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24  HOUR  MISSIONAL iMOOT  CONFERENCE

A Global Gathering for Service in the Mission of God in the World

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From 6 pm, Friday, 17 May 2019
To 6 pm, Saturday, 18 May 2019

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Plenary 1: The Mission of God and You

PLENARY:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  18:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

Followers of Jesus find themselves in an interconnected yet lonely, globalized yet tribalized, spiritual yet post-modern world. What does all this mean for each and every follower of Jesus? Where and how is God at work? How should believers respond to this world and to God’s work? This plenary session will define and discuss some our global realities, examine and affirm the biblical and theological foundations of the missio dei (mission of God), and explore how every day Christians can missionally respond to God’s invitation to join him on mission. The redemption of the nations has been God’s mission and plan from the beginning. Are you board with that mission? Do your purpose, your passion, and your personal mission align with his mission? Let’s explore the answers together.

Major Topics of Presentation

1. The world in which we live
2. Joining God on his mission
3. Missio Dei and the story of redemption
4. Missional living

How Plenary Session Participants Benefit

The presentation will identify and define some of the major global conditions believers now live in and deal with. The bulk of the presentation will help the hearer understand the biblical and theological foundations for the mission of God: global redemption. The presentation will conclude by showing how everything the follower of Christ can and should be driven and directed by the missio dei.

Why This Presentation is Important

It will help attendees see the "big picture" of God's mission of redemption and how all of a Christian's life should be missional; i.e. driven and directed by God's mission.

List of Keywords

missio dei, mission of God, biblical, theological, missional, redemption, missional living, world

Presenter


Dr. Terry Coy
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Dr. Terry Coy has served for over twenty-five years in denominational work in missions and church planting. He grew up in Chile and has traveled in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. He has served as adjunct professor at several institutions teaching Church History and Missional Theology among other subjects. At Missional University he serves as Professor of Theology and Culture and Church Planting Management Specialist.

Plenary 2: Seeing Jesus by Expanding Your Context

PLENARY:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  00:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

In a post-Christian culture, what are some things we can do to express the gospel of Christ in relevant and compelling ways that help people to see Jesus? How do we get on board with God\'s constant pursuit of creation and begin to recover an awareness of the Holy in all situations? Drawing on her experiences in mission and as a pastor and pastoral counselor, Dr. Engelmann will expand upon these themes and show how living one's faith outside of ones \'safe\' church culture but in the broader current culture can be a conduit to seeing Jesus in just about any situation. The gist of this talk counters the often shallow compartmentalized presentation of the gospel, challenging us to go deeper to see and recognize Jesus' presence everywhere and eagerly participate in the tremendous movement of God on earth to engage with his people

Major Topics of Presentation

1. Explain the perspective of the current culture on "religion"/Christianity and what churches do that make Jesus unrecognizable to the unchurched.
2. Show how Jesus dealt with his own religious context and how he made himself utterly recognizable and able to be seen by everyone.
3. Give examples of transformation - seeing things differently makes a difference (or recognizing Jesus in all contexts makes a difference)
4. Look at this truth from the perspective of human development and in theological perspective
5. Practical ministry suggestions

How Plenary Session Participants Benefit

Participants will benefit from seeing Jesus and his ministry in a larger more expansive theological perspective that makes ministry less defensive, compartmentalized and duty-bound, and more relational, joy-filled and experientially rich.

Why Presentation is Important

Seeing Jesus by Expanding our Context calls believers in Christ to see Jesus not just in the safety of like-minded people but in the trenches and often open hostility of a world disenchanted by religion and ready to embrace a spirituality of their own making.

List of Keywords

Transformation, Seeing Jesus, Expanding Context, Incarnation, Making a Difference, Post-Christian

Presenter


Dr. Kim Englemann
San Mateo, California, USA

Dr. Kim Engelmann has been a pastor, teacher, and pastoral counselor for over 35 years. She has authored many books on the spiritual life, and began a national mission outreach for churches called "Service Worship." She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and has three grown children. Dr. Englemann serves as Professor of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Care Specialist at Missional University.

 

Plenary 3: Christian Witness in the Mission of God

PLENARY:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  4:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The mission of God is one of redemption, reconciliation, restoration and renewal. That is his work. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that change in the hearts of people occurs. Since we are sent by God, then, how do we join in the mission where God is at work? Christian believers are called upon to bear witness to the objective reality and factual accuracy of the work of God in the world. But how do we do that? This presentation deals with the biblical concept of bearing witness in terms of being, doing and saying the gospel in ways that announce the good news of the kingdom of God. The announcement of a kingdom (which is coming in fact and in prospect) is the announcement of the “the kingdom of peace and justice, of love and life, the consummation of God’s purpose of love with humanity and his universe – to announce the udefeatable fullfillment of creation.” [Mortimer Arias]

Major Topics of Presentation

  1. The mission of God in the world
  2. Being, doing, and saying the gospel
  3. Bearing witness to God’s work in the world
  4. Announcing the reign of God
  5. Practical suggestions

How Plenary Session Participants Benefit

The plenary session enables participants to see evangelism in biblical terms rather than the cultural frame of current evangelism methods and approaches that often smack more of proselytism than biblical conversion. With an expanded definition of biblical witness, participants will be able to see how they can bear witness to the work of God at work, school, play and home.

Why Presentation is Important

Since each believer is sent by God to bear witness of His work of redemption, reconciliation, restoration and renewal in the world, it is important that followers of Jesus learn how to be, do and say the gospel in ways that announce that good news of the reign of God in our lives and in our world.

List of Keywords

Witness, Gospel, Redemption, Reconciliation, Restoration, Renewal, Kingdom of God, Announcing, Evangelization

Presenter


Dr. Curt Watke
North Augusta, South Carolina, USA

While Dr. Curt Watke has been a pastor, church planter, professor, church consultant, denominational leader, speaker, and missional researcher and strategist; he has also started businesses in the financial services industry, started and led an event marketing company, and started nonprofit organizations. As the president of Missional University, he leads a global, diverse faculty in the development of curriculum that is interculturally-focused, contextually-informed and missionally-driven to meet the needs of grassroots missional leaders across the world.

Plenary 4: Enter the Drama

PLENARY:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  10:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

What might be the theological significance—if there is any—of story?

Does humanity understand story? One quick look at the current scenes of society points to an overwhelming yes. That is, we tell stories because
they help us make sense of who we are. Understanding life through our stories seems to comfort us because we all live out stories in our lives.
But is this how we are meant to live?

This presentation seeks to explore the implications of entering the drama of life by stepping out of our boxes and into the center of the stage so to interact with the other. The dramatic breaking out of our tribal boxes, it will be argued, awakens humanity to the life of faith and its expression so as to find our place in the greatest drama ever staged.

Major Topics of Presentation

Missional living
Dialogue
Theology
Cultural Engagement

How Plenary Session Participants Benefit

This presentation is designed to enable participants to become aware of the theological significance of drama and how they too can join God's story.

Why This Presentation is Important

The greatness of life is waiting for our acceptance. The question remains: Are you willing to risk saying yes to Jesus so that through the Holy Spirit you might find your place in the greatest drama ever staged?

List of Keywords

Drama, Theology, Society, Politics, Engagement, Story

Presenter


Dr. Matthew Farlow
Folsom, California, USA

Originator of #farlowstyle. It is not a hashtag. It is a way of life. He is a walking paradox (as is everyone). IQ for the Ivory tower. Mouth like a sailor. Appearance that is punk meets prison. To some, he is known as a husband, dad, son, brother, friend. To others, he is known as Doctor, author, loser, stubborn, theologian, obnoxious. And yet still to others known as professor, pastor, failure, foolish, wrestler. And while these knowns are important (or not), ultimately what is important for Matt is that he is known by Jesus. That is, his “I am” is known by the Great I AM. And because of the phenomenal greatness of His Creator, Matt has come to recognize and embrace his own phenomenal greatness.

