incarcerated in federal prisons in Canada. This experience often becomes a turning point in their lives. They are hungry for programs that will help them transform their lives. The Prison Bible Encounter Program Leadership will share stories that have encouraged them over 3 years.

Speaker's Biography:

Gord's story is one of restoration and grace, that includes an experience with incarceration. His life was a model of success with a corporate executive position and church leadership until he was called to account for a situation brought on by wrong-thinking and bad choices.

Preparing Our Inner Selves For Cross-Cultural Ministry

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Gord & Brenda Nickerson

Organization:

Josiah Venture

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

Cross-cultural ministry is most effective when it flows out of what the triune God is doing in our lives. This seminar will focus on practical ways to prepare our inner selves to be used by God, joining him in making disciples wherever he calls us...locally or globally.

Speaker's Biography:

Gord & Brenda have served in missions (josiahventure.ca) since 1997. Their hearts resonate with JV’s mission: to equip young leaders to fulfill Christ’s commission in Eastern Europe. Gord is also the Sonlife BC Rep (sonlife.com), while Brenda is beginning ministry locally as a spiritual director.

Loving your Muslim Neighbor as God does

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speaker:

Dennis Wiens

Organization:

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

This seminar will explore how to understand the background of people coming from the Middle East including the dominant religion, culture and history while discovering practical ways to share the Gospel with them.

Speaker's Biography:

Dennis has 40 years experience in cross cultural church-based ministry and development in West Africa, MENA and North America. Now, Dennis serves at the SAT-7 USA Vice-President For Ministry Partnerships, leveraging his cross-cultural experience and networking skills for the vision and mission of SAT-7, an indigenous Middle East and North Africa broadcast media ministry

Young Japanese in our doorsteps: A case study

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Ted and Mari Fukusaku

Organization:

Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Ted and Mari will present about how the church has been actively involved with its youth and young adult ministry, evangelism and discipleship of Japanese in Vancouver.

Speaker's Biography:

Ted and Mari have been pastors at the Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church, the largest Japanese congregation in Canada, since 2001. The church has been very active in the area of evangelism and discipleship, especially with Youth and Young Adult.

Off the Streets and Into Our Hearts

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Markku Kostamo

Organization:

HimalayanLife (Exhibitor Booth: 406)

Seminar Description:

Through Himalayan Life's programs in Nepal, hundreds of kids have received a life away from poverty, drugs, garbage piles and violence. In turn, they’ve grown into adults whose lives are saturated with hope, joy, faith, purpose, and a future. Through God's love they are moving from NOT LIFE to LIFE!

Speaker's Biography:

Markku Kostamo was raised in Nepal by missionary parents and now works with Himalayan Life, travelling to Nepal two to three times a year. Himalayan Life is working to protect, nurture and educate children in the Himalayas.

Hope in the Midst of Conflict: Ministry in Israel-Palestine

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

Beverley Timgren

Organization:

HOPE Outreach of Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 408)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

This seminar highlights stories of people in Israel-Palestine involved in peace-building, reconciliation and care for the marginalized. Despite the failure of political agreements, God has raised up people who responded to challenges, impacting their communities with hope in the midst of conflict.

Speaker's Biography:

Beverley Timgren has served in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine for over 30 years providing dental care and teaching English. As she experienced conflict first hand, she knows the challenges of this region and has worked with locals involved in various ministries that share love, compassion and hope.

Local Ethnic Partnerships

Time:

Friday at 2:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Gord Schutz

Organization:

Mountainview Alliance Church

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Cultural markers and differences are important and can bring richness to relationships but also some challenges. This seminar will explore the power and unity of the gospel, as well as the story of a church partnership with a Mandarin population church from Burnaby.

Speaker's Biography:

Gord became a pastor in 2006 and graduated with an M.Div. from Ambrose in 2014. He currently shepherds a church in a diverse, multicultural, and societal landscape. The congregation gathers three diverse ethnicities with one of whom has transformed into a partnership with a Mandarin congregation.

Friday at 4:00 pm

Serving Seafarers through Changing Times

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Gary Roosma

Organization:

Ministry to Seafarers (Exhibitor Booth: 708)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

Intentional outreach to seafarers aboard freighters has been happening for some 200 years. But shipping has changed through all those years. How seafarers ministry adapted to these changing circumstances is the topic of this seminar.

Speaker's Biography:

Gary ministers as chaplain to international seafarers who visit the Port of Vancouver. Previously he served as missionary for 23 years with OMF International, with a focus on ministry in Asia.

Business and Mission

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 08

Speaker:

R Schlitt

Organization:

OMF International (Exhibitor Booth: 511)

Concentration:

Business and Technology

Seminar Description:

In today's world, business gives the opportunity to demonstrate and speak about our faith. Business opens door to people otherwise not reached where good business is welcome when other entry is not.

Speaker's Biography:

Richard is an International Director based in Hong Kong, where he oversees missionary care and strategy for the region. He has served 40 years Field Ministry, first in the Philippines and then across East Asia.

The Cup, The Cross and the Gospel

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Eugene McDonald and Joshua Kim

Organization:

Discipleship International (Exhibitor Booth: 206)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

When we fully comprehend the cross, including the wrath of God in its full capacity, it becomes a driving force for us to offer our bodies as a true living sacrifice wholly and pleasing to God. We will desire to live a surrendered Christian life without limits for the gospel.

