Even as you consider bringing your young adults to Urbana 15, consider what will also be helpful to your ministry. Designed for pastors, missions pastors, seminarians and church leaders, the Pastors and Church Leaders Track will help you interpret the messages of Urbana 15 for your specific church context.

What to Expect

The Pastors and Church Leaders Track program is being developed in consultation with a team of pastors and mission leaders from across North America using feedback from previous track participants. As we gather, we’ll examine top missions-related questions for local churches like:

  • How can our congregation develop a culture that has greater outward focus?
  • How can we integrate the global dimensions of the Gospel into our congregation's daily ministry?
  • In what ways can we strengthen the relationship between local churches and missions agencies as we pursue the Great Commission together?

The track will feature presenters who live with the same challenges you do. They will share biblical and practical insights that will stimulate your thinking. In addition, you will have opportunity to meet pastors and church leaders from similar contexts as you. Together you can explore possibilities for your church.

Sound good? The only thing missing is your voice! 

Join the Pastors and Church Leaders Track during registration. There are no additional registration costs to be part of Urbana tracks.

Lead presenter

We're pleased that Dr. Glenn Smith, Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will serve as our track's Lead Presenter. Christian Direction is a multi‑faceted ministry committed to see God transform urban communities by the concerted actions of committed Christians in the cities of the Francophone world. Dr. Smith has significant experience as a consultant to churches in Canada and the United States. He is an author, a professor and a Senior Associate for Large Cities with the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

GLOBAL VISIONING GATHERINGS

This collection of gatherings is for Black and Latino pastors, ministers, church leaders, and seminarians. God’s call to find life in him and in his global mission is for all peoples. How does God’s call unfold for the ethnic and racial communities of the Latino and Black diasporas? Now is the time to find out. Join us in these groundbreaking gatherings to influence the next segment of global missions history.

Latino Christians in Global Missions: Obstacles and Opportunities

For the Latino community. What are the unique gifts that Latino communities bring to global missions? How do we identify and overcome the obstacles unique to our community? Join us in this collaborative conversation between students and ministers as we look to fulfill God’s call in global missions.

December 29 and 30, 1:30 p.m.
LaFe Lounge

Host and Facilitator: Rev. Sandra Van Opstal

Black Christians in Global Missions: Obstacles and Opportunities

For the Black/Black diaspora community. Join us for real talk, about real issues concerning the Black diaspora in global missions. As pastors, church leaders, seminarians and students we will address the obstacles and opportunities unique to our diaspora community. 

December 29, 1:30 p.m.
Black Campus Ministries Lounge

Host and Facilitator: Bishop David Perrin

Latino Pastors & Church Leaders Breakfast Gatherings

Gather with fellow Latino Pastor & Church Leaders Track participants to digest the content of Urbana through lens of our community with conversation, laughter and prayer.

December 29 and 30 at 7:30 a.m. in the track hotel

Black Pastors & Church Leaders Breakfast Gatherings

Gather with fellow Black Pastor & Church Leaders Track participants to digest the content of Urbana through lens of our community with conversation, laughter and prayer.

December 29 and 30 at 7:30 a.m. in the track hotel

Be on the look out for announcements of additional gatherings onsite.

Housing

The Pastors and Church Leaders track will occur at the Marriott Grand Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Grand Hotel) across from the America's Center where Urbana 15 will occur. It's not required that you stay at this hotel to participate in this track, but you will find it most convenient.

IMPORTANT: Do not call the hotel or book a room through an internet hotel service. Urbana 15 has arranged housing through St. Louis hotels at a steeply discounted rate. If you are registered for Urbana, you can book your housing by logging in to Your Account. Urbana housing details can be found here. Contact Urbana if you have you have not received housing instructions.