Dr. Matthew Farlow is Professor of Cultural Theology, Reconciliation & Justice Specialist in the Department of Cultural & Contextual Theology in the School of Theological Studies at Missional University. His academic credentials include a B.A in English/History, University of California/Davis, (USA); M.Th. in Global Development and Justice, Multnomah Biblical Seminary (USA); and a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature, University of St. Andrews (UK).

Plenary 5: Mission-Shaped Disciplemaking in Post-Christendom
PLENARY:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  2:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

There are three creation ordinances in Genesis — the preservation of marriage between one man and one woman, the necessity and propriety of work, and the keeping of the Sabbath (Genesis 2:1-3, 15, 18-24). The specific creation ordinance of work was therefore stitched into the fabric of God’s creation— God blessed you with the skill, gifts, talent or ability you possess to do the work He has given you to do, e.g., welder, teacher, custodian, physician, grocery clerk, lawyer, nurse, bank executive, business owner, police officer, etc. The work God has blessed you with is your vocation. Before “the creation of the world,” God “purposed” his plan for the cosmos “in Christ” (Eph. 1:4) and, he has called believers, those who are “in Christ,” by grace, through faith— to join him and do what he created us to do: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” Eph. 2:10. Every believer is to involve themselves “… in the eternal purposes of God in the world to redeem it to Himself, to sum up all things to Himself in Christ Jesus” — Every believer is to seek to transform their vocation into a missional – vocation.

Major Topics of Presentation

Blessing to Blesser Disciples making disciples We are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works Transforming your vocation into a missional vocation Living Missionally

How Plenary Session Participants Benefit

This presentation is designed to engage participants with their uniqueness in Christ and how they can practically "create space" that serves to transform their work environment, their school, their neighborhood, their community.

Why This Presentation is Important

It practically introduces discipleship and how we, individuals and congregations, are already equipped by God to transform our post-Christian, post-human and post-truth world.

List of Keywords

Disciples, Discipleship, Creation Ordinances, Justice, Mercy, Humility, Missional, Vocation, Transformation, Blessing, Blessed

Presenter

Dr. Kerry McRoberts Port Orchard, Washington, USA
Dr. McRoberts has lectured, preached and participated in paradigm studies on five continents. Besides his administrative role as a Dean, McRoberts is an author, teacher-pastor, professor and apologist. He has published works focusing on the Christian world and life view, ethics, and the challenges of ministry in our post-Christian, post-human, post-truth era. Dr. McRoberts is the Dean, School of Missional Practice, and Interim Dean, School of Theological Studies, Missional University.  
Greeks, Romans, Jews & Barbarians in the Early Christian Movement

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  19:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The focus of this presentation will be the diversity of cultural, ethnic and linguistic groups that were an integral part of the early Christian movement. The Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society marked by a great variety of religious beliefs and practices, as well as cultural diversity and many different ethnic groups. We will consider the major groups that were a part of the early Christian movement in the first three centuries, such as Jews, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, and others.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. Cultural diversity
2. Ethnicity
3. Race
4. Ancient Religion

How Workshop Participants Benefit

This presentation will draw connections between modern and ancient society in terms of cultural and ethnic diversity, religious conversion and group formation.

List of Keywords

Ethnicity, Race, Diversity

Presenter


Dr. Stamenka Antonova
New York, New York, USA

Dr. Stamenka Antonova is Professor of Early Christianity and Historical Apologetics Specialist in the Department of Biblical Studies in the School of Theological Studies at Missional University. She is a historian of the early Christian period and focuses on ancient Roman Religions, Jewish-Christian relations, and Patristics. She has published a number of articles on early church history and she has edited a volume on "Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition" (2015). Her book "Barbarian or Greek?: The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics" was published in 2018 by Brill Academic Press.

 

Mission City: Toward a Biblical Theology of Urban Mission

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  19:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The 21st century can be described as the dawn of a new urban millennium. By 2030, almost 5 billion people will inhabit urban areas. Most of this urban population explosion is due to the unprecedented migration of people in search of a better life, thus making the world a small global village. This presents several challenges to the church and its global mission.

Theology, as a reflection of the community of faith on God and his activity in the world, must be relevant and meaningful. To be so, all theology must be contextual. Furthermore, within the frame of reference of missiology, a reflection-action synthesis needs to be worked out for a relevant contextual theology. It was in responding to particular situations that mission became “the mother of theology” (Bosch 1991, 16 & 489). Our context of rapid urbanization and globalization in the 21st century demands theologization of the urban reality. Therefore, this workshop will highlight the contours of an emerging theology of mission in the urban context. It begins with a brief description of the reality, which obviously raises questions and leads us to look for Scriptural insights from a missiological perspective. This provides us with a framework and leads us to look back at our context, reflect upon the urban reality, and propose three major themes in an urban theology of mission.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. The current urban reality of the world.
2. The process of urbanization.
3. City in the Bible from an urban mission perspective.
4. Issues and themes in an urban theology of mission.
5. The City as a sign of Times.
6. The incarnational mission in the city.
7. Toward a holistic urban theology as big as the city itself.

How Workshop Participants Benefit

The workshop provides up-to-date knowledge of the urban phenomenon and of urbanization. It also provides a biblical perspective of the city in the Bible and highlights the need for an urban theology of mission as a response to our current social reality. Participants gain insights into how a biblical theology of missions could be done in a contextual manner.

List of Keywords

Urban, Mission, Theology, Urbanization, Globalization, City, Contextual, Biblical, Church, gospel, community.

Presenter


Dr. Vinod John
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Originally from Northern India, Dr. Vinod John considers himself a global citizen and is passionate about motivating and equipping the church for taking the gospel to the whole world. He believes in making the world truly a global village sans borders. Rapidly growing urbanization is a step in that direction and should be seen as an opportunity for evangelizing the ever-expanding cities.

Dr. John has served as a church planter and pastor in India where he started a network of churches among Hindu adherents and in Alberta, Canada where he started a church reaching Hindus and Sikhs. He is Senior Professor of Missional and Social Theology and Asian Theology Specialist at Missional University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Meerut University, India; a Bachelor of Divinity (MDiv equivalent) from Faith Theological Seminary, Manakala, India; a Master of Theology in Missiology from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India; a Master of Arts in Sociology from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, India; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mission and Evangelization from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, USA.

Mission-Shaped Military Family Advocacy

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  19:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

A missional approach to military family advocacy involves caring for families who are both similar and different from other families. Military families are similar in that families today are under constant pressure, traditional norms are being challenged, and many face economic shortfalls and may only live with one biological parent. In addition, military families also have a distinct culture relating to the Armed Forces, the family may take on a para-military style, parents may be deployed for extended periods of time and may have had greater exposure to PTSD and moral injury, and be further isolated from extended families. The particular cycle of deployment parent(s) are involved may further impact the family dynamic. Advocates of military families need to have a basic understanding of Service cultures, unique challenges, and helpful resources and organizations that are available to the service member. Furthermore, several "helping skills" and best practices will enhance the advocacy process.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. What's so different about military families?
2. A basic understanding of military culture
3. Service branch characteristics
4. The nature of deployments and readiness for deployments
5. Traumatic Injury and Moral Injury
6. Cumulative Impact on Families
7. Resources available to the Military and Veterans
8. Helping Characteristics

How Workshop Participants Benefit

Advocates need to have a clear understanding of who they are helping, not just as individuals, but also collectively as a group. Missional approaches involve engaging people through the normal course of life with a prepared mindset. Workshop attendees at the conclusion of the session will have a basic understanding of the military family, resources available to them, and where to go for further information.

Why this Workshop is Important

Since the end of the draft, fewer people as a percentage have served in the military. The general population increasingly have little direct information about military service and culture. "Thank you for your service" has become a mantra which both acknowledges and minimizes distinct sacrifices of service in the Armed Forces. Even fewer recognize the contributions of the military family which often remain in the background. Since the military family is highly transient, many do not develop deep roots in any one particular area and become overlooked in schools, churches, and civic organizations. Awareness and intentional actions to advocate for the military family is a great place to start engaging with this diverse, challenged, and highly resilient group.