Speaker's Biography:

Eugene is an Outreach Worker at Discipleship International, where he leads missions globally, focusing on teaching deeper understanding of the full Gospel. Joshua has been in pastoral ministry for 6 years serving as a youth pastor. His passion is helping Christian families have a Christian full gospel world view.

Being Intercultural People of God

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Sherman Lau

Organization:

Mission Central

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

This seminar seeks to equip the attendee with the knowledge and skills to grow their cultural intelligence in order to reach across cultures locally and globally with the Gospel.

Speaker's Biography:

Sherman is a graduate of Trinity Western University and his work experience includes IT, higher education and pastoral ministry. Since 2010, he has spoken and taught on the topic of Intercultural Ministry. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies at Western Seminary.

Living with an Eternity Vision

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Heather Ewald

Organization:

First Baptist Church of Redmond

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

This seminar/workshop will explore practical ways to spread the Gospel in every situation you find yourself in. It’s a hands-on experience, with take home items. Jesus gives us an assignment – Mt. 28:19 –everyone you meet has an eternal soul. You’ll be challenged to live life with “Eternity Vision”.

Speaker's Biography:

Raised as a missionary kid in Germany by a personal evangelist, Heather learned early on to make and take opportunities to share the Good News. She graduated from Taylor University and attended Moody Bible. In 1972, she married her husband Roger and they have 6 adopted children. Their goal is to spread the Gospel daily in every day contexts.

From Surrendering to Becoming while Aging Purposefully

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Gwen Lam

Organization:

Baptist Housing (Victoria region) (Exhibitor Booth: 607)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

Who am I? What is the purpose of life, especially in my "golden" senior years? God continues to call older adults and the elderly to partner in His mission. Even when our bodies fail and our hairs turn gray, God's calling redefines usefulness and value in human life and His relationship with us.

Speaker's Biography:

Gwen has been a long-term care home chaplain with Baptist Housing for 7 years. Before spiritual care ministry, she was pastor for 17 years. Gwen is an ordained minister and have engaged in missions to Japan and Taiwan. She is currently a student of the DMin program at ACTS Seminaries.

Devoted Canadians (and Others) Impacting Europe for the Gospel [In German language with translation]

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speakers:

Dieter Trefz with Rob Harris as translator, seminar in German

Organization:

Kontakt Canada Ministry Association (Exhibitor Booth: 805, 817, 818, 806)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

When true Christ followers – Canadians and others – devote themselves to Christ’s cause at the altar, powerful effects are felt on the mission field. Even desperately lost post-Christian Europe has been powerfully impacted by these dynamic believers in the past, and that trend continues today.

Speakers' Biographies:

Dieter Trefz serves as Director of Kontakt Canada and is the International Director of Kontaktmission, active in 50+ countries. He leads the AEM Germany, representing 4500+ missionaries. He speaks from his decades of multi-national mission leadership experience.

Blessing or Curse? Ministry Partner Development

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

Mike Woodard

Organization:

FamilyLife Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 920)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

"I want to be a missionary but I could never ask for money!" Sad but this attitude keeps many from the mission field. This workshop will give perspective and practical steps toward developing a strong and consistent team of prayer and financial donors.

Speaker's Biography:

Mike moved from a long career in student ministry to FamilyLife in 2011, where Mike currently serves as the associate national director.

Married and in ministry for 40 years, he is a parents and grandparents with years of experience of developing and maintaining a team of prayer and financial donors .

How to empower international students to become effective cross-cultural ministers

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Jillian Chong and Andrew Lee

Organization:

International Student Ministries Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 106)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

Almost 80% of all international students leave Christian fellowship after returning home. A shift in mission paradigm will help us better equip students to not only survive but thrive as ministers of the gospel. Action steps to discern the needs of students and develop them as leaders will be shared

Speaker's Biography:

Jillian Chong and Andrew Lee are former international students, who currently serve with International Student Ministries Canada. Jillian is the Leadership Director and is pursuing a Masters in Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. Andrew is a Regent College graduate and the Campus Director at Douglas College.

"For such a time as this" The Missional need for Women to Lead

Time:

Friday at 4:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speaker:

Rhoda Klein Miller

Organization:

Oakridge Adventist Church

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

In a denomination conflicted about women clergy, God chose this reluctant, unqualified lady to be the first female Lead Pastor of a Seventh-day Adventist church in BC. Hear her journey seeking Biblical affirmation and be inspired by her experiences discovering greater capacity for missional reach.

Speaker's Biography:

Rhoda was an unlikely candidate to become an urban church pastor: country-bumpkin, educated in public schools, professional science educator. She has pastored Oakridge Adventist Church in Vancouver since 2016. She recently completed a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University

Saturday at 11:00 am

The Acoustics of Evangelism: How Missions Become More Effective When We Learn to Listen Well

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Daniel Gilman

Organization:

RZIM Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 036, 059)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

The Bible envisions missions as a response to the questions people ask, but our lives are filled with a ton of noise. This makes hearing people's heart questions incredibly difficult. Explore 1 Peter:3 and its insights on effective evangelism along with research on the art of listening well.

Speaker's Biography:

Daniel is a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, where he shares the gospel across Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and America. Previously, he served on Parliament Hill, combating human trafficking, while also pastoring at a church for university students.

