Tuesday, February 24, 11AM-12:15PM

Micah Bournes

GMC Plenary Session Day One

Creative Writing as Spiritual Discipline

Jerry Crosby

Finding Your Ministry Sweet Spot

Opportunities in ministry abound, but how do you determine what organization, what location, or what task will allow you to maximize your ministry effectiveness? It starts with an understanding of your passions and your aptitudes… opportunities will follow.

Troy Ready

Using Soccer in Missions

Explore how you can use your passion for soccer and sports in general as a platform to exalt Jesus and build relationships in limited access countries. Come hear a former professional soccer player share his own story about how the Lord opened this door.

Sarah Gregg and David DeVoucalla

Sarah's Story: From Multnomah to Lyapona to Igoda

Sarah graduated from Multnomah in 2012. She then spent the next semester serving in the little village of Lyapona, in western Tanzania, teaching students who had just worked with their parents to build the first secondary school in their area. She returned to the USA, went to cooking school, and will return this summer to work with Village Schools International in the village of Igoda in central Tanzania. Come listen to Sarah's story and discuss how God might use you to help some of the poorest kids on the planet receive an education!

Mark Schaufler

Connecting Cross Culturally

There are some basic ways to connect with people that become the basis for an opportunity to minister to them. From tribal people to the richest first world cities we have common issues that build a bridge to the Gospel.

Tuesday, February 24, 1:30-2:45PM

Matt Mikalatos

Story and the Gospel

Loom International

Stories Move Us!

We all love hearing and telling stories which highlight something in which we are personally involved. Staff of Loom International will share stories about vulnerable children and how God sees them, because from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe, from South Africa to Morocco, God is working. Come hear what he is doing, how you can be involved, and how you can go out and get your own stories.

Kyle Raney

Welfare Faith: For the Least of Us

Government assistance or "welfare" continues to be a polarizing issue in our nation. There are numerous negative stereotypes portrayed for those who are on government assistance which can often create a disconnect between Christians and those who are economically disadvantaged. Church planter and missionary coach Kyle Raney unpacks his story of how his family spent a season on welfare when he was unable to find work and how it completely changed how he saw "the least of these." In this workshop Kyle unpacks how all of us are impoverished by sin and yet God sought our welfare through Christ, which then frees us to seek the welfare of others.

Thomas Slawson

When Your Ministry Falls Apart: Stress, Failure, Depression & God’s Goodness

Most Christians who commit their lives to full-time ministry envision themselves pursuing a call to a specific mission field or church long-term. While many are able to succeed in fulfilling this call, there are others who encounter obstacles and circumstances and suddenly find their dreams of ministry gone. The fallout from "losing" a ministry can lead to many struggles such as stress, depression, financial hardship, and even health problems. We will explore several paths to healing from the wounds of "losing" a ministry. 

Regina Manley

Exploring Storytelling & Dialogue

We will discuss the Biblical precedent of using story, questions and dialogue as we engage both oral and literate learners. We will also take part in our own storytelling and discussion session in order to experience the unique dynamics which storytelling offers.

Wednesday, February 25, 11AM-12:15PM

Matt Mikalatos

GMC Plenary Session Day Two

Micah Bournes

Creative Writing as Spiritual Discipline

Ahshuwah Hawthorne

Reaching the Stranger Next Door: Refugees in America

Learn about the thousands of refugees who have been relocated to Portland, OR. and how you can join a new generation of Christ followers who are doing radical pioneer mission work right in our backyard.

Katherine Frederick

Crafting Your Own Narrative

Come and discover the building blocks of storytelling and how learning to tell our own story can empower us to enter the narratives of others.

Josh Montague

Theological Education and Global Missions: Different or Complimentary?

One pastor's story of connecting the dots. In this workshop, I'll work to show the necessary connection between theological education and global missions, looking at the pattern of ministry in Acts. I'll tell the story of how solid, biblical education fuels sustainable church planting. I'll also invite students to consider international theological education as they look toward future ministry. 

Mike Klonz

The Challenges of Storytelling: What to Teach First (and Last)

Teaching God's Word to oral learners has impacted entire people groups. But it can also pose challenges as we grapple with illiteracy and the potential for syncretism. Where should you begin, and how can we make our efforts best count for eternity?