List of Keywords

Military, Family, Advocacy, PTSD, Moral Injury, Resources, Missional

Presenter


Dr. Hal Scott
San Angelo, Texas, USA

Dr. Hal Scott is Professor of Military Ministry, Military & Veteran Health Specialist at Missional University. He has 28 years as a Navy Chaplain serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, and the Joint Arena. He has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, he serves as the Pastor of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in San Angelo and as the Sheriff's Chaplain, Tom Green County, Texas.

 

End of Life Spiritual Care As Missional Entry Point

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  20:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

As institutional religious communities continue their decline, more and more people are identifying as "spiritual, but not religious." However, as people are confronted by a health care crisis, they often find that this generalized spiritual perspective is strained against the deeper questions of life and death. The potential for deeper conversations of faith and meaning open up. Healthcare providers, family members, or concerned friends with a missional focus can facilitate great spiritual growth as a person's crisis of health meets a crisis of faith. In this presentation, we look at the uniqueness of the healthcare environment as a potential for missional engagement. We discuss scriptural foundations to this kind of incarnational ministry. We look at practical, ethical, and sensitive ways to engage vulnerable persons at their time of greatest need.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. Missional engagement
2. The health care industry
3. The growth of palliative care
4. Spiritual needs of the sick and dying
5. Compassionate, spiritual care at end of life

How Workshop Participants Benefit

Many wonder what to say to someone with a serious illness, or how to sit with suffering persons, or how to engage another's faith struggles at the end of life. This presentation will provide insights into the power of genuine relationship, empathic listening, and incarnational care for others.

Why this Workshop is Important

As the institutional church in North America, Europe, and other parts of the world faces stagnation or decline, people of faith are asking, "How do we get to where the people are?" To be in healthcare is be where the people are. To engage people with compassion and care in the health care setting engages them at their time of greatest need. These positioning places believers where they no longer possess a default authority or majority worldview. Ministry in the healthcare setting teaches the church how to engage humbly, equally, and compassionately in 21st-century faith conversation.

List of Keywords

Health care, End of life care, Missional engagement, Palliative care, Empathic listening

Presenter


Dr. David Simmons
Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. David Simmons serves as Professor of Hospice & Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care Specialist in the Department of Medical & Health Services in the School of Community Ministry at Missional University. David is also the Director of Pastoral Care at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After 20 years of congregational ministry, David transitioned to hospital chaplaincy in 2012, serving the trauma and palliative care patient population. David has a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and recently completed his Master of Health Administration at Penn State University.

Blessing Families as Kingdom Incarnation

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  20:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

Incarnating Jesus’ Kingdom in your neighborhood is as simple as blessing families who live there. The rhythms of an incarnational life are listening, eating, getting to know stories, celebrating, being present, and blessing. All of these rhythms lead into each other but blessing a family in your neighborhood will have a great impact as it gives a tangible example of Jesus’ Kingdom. Blessing a family is more than just a one-off task we do for them never seeing them again but it is about being a family with families. The ultimate goal is to be an extended family of the families in our neighborhoods. Whether we can be a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandma, or grandpa to the families in our parish we can all play a role in the blessing of families. Blessing families is a key way we can incarnate the Kingdom into our local parishes as families can become an idol to people around us and the only way we could ever express the kingdom to them is through their family. On the flip side, there are people who are displaced from their families all around us and are looking for someone to be family to them. Seeking to bless families in your parish through the rhythms of an incarnational life will have a great impact for Jesus’ Kingdom.

Major Topics of Presentation

Rhythms of an Incarnational Life:

  1. Listening
  2. Eating
  3. Stories
  4. Celebrating
  5. Presence
  6. Blessing

Being Family
Blessing as a lifestyle

How Workshop Participants Benefit

  • Practical Handles on How to Live Incarnationally.
  • Ideas for how to live as a family to families.
  • Insight on how to live their life as a blessing to others.

Why This Workshop is Important

The family unit is so important in our society. If we truly want to make a Kingdom impact in our local parishes we must make blessing families a priority.

List of Keywords

Family, Blessing, Incarnational, Rhythms, Listening, Eating, Story, Celebrate, Presence

Presenter


Dr. Matthew Murphy
Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Matthew Murphy serves as the Chair of the Missional Living Department of the School of Missional Practice, and as Professor of Missional Congregations at Missional University. He lives in metro Philadelphia as a church planter. He is married to Kelly with 3 boys Joshua, Caleb, Gideon and a daughter Sarah.

 

Subversion: A Missional Strategy in the Letter to Philemon

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  23:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

When faced with some of the serious structural flaws in our modern societies, Christians may feel powerless. In the Letter to Philemon, Paul faces a similar situation. The emerging church could never aspire to transform a significant practice in the ancient world: slavery. The environment in which the letter is written is crucial: the merging Christian movement is small and has little if any, power or influence to engage with the major social issues of it s time. The emerging church cannot hope to dismantle the structure of slavery through engagement with the political status quo. Whilst he cannot change the structure on a global or imperial scale, Paul counsels Philemon to treat Onesimus in ways which are contrary to conventional practice and wisdom. In so doing, Paul shows apparently powerless Christians a means to challenge the behaviours of their culture at a macro- and familial level by subverting those structures through countercultural practice.

Major Topics of Presentation

This paper focuses on how Paul's advice to Philemon effectively alters the usual hierarchy of owner-slave relations and refines them using a more flattened Christian model of brotherhood. In so doing, Paul invites modern Christians to consider how changing their behaviour regarding social orders may work for change in societies whose hierarchical forms may encourage oppression when they have no apparent power to change those structures themselves.

Presenter


Dr. Fergus King
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Fergus J. King is Director of the Ministry Education Centre at Trinity College, Melbourne, and Professor of New Testament Mission (Sociocultural interpretation) at Missional University. He holds a DTh from the University of South Africa. He has nearly 30 years of experience in ministry and mission appointments. Originally from Scotland, Dr. King has served as a missionary in Africa and in pastoral ministry in Australia.

 

Missional Migrants? African Pentecostals in New Zealand

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  23:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

With the emergence of African migrants since 1990, New Zealand is witnessing the proliferation of African-led Pentecostal Christianity (APC) in its communities. These APCs are viewed as safe havens for the creation of new senses of African identity and for rallying social resources for African migrants. However, these APCs are occupying a crucial niche in New Zealand’s Pentecostal Christianity, by building on New Zealand’s Pentecostal discourses on the ‘end time revival.’ At the center of their modus operandi, the APCs assert themselves as “the agents” for the long-awaited ‘end time revival,’ which was prophesied to begin at the end of the 21 century, in New Zealand and Australia by Smith Wigglesworth and Derek Prince. In their efforts to achieve their goal as “the agents,” the APCs develop discourses and praxis that predispose followers towards peaceful co-existence with the host community. Most importantly, the APCs furnish members with perspectives of themselves as God’s special witness instruments on divine assignments in New Zealand.

This presentation explores what at first sight may seem to be counterintuitive questions: To what extent, and in what ways or context, have the APCs sought to be Christian witnesses in New Zealand? What contributions have these migrant churches made in the context of proselytizing in New Zealand, and what is the significance of witnessing for these churches in New Zealand? In answering these questions, the workshop draws upon ethnographic fieldwork at the Christ for Salvation Ministries International (CFSMI) in Wellington, New Zealand.

Major Topics of Presentation

Missional Witnessing, African Pentecostals, Christ for Salvation Ministries International, Agents on divine assignment

How Workshop Participants Benefit

This presentation may help attendees to visualize additional ways they may embody a missional witness in their cultural context. The presentation can also expose participants to new missional ways Christians can share and demonstrate their faith.

Why This Workshop is Important

The presentation is crucial to understanding creative ways Christians can share and demonstrate their faith within different cultural contexts

List of Keywords

Missional Witnessing, Agents on Divine Assignment, African migrants in New Zealand.