Discipleship that Transforms

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Jorge Lin and Steve Sharpe

Organization:

Lower Pacific District - Evangelical Free Church of Canada

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Discipleship

Seminar Description:

Jesus has called us to live out the Great Commission, which has created a global disciple-making movement. However, obstacles get in the way of today`s Christians to become a great commission disciple-maker. Come and discover the journey towards transformation and discipleship.

Speaker's Biography:

Jorge is a Church Planter for the Lower Pacific District (LPD) of the Evangelical Free Church Of Canada (EFCC).He's currently planting a Church of All Nations at New Westminster EFC. Similarly, Steven Sharpe is the Church Planting Director for the LPD of the EFCC, having planted churches in BC. He now leads the LPD Church Planting Residency Program.

Lasting Change: When Prayer and Presence Meet in the Community

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speakers:

Shane Powell, Alana Powell

Organization:

MoveIn (Exhibitor Booth: 713)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Into the Neighborhood

Seminar Description:

God opens doors to new beginnings when we pray. He also calls us to be present, meeting the needs of our community. When our presence and prayers intersect, God’s life-changing gospel takes root.

Through personal stories and real-world examples we'll show you how God is working in our midst.

Speakers' Biographies:

God called Shane and Alana out of youth ministry in Northern Alberta to international ministry in the Lower Mainland, so they could better use Shane's degree in Global Ministries. They joined MoveIn after hearing about their focus on building community and prayer among the unreached and urban poor.

Migration and Mission - God at work in the global movement of people

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Sandra Ryan [Keynote speaker]

Organization:

The People's Church

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Any global perspective on mission will see that the people of the world are on the
move and Emmanuel God is in their midst. Together we will explore how God is at
work through global migration, both throughout history and in our present politicallycharged immigration reality.

Speaker's Biography:

Sandra Ryan is the Director for Global Mission at The Peoples Church, Toronto. Previous to this ministry, she served for twenty-three years as an officer in The Salvation Army. Her first ministry appointment was in a First Nations village in Northern British Columbia where she experienced the streng

Navigating a Sexually Explicit World

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speaker:

Scott Neufeld

Organization:

Journey Canada

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

This seminar will explore the traditional Christian sexual ethic and the dis-integration of sex in modern culture. Personal stories will be shared of navigating a sexually explicit world and choosing Christ.

Speaker's Biography:

Scott Neufeld is the Vancouver Area Coordinator for Journey Canada. He is passionate about creating safe places for Christians to engage honestly with their struggles and to discover more of the love of Jesus. In 2014, he left the financial services industry to intern with Journey Canada and has been on staff since 2015.

Tools and Resources to Assess and Strengthen Your Church's Missions Program

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 13

Speaker:

Rob ("Mags") Magwood

Organization:

SEND International of Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 510, 515)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

This seminar is for “Senders” - those who help identify, prepare and support the “GOers”. We will review a high-level framework for pastors and other church leaders to assess their cross-cultural engagement. Key topics include: the Missions Committee, the Missions Policy and Short-Term Missions.

Speaker's Biography:

Having served as a church-planter in Russia and Ukraine, Mags now guides SEND Canada’s efforts to equip and support both GOers and SENDers. A strong advocate for collaboration and innovation, he hosts the Global Missions Podcast and is one of the principle designers of the Global Missions Toolbox.

Understanding Indo-Canadians and their faith

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 14

Speaker:

Marcel Morneau

Organization:

PIONEERS Canada

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

BC has become home to the highest concentration of Sikhs in the world, outside of India. But who are they, and what do they believe? And what is the difference between Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism? Aren't they all from India?

Speaker's Biography:

As a missionary for over 15 years among the Indian immigrant communities in Canada, Marcel has also served as a missions mobilizer and missions coach. He is a dynamic communicator who hopes you too will see the endless opportunities to share Christ in Canada across cultures.

Ministry to Muslims (Muslim Women Mindset)

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Amani Mustafa

Organization:

Al Hayat Ministries (Exhibitor Booth: 105, 104)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Series:

Muslim Ministry

Seminar Description:

This seminar will be presented by woman of Muslim origin, who will shed light on the life of Muslim women who are the key to the house hold. Through exploring the family life, religious practices and struggles to relate to God, we will then be able to be equipped with tools to relate to the Gospel

Speaker's Biography:

Ms. Amani Mustafa was born into a Muslim family in Egypt. At the age of 13, she had an encounter with Christ and a vision where she became a believer.

For her decision, Amani went through persecution, was forced into an Islamic marraige and isolation by her family and friends.

Why Missional Business

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Eric Ma

Organization:

MSI Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 613)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Series:

Work and Faith

Seminar Description:

Many missionaries around the world are starting businesses, from Asia to the Middle East. Why is this happening all over the world? This seminar will present the opportunities missional business offers, profile some of these companies, and discuss some of the challenges faced by its practitioners.

Speaker's Biography:

Eric Ma is currently the Executive Director of MSI Canada. Eric worked in the banking industry in Hong Kong and Canada for 30 years in a variety of consulting and management positions. He was called to ministry in 2002 and began serving in churches around Toronto, until he joined MSI in 2013.

