GRC Missions Conference 2019 Presents
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”
~ Acts 17:26-27
Our Focus This Year:
The Strategic Priority of Unreached People Groups in Our Midst
Every person is important and needs to hear the gospel, and yet not all mission efforts are equally urgent and strategic. Why? The reality is that the vast majority of churches, Christians, and missions efforts in the world are focused on those “people groups”* that already have viable, numerous, and healthy churches in their midst. Your neighbor across the street who doesn’t believe in Jesus is important to God and needs to hear the gospel. And you are their neighbor, providentially poised by God to reach out to them. Yet only 3% of the global missionary force resourced with only 1% of missions funding is going to the 30% of the world identified as “unreached people groups.” These people don’t know a single Christian, and there are few to no churches they can attend. They’re often situated in parts of the world that are hostile toward Christianity. Unreached people groups are the single most urgent and strategic issue in global missions today.
Yet God has brought many of these unreached people groups to our city. If members of unreached people groups in Metro New York, including North Jersey, were counted as their own city, it would be the second largest city in the U.S., larger than Los Angeles, with more than 4 million individuals. By virtue of where we live, we have the greatest opportunity to reach the unreached as anyone in history! The unreached are within reach! Will we be faithful to the time and place God has placed us and reach out to these people in our midst?
* A “people group” is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
MISSIONS WEEK EVENTS
Sunday Worship (8:30am & 11:15am)
with New City Kids Choir
Missionary Updates in ACE (10:00am)
Missions Conference (8:30am-12:30pm)
Sunday Worship (8:30am & 11:15am)
Missionary Updates in ACE (10:00 am)
March 23rd: Conference Schedule
Check-in / Breakfast
“Turning the Great Commission Upside Down”
Workshops (Session 1)
Break / Snacks Provided
Workshops (Session 2)
“Ready, Set, Go!”
Speakers & Workshops
Keynote Speaker: Brad W*
Brad, and his wife Sara, helped co-found Global Gates seven years ago with a vision of “reaching the nations through Global Gateway cities.” Since its inception, Global Gates has grown from 4 initial missionary families to over 40 families serving in 20 cities around the world. Brad now serves as Associate Director and NYC South Asian Outreach team leader with Global Gates.
* Last name omitted for security reasons.
Saturday Missions Conference Workshops
We’ve arranged five workshops to equip you in some aspect of reaching out to the unreached around you. You can choose two of the five to attend:
“3 Circles: A Visual Tool for Gospel Conversations” by Josh C (Global Gates missionary). Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. 3 Circles Training will equip you with a simple visual tool to share the Good News of Jesus with a variety of people and religious backgrounds using an adaptable and personal approach.
“Sifting Week and Getting to Know the Unreached Around Me” by Brad W and team (Global Gates missionaries in NYC and North Jersey). Learn about the short-term missions project GRC is planning with Global Gates in Queens this October to reach out to South Asians in our city while being equipped with a tool to get to know unreached peoples in your own neighborhood. God can use you right where you are!
“The World at Our Door: Reaching International Students” by Shirley Innis (North Jersey Coordinator, International Students, Inc.). This workshop will share how to become a friend to an international student with easy steps to start the process. We will then cover how to take conversations from general to meaningful as we help them discover God.
“Bringing Jesus to Europe’s Forgotten People” by Michael Durante (church planter of Hope Albanian Church and GRC missionary). Learn about the unreached Albanian community in our area and practical ways for how you can help reach them in our own backyard.
“Immigrants: The Next Missionary Challenge” by Fernando Frietas (Pastor of Redentor PCA, a Brazilian congregation, and former missionary to the Brazilian Amazon, Angola, and Mozambique). Regardless of one’s opinion about immigration policy, immigrants are here, and the mission given by Jesus Christ to his Church is to be light to the people around them and ultimately to people from every tongue and nation. Join us as we explore how to reach out to the new neighbors God has brought to us.