Presenter


Dr. Dorcas Dennis
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Dr. Dorcas Dennis is Professor of Folk Studies and World Religion Specialist in the Missional College at Missional University. Also, she has international research and teaching experience from Ghana, Australia, New Zealand, Florida-USA.

Missional Disciplemaking Essentials

WORKSHOP:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  23:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

This "Missional Disciple-making Essentials" workshop integrates five key missional questions directly with material designed to offer a basic understanding of the task of disciple-making. Elements that will accomplish this include the presentation of a scriptural basis for missional disciple-making, the discussion and definition of disciple-making, an introduction to the Disciple-making Umbrella, and the examination of spiritual genealogy. Students will engage with the material through interactive discussion, note-taking, and be encouraged to offer questions toward the end of the workshop.

The theme of the conference ("Purpose, Passion, & Mission") is emphasized during the workshop. The five key questions addressed as it relates to disciple-making are:

  1. What is the mission of God in our world, and what is my role in it?
  2. How do I grow spiritually, help other Christians to grow spiritually and join other believers in engaging my community?
  3. How do I share my faith in a conversational, non-confrontational way while simultaneously addressing various worldviews?
  4. How do I equip myself and others to embody or "incarnate" the message and image of Jesus in my community?
  5. How do I live out my unique calling from God and equip other believers to do the same?

These questions are easily linked to the topic of the workshop and will be discussed (time permitting) toward the end of the material prior to the Q & A time.

Major Topics of Presentation

Missional disciple-making, a scriptural base of missional disciple-making, an easily understandable definition of disciple-making, a useful graphic of the Disciple-making Umbrella, and the spiritual heritage of disciple-making will be the major topic headings of the workshop presentation.

How Workshop Benefits Participants

The workshop presentation will offer the opportunity for participants to actively engage in understanding and discussing the basics of missional disciple-making. It will also incorporate each of the five key missional questions relative to the conference. Additionally and hopefully, each participant will develop purpose, passion, and mission in their hearts and lives as they seek to make disciples who make disciples.

Why Workshop is Important

  • Encouraging the fulfillment of Christ's Great Commission,
  • Instruction and learning around the topic of missional disciple-making,
  • Fanning the flame of purpose, passion, and mission in the hearts of the participants
  • Providing insights into missional living that seeks to make disciples who make disciples

List of Keywords

missional, disciple-making, relationships, spiritual heritage, culture

Presenter


Dr. John Brittain
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Dr. John Brittain is Professor of Missional Disciplemaking, Church Health Specialist at Missional University. Husband of Kelly, father of Caleb and Micah, a reader of God’s Word, a follower of Christ. Passionate about ministry and disciple-making. Especially drawn toward urban multi-ethnic ministry and church health.

 

How False Spirituality Keeps Us Stuck in Unhealthy Relationships

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  3:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The church and the Christian culture is full of lingo that can be used in destructive ways if not thoughtfully appropriated. It is important to think about the meaning of what we say and how we say it so that it will help us to go deeper as a Christian community and not simply stay stuck in shallow waters. The Christian culture is also full of destructive patterns of thought that are not always Biblical that can keep people stuck and not perpetuate growth and change. Dr. Engelmann uses the metaphor of the hamster wheel vs. the potter's wheel to help illustrate the differences between being stuck or actually going somewhere spiritually and shares helpful perspectives on how to counter these trends.

Major Topics of Presentation

Staying Stuck
Potters Wheel vs. Hamster Wheel
Being Transformed
The right kind of suffering
Learning from Jesus' example
Learning from people's stories

How Workshop Benefits Participants

It will help people to rethink how they express their faith, and what they mean. This will hopefully forge a greater sense of authenticity of self and allow for a thoughtful reflection of the truths of Christ that free us and cause us to grow - not keep us in the same ruts. It will also help people look at the gospel in a more theologically composite manner so that, again, authenticity and transformation can be celebrated and encouraged.

Why This Workshop is Important

There is too much shallow jargon in the Christian faith and too much rationalization for staying the same. This will challenge people to move out of areas of stuck-ness into areas of growth and change.

List of Keywords

Potters Wheel, Hamster Wheel, Transformation, Growth, Change, Jesus

Presenter


Dr. Kim Englemann
San Mateo, California, USA

Dr. Kim Engelmann has been a pastor, teacher, and pastoral counselor for over 35 years. She has authored many books on the spiritual life, and began a national mission outreach for churches called "Service Worship." She resides in the Bay Area with her husband and has three grown children. Dr. Englemann serves as Professor of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Care Specialist at Missional University.

 

Making a Gospel Impact through a Non-Governmental Organization

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  3:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

One of the major shifts in the 21st century is the emphasis of the presence of the Gospel in the marketplace. It is about the awakening of the followers of Jesus Christ to the fact that their life is missional and is lived primarily outside of the walls of the church. Each person’s calling is to be a good steward of what they are given by the Lord in order to be His ambassadors in the marketplace where they work and live most of their lives as well as the other important areas of life.

One of the ways to facilitate this process in the life of believers is to enrich them with tools and processes to practice their faith and apply it to everyday living. It is also necessary to utilise sound biblically based principles in order to impact all involved in the marketplace with the Truth of Christ for the transformation of lives and communities. A platform that addresses these issues can become an instrument that can proclaim in various forms the power of the Good News and the way they bring a change in lives and relationships. This workshop will address the manner that a non-profit organization attempts to fulfil this purpose.

Major Topics of Presentation

Topics we will deal with are:
- Being a total witness beyond the church walls
- The Great Commission and the marketplace
- Ways the marketplace can be impacted by the Good News
- The role of a non-profit platform in the world of the marketplace
- Outcomes and impact of platforms

Why This Workshop is Important

At a time when the world is so wired via the marketplace, it is crucial to see how one can maximize their presence in their community and have far-reaching effects for the Kingdom of God.

Keywords

Great Commission, marketplace, witness, nonprofit, networking, Kingdom of God, impact

Presenter


Dr. Ignatios Meimaris
Katerini, Pieria, Greece

Born in Greece, Dr. Ignatios Meimaris went to the US for college studies where he settled and worked with a Christian nonprofit association of churches in the Greater Boston area among Anglo, African American and 20 other ethnic communities overseeing programs including church planting, church development, youth, and other community development projects.

Since returning to Greece in 2004, he founded the Interbalkan Institute for Educational and Economic Development and has been involved in the area of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation for business people in Northern Greece mainly but also bringing seminars to three other countries, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria. The goal of the institute is to train people with sound principles such as those found in the Scriptures and make them relevant to communities today having as the foremost example, the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 15: Of Blood and Black Puddings

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  7:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The apostolic decree in Acts 15 stipulates laws, it seems, about what may or may not be eaten. Like other proscriptions about food, it may be harmful to health by restricting what may be eaten. It's also a paradox, as much food eaten by people today has not been prepared using methods which eliminate blood. If the AD, thus interpreted, is one of the first binding declarations for all Christians, it must also be one of the most widely broken.

But, what if the apostolic decree is referring not so much to what is eaten, as to the circumstance in which it is eaten? A reading in light of Paul's advice to the Corinthians suggests that the issue is not so much blood, but food consumed in alien religious traditions, such as the meals associated with the temple of Graeco-Roman deities, which are identified as idolatrous. This would then suggest that the passage is not so concerned with what Christians eat, as where they eat and addresses issues around participation in religious practices in which the first Christians might have been tempted to join.

Major Topic of Presentation

Is the apostolic decree about food purity laws like kashrut, or, is it primarily aimed at restricting participation in non-Christian religious traditions?

Presenter


Dr. Fergus King
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Fergus J. King is Director of the Ministry Education Centre at Trinity College, Melbourne, and Professor of New Testament Mission (Sociocultural interpretation) at Missional University. He holds a DTh from the University of South Africa. He has nearly 30 years of experience in ministry and mission appointments. Originally from Scotland, Dr. King has served as a missionary in Africa and in pastoral ministry in Australia.