Human Trafficking Survivors Discover Their Worth

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

Brian McConaghy

Organization:

Ratanak International

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Series:

Justice: Social/Environmental

Seminar Description:

Honouring government and police agencies in a hardened post-genocide environment is an unlikely component of working with human trafficking victims. Learn how God is miraculously opening doors, changing perspectives and restoring the lives of trafficking survivors in Cambodia.

Speaker's Biography:

Brian McConaghy’s life has been an unlikely journey from RCMP Forensic Specialist to acclaimed human trafficking expert, with a life-long commitment to see hope and life transformation for trafficking survivors in Cambodia. His story has inspired people around the globe.

Not only survive but thrive. How to equip international students before returning

Time:

Saturday at 11:00am

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Izumi Araki

Organization:

International Student Ministries Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 106)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

The key for returnees ministry is equipping. How we equip them before they return makes a huge difference. If we are serious for thriving rather surviving, which means sending missionaries to their home countries, we must recognize the key factors in making the greatest impact to this demographic.

Speaker's Biography:

Born in Hokkaido, Japan Izumi has lived in UK as well as Spain. In 2004, she came to Canada to study at Regent College. From there, Izumi began to serve in returnees ministry through crafting and the arts.

Saturday at 12:30 pm

Practical Ways to Engaging First Nations People of Canada

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Philip Lee

Organization:

SIM Canada

Concentration:

Business and Technology

Seminar Description:

Philip will share stories of living with the Cree people over the past 5 years and the practical ways he has learned to engage the youths, the elders, and the business community.

Speaker's Biography:

Philip serves with SIM Canada among indigenous communities in Northeastern Alberta. His area of focus is community engagement through regional economic development and business development with First Nations stakeholders and youths.

Graveyard to Vineyard transformation

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Alone

Organization:

Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Center (Exhibitor Booth: 313)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

Indigenous church planting has expanded into five States of North India with 50 churches and 1600 house churches. This seminar will talk about the challenges and efforts of church planting in India and why persecution a blessing.

Speaker's Biography:

Ambraham was raised in the Catholic faith. At one of the darkest points in his life and on the brink of suicide, he heard a voice. He opened and read the Bible. The verses from Ecl.7:16-18 came to him and the way the Lord graciously helped Abraham come to the understanding of His grace saved him.

Abraham is now a missionary in Bihar State, which is known as "the Graveyard of Missions"

Education as Mission--The Future

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Harold Klassen

Organization:

TeachBeyond (Exhibitor Booth: 606)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

What is the church’s role in equipping each new generation here & “there” to flourish in God’s world? What is the breadth—everyone or just the faith community? What is the depth—everything or just the Bible? What are the options—parental teaching? Public & private schools? Informal church education?

Speaker's Biography:

Harold Klassen has served with TeachBeyond since 1977. He worked at the Black Forest Academy in Germany in various roles including teacher, librarian, computer technician, and high school principal. Since 1998 he has been an educational consultant working with teachers in 20 countries worldwide.

(Christian) Social Entrepreneurship & Reaching the Hard Places

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Kevin and Julia Garratt [Keynote speakers]

Organization:

Nation to Nation

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Any global perspective on mission will see that the people of the world are on the
move and Emmanuel God is in their midst. Together we will explore how God is at
work through global migration, both throughout history and in our present politicallycharged immigration reality.

Speaker's Biography:

Julia & Kevin Garratt have thirty years of overseas non-profit Christian global work experience in aid, community development, young leader equipping and mentoring and Christian social enterprise.

Missionary Discipleship through chosen and unchosen singleness

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speakers:

Panel Members: Sandra Crawford, Kenny Leung, Min-Soo Kang, Maria Mulder. Facilitator: Eric Westberg.

Organization:

Mission Central

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Series:

Discipleship

Seminar Description:

Little exposure is given in churches and other Christian circles to how singleness shapes a person's sense of mission and community and to the value that single people offer to community and Mission. Participants in this panel will share their journeys around chosen and unchosen singleness in.

Speakers' Biographies:

1. As a young woman, Sandra Crawford was career driven, until she became the prodigal returning to God at 35. With a heart for discipleship, she was eager to hit the mission field, but God had other plans. To face the challenges of singleness, she had to fully know His love and her identity in Him.

2. Maria Mulder is a lay Catholic woman who professed vows of celibacy in February 2019. Discerning this call to singleness has since led her to a deepening in personal contemplative prayer and a call to bring prayer--communion with God--to others. Maria is also active in a Baptist church in East Vancouver.

3. Min-Soo Kang is the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator at Journey Canada. Before moving to Vancouver in 2016, Min-Soo received his MDiv at Tyndale Seminary, with a focus on young adults ministry. He served as a youth pastor in Toronto. Min-soo has a desire to walk alongside young people as they seek to live out Biblical truths with passion and integrity.

4. For Kenny Leung, it is in those passionate moments of fanatic faith, you ask God, "Lord, have your way with me!" And when He gives you an answer, it's not always the way you thought it'd turn out. Kenny is a young adult being called to a life of celibacy, caught in the dance of wrestling and acceptance that comes with all presents that come from God.

5. Eric Westberg (Facilitator) is a city planner with a long-time career and personal interest in how community is formed and strengthened. His most rewarding projects have focused on housing and community programs targeting social exclusion and isolation, especially among singles. Eric’s East Vancouver church has been the springboard for some of this work.

