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.
When we examine our broken world and consider how different churches respond to it, it seems that some emphasise the proclamation of the good news and others champion social transformation. But can – or should – we strive to do both? What does the Bible teach us about these two responses of mission? Is one more important than the other? Come to this elective to hear about and interact with the theological reflections of a well regarded mission practitioner.
Short-term mission has become a major part of global outreach, but it comes with many questions. How do we avoid the pitfalls and maximise the benefits? When does it help and when does it hinder? Come to this elective to explore how short-term mission can be effectively integrated into long-term cross-cultural witness.
If the unprecedented worldwide displacement of people were a country, it would be the 24th largest one. Forced displacement has reached epidemic proportions, with images of desperate, homeless people constantly before us. As God’s people, how do we respond to these broken borders? This elective will help you understand the geopolitical situation, explore some opportunities for Kingdom witness, and our place in this.
Witnessing in a broken world demands an encounter with risk and suffering. Although we don’t confront that reality very often in Australia, it is true for many parts of the world. Come and hear from a couple who have tackled this head on.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we know that we are all broken in one way or another. Everyone lives with scars and struggles. How does this fit with Jesus’ call to minister with him and share the good news of the Kingdom? This elective will explore how God can use us in our brokenness for his mission to the world.
Are you inspired by good storytelling? Would you like to be able to share your stories of faith in creative ways, that connect with the human heart? Come along and spend time with Naomi Reed. Participants will be telling stories, writing stories, and finding themselves in awe once again of the Storyteller, Himself.
Ways to Witness
Just as there is glorious diversity in the Kingdom of God, so there are many ways to share the gospel. Come and hear how God has used a variety of people to witness across the globe, using their different gifts, talents, backgrounds, and experience.
Prayer is essential to our spiritual health and our ability to work with God in his plans. If you’re exploring whether or where God is calling you, if you’re not sure how to respond to what you hear at Activate, or if you’re just in need of some prayer, this is the room for you! There will be people available to pray with you during the electives, and they’d love to minister to you in this way.