 

Islam in the West: Building Walls or Building Bridges

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  7:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

For centuries, the Muslim world has been residing in the shades until the wake of Islamic fundamentalism. The twentieth century witnessed the resurgence of Islamic movements similar to that of the Eighteenth century known as Wahhabism. It started with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, intensified with the Islamic revolution in Iran, heightened by the rise of Al-Qaida that orchestrated the tragic event of September 11, 2001, and reached its peak in the establishment of the Islamic state in 2013, following the uprising known as the Arab Spring in 2011. The ideology of these movements that later instigated consecutive terrorist actions have brought Islam to the scene on a worldwide scale. In the West, there are many factors that have created complexity rather than simplicity to understand the roots of the turmoil. This is reflected in the diverse opinions formulated about Islam. The conflicting views can be divided into two categories. The first view states that Islam is a militant faith that will resort to violence to defend and promote its objectives at any cost. The second one claims that the majority of Muslims adhere to common sense and reject completely the concept of jihad and murdering innocent people. These two views have been vying to control American perception in recent years. Since the Church has been called upon to be the conscious of the State as well as to reach the lost, including Muslims, the question remains: Should Christians respond by building walls or bridges toward Muslims living in the West?

Major Topics of Presentation

Topics we will deal with are:
- The Muslim Communities in the West
- Assessing the Perception of Muslims in America
- Pacifist and Offensive Muslims
- The Opportunities Facing The Church
- Broken Barriers and Wide Open Door

How Participants Benefit from this Workshop

The presentation focus on giving a true representation of Muslims in the West, which is primarily not built on perception but reality. The goal is to help Christians see that Muslims are unlikely to become our brothers until they first become our friends. The outcome should benefit participants by helping them become eager in building bridges to Muslims rather than walls.

Why This Workshop is Important

According to recent research data, Americans believe that ISIS offers a true representation of Islamic society. Many reached that conclusion based on what they see on television or read on the internet. If we take the time to know Muslims experientially, we will discover that the overall majority of Muslims neither practice jihad nor follow ISIS, but adhere to common sense and abhor the killing of innocent people. In this light, local Muslims living in the West should not be labeled as terrorists but treated as our neighbors. Second, Christians should not be driven by either fear or hatred. The spiritual DNA of every Christian is that of faith and love. We are called to bless those who curse us, to overcome evil with good and to preach the gospel to the lost. Nothing in this world, even the atrocities of ISIS, should downplay or eclipse the Lord\'s command of preaching the Gospel to every man, including Muslims. The importance of the presentation is to motivate Christians to seek the more excellent way Paul mentioned in his first letter to the Corinthians by seizing the opportunity of their presence in the West as well as getting involved in praying and engaging in a broad-based outreach to the Muslims God has sent to our community.

Keywords

Pacifist Muslims, Offensive Muslims, House of War, House of Peace, Islamophobia, Westernized Muslims, Mission Filed on the Church's Doorstep,
Immigration or Invasion, Resistant Muslims, Lay Movement, Broken Barriers, Outreach

Presenter


Dr. John Bitar
Dallas, Texas, USA
(Speaking from Taiwan)

Dr. John Bitar was born in Beirut Lebanon. In 1999, he received a scholarship from a Bible Institute located in Dallas, TX. In 2010, John became the Executive Director of Good News for the Crescent World. He recently graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary finishing his Ph.D. Studies in Missions with emphasis on Islamic Studies.

God's Joy in Re-creation

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  7:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The prime goal of this workshop is to make participants aware of the crucial role of JOY in Christian life. The fact that God treasured everything created “in the beginning” with an “aha!” exclamation (Genesis 1:25, 31: “it is good!”, “it is very good!”), is the basis of all joy in creation. God had pleasure in creating our wonderful universe with everything and everyone in it! God saw the beauty and the purpose of everything created: the earth, the waters, the planets and constellations, the plants, the animals and, eventually, human beings. After all the work put into creating the human being (“Adam”) from the fertile soil (“adama”), God took a festive break to observe and enjoy the fruit of his labour. Thereby God also established a rhythm of the celebration of life for all creatures: the Sabbath, the day of rest and enjoyment. Through sheer goodness and benevolence, the Creator created a world of beauty, a world to be enjoyed and celebrated by all creatures, with the human beings being God’s partners in exploring the fruits of the beautiful “garden of delight”.

Even when the human reaction to God’s love and care proved to be a disappointment (a spoiling of the party, of the purpose and mission of God), the biblical story perseveres with the faithfulness of God who provided a new calling via Abraham and his seed. God would provide for them as a people called to live from forgiveness and reconciliation; to live in this world as an example of God’s grace. The Davidic kingdom would serve as an embodiment of God’s rule of justice and peace among the nations. Through the Torah, God’s life-giving and life-enhancing commandments, life would be redefined as a blessing, as a life of fulfillment, abundance, and joy.
When this dream was seriously threatened by the disobedience and unfaithfulness of God’s people, in spite of dire warnings by God’s prophets, God did not give up on the original plan and mission. Even though Hosea threatened that God’s people were “not My people”, and that there would be “no more mercy”, he also had to convey the joyful message that God was God and no human being, and that he could not, would not, give up his own son, “Israel” or “Ephraim”; God would take back the unfaithful people, who acted like a “harlot”. The New Testament tells the story of God sending God’s own Son to “once and for all” forgive the people’s sin, to reconcile with them, to send God’s Spirit, which was also the Spirit of Jesus, to inhabit them, to re-create them into the “image of God” which they were originally supposed to be.
The small band of followers of this way of Jesus became the church (those called to witness about God’s new creation, in word and deed). Paul explains how the next miracle, after the surprise of the cross, the miracle of new re-created life, was made possible. This was done by God’s Spirit, poured out at Pentecost, making possible the reality of a new humanity living a life of faith, hope and love, and especially joy: a sharing in God’s joy of re-creation. God’s joy in re-creation is being fulfilled in our joy, in our celebration of the new life of love, justice, compassion, and peace.

Seen in this way, “JOY” is the purpose, the final result, the “end” of God’s work in and through us. Being Christians, being church, being sent as messengers of this message of “great joy for the whole world”, is merely being the “means” towards God’s purpose of joy to be celebrated by all of creation!

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. “The greatest of these is joy!”  (a fundamental theological perspective)
2. God’s joy in creation and re-creation
3. Joy in the Bible
4. Joy and authentic Christian life
5. Joy and missional practice in everyday living

How Workshop Participants Benefit

This presentation deals with a very crucial aspect of witnessing the new life in Christ: the fact that we as "new creatures" in Christ should have experienced in our own lives the purposes of God with ourselves, that we are ourselves being changed to creatures who find JOY in God and God's work in us and in the world. Without experiencing life as a gift and a joy we shall not be very useful to witness about God's grace to others. They should be able to see in our lives "life abundantly" as promised by Christ. What Paul asks for, that we as followers of Christ should make his joy complete by following Christ in every aspect. The Dutch theologian A.A. van Ruler wrote a beautiful book on "The greatest of these is love", dealing with I Cor 13. However, he said that of course we agree with Paul that these three remain: FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE, but he thinks Paul would agree: "The greatest of these is JOY! Without witnesses being examples of people who have found JOY in Christ and God's work, they will not be very convincing in their testimonies. People want to see the change in our lives, not just hear about it. This presentation simply wishes to underline the fact that JOY, participating and sharing in God's JOY in creation and re-creation, is a crucial part of the purpose of God, and thus our mission.

Why this Workshop is Important

It is important because it focuses on one of the most crucial aspects of being a credible and convincing witness to Christ: the fact that our lives are shining examples of people who have found deep meaning, purpose, and thus joy in life, through their faith in Jesus Christ.