Worship that Sends

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 13

Speaker:

Stacey Gleddiesmith

Organization:

Columbia Bible College (Exhibitor Booth: 911)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

In gathered worship, we often “dismiss” our congregation rather than “send” them. When we do this, we not only fail to connect gathered worship with daily life—we fail to call people into God’s work. This seminar will examine the theology of “sending” and provide practical skills to do this well.

Speaker's Biography:

Stacey Gleddiesmith is the Director of the Worship Arts Program at Columbia Bible College. Alongside her MDiv from Regent College, she has accrued over 20 years of experience leading worship. She is passionate about seeing the worship practices of the church transformed by careful biblical theology.

Bringing God Into Everyday Conversation

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 14

Speaker:

Lydia Nigh

Organization:

SIM Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 502, 501)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

People desperately need God. We love Jesus and He wants us to introduce Him to the world and though it’s scary, you’ve decided to step out and speak up. This seminar will give you practical ways to be winsome, to start conversations and bring God into those conversations.

Speaker's Biography:

Lydia is a mentor, disciple and disciple-maker. She mentors and moves people closer to Jesus, one step at a time. Her vision is for people to respond to God’s call to make disciples of all nations, both locally and globally. She is a Mobilizer with SIM Canada.

How to share the good news with a Muslim

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Habib Abdo

Organization:

Every Nation Vancouver

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Muslim Ministry

Seminar Description:

You have Muslim friends in your neighborhood or work, and you are wondering how to share the good news with them. In this seminar, ideas will be shared on how to start a spiritual discussions with Muslims. You will also hear some stories about what God is doing in Vancouver.

Speaker's Biography:

Habib was born in the Middle East with a heart to engage with local believers and connect with the Muslim community. He recently finished a Masters in Christian Studies at Regent College. Since graduation, he’s worked in Vancouver with churches and organizations empowering believers to connect with refugees and newcomers.

In the Marketplace with the King

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Dennis Landon

Organization:

Prairie College (Exhibitor Booth: 527, 522)

Concentration:

Business and Technology

Series:

Work and Faith

Seminar Description:

Business is both a means of common grace to promote human flourishing and a powerful platform for sharing the love and hope of God with society. In an increasingly secular (domestic) and closed (global) world the Church will need to learn to empower and deploy disciples of Christ in the marketplace.

Speaker's Biography:

Dennis has a BA in Outdoor Education and Leadership as well as a Master’s degree in Business from Notre Dame University with a focus on Non-Profits. He served one year (2018-2019) as the Interim Executive Director of Frontier Lodge and is currently the Director of Business Education at Prairie College.

How Can We Help Children Without Families?

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

Kristjen Hull

Organization:

ABBA Canada Foundation

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Series:

Justice: Social/Environmental

Seminar Description:

Did you realize that there are millions of children around the world and right here in Canada, that don’t have a family? The Bible tells us (James 1:27) that God wants us to get involved by caring for the waiting children here in Canada and world. Come learn how you can care for unparented children.

Speaker's Biography:

Kristjen Hull is the director of ABBA Canada Foundation, which seeks to connect, equip and mobilize the Canadian Church to care for the orphans through adoption, foster care education and providing adoption grants.

Start Slow/Small to go Fast/Big in Disciple Making

Time:

Saturday at 12:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Don Klaassen

Organization:

Outreach Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 801, 822)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Disciple Making Movements are sweeping through some of the most gospel resistant areas. Canada has yet to see a large movement. Learn what has to change and what we as Christians need to place on the altar for God to work in Canada, as well as how to sacrifice immediate results for long term gain.

Speaker's Biography:

Don is a mobilizer and visionary who trains Christians to reach out cross culturally in their neighbourhoods. Don's M.A. in Communications equips him to inspire and resources those who desire to start a Disciple Making Movement in Canada through training events and coaching circles.

Saturday at 3:30 pm

Engaging Atheists, Agnostics and Nones with the Beauty of the Gospel

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Jonathan Luesink

Organization:

Avant Ministries Canada (Exhibitor Booth: 514)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

This continuum of unbelief is growing. How shall we engage these beloved with the gospel – wrestle them to the ground with logic, or love them by listening for landmines, rocks and hidden Velcro?

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” (Pr 20:5)

Speaker's Biography:

Jon Luesink has been married to Jill for 27 years and they have 4 children. After pastoring in Chilliwack for 12 years, the Lord called them to lead a church planting team in Czechia as missionaries for 8 years. Jon now serves as the Director of Mobilization for Avant Ministries Canada.

Accountability to Grace

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Steven Sharpe

Organization:

Evangelical Free Church of Canada

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Discipleship

Seminar Description:

Accountability to Grace ensures intentions are clearly set and met, with authenticity and transparency; without shame or blame. Accountability to Law ensures that we find faults; then count and cleanse. God’s grace is dispensed through his people for life-giving transformation, healing and wholeness

Speaker's Biography:

Steven Sharpe is the Church Planting Director for the Lower Pacific District of the Evangelical Free Church Of Canada (EFCC), having planted churches in Kelowna and Ladysmith, BC. He now leads the LPD Residency Program, giving oversight to district church planters. Steve’s passion is to equip kingdom-minded servants for the harvest.

