Why leave your church just days after a busy Christmas season to travel to InterVarsity's Urbana Missions Conference? John Schmidt, Senior Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church finds a few reasons why Urbana is an important event for him:
- "Christian mission to the world is still on God's heart. I know of no better place to get an orientation to what God is doing in the world than the Urbana conference."
- "Urbana puts me in touch with the culture and driving concerns of a new generation. As a pastor I am called to effectively disciple all ages. Urbana gives me great insight, and new resources, to deal with the generation in college today."
- "Because it is fun! There's something special about worshiping with the nearly 20,000 young people who have made time in their lives to go to Urbana. I am likely to go to Urbana again, because of the rich returns I've received for such a short commitment of my time."
This track is designed for Urbana participants who are ministers, ordained leaders, lay leaders, seminary students and anyone interested in engaging with the Urbana experience through the lens of the local church. Our goal is to assist you in helping your church grow in an understanding of God’s heart for the world and engage in mission both locally and globally.
Residential and Non-Residential
The track will have both a residential and a non-residential option. Residential track participants will book housing in the Renaissance Grand Hotel (location for track meetings) and will participate in a morning Manuscript Bible Study with other pastors and church leaders as well as the afternoon track sessions. Non-residential track participants will be able to be housed and in Bible Study groups with other participants from their churches and then attend track sessions in the afternoons. Bible study and track sessions will be held in the Majestic Ballroom of the Renaissance Grand Hotel.
All track participants will be welcome in the Pastors, Church Leaders and Guests Lounge which will be located in the pre-function space outside the Majestic Ballroom. There will be special exhibits, book displays and a comfortable quiet place to talk or relax.
Morning Manuscript Bible Study
The morning Manuscript Study will focus on the same passages from the gospel of Luke that all Urbana participants will be studying; however applications will be considered in the context of the local church. The track manuscript Bible Study leader will be Pastor Kevin Blue, lead pastor at Church of the Redeemer.
Afternoon Track Sessions
Three afternoon sessions will be offered from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Each session will include a panel discussion of the topic as well as an opportunity for questions from track participants.
December 28, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
How can a local church help young adults who are interested in going into full time mission?
Paul Borthwick, Senior Consultant, Development Associates International
Dr. Janet L. Clark, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Tyndale Seminary, Toronto
Ken Fong, Senior Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles
Mauricio Alvarez, Executive Director of COMHINA, the North American Hispanic Missions Network
December 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
What should be the role of a North American church in global missions and how can it be more effective in that role?
Ziel Machado, pastor at the Free Methodist Church in São Paulo, Brazil—Nikei Council
Evi Rodemann, Director, Mission-Net
Femi Adeleye, IFES Associate General Secretary for Partnership and Collaboration
Gideon Yung, IFES Associate General Secretary
December 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
How can the church keep different generations of members engaged in missions?
David Platt, Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills
Helen Lee, author, The Missional Mom
James Choung, National Director of InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries
Leroy Barber, President, Mission Year
December 31, afternoon
This afternoon will be devoted to affinity group meetings to discuss topics of particular interest to track participants. There will also be meetings for those interested in targeted resources to assist churches in the development of missional partnerships or creating a culture of mission within the congregation.
Visit our Facebook page to give your input into the formation of these discussion groups.
Track Director: Donna Wilson