List of Keywords

Joy, Purpose, Mission, Authenticity, Faith, Hope, Love, Missional Practice

Presenter


Dr. Christo Lombard
Windhoek, Khomas Region, Namibia, Africa

Dr. Christo Lombard is the Distinguished Professor of Missional Ethics & Moral Theology and Reconciliation Studies Specialist, at Missional University. Previously he served as the Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology and later also the Director of the Ecumenical Institute for Namibia at the University of Namibia. At the University of the Western Cape he was Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology, the Desmond Tutu Chair for Ecumenical Theology and Social Transformation, and also the Director of the Desmond Tutu Centre for Spirituality and Society. He is also currently teaching at the United Lutheran Theological Seminary Paulinum, in Windhoek, Namibia. He has been involved in teaching and research in many countries worldwide, as well as civil society initiatives for social justice in Southern Africa.

Missional Approaches to Youth Spirituality

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  8:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

Generation Z represents today's adolescent population. This generation is considered by scholars to represent the largest generation of self-professing atheists of any cohort in American history. This generation is unique in many ways such as how they see their faith, work, family/relational systems, and the social issues which face them. Missional approaches to reaching this generation will require a strategic understanding of who they are and what they believe. This multicultural generation with a global worldview will in all probability change their world in many unique ways.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. Generation Z and Faith
2. Generation Z at Work
3. Generation Z in Their Relational World
4. Generation Z and Social Issues

How Workshop Participants Benefit

Participants will gain a better understanding of the unique view of faith in which Generation Z lives out their daily existence. As well, participants will gain strategic insights into Generation Z's approach to work, relationships and social issues. Participants will be empowered to strategically understand who they are and what they believe and thus form a more appropriate missional practice regarding effective adolescent spirituality.

Why this Workshop is Important

If the scholarship regarding Generation Z is correct, then practitioners, parents, and other leaders are facing the largest cohorts of atheists in American history. Furthermore, they are a multicultural generation which will approach faith, work, relationships, and social issues differently than many Millenials. If this generation is to be reached with the mission of Christ, then we must understand their unique worldview and how it will continue to effect their faith, work, relationships and the social issues that will face them. In doing so, strategic context will be developed that will empower missional practice.

List of Keywords

Generation Z, Youth Spirituality, Youth Ministry, Student Ministry, Today's Generation, Teenagers, Adolescent, Adolescent spirituality

Presenter


Dr. Michael Knight
Madisonville, Kentucky, USA

Dr. Michael Knight is Professor of Generation Z and Urban Youth, and Chair of the Department of Emerging Leadership in the School of Missional Practice at Missional University. He is President/Founder of The Never Before Project (www.neverbefore.tv), Senior Pastor and Planter at Covenant Community Church, and Sec/Treasure for the Global Church Network (one of the worlds largest pastor networks). He also is a former National Youth Director, IPHC and former Alcohol and Drug Counselor for the worlds largest Job Corp center. He just completed the first national scientific survey on Pentecostal/Charismatic Adolescents/Generation Z. He has thirty-seven years of experience in working with adolescents in both secular and religious fields.

 

Artists on Mission in the Arts Community

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  8:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

There are many creative Christians who are frustrated when it comes to their God-given creative abilities and the church. Unfortunately, most churches give the impression that artistic expressions are only worthy of ministry if they can be used within the worship context. Whereas many churches have expanded these possibilities by including some painting or a bit of theatre or dance, many creative believers are left out.

The bigger picture is that practically every artistic expression can be used in powerful ministry possibilities, but it mainly lies outside of the church worship service. (But isn’t this where we should be anyway?) Since the arts naturally lend themselves to interactions with others through lessons, performances, exhibitions, discussions, etc., God has given us an amazing tool that we can use to naturally meet people and go spiritually deep with a few of them.

This workshop will discuss ways to intentionally meet creative people through the arts and how to share your faith in the context of arts while at the same time keeping your credibility as a serious artist.

The workshop will also discuss how to create a missional community with those who choose to hear more about creative take on spiritual things.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. Why the arts connect naturally with missional community
2. Practical ideas on connecting with artists
3. Practical ideas on creating missional community with artists.

How Workshop Participants Benefit

The creative participant will be encouraged to consider exploring their gifting in the arts as a natural means of meeting other artists and sharing faith with them. The participant will also hear practical ideas on connecting spiritually with artists and building initial missional community with them.

Why this Workshop is Important

There are many Christian creative people who seem to only see their art as spiritually relevant in so much as it can be used in worship. Sadly, they are missing out on a completely different dimension for use of their creative giftings in ministry, one that will naturally allow them to connect with not-yet-followers of Jesus, will allow them to use a variety of relevant metaphors with which to share their faith, as well as allow them to create missional community for future faith development.

List of Keywords

Creative, arts, art, missional community, music, dance, theatre, cultural creatives, mission in the arts

Presenter


Prof. David Brazzeal
West Palm Beach, Texas, USA

For almost ten years, Prof. David Brazzeal made his home in Paris, France where he enjoyed warm baguettes from the boulangerie and fresh cheese from the marché. Since 1986 alongside his wife Sanan, David worked with the International Mission Board in Brazil, Guadeloupe, Québec, and France, playing a leading role in five innovative new churches. Whether writing poetry, creating guerrilla labyrinths, or electro-meditative music, his work is inspired by the synergy that exists between the spiritual and the creative. He loves nudging those who are creative toward deeper spirituality and those who are spiritual toward heightened creativity. He is the author of Pray Like a Gourmet: Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul.  David Brazzeal serves at Missional University as Instructor in Missional Arts, and Prayer and Spiritual Formation Specialist.

Mission of the Incarnation: Our Role in His Priority

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  11:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

This workshop explores the purpose of the incarnation as it relates to the physical world and the needs of humanity. It evaluates Jesus’ purpose for engaging in these needs. Finally, it seeks to challenge us to participate in the Incarnational ministry of Christ through our interactions with those facing both spiritual and physical challenges.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. The Incarnation and Jesus\' interactions with the physical world
2. The reasons for these interactions
3. The example set by these interactions

How Workshop Participants Benefit

Participants gain knowledge of the significance of the incarnation, grow in their appreciation for Jesus\' incarnation, and are challenged to participate with God in his ongoing incarnational mission. They are challenged to view Jesus' interactions with the physical world in a new light that hopefully encourages them to follow in that example.

Why this Workshop is Important

This presentation sheds new light on Jesus' incarnation and his purpose in interacting with the needs of the physical world as it relates to the mission of God. If the sole purpose of the incarnation was death on a cross, why did he come as an infant, why did he minister for 3 years before his death, why did he interact with the sick, needy, and dying? What was he doing in relation to the mission of God? What should we be doing as well?

List of Keywords

Incarnation, Miracles, Mission

Presenter


Dr. Steve Winiarski
Harrodsburg, Kentucky, USA

Dr. Steve Winiarski holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek. He serves at Missional University as the Dean of Professional Education and Professor of Greek Language and Literature. He also is the Pastor of Bruner's Chapel Baptist Church in Harrodsburg KY.

Ethnic Designations and Religious Conversion in Early Christianity

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  11:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

There are a number of ethnic designations that are used in the New Testament and early Christian literature to refer to early Christians, such as genos, ethnos, thulos (tribe), etc. The focus of this presentation will be to examine some of these ethnic and political designations in light of the construction of a new religious identity for early Christians. Both the negative and the positive aspects of these designations will be considered in the context of early Christian rhetoric.

Major Topics of the Presentation

1. Construction of identity
2. Early Christian apologetics

How Workshop Participants Benefit

It will bring to light the cultural context of early Christianity and the attempt of early believers to negotiate complex identities and belongings in the context of ancient religions.