Changing Neighbourhoods: Impact of Immigration

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Lorne Hunter

Organization:

Outreach Canada Ministries, Inc. (Exhibitor Booth: 801, 822)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Into the Neighborhood

Seminar Description:

Immigration has played a major role in Canada’s history. Between 2008 and 2017, 2.66 million permanent residents arrived Canada. Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim places of worship are established. Combining Census data and places of worship onto maps will help us see our neighbourhoods differently.

Speaker's Biography:

Lorne gathers, organizes and disseminates relevant information church leaders need to make informed decisions and to be better equipped to disciple the nations coming to Canada. He has served with Outreach Canada Ministries as the Director of Research for 30 years.

主題-Title: "今日宣教中國"- Mission China Today (Seminar in Chinese with translation to English)

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speaker:

Bruce Luo

Organization:

Partners International (Exhibitor Booth: 024)

Concentration:

Going Global Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

宣教異象:以中國家庭教會為主的宣教運動,從來沒有因為任何的社會或政治環境的改變而停止。相反,即使近年來,因為國內宗教條例的制定,所導致的一系列的負面影響,也沒有阻止中國教會在現今的普世宣教中,所逐漸承擔起的“差派教會”的角色。例如:在城市裡建立不同模式的間教會;讓500多個未得群體都聽到福音;以及向海外差派跨文化宣教士等等,都是中國教會的願望。Global vision: The mission movement of the House Church in China has neverchanged nor stopped due to social or political

Speaker's Biography:

Bruce was born and raised in China, now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife Florence and son Josiah. He graduated from Tyndale Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Global Mission and Intercultural Studies. Today serving as Area Director of E&SE Asia, Bruce has passion and heart to serve Canadian Chinese churches to advance Kingdom work through the cross-cultural ministry partnership.

Panel Discussion: How Can We Inspire City Officials with God's Shalom?

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speakers:

Christine Boyle, Dena Kae Beno, Trevor Vanderveen and Jonathan Bird (Moderator)

Organization:

Union Gospel Mission (Exhibitor Booth: 007, 006, 005, 004)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Municipalities increasingly want churches to use our properties and people to help them create flourishing urban environments for the common good. We should say yes. But first, how can we get them to value the vital roles spirituality and religious observance play in forging the common good?

Speakers' Biographies:

Christine Boyle was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2018 as a member of OneCity Vancouver. She has a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from UBC, an MA in Religious Leadership for Social Change from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and is an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada.

Dena Kae Beno is the Coordinator & Community Infrastructure Development Specialist of the Housing & Homelessness Unit for the City of Abbotsford. Her scope of work also includes poverty reduction, child care, mental health and harm reduction. Dena has an M.A. in Anthropology/Sociology from SFU.

Trevor Vanderveen is Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church in East Vancouver. To seek the common good in the midst of the development boom, he has engaged city planners and councilors to ensure faith-based institutions are considered and protected in future redevelopment projects.

Jonathan Bird (Moderator) is a Church Relations Specialist with Union Gospel Mission. He's tasked with catalyzing clusters of congregations to help rebuild the social architecture of the Lower Mainland by joining in God's holistic responses to poverty, homelessness, and addiction in their own neighbourhoods.

Surrender Beyond No Man's Land: taking a stand for Christ in the Gaza Strip

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 13

Speaker:

n/a

Organization:

Christian Mission to Gaza (Exhibitor Booth: 810)

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Seminar Description:

This is a compassionate and Biblical look at our brothers and sister who struggle to take a stand for Christ in one of the world’s hottest hot zones, the Gaza Strip, and how the ministry of Christian Mission to Gaza is supporting them. We will include a taped visit with Dr. Hanna Massad

Speaker's Biography:

In 2010 Linda made her 2nd visit to the Gaza Strip. During this visit she had the opportunity to live and work there. She attended Gaza Baptist Church and got to know some of her brothers and sisters in Christ there. Linda has a much needed perspective on the plight of Gaza’s Christian community

The Gospel and The Altar in Hostile Areas of Latin America

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 14

Speaker:

Samuel Hernandez & Russell Stendal Jr

Organization:

Colombia Para Cristo Society (Exhibitor Booth: 503)

Concentration:

Relief and Development

Seminar Description:

Come and hear first hand accounts of what the Lord is doing in the most dangerous places of Colombia and Venezuela with the most unlikely people.

Speaker's Biography:

Samuel Hernandez and Russell Stendal Jr. are both third generation missionaries in Colombia and Venezuela. They work with massive Bible Distribution and as project managers of many other humanitarian endeavors in the country's most hostile areas.

The unseen face of magic in the lives of Muslims

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Brian Dale

Organization:

OMF International (Exhibitor Booth: 511)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Series:

Muslim Ministry

Seminar Description:

Practices of magic within Muslim communities in SE Asia will be looked at, with real stories of what cross-cultural workers encounter in living among and sharing Christ with them. This seminar will also explore what equipping is needed to be ready for these encounters.

Speaker's Biography:

Brian has served as a Muslim UPG in SE Asia for 16 years where he establishes, trains and mentors a team of foreign & national believers to serve this UPG. Brian helps set up development foundations to assist workers in having a viable identity. He now serves as a Field Leader, overseeing 15 ministry teams.

Do you think your daily work is part of God's mission and vision? What does scripture actually say?