Wednesday, February 25, 1:30-2:45PM

Matt Mikalatos

Story and the Gospel

David Fuller and Ben Bobeda

Reach Local Idea Lab

To ‘reach local’ is to have a gospel influence on a particular area or region. Whether God is calling you overseas or across the street, we believe God has given you great ideas for ministry. Come to this interactive workshop to share your ideas about what it might mean for you to reach local. We will spend time making creative representations of how we envision God leading us to participate in His mission. Get ready to collaborate and share with others. This will be an interactive session, so leave your notebook at home and bring a sketchpad instead!

Brian Ward

Thinking Hebrew

Do you think Hebrew? Does God? The answer to these questions will radically impact your connection to God and to his Word and will shake up your approach to missions. Learning about the Hebrew culture during the time of Jesus will change your view of God and what he wants to communicate to you. It will also change your approach to the Bible and how you teach about God in missions.

Rod Ragsdale

Creation Care and Business

Come hear about environmental care and what God is doing in French-speaking Africa.

Marti Wade

The Art of Listening

Harness tools and insights from the world of anthropology to build cross-cultural bridges. Explore how to effectively take on the role of a learner as you dive into a new culture, becoming part of the community through participating, asking good questions and carefully listening to people's stories.

Thursday, February 26, 11AM-12:15PM

Matt Mikalatos

GMC Plenary Session Day Three

Trudi Pleis

The Power of Story in the Language of the Heart

When the stories of families and communities are harnessed, transformation occurs. This can produce culturally relevant language development materials. 

Rick Bravine

Hoops for Jesus: Does it work?

We will share stories of how the Lord used Multnomah's Sports Ambassadors Basketball Team to reach the hearts of the French and Romanian people, which resulted in new churches.

Jim Morud

Forget About Evangelism (So That You'll Talk About Jesus)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the perfect story. It was authored by the perfect mind. It was carried out by the perfect person. The Old, Old Story is perfect in every way. In it, God has revealed his glory. In it, he blessed a world that is constantly cursing him. His love and mercy and all of his "manifold perfections" were in full display at Calvary. But then he commissioned imperfect people to proclaim his perfect message. How can we carry out the Great Commission? By improving our methods? Sharpening our tools? Seeing through the cultural maze? No, by becoming worshipers in spirit and in truth. By seeing his glory in the story, what's most on our hearts will be most on our lips. And evangelism will be an expression of worship that no method can improve, no tool can sharpen and no culture can constrain. Instead, the love of God will constrain our hearts to proclaim the perfect story.

Dr. David Manock

Storytelling through Narrative Therapy

A postmodern psychotherapy called Narrative Therapy understands: 1) Humans are the stories they tell 2) Humans are essentially story-telling beings with five essential stories: story of birth, name, family, love and work and I add the 6th transcendent story: story of our faith. The Gospel is God's story to us, inviting all people for all times for a singe destiny in the consummation of the ages. From neurobiology and neuropsychology we know that humans are hard-wired for relationships and making and telling stories which organize our subjective personal lives. All psychological problems reflect a breakdown of these stories stuck in rigidity or chaos. 

Thursday, February 26, 1:30-2:45PM

Matt Mikalatos

Growing in God Without Guilt

David Jones

Discipling Youth: Understanding Challenges

Strategies for Working with Kids

We will talk about the unique challenges and strategies for working with kids these days. We will look at current trends in the world and how they affect young people and will discuss tools we can use to be effective in our efforts to impact youth with the Gospel message.

Emily Branch

Life of Impact

As we look at the life of Christ we see a story of a man who made an impact which far surpasses what we could accomplish. However, now that we have Christ we are given a life of impact through Him. So what does this look like as we live our lives today? In the United States? In the world? Let's unpack the Great Commission as we discover the life of impact we have been given in Christ as we live our lives in the here and now.

Blaine Butcher

An Unlikely Journey in the Arts

This workshop is for people who want to do things for Christ other than preaching and teaching in traditional ways. It is focused on biblical principles related to who we are in Christ, instead of trying to perform in an unnatural way to fit in with artificial forms. The workshop will also include personal experience in trying to apply these principles to everyday life. 

Brian Sakultarawattn

My Story, His Glory!

Brian Sakultarawattn was injured in a gasoline explosion 19 years ago. He suffered full thickness burns on 97% of his body and was not expected to live. Though he beat the odds, he ended up blind with multiple amputations. All this took place while engaged to his fiancée Haley. His story is one of faith and hope through hardship. As each story has a hero, it's important that the true Hero receives the glory.