List of Keywords

Ethnicity, Race, Apologetics, Rhetoric

Presenter


Dr. Stamenka Antonova
New York, New York, USA

Dr. Stamenka Antonova is Professor of Early Christianity and Historical Apologetics Specialist in the Department of Biblical Studies in the School of Theological Studies at Missional University. She is a historian of the early Christian period and focuses on ancient Roman Religions, Jewish-Christian relations, and Patristics. She has published a number of articles on early church history and she has edited a volume on "Women in the Eastern Christian Tradition" (2015). Her book "Barbarian or Greek?: The Charge of Barbarism and Early Christian Apologetics" was published in 2018 by Brill Academic Press.

Channeling Lightning: Exploring Discipleship Models of Millennials

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  11:00 am EDT = Time Converter

Summary

Millennials are a passionate generation, eager to make their mark on the world around them. Cause-driven and justice-oriented, they are hard-wired to be effective missional disciples. Too often, however, Millennials jump from cause to cause because they lack the guidance to help them discover their callings. Meanwhile, the church is unsure how to engage this generation who thinks and acts so differently from the rest of us. This workshop is designed to help ministry practitioners better understand who Millennials are and how to help them channel their passions so that they can discover their purpose and calling in Jesus Christ. Drawing from recent research as well as firsthand accounts from Christian Millennials, we will explore and different methods of discipleship that are proving effective with this most unique and gifted generation.

Major Topics of Presentation

Millennials
Postmodernity
Discipleship/Mentoring
Missional-Incarnational Ministry
APEST ministry assessment
The Seven Cultural Streets discipleship model

How Workshop Participants Benefit

Participants will gain a better understanding of the Millennial generation - their values, worldview, and motivations - and will be introduced to discipleship methods that are proving effective. The goal is to equip participants will tools they can use with Millennials around them to develop them into mission-shaped disciples.

Why This Presentation is Important

Millennials are the largest generation in history, and unfortunately, they are also the most un-churched, de-churched among us. If the church is to reach this generation, we will need to develop missional strategies that incarnate the gospel in Millennials\' own cultural contexts. It is imperative, then, that the church takes seriously discipleship methods that are missional in nature in order to reverse the attrition currently taking place.

List of Keywords

Discipleship, Mission-shaped Disciples

Presenter


Prof. Sara Blakeney
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Prof. Sara Blakeney is Professor of Millennial Faith and Culture at Missional University. She holds a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is working on a Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen with a special emphasis on millennials.

 

"Spiritual but Not Religious": Redeeming Millennial Spirituality

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  3:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

The Millennial generation is frequently described as being "spiritual but not religious." But what exactly does this mean? Do most reject the Christian faith wholesale or do they still profess faith in Christ even as they walk away from the institutional church? The answers to these questions have important implications as to how we engage Millennials in matters of faith. This workshop is designed to help participants better understand the often confusing spirituality of Millennials, including their views on personal faith, the nature of God, and the role of the church. Through presentations and interactive discussions, we will explore how we can engage missionally with the Millennials around us, sharing our faith with them in ways that are conversational, non-confrontational, and culturally-relevant. The goal is to be equipped to help this generation discover their purpose and passion through Jesus Christ.

Major Topics of Presentation

  • Millennial Spirituality
  • Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
  • Millennials' Views on the Church
  • Postmodern Worldview
  • Authenticity

How Workshop Benefits Participants

Participants will gain a better understanding of the spirituality of Millennials, including the prevailing view of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, attitudes towards Christians and the church, and the effects of postmodernism. Participants will be given tools to help bridge the chasm between the Millennial generation and the Christian church. The goal is to equip participants to share their faith with Millennials in ways that are non-confrontational and culturally relevant.

Why This Workshop is Important

Investing in the spiritual lives of the younger generations is crucial for the future of the Christian faith. Millennials are the church leaders, culture molders, and policymakers of tomorrow. However, a full 85% say that have no religious affiliation, and even professing Christian Millennials are leaving the church in droves. It is imperative, therefore, that we develop missional strategies for transmitting the gospel in culturally relevant ways to this generation who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious."

List of Keywords

Millennials, Millennial Spirituality, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, Missional Spirituality, Postmodernism

Presenter


Prof. Sara Blakeney
Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Prof. Sara Blakeney is Professor of Millennial Faith and Culture at Missional University. She holds a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is working on a Ph.D. in Divinity from the University of Aberdeen with a special emphasis on millennials.

 

Following Jesus to Burning Man

WORKSHOP:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  3:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

Summary

Burning Man is a sensuous “Corinthian-like” pagan festival annually taking place in the remoteness of Nevada, on the desolate moonscape of an ancient lake bed, the last week of August and the first few days of September. Black Rock City is re-birthed each year when the Burning Man community comes together.

People come from many nations and many if not most, share a concern about the ultimate end of the world by uncontrollable disease, an asteroid colliding with earth or a nuclear war— they are survivalists. They are hoping for a universal spiritual experience, or a scientific/technological discovery or some phenomenon that will save the planet.

How do I define myself? This is the most captivating notion in the present-day West— “I’ve got to be me! This quest to be absolutely free is the ultimate Burning Man (and in general, human) experience— “I will define myself, my way.”

How do we, as Christians, witness to the one Person who brings true, and everlasting freedom in the post-Christendom West?

Major Topics of the Presentation

Why do events, like "Burning Man," draw thousands to remote places? What are Burning Man participants, and people in general in 21st-century Western Civilization pursuing?

How do we, as Christians, witness to the one Person who brings true, and everlasting freedom in the post-Christendom West?

We then must be prepared to enter their stories and quietly, patiently and empathically listen to and hear their sense of exile, their alienation from God (they are image bearers of the one true God and therefore, they cannot avoid expressing their sense of alienation in some form that relates to their world-view).

And we then must retell the person’s, group’s or culture’s stories in a way that shows how only through faith in Jesus Christ can they have freedom without slavery. As introduced above, we will further demonstrate how we are to enter the stories of those in exile, those alienated from God, and retell their story in relation to Jesus Christ.

How Workshop Participants Benefit

This workshop focuses on the principles and practices of missional congregations; it is a practical (illustrated) presentation of how to relate the Gospel to Western Civilization.

Why Workshop is Important

Western Civilization is politically, ideologically, and socially polarized to the point of breaking. Confusion dominates every layer of Western culture. A missional congregation is "a letter from Christ" (2 Cor. 3:3) written to our politically cynical, socially insecure and religiously skeptical world.

This discussion, "Following Jesus to Burning Man," is likened to a "spiritual biopsy" of the neo-pagan spirituality so prevalent in Western Civilization. A biblical-theological analysis provides a practical strategy for reaching our spiritually exiled culture with the Gospel.

List of Keywords

Christendom, Paganism/Neopaganism, Missional, Western Civilization, Autonomy, Absolute Freedom/Totalitarianism, The Gospel - Freedom

Presenter


Dr. Kerry McRoberts
Port Orchard, Washington, USA

Dr. McRoberts has lectured, preached and participated in paradigm studies on five continents. Besides his administrative role as a Dean, McRoberts is an author, teacher-pastor, professor and apologist. He has published works focusing on the Christian world and life view, ethics, and the challenges of ministry in our post-Christian, post-human, post-truth era. Dr. McRoberts is the Dean, School of Missional Practice, and Interim Dean, School of Theological Studies, Missional University.

 

Panel 1: Aligning Your Passion with the Mission of God

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  22:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

THEOLOGY TRACK PANEL DISCUSSION
Aligning Your Passion with the Mission of God

Panel Focus:  What is the mission of God in our world, and what is my role in it?

The panel discusses the mission of God as demonstrated in scripture and how people from various walks of life were sent by God to join in His work. Panel speakers also discuss ways in which the content they presented in their workshops further extend the themes expressed in the plenary session. A major emphasis is upon the missio dei and the story of redemption and how current followers of Jesus can join in the mission of God in the world.

Panel 2: Seeing Jesus in Your Everyday Life

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  2:00 am EDT = Time Converter

 

SPIRITUALITY TRACK PANEL DISCUSSION
Seeing Jesus in Everyday Life

Panel Focus: How do I grow spiritually, help other Christians to grow spiritually and join other believers in engaging my community?

