God meets people in a special way at Urbana. In the middle of the holiday season and in between semesters or quarters, the Holy Spirit invites you to set aside the busyness and stress of day-to-day life and draws you back to Jesus. Come excited and expecting to hear from God.
2. Get a glimpse of heaven
16,000 people + dozens of cultures and languages + songs and music from the global church = worship like never before!!!
3. Listen to raw, untold stories
Hear first hand stories of people living and serving on the frontlines of the thriving communities of believers and the persecuted church. Join in their joy, suffering, hope, and stand with them. Be encouraged, inspired, and challenged.
4. Expand your ideas of the church
Gain a new perspective on what it means to be a witnessing community. See God on a global scale and his works across the world.
5. Figure out what’s next
Step into a sacred space to hear from God. Be open to the Spirit's promptings through the speakers, seminars, prayers, and conversations you have. Learn how your passions and skills fit in serving Jesus across campus, your zip code, and the globe.
6. Study the Word
Dig deep into the book of Revelation through morning Bible studies and insightful messages. Grow in your understanding of what is being revealed and Christ’s call to be faithful.
7. Grow from global voices
Gain a fresh insight into mission and world issues, trends, and opportunities as you learn from leaders, practitioners, experts from around the world. Learn what it means to be cross-cultural, faithful, missional world changers.
8. Build connections
Connect with new people from across North America and around the world. Get out of your comfort zone. Take the first steps in what could become rich, lifelong relationships.*
9. Special prayer time
Receive one-on-one prayer ministry, talk and pray through your struggles and discernment process. Be encouraged and seek God’s guidance for your life through meaningful prayer times.
10. Explore unique opportunities
Urbana's Exhibit Hall is one of the biggest mission fairs in North America. With over 260 different missions organizations and seminaries on site, it is a rare opportunity to meet hundreds of missionaries, talk to them in person, and get their advice. Through it, God might be drawing you into a new, exciting appointment.
11. Celebrate with and in a diverse community
Engage with new cultures. Hear and receive stories that are different than yours. Be part of God's beautiful diverse community.
12. Go deeper
Take advantage of the 200+ seminars and tracks and learn how to love God through your gifts and skills. Network with mentors and leaders in industry and people with your same passions.
13. Experience authentic community
Grow through sermons, speakers, and seminars that courageously engage in difficult conversations and work. Learn how to live in a broken world like Christ.
14. Join the Urbana legacy
Be part of a 75-year legacy. Follow in the footsteps of thousands, seeking God, surrendering all aspects of their lives to Christ, and growing in their passions to serve others. Find your place in God’s work among the nations.
15. Be part of the 16,000
Pray, worship, and learn alongside believers from different denominations, cultures, and walks of life. Join together seeking the living God.
16. Recognize relevance
Experience the intersection of learning new international and global realities while receiving relevant, specific direction for your life and interests.
17. Run around the St. Louis downtown (for 5 days)
With 16,000 of us in between Christmas and New Years day, Urbana people are "ruling" the streets of St. Louis downtown. Explore the city, see the arch, walk around the blocks, sing in the subway, and share the joy and love of Christ in St. Louis.
18. Bust a move
You could be sitting at home watching the New Year's Eve celebration on TV, or you could join our 16,000-person dance party. We've got the moves too! Count down to the New Year like never before.
*Urbana 18 does not guarantee you'll meet your future spouse, but we have heard stories over the years.
Registration Opens March 1st
Be reminded of key dates and what you need to do to get ready for Urbana 18.