2018 Missions Conference
Join us March 17-19, 2018 for the missions conference, Crossing the Street and Ocean with the Resurrected Christ. The conference will culminate in an evening with Brother Yun from Back to Jerusalem Ministries. All events are free and open to the public. Invite your family and friends.
Saturday, March 17
9:30-9:55am- Worship and Prayer
10:00-10:45am- Evangelism is a Lifestyle: Steven & Ruth Wilson
Steve and Ruth will be sharing practical experiences and tools they have used within the different countries of Latin America and the USA sharing the good news with diverse cultures, education levels, and ages, as evangelism is a lifestyle.
11:00-11:45am- Discipleship 101: Steven & Ruth Wilson
Questions many ask are, “Am I qualified to disciple others?” “How and when do I begin?” “How long should discipling last?” “How many people can I disciple at the same time?” “What material should I use?” Steve and Ruth will be sharing how to use the material they have been teaching from for over 20 years as a tool.
12:00-1:25pm- Lunch and ministry organization presentations
Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF)
The Gideons International
Whatcom County Jail Ministry
Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic
Wycliffe Bible Translators
1:30-2:15pm- The Art of Asking Questions and Active Listening: Ryan Cleveland
One of the hardest things to do when it comes to sharing the Gospel with someone is knowing where to begin the conversation. In order to do that well, you need to first ask questions to find out where someone is at in their spiritual journey towards Jesus. In this workshop, we will look at practical ways on how to combine asking the right questions and using active listening in ways that would lead to Spirit-led Gospel Conversations.
2:30-3:15pm- Gospel Conversations: Ryan Cleveland
In this workshop we will explore how to communicate a clear gospel message in simple and meaningful ways. First, we will look at how to communicate the story of how you came to Christ in such a way that people would not only know what happened when you came to Christ, but how they can come to Christ too. Second, we will walk through how to utilize a few simple tools to help share the gospel and lead people to a point of decision.
3:30-4:15- Building Relationships With Your Neighbors: Diana Cleveland
Want to make an impact for Christ in the lives of your friends and neighbors? In this workshop we will discuss principles that will help you better with others in ways that will open up opportunities for the Gospel. We will also address how to develop effective evangelistic strategies to connect to the hearts of the people you are trying to share Christ with, and how you can leverage simple hospitality to create Gospel community. This will be a practical how-to workshop.
3:30-4:15– Marketplace Theology: Does God Belong at Work?: Joshua Parriera
We are all called to be missionaries, right? But how does that work in the real world? Not everybody is called to go overseas but we are all called to go across the street. You will come in contact with people today that will most likely never step foot into a church. How will they get to see how amazing Jesus is, unless we live it out and teach them about Him? Your workplace, school and sphere of influence is your mission field. Will you accept the calling of being a missionary everywhere you go? Join me on this journey…
Children’s Program run by CEF:
Saturday, March 17th from 10am-4:30pm
Children ages 4+ are invited to attend a children’s program run by Whatcom County Child Evangelism Fellowship. The theme of the day will be missions, and the kids will have a story, an object lesson, crafts, games, and snacks. Parents/Guardians are welcome to check their kids in for individual sessions, or for the whole day.
Sunday, March 18
9:00am–Sunday School with Immanuel Bible Church Missionaries
10:30am–Worship Service with Sermon by Steven Wilson
6:00pm–Evening Service with message from Pastor David McMartin
Monday, March 19
6:30pm–Come hear Brother Yun from Back to Jerusalem Ministries. Brother Yun is the author of The Heavenly Man, and will share his personal testimony. He will also tell of the Back to Jerusalem missionary vision of the Chinese underground church. This event is free, but tickets are required. Please reserve your spot here. A free-will offering will be taken during the service, with all donations going to support a Back to Jerusalem Ministries project.
Info on Workshop Leaders
Steven and Ruth Wilson met in Guatemala in 1973 and married in Costa Rica in 1974. They became career missionaries in 1980 serving in Santiago, Chile as their first assignment in 1983. There they taught pastors and leaders plus developed a video Bible school which was distributed to the whole country and eventually to other countries. After 11 years in Chile they relocated to Heredia Costa Rica where they served until 2004 teaching pastors and leaders on evangelism and discipleship. 2005 to the present day they have begun two Spanish speaking churches in the USA, One in Auburn Washington and the other in Moon valley Arizona.
At present they are pastoring a Spanish speaking church in Phoenix Arizona as will as their other missionary obligations serving under their mission “Christ for the City International.”
Ryan and Diana Cleveland have been missionaries with Cru, the U.S. Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, for 17 years, reaching students and faculty at the University of Idaho, Central Washington University, and as Team Leaders at the University of Nevada Reno, then they were asked to help lead regionally serving on the Greater Northwest Leadership Development & HR Team. Ryan is currently serving as the Leadership Development and HR Director for Valor, Cru’s direct ministry to ROTC/JROTC Cadets and Midshipmen, and Veterans on Campus across the U.S.
Diana is currently serving with Cru’s City Ministry, doing direct ministry with immigrants and internationals in Mukilteo and southern Snohomish county.
Joshua Parriera is currently serving as the Executive Director of Men of Dignity. He is also the Associate Development Director for Engedi Refuge Ministries & Volunteer Advocate for AIM, Agape International Missions. His heart is to see those who claim Christ to intentionally live for Christ.
Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization composed of born-again believers whose purpose is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living. They run many programs for kids, including 5-Day Clubs and Good News Clubs.