The panel discusses ways in which we can see Jesus in the fabric of our everyday lives. They examine how recognizing Jesus' presence everywhere challenges His followers to live their faith outside church culture and become conduits of grace to others. Panel speakers draw connections between spiritual transformation and missional engagement in the community and how it relates to the content of their own presentations.

Panel 3: Incarnating the Gospel of Restoration

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  6:00 am EDT = Time Converter

 

WITNESS TRACK PANEL DISCUSSION
Incarnating the Gospel of Restoration

Panel Focus: How do I share my faith in a conversational, non-confrontational way while simultaneously addressing various worldviews?

The panel presenters discuss ways in which Christian believers may incarnate the gospel of restoration through presence, proclamation, and persuasion. Reflections on witness in early Christianity, among Muslim adherents in western societies, by Christian African migrants in New Zealand and from biblical examples in urban settings are included.

Panel 4: Embodying the Presence of Jesus

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  12:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

LIFESTYLE TRACK PANEL DISCUSSION
Embodying the Presence of Jesus

Panel Focus: How do I equip myself and others to embody or "incarnate" the message and image of Jesus in my community?

The panel presenters define missional living in terms of embodying the presence of Jesus in our relationships at work, school, play, and home. The speakers build upon this central truth from the life of Jesus as he was dining with others. The panel speakers illustrate how to live missionally through marketplace ministry, being a family on mission, as artists among the arts community, and moving into the social margins of neopagan culture.

Panel 5: From Blessed to Blesser

PANEL DISCUSSION:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  16:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

DISCIPLEMAKING TRACK PANEL DISCUSSION
From Blessed to Blesser

Panel Focus: How do I live out my unique calling from God and equip other believers to do the same?

 The panel participants reframe discipleship in terms of the blessing of our individual vocations that may be transformed into a missional vocation. The speakers discuss ways to practically "create space" that serves to transform the work environment, school, neighborhood and community. The panel speakers link this needed transformation to spiritual genealogy among millennials and the military. They also go back to the scripture to frame this mission-shaped disciplemaking in terms of joining God's work in redemption, reconciliation, restoration, and renewal - -- -- the very re-creation of all things.

Participants Forum 1

PARTICIPANT'S FORUM:  Friday, 17 May 2019:  21:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

Participants Forum
Online messaging in real time
Online video conferencing

Missional Events are not passive webinars where you sit and listen and that’s it. At our events you will have many opportunities to interact with others on the topics that concern you most. For example, the Participants Forum is a dedicated hour where you can go to the participants forum and hangout with others using live stream video or via chat. You can talk with the presenters via live stream video in addition to the dedicated Q & A after each presentation. With presenters and participants from around the world, you will have the opportunity to hear many perspectives on merging your faith, career and mission.

Since the mission of God is global, our Missional Events recognize that followers of Jesus need to find their purpose, passion and mission in joining the work of God in their neighborhoods, communities and around the world. At Missional Events you will encounter new cultures and international backgrounds. From learning from internationally known presenters to learning from participants from different countries, the learning experience is truly transnational. While jetting off to other countries isn’t for everyone, Missional Events affords an unprecedented opportunity to become more globally aware.

Participants Forum 2

PARTICIPANT'S FORUM:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  5:00 am EDT = Time Converter

 

Participants Forum
Online messaging in real time
Online video conferencing

Missional Events are not passive webinars where you sit and listen and that’s it. At our events you will have many opportunities to interact with others on the topics that concern you most. For example, the Participants Forum is a dedicated hour where you can go to the participants forum and hangout with others using live stream video or via chat. You can talk with the presenters via live stream video in addition to the dedicated Q & A after each presentation. With presenters and participants from around the world, you will have the opportunity to hear many perspectives on merging your faith, career and mission.

Since the mission of God is global, our Missional Events recognize that followers of Jesus need to find their purpose, passion and mission in joining the work of God in their neighborhoods, communities and around the world. At Missional Events you will encounter new cultures and international backgrounds. From learning from internationally known presenters to learning from participants from different countries, the learning experience is truly transnational. While jetting off to other countries isn’t for everyone, Missional Events affords an unprecedented opportunity to become more globally aware.

Participants Forum 3

PARTICIPANT'S FORUM:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  13:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

Participants Forum
Online messaging in real time
Online video conferencing

Missional Events are not passive webinars where you sit and listen and that’s it. At our events you will have many opportunities to interact with others on the topics that concern you most. For example, the Participants Forum is a dedicated hour where you can go to the participants forum and hangout with others using live stream video or via chat. You can talk with the presenters via live stream video in addition to the dedicated Q & A after each presentation. With presenters and participants from around the world, you will have the opportunity to hear many perspectives on merging your faith, career and mission.

Since the mission of God is global, our Missional Events recognize that followers of Jesus need to find their purpose, passion and mission in joining the work of God in their neighborhoods, communities and around the world. At Missional Events you will encounter new cultures and international backgrounds. From learning from internationally known presenters to learning from participants from different countries, the learning experience is truly transnational. While jetting off to other countries isn’t for everyone, Missional Events affords an unprecedented opportunity to become more globally aware.

Participants Forum 4: Afterglow

PARTICIPANT'S FORUM:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  18:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

Participants Forum
Online messaging in real time
Online video conferencing

Missional Events are not passive webinars where you sit and listen and that’s it. At our events you will have many opportunities to interact with others on the topics that concern you most. For example, the Participants Forum is a dedicated hour where you can go to the participants forum and hangout with others using live stream video or via chat. You can talk with the presenters via live stream video in addition to the dedicated Q & A after each presentation. With presenters and participants from around the world, you will have the opportunity to hear many perspectives on merging your faith, career and mission.

Since the mission of God is global, our Missional Events recognize that followers of Jesus need to find their purpose, passion and mission in joining the work of God in their neighborhoods, communities and around the world. At Missional Events you will encounter new cultures and international backgrounds. From learning from internationally known presenters to learning from participants from different countries, the learning experience is truly transnational. While jetting off to other countries isn’t for everyone, Missional Events affords an unprecedented opportunity to become more globally aware.

Sponsors Showcase 1

SPONSOR'S SHOWCASE:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  1:00 am EDT = Time Converter

 

SPONSORS SHOWCASE
Meet with Sponsor in their Virtual Office
Online video conferencing during and after the event
Live chat during and after the event
Arrange appointments to meet after the event

 

The Sponsor's Showcase enables to you to learn more about Christian organizations from around the world. Depending upon the level of sponsorship, sponsors may share videos, post documents for you to download, take polls, have feedback questionnaires, and online information pages. They may two different video conference rooms so that multiple representatives are online to talk with you. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about what God is doing around the world and how you can join God at work.

 

Sponsors Showcase 2

SPONSOR'S SHOWCASE:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  9:00 am EDT = Time Converter

 

SPONSORS SHOWCASE
Meet with Sponsor in their Virtual Office
Online video conferencing during and after the event
Live chat during and after the event
Arrange appointments to meet after the event

The Sponsor's Showcase enables to you to learn more about Christian organizations from around the world. Depending upon the level of sponsorship, sponsors may share videos, post documents for you to download, take polls, have feedback questionnaires, and online information pages. They may two different video conference rooms so that multiple representatives are online to talk with you. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about what God is doing around the world and how you can join God at work.

 

Sponsors Showcase 3: Afterglow

SPONSOR'S SHOWCASE:  Saturday, 18 May 2019:  18:00 pm EDT = Time Converter

 

SPONSORS SHOWCASE
Meet with Sponsor in their Virtual Office
Online video conferencing during and after the event
Live chat during and after the event
Arrange appointments to meet after the event

The Sponsor's Showcase enables to you to learn more about Christian organizations from around the world. Depending upon the level of sponsorship, sponsors may share videos, post documents for you to download, take polls, have feedback questionnaires, and online information pages. They may two different video conference rooms so that multiple representatives are online to talk with you. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about what God is doing around the world and how you can join God at work.