“An Invitation to God’s Mission”
Saturday, March 9 | 8:30 AM – 12:40 PM
God graciously invites the church to participate in His mission in the world. How will you respond?
When we think about “mission,” we tend to think about the church’s action in the world: sending missionaries, learning how to communicate the gospel in another cultural context, water projects or health care, and all the other activities we are engaged in.
But it’s important for us to realize that “mission” is first-and-foremost about God’s initiative to redeem the world. As Timothy Tennent, our keynote speaker this year, has written, “It is far more about God and who He is than about us and what we do.”
Join us for a half-day conference on Saturday, March 9, 2024, to learn and be inspired by how God the Father is unfolding a grand story of which His Son, Jesus Christ, is the central figure and we, the Church, are being called and empowered by the Spirit to join in his mission.
The keynotes will provide a rich biblical understanding of missions and why we participate in it, and breakout workshops led by GRC missionaries will offer practical take-aways for how you can personally respond to God’s invitation.
A robust children’s program (see below) will take place all morning, helping our children explore the same theme as their older family members.
Youth and adults are invited to attend the main sessions in the sanctuary together.
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM
9:20 AM – 10:05 AM
10:05 AM – 10:10 AM
10:10 AM – 10:50 AM
10:50 AM – 11:05 AM
11:05 AM – 11:45 PM
11:45 AM – 11:50 PM
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM
Check-in and Coffee (Children’s Drop-off at 8:45 AM)
Welcome & Worship
Keynote 1: “Joining Our Mission with the Heart of God”
Keynote 2: “The Four Great Commissions: A Mission for All God’s People”
Worship & Prayer (Children’s Pick-up at 12:40 PM)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Check-in and Coffee (Children’s Drop-off at 8:45 AM)
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM | Welcome & Worship
9:20 AM – 10:05 AM | Keynote 1: “Joining Our Mission with the Heart of God”
10:05 AM – 10:10 AM | Transition
10:10 AM – 10:50 AM | Workshop Choices
10:50 AM – 11:05 AM | Snack Break
11:05 AM – 11:45 PM | Workshop Choices
11:45 AM – 11:50 PM | Transition
11:50 AM – 12:30 PM | Keynote 2: “The Four Great Commissions: A Mission for All God’s People”
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM | Worship & Prayer
(Children’s Drop-off at 8:45 AM & Pick-up at 12:40 PM)
Dr. Timothy Tennent has served as the president of Asbury Theological Seminary since 2009. Previously he served 11 years as Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has also ministered and taught in China, Thailand, Nigeria, and Eastern Europe, and he has pastored churches in Georgia and preached regularly in churches throughout New England and across the United States. Dr. Tennent is the author of several books on missions, including one that was an important input for GRC’s Missions Team when we updated our vision and strategy in 2018. Dr. Tennent is married to Julie, and they have two children, Jonathan and Bethany.
Dr. Tennent will give two keynote talks at the conference and will preach in worship on Sunday, March 10.
GRC missionaries will lead the following workshops. You will select two workshops to attend during the conference.
“Missionary Care.” Dinah Sered serves as coach on the Staff Development Team of Jews for Jesus and is serving their missionaries worldwide for care and support for overseas relocations, staff care and on-boarding new missionaries. This workshop will give us a sense of the challenges and trauma missionaries often experience on the field, the kind of care that can be helpful to minister to them and ensure their health and longevity on the field, and how you can be a practical encouragement to the missionaries we love.
“Catalyzing a New Church Planting Movement Among the Unreached.” Pastor Steve will be joined by leaders from West Hudson Presbytery to share about the new partnership GRC has helped form to begin a church planting movement among two unreached people groups in the Middle East. This partnership is unique among GRC’s commitments, because it is less about supporting a specific missionary (we don’t have any there yet!) and more about reaching these unengaged, unreached people groups. Learn how you can help bring the gospel to people who have, literally, never heard it.
“An Easy & Enjoyable Way to Reach the Unreached Among Us.” Aaron is the Central Asian Affinity Leader with Global Gates and part of the church planting team reaching Turkish speakers in New Jersey. He will share about opportunities to offer conversational English skills to Turks who want to learn English. It’s a great way to regularly connect in cross-cultural ministry, serve, and build friendships with people from one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.
“Thriving Spiritually in College.” Joe Fischer, the PCA’s campus minister at Rutgers New Brunswick, will share about how college students can grow in their faith and be used by God during a time when many are typically challenged in their faith. This workshop is great for all high school students and their parents, as well as any who are interested in learning more about campus ministry.
“The War In Israel and Its Implications on GRC.” Dan Sered serves as Chief Operating Officer for Jews for Jesus. While the Israel-Hammas war continues and antisemitism is on the rise at home and around the world, this workshop will focus on what is happening in Israel right now and address questions like: What is God doing in the Middle East? What should our message be, and should we take sides? This workshop seeks to bring clarity to current events, explore the unique role that the church plays in this tragedy, and how we need to be peacemakers in our own divided communities.
“Summer Youth Mission Trip.” Drew Heftye will be sharing about GRC’s mission trip with other churches in our presbytery to Atlantic City for high school students. This will be a time for parents and students to hear about the details of the trip, ask questions, and consider how they can prayerfully be part of the “home” team for the trip.
Children’s Program “You’re Invited!
An engaging children’s program will help our kids learn how God invites them to be a part of what He is doing to spread the Gospel at home and around the world.
- Nursery: ages 0-2
- Toddlers program
- Preschooler program
- Kindergarten through 5th grade program
You must register your children when you register to attend the conference (March 3rd deadline).
You will check them in at the check-in desk in the Fellowship Hall upon arrival. Please arrive by 8:45 to ensure they are checked in before the program begins.