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Wilson Chan

Organization:

Institute for Market Place Transformation

Concentration:

Business and Technology

Series:

Work and Faith

Seminar Description:

The workplace is not only the primary location where spiritual formation takes place. It is a crucial arena where we actualize the vision and mission of God. This seminar explores the biblical basis and practical outworking of this.

Speaker's Biography:

Wilson Chan is the Tentmaking Pastor at Richmond Grace MB Church and an Electrical Engineer with Roy Campbell Ltd. as well as the adjunct professor at Carey Theological College and Alliance Bible Seminary.

Discipling with a Climate Change Lens

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speakers:

Gary Hewitt, Nelson Lee, and Monica Tan

Organization:

Earthkeepers

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Series:

Justice: Social/Environmental

Seminar Description:

This seminar will present the connection between Gospel, Discipleship, and Climate Change as well as key facts about climate change and how the Gospel is calling us to respond. Time will be made for questions and prayer.

Speakers' Biographies:

1. Monica Tan is a public servant working with Indigenous Peoples.

2. Nelson is a professional engineer working in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

3. Gary Hewitt is a retired economist and historian.

Biblical Theology of Risk

Time:

Saturday at 3:30pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Claus Burchert

Organization:

Concilium Inc. (Exhibitor Booth: 814)

Concentration:

Preparing for and Supporting Mission

Seminar Description:

Jesus teaches us that sharing the Gospel with a lost world is a higher priority than one’s own safety and comfort. In fact, serving the Lord and being obedient to Jesus’ commands is a risk worth taking! How does the Bible define risk and how do we count the cost of serving?

Speaker's Biography:

Claus retired from 26 years of Law Enforcement in Alberta in June 2006. In the past 13 years he has been deployed over 30 times with Samaritan’s Purse-Canada in Security/Disaster response capacities. In 2014, he joined Concilium as a security trainer and is now Director for Canadian operations.

Saturday at 5:00 pm

The Best (and Worst!) ESL Volunteers: Success and Failure in Developing a Pathway to Jesus for Immigrants

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 07

Speaker:

Rick Love

Organization:

Love New Canadians (Exhibitor Booth: 721)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

This seminar will focus on the success and failures volunteers have experienced while working with new Canadians in the last 14 years. We will discuss how the values we adopt while working with immigrants greatly affect student attendance and volunteer satisfaction with this ministry.

Speaker's Biography:

Rick Love is the Director of Love New Canadians, a ministry that helps local churches develop pathways to Jesus for immigrants in their neighbourhood. Patti Love is Pastor of Intercultural Ministries at Foothills Alliance Church in Calgary. They have worked cross culturally for 24 years.

Disciple Making in the context of Community

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 09

Speaker:

Jay McIntyre

Organization:

Capernwray Quebec (Exhibitor Booth: 112)

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Discipleship

Seminar Description:

In the world of shrinking attention spans and ability to relate socially how do we reach the culture and make disciples? It is important for young people to own and belong to life giving communities. When we create and engage in these communities, we join Christ’s work of formative disciple making.

Speaker's Biography:

Jay currently serves as the Dean of Students at Capernwray Québec, Jay has past ministry experience with Urban Promise Toronto, The Scott Mission, and Spring Garden Church. Jay and his wife, Michelle, have 3 children who bring excitement and joy to their lives on a daily basis

Making the city a better place and bringing good news to the poor

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 10

Speaker:

Fari Maghami

Organization:

Coastal Church

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Series:

Into the Neighborhood

Seminar Description:

This seminar will explore the experience of helping rebuild community by living in the heart of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, sharing the gospel, partnering with other local ministries and starting a new social enterprise Cafe.

Speaker's Biography:

Pastor Fari spent 6 years working at UGM with some of the most marginalized members of the DTES community before becoming a campus pastor at Coastal Church. A few years ago, he and his wife moved their family into the DTES to lead the Eden team with the passion to share the Gospel and build community.

Sexual Misconduct: Safeguarding Christian Organizations [Panel]

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 11

Speakers:

Panel Members: Judi Fairholm, Alex Morin, and Kirsten Pontalti. Facilitator: Claudia Rossetto

Organization:

Mission Central

Concentration:

Relief and Development

Seminar Description:

Sexual misconduct is pervasive wherever there are power imbalances. Yet Christian communities and organisations often minimize these risks. This panel discussion provides evidence of the problem, a pastor’s story of the pain, and tools for preventing and reporting misconduct in your organization.

Speakers' Biographies:

1. Kirsten is a researcher and policy advisor on issues related to children in low-income and fragile contexts. She holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. She co-leads Proteknôn Group, an international consulting group focused on child protection and serves as a director for Vancouver Vineyard Church.

2. Judi Fairlhom is a nationally and internationally recognized expert and practitioner on preventing violence against children. During her career with the Canadian Red Cross, she received numerous awards, including the International Florence Nightingale Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

3. Alex Morin (pseudonym) is a long-time pastor serving an economically, socially and ethnically diverse church in the Canadian urban context. He will share from his experience walking his congregation through the effects of sexual misconduct in the clergy. He will explore the challenges and pitfalls encountered on the path toward healing and will offer some recommendations based on his community's experience.

