Description of Events

Plenary Sessions

Mt. Hood and the Incarnation (Plenary with Miriam Adeney)

JCA Cafeteria

Wednesday, February 21

9-10:45 a.m.

*Child Care Provided*

What was the best camping trip of your life? What’s your favorite season? What do you love about the human form — a beautiful girl, a handsome man, a darling baby, a breathtaking athlete? When God made the universe, he said, “It’s good.” The intricate patterns of the universe point to him — “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Jesus affirmed the material world when he came to live in it. John Stott and Gerard Manley Hopkins and Pope Francis remind us that the earth is not first of all for us, but for Jesus. “In Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). “You have created all things, and for your pleasure they exist” (Rev.4:11). Like Mt. Hood, Jesus ultimately rises above and draws all eyes. As we try to live in harmony and simplicity and contentment with his rhythms, our lives will praise him like trees by a river, bearing fruit in season.

 

The Columbia River and the Resurrection (Plenary with Miriam Adeney)

JCA Cafeteria

Tuesday, February 21

9-10:45 a.m.

*Child Care Provided*

Wiping out Indians. Manifest destiny. Dust bowl. Smog. Pesticide residues. Mudslides. What do these have in common? That the wages of sin is death, not only for individual persons but also for nature and societies. Yet God is the God not only of creation but also resurrection, liberation and new birth. Empowered by his Holy Spirit, we are called to wrestle with the powers. There are better and worse ways to do this, using the hard heads and soft hearts that God gives us. These we will explore. In the end we are reminded that our power comes not just as trees by a river, but as branches of a vine.

 

God the Gardener: A Theology of Creation Care  (Plenary Session with AJ Swoboda)

JCA Cafeteria

Tuesday, February 21

9-10:45

*Child Care Provided*

Dr. A.J. Swoboda will lead a biblical and theological exploration of creation care. The exploration will ask what it looks like for Christians to practice a healthy, scripturally-sound engagement with the environment and care for creation in a faithful way.

 

The Rest of God: Sabbath and Rest as Creation Care (Wednesday Evening Plenary Session with AJ Swoboda)

L101

Wednesday, February 22

6-8 p.m.

*Child Care Provided*

This presentation will illuminate how our 24/7 culture and the systems we’ve created are destroying our souls, our bodies, our relationships, our society, and the rest of God’s creation. Still, there remains hope. For by re-embracing Sabbath we will experience God’s renewal in a way we never imagined. As the scriptures witness, Sabbath-keeping has far-reaching effects, from relationships we have, to the animals we look after, to the refugees among us, to the crops we grow, to our work and economy, and to the land itself. The biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God’s plan for the restoration and healing of all creation.

 

Workshops

Missionary Panel

B1+L101

Tuesday, February 21

1-2 p.m.

This event entails a brief introduction to some of the organizations represented at this year’s conference. There will also be a time of Q&A so students may ask the representing missionaries various questions.

 

The Kingdom of God and Cosmic Salvation (New Wine, New Wineskins)

B4  

Tuesday, February 21

2:30-3:30 p.m.

This workshop will explore a biblical theology for creation care and also examine the reasons why evangelical Christians have lagged behind on this crucial issue.

 

Creation Care as Witness and Evangelism (AJ Swoboda)

L101

Tuesday, February 21

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Stewardship of the earth is not just a matter of individual obedience and conviction; stewardship plays an integral role in our public witness. This session will explore how Christians, as people of hope, must reject both despair and skepticism in responding to the environmental crisis and instead demonstrate how God is at work, redeeming and reconciling not only His people, but every part of creation.

 

The Practical Aspect of Creation Care in a Cross-Cultural Setting (TEAM)

L109  

Wednesday, February 22

1-2 p.m.

This workshop will entail looking at the how and what of practical creation care through a cross-cultural lens. We will look at specific examples of what we have done as church-planters who believe creation care is a way of life. I will give case-studies that we will work through, interact on and dig deeper into best practices regarding the cultural and anthropological issues faced in this type of work.

 

A STEP into the Future: Short-term Service (Entru st)

L101

Wednesday, February 22

1-2 p.m.

STEP is an initiative matching mature Christians with veteran Entrust staff for commitments up to 1 or 2 years. STEP enables participants to explore God’s call on their lives and to gain hands-on ministry experience while carrying out meaningful service alongside experienced Entrust staff. Participants benefit from learning Entrust methodologies for raising up new generations of leaders and seeking God’s direction for their own involvement in longer-term ministry.

 

Clean Water for the Body and Soul (Wycliffe)

B4

Wednesday, February 22

1-2 p.m.

Did you realize that many of the people in the world who don't have access to clean water are the same minority peoples who don't have the Scriptures in their own languages? Come and hear how Bible translation serves the whole person and their communities through language development and creative creation care.

 

Environment and Environmental Justice in Portland (New Wine New Wine Skins)

TL113

Wednesday, February 22

2:30-3:30 p.m.

This workshop will deal with issues of air pollution in the Portland metro area, lead in the drinking water, and the impact of urban planning and the urban growth boundary on minority communities in Portland metro.

 

Mission: From Everywhere to Everyone (Dr. Burch)

L109

Wednesday, February 22

2:30-3:30 p.m.

In this workshop, Dr. Burch will address a balanced view on the pro's and con's of missions while answering these questions/ perceptions: Do I have to go, or can missions be anywhere? What is "going" anyway? Is "going" into missions superior to "staying" in a home country and being involved in normal life?

 

100% Organic and Renewable Disciple-making (Keystone Ministries)

TL113

Thursday, February 23 

1-2 p.m.

Save the Earth: Make disciples on 100% renewable energy. Launch self-sustaining movements that don’t require money, buildings or seminary degrees. Think Global, Act Local: Make disciples among the unreached refugees in your own neighborhood before flying across the planet to do it in someone else’s.

 

Who Owns the Pond? (Miriam Adeney)

L101

Thursday, February 23

1-2 p.m.

Community Development in Context.

 

Sports as Missions and A Farmer’s perspective in Creation Care (Frontiers)

B4

Thursday, February 23

1-2 p.m.

This workshop will include two segments. The first will give insight on a sports platform as it relates to missions. The second segment will be about creation care from the view of a rural farmer, and how agriculture can serve as a platform for missions.

 

The Role of Bacteria in the Human Body (MU Biology Department)

TL113

Thursday, February

2:30-3:30 p.m.

This workshop will explore how the presence of our native bacteria on and in our bodies strengthens our immune systems, helps break down nutrients, and keeps us healthy. This could lead to discussion about how a single human body is almost its own ecosystem, housing many different species in a (hopefully) balanced way. It also has implications for medical treatment for various types of disease.

 

Support Raising (Steve Cummings & Rich Ward)

L101

Thursday, February 23

2:30-3:30 p.m.

“Raising support can be intimidating, and at the very least, it can take you way out of your comfort zone. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Come and discover a simple, biblical game plan for raising support that will boost your confidence and remove any doubts and fears you may have. In this dynamic workshop, you'll discover: Whom do I ask for support?  What do I say in my ask? When should I start raising support, and how often should I update people? Where should I communicate my need, and why is that important? How do I look at support raising as more than a means to an end?”

 

I Come in Peace: Befriending the Aliens Among Us (Open Arms)

L109

Thursday, February 23

2:30-3:30 p.m.

This workshop looks at the strategic opportunity of reaching immigrant populations by looking at one successful model of reaching Somalian immigrants in Eldoret, Kenya.