Throughout the day, there is opportunity to hear and interact in a number of electives. The following descriptions give you an idea about what is on offer during the elective times. They promise to be worthwhile attending, increasing our knowledge of what God is doing around the world, and challenging us and our churches into missions.
God is able
Jesus’ kingdom and mission are for all his people, no matter their gifts or limitations. Just as Jesus came among us as a vulnerable human, likewise God achieves his purposes through our vulnerable and struggling bodies. Come and hear from Dr Nathan, a public health expert, on both how to reach those with disabilities and how those with disabilities can reach others.
Who? What? When? Where? How?
How on earth do you decide whether to go? Who to go with? What to do when you’re there? Where to go? How long to go for? Come, ask these questions and more of a panel of people who have been there and done that and have wrestled with these questions themselves.
Counting the cost
God does not promise us an easy ride, in fact he promises us suffering and hardship if we join in his mission. How do we weigh up the risk? There are physical safety issues, and there are also emotional and spiritual safety issues. Family, friendships, career, future possibilities, finances, the list goes on. How do we count the cost?
Can God use me?
What do a farmer, a snake expert, a juggler, and an Olympian have in common? They all have a role to play in God’s mission, come and find out how.
From anywhere to everywhere
Mission has long since ceased to be “from the West to the rest”. God calls his people from all places and sends to all places, even Australia! Come and hear about the exciting and inspiring way in which the global body of believers can share and learn in all directions.
Getting your church on board
The whole body of the church is called to be part of God’s mission, as in every single believer. The call to mission is not limited to the one who goes. The scriptures are the story of God’s mission to reconcile the world to himself, and as followers of this essentially missional God we are automatically part of that mission. So, how do we help our church families to become more like the one we follow?