4. Claudia Rossetto (Moderator) is the Church Relations Coordinator and Chair of the Seminar Committee at Mission Central/Missions Fest Vancouver. She managed the IT department for 7 years at Food For The Hungry Bolivia, a Relief and Development organization. She holds an MA from Regent College and a DMin from Carey Theological College. She is passionate about missionary discipleship.

Supporting Mission by Learning to Pray More Creatively

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 12

Speaker:

Paul Covert

Organization:

Kontakt Canada Ministry Association (Exhibitor Booth: 805, 817, 818, 806)

Concentration:

Gospel Proclamation

Seminar Description:

Do your prayers sound and feel the same every day? Do you need more variety in your prayer? Paul Covert has written a book highlighting 52 Creative Ways to Pray. In this seminar, he will walk us through some of these creative ways to pray in a very practical and interactive presentation.

Speaker's Biography:

Paul Covert is the author of Threshold: Transformational Prayer; Transformational Prayer Leadership, & 52 Creative Ways to Pray: Ideas for Small groups, Individuals, and Prayer Gatherings. He serves as Pastor of Prayer Development at two churches in Arizona and is on the board of Kontakt Canada.

Mission on the altar: carrying our cross as a best practice in both local & global mission

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 13

Speaker:

Lynn Chotowetz

Organization:

Hands at Work in Africa (Exhibitor Booth: 804)

Concentration:

Going Global - Cross Cultural Mission

Seminar Description:

Human nature is to be the hero of our story. Carrying this into mission work is fruitless and damaging. True local & global mission is a call to lose our lives, and the missionary is in a backstage role. Examples from Africa & Canada show the cross leads both to effective development and True Life

Speaker's Biography:

Lynn chairs the Hands at Work in Africa movement of African churches responding to the ongoing AIDS and orphan crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Lynn now also leads with his wife a new initiative engaging the Saskatchewan church with families in the local child welfare system.

Ancient Mysteries Revealed: Rediscovering Hospitality in a Western Context

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 14

Speaker:

Craig Kraft

Organization:

CMKN

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Seminar Description:

Our society has simplified hospitality to the entertaining friends and family or greeting people at the church door and offering a cup of coffee. We will examine the historical importance of hospitality in the early church and how the ancient art could be the key to mission in 21st Century Canada.

Speaker's Biography:

Craig is the Director of Outreach Canada. He has been involved in pastoral and missions ministry for the past thirty years in Canada and Southern Africa. Craig is currently doing doctoral studies focused on diaspora missiology in Canada.

Loving a Mosque Community Together

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 16

Speaker:

Lorna Johnston

Organization:

Outreach Canada

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Muslim Ministry

Seminar Description:

There are around 650 mosques across Canada, each serving a community of Muslims who gather for prayer/other events. Like never before, churches can engage in cross-cultural ministry in their neighbourhood beginning with prayer. Come explore a simple plan to begin to pray for your mosque community.

Speaker's Biography:

Lorna has served with Outreach Canada for 16 years, with a primary focus on mobilizing the church to engage the diaspora in Canada. She chairs the Loving Muslims Together network. For more info, visit www.lovingmuslimstogether.ca.

Coffee & Confession: Priesthood and the Marketplace

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 17

Speaker:

Grady Buhler

Organization:

St. Timothy's / JJ Bean

Concentration:

Local Mission & Church Planting

Series:

Work and Faith

Seminar Description:

Every Christian is called to be “bi-vocational” by fulfilling their baptismal vocation in the world. Though bi-vocational ordained ministry has potential pitfalls, it also has potential benefits, both for the local church and for the minister.

Speaker's Biography:

Rev. Grady Buhler is the parish priest of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church in North Vancouver and also the Coffee Quality Leader for JJ Bean Coffee Roasters. He feels called to minister Christ both in the traditional setting of the local church, and in the public sphere through secular employment.

Refugees, Christians and the Exchanged Life

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 18

Speaker:

James Grunau

Organization:

Journey Home Community (Exhibitor Booth: 215, 216)

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Series:

Justice: Social/Environmental

Seminar Description:

The refugee journey is not unlike that of the Christian pilgrim: experiencing the exchanged life – losing much to gain much. Is the Canadian Church ready to embrace an Altar Vision in welcoming refugees? Come and hear stories of the loss and gain of both refugees and those that journey with them.

Speaker's Biography:

James worked in church ministry before moving to Burnaby and engaging in the business world. In 2005, he helped found Journey Home Community (JHC), an initiative from his church home group to assist refugee claimant families. He is Exec Director at JHC and serves on the global Refugee Highway Partnership team.

Setting Free the Oppressed in Europe

Time:

Saturday at 5:00pm

Location:

Level 2, Room 19

Speaker:

Howard Moore

Organization:

Greater Europe Mission (Exhibitor Booth: 508)

Concentration:

Justice (Social & Environmental)

Seminar Description:

Human Trafficking in Europe has been in existence for centuries but has become more acute since the fall of the Iron Curtain. This seminar will explore the roots and the scope of sex trafficking in Europe today and what believers are doing to combat this social evil.

Speaker's Biography:

Howard Moore has been involved in ministry around Europe as a member of Greater Europe Mission for 35 years. He ministered in France for 18 years and in Canada for 13 years as GEM Canada's Executive Director. He now serves as a representative for Western Canada.