The following is the audio compilation from Missions Fest 2019. Our theme was "Mission: Discipling".
Every Christian needs to consider this topic carefully. In Canada there has never been a time where there has been such a decline in the measurable characteristics of discipleship in the church. We need to rediscover a passionate love for Jesus so that we can inspire others in their journey of discovering him. Discipling is the engine of mission. God, in his wisdom, chooses to do his work through us.
To help us, we looked at the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). To paraphrase: “In your going, make disciples.” Our goal at this conference is to shift your attention from the “Go” of the verse to the “make disciples” part. Realistically, this is the part of the verse that people find most daunting. After all, how many of us have gone on a short-term mission trip? Buying the ticket to go was easy, but did we make disciples?
- Friday evening: Mark Anderson - You, Me, and the Mission Jesus Gave Us
- Saturday morning: Lisa Loden and Salim Munayer - Finding the Way through Conflict to Reconciliation
- Saturday afternoon: Ruthie Kim - Discipling from a Place of Abundance
- Saturday evening: Ruthie Kim - Youth Rally
- Sunday morning: Marcio Garcia
- Sunday noon: Ruthie Kim
- Sunday afternoon: Lisa Loden, Salim Munayer, and Mark Anderson - Just Do It: the World is Waiting
- Saturday morning: Marcio Garcia - The Art of Producing a Successor
- Saturday noon: Mark Anderson - Changing Nations: Discovering Mission Strategies that Really Work
- Saturday afternoon: Salim Munayer and Lisa Loden - Challenges and Obstacles in Reconciliation
- Saturday evening: Ruthie Kim - Women and Cities
- Saturday evening: Marcio Garcia - Discipleship Challenges and Rewards
Mark Anderson has been involved in Christ's mission for more than 40 years. He is currently a leader in Youth With a Mission in Kansas City, and President of Call2All, a global Great Commission movement with more than 50K leaders involved.
Mark is passionate about evangelism and has conducted evangelistic initiatives in more than 3000 cities globally. He is also President of the Global Pastor's Network, which has the goal of planting 5 million churches and reaching 1 billion souls with the good news of Jesus. When he's not roaming the globe, he is at home with his wife Karen, connecting with his 6 children, or entertaining his 17 grandchildren.
Marcio Garcia envisioned and co-founded the Evangelical Mission for Assistance to Fishermen (EMAF) in 1986, assisting in the deployment of sixteen missionary bases along the Brazilian coastline and in the Amazon area. In 2005, he co-founded Pioneiros (Pioneers Brazil), and became part of the International Leadership Team of Pioneers USA, as its Mobilization Latin American director.
Marcio also helped to start the Amazon Missionary Alliance (AMA) and four other missionary organizations. He is the coordinator for the ministry expansion of EMAF and a mentor for some energetic young Brazilian mission leaders.
Marcio and Damaris have been married for 35 years, and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Ruthie Kim is a community activator, leader, and visionary. For the past 18 years, Ruthie has been a tireless advocate for women and girls in San Francisco, where she lives, works, and raises her family. She is Founder and Executive Director of Because Justice Matters, a faith-based non-profit operating in the Tenderloin neighborhood since 2008.
Because Justice Matters (BJM), a ministry of YWAM San Francisco, is building pathways to brighter futures for women and girls in urban communities. Through ongoing outreach, education, and life-giving programs, BJM works to break the cycle of exploitation and to ease the challenges associated with homelessness, poverty, and isolation. Building self-esteem through dance and art therapy, teaching English, and providing crisis intervention and small healing groups are just a few of the ways BJM seeks to restore and empower women and girls.
In addition to providing leadership and strategic direction for BJM, Ruthie is a prophetically gifted speaker and facilitator and is part of the teaching team at Reality SF. As a life coach for groups and individuals, Ruthie empowers others to fully realize their goals and potential. Ruthie’s life work is greatly inspired and enriched by being a wife and mom of two boys.
Lisa Loden is a Messianic Jew living in Israel since 1974. In 1977, together with her husband David, she co-founded Messianic congregation Beit Asaph in Netanya, Israel. From 2002-2007, Lisa served as the Managing Director of the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. From 2008-2012, she headed and was a lecturer in the Department of Leadership Development and Forgiveness Studies at the Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS). Currently, from 2012, Lisa serves as Project Manager for Israel First Fruits Center for Economic Advancement.
Lisa is engaged in several international ecumenical theological dialogues. She is co-chair of the Lausanne Initiative for Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine and is a member of Musalaha Reconciliation Ministries Advisory Board. In 2014, together with Salim Munayer, she co-authored Through My Enemies Eyes- envisioning reconciliation in Israel-Palestine. She is a founding member and co-leader of In His Image – Women for Change.
Lisa has one daughter and two granddaughters.
Salim J. Munayer is Executive Director and founder of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, which has been bringing Israelis and Palestinians together since 1990. Salim is a Palestinian Israeli born in Lod as one of six children. He received his BA from Tel Aviv University in History and Geography, his MA from Fuller Theological Seminary, graduate studies in New Testament from Pepperdine University, and his PhD from the Oxford Center of Mission Studies in the UK. His doctoral dissertation was written on "The Ethnic Identity of Palestinian Arab Christian Adolescents in Israel."
He has published several books on reconciliation, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Christians in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Salim served as academic dean of the Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008, and continues to serve as a professor at the college. He is also an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. Salim is married to Kay and has four sons, Jack, Daniel, John and Sam.