Mission Connexion Northwest 2018


Rolling Hills Community Church

3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

Mission ConneXion 2018 Workshop Proposals:
If you would like to be considered to present a workshop at MCNW 2018 at Rolling Hills, 
please complete and submit this form – Deadline is October 1st.

Mission Connexion 2018 Exhibitors:
Thanks for your interest in MCNW 2018!
If you are interested in exhibiting at MCNW, please check out the details
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Are you willing to volunteer? We are already beginning to build our teams for 2018 events!
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Training Events

Mission ConneXion convenes ConneXion Training Events throughout the year to help people deeply engage in key areas of ministry and mission. Each ConneXion training event is tightly focused and intensely practical so people can gain resources to be more effective in service. ConneXion training events are held in partnership with local ministries, mission organizations and churches.

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February 17-18

March 31-April 1

June 2-3

November 3-4

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Executive Director

Bill MacLeod Bio

bill macleod, mission connexion, executive directorBill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland.  He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men’s movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

From the Blog

What is an “Unreached People Group”?

Some people groups have thriving, evangelizing churches already living among them. Odds are, if you are taking this topic in a local church, your people group falls in this category. We refer to these as reached people groups.

This does not mean that everyone in the people group is a believer. It doesn’t even mean that everyone in the people group has heard the gospel. It simply means that there are disciples and churches within the people group who able to finish the task. It means that lost people in that people group have access to the gospel, whether they have actually heard it or not. Disciples and churches within that people group can evangelize and disciple the people around them better than anyone else, and that responsibility rests on them.

An unreached people group (UPG) is one that does not have Christian disciples and churches in it that are able to carry the gospel to the rest of the group. It may have no believers in it at all. It may have a few, but they are too few and too new in the faith to finish the task without outside help.  Lost people in this people group have no access to the gospel, and the vast majority of them will live and die without ever meeting a Christian, ever seeing a Bible, or ever hearing the only message that can rescue them from the condemnation we all deserve. The responsibility for sharing the gospel with these people groups falls squarely on the global church.

Editor’s Note: The above is an excerpt used by permission from the International Mission Board’s website. This portion and the rest of the article can be found at https://www.imb.org/topic/explore-missions/missions-and-world-today/lesson-1-unreached-and-unengaged-people-groups/ as part of their “Missions and the World Today” online curriculum.  


Why Your Call to Missions Matters & How to Find It

A guest article from our friends at TEAM.

Written by Jessica Hulbert

When you pair a longing for adventure with a desire to share the hope of Jesus Christ with the world, missions seems like the natural next step.

How can you discern whether your passion is leading you on the path to cross-cultural ministry work?

While passion often motivates us to do something, it waxes and wanes with time, and without a genuine calling, you’re left with an uncertainty when things get tough. Ultimately, we need to be sure we’re following God’s leading, not just our emotions. So, we let passion be an indicator of something God may be doing in us, but we still take it to him and ask where he is leading first. This helps us surrender our passion and make it about him rather than us.

How Do I Discern My Call to Missions? From my own experience, I have found a few key things to be necessary when discerning next steps in my life.

Prayer. I don’t know if I’ve found anything more powerful than prayer in the area of discernment. My mind plays too many tricks on me, weaving in doubts and contradictory thoughts. It’s a tangled mess up there! Prayer has a way of cutting through the overgrown branches of my mind and paving a clear path.

Take your passion for missions to God in prayer. He wants to hear the desires of your heart, so let him into your thought process. And as you’re praying, make room for him to speak through his Spirit and scripture. When we set aside our worry and settle our minds, we open our hearts to hear from God. In doing so, we become more sensitive to his voice and his direction.

Wise Council. I’ve always been an extrovert who loves being around people. But, surrounding myself with people, and leaning on those who actually have a voice in my life are two different things. God never intended for us to be alone.

As you let people in to your decision making process, they are able to speak into areas you may have never thought of on your own. So, in times of discerning what to do next, your community may be one of the strongest tools you have.

Let others into the process of discerning your call to missions. Talk to your missions pastor or connect with a missions coach at TEAM who will talk to you one-on-one about discovering your calling.

Time. This is a rough one. Anyone impatient like me? Go ahead, raise your hand! I won’t judge.

Discerning your call to missions doesn’t always take a long time, but sometimes it does — and for our own good! So, if you’re struggling to find answers, give it more time.

In the meantime you can actively wait. Continue being faithful in pursuing God’s heart for your life. Continue talking to people and praying with people. Continue processing what you’ve heard from God and how you’ve seen him move. And let these things develop over time. It will grow you in ways that will only help as you live on the mission field.

Breathe deep, and trust that in the moments of unknown. God knows, and his plan is unfolding in your life even now.

What’s Next? If you feel like your passion is leading you overseas, I am so excited for you! Consider taking the next step, and go on a short-term mission trip. If you’re still unsure, continue taking next steps in discerning your call to missions. Wherever your journey leads, you’re already on the greatest adventure of your life by walking with him.

Editor’s Note: This and other articles can be found on the TEAM Blog: https://team.org/blog. Visit the TEAM website for other useful tools, resources, and to find ways to engage.


On Hope, Worship, and 2018

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

I recently interviewed Paul Ramey who will be leading worship for us at this January’s Mission ConneXion Northwest event, when our theme will be “There is Hope.” I wanted to get a better feel for who he is as a man, and as a worship leader of one of Portland’s most dynamic fellowships.  His responses really touched me – so I thought you’d enjoy hearing his unique perspective on hope, worship, and this January…

Bill: What were the circumstances that ushered in the hope of Jesus into your life?

Paul: I grew up as a pastor’s kid, the youngest of four, and lived a pretty amazing early childhood.  In junior high, my family went through some incredibly difficult times that completely destroyed my understanding of family, God, church, and the world.  Everything I could count on was shaken and I no longer felt safe or reliable.  This devastating event sent me into a tailspin through my high school years, and I eventually found myself escaping into anything that took my shame and pain away, even if for a moment.  My escape of choice was drugs and alcohol until a “bad trip” caused me to think I was going insane for a period of six months.  I spiraled into a darkness I had never known before and it seemed hope was a dream.  Suicidal and in a constant state depression and confusion, I picked up the guitar and began to journal my thoughts and pour them out to God in song.  During this season, Jesus began to heal my mind and my heart.  Mental transformation paralleled spiritual transformation and hope became a reality.

B: How has that hope transformed your life and led you to express it in your current role as a worship leader here in Portland, and cross-culturally?

P:  I have seen God perform that same kind of healing in the context of gathered worship, here in the US and abroad.  Yes, Jesus is always with us, but we can see in Scripture that when we come to him in music and song something special that seems to transcend the rest of life happens; our awareness of his presence is activated and our whole self – body, mind and spirit – is engaged.  A few years ago I was leading worship in the Oddar Meanchey region of Cambodia with my band.  The history of the people in this region is brutal and the brokenness and hopelessness could literally be felt physically.  A Christian event was prohibited, but we were invited to “perform” as part of a humanitarian festival touring the country.  I wish I could include all the details of this story because it was life changing, but while we began to sing and play worship songs that were theologically substantive, poetically imaginative, and musically compelling, we could literally see the Spirit begin to work and breathe hope into the hearts and minds of the Cambodian people.  Many gave their lives to Christ that day and the Church in Cambodia grew.  We have the privilege of doing this on a weekly basis in our local gatherings.  Sometime I wonder if we really understand the significance and power behind it.

B: When you think about “There is Hope.”- our theme for Mission ConneXion Northwest 2018 – what would you like to see happen in the lives of those who attend, especially as you prepare to lead worship?

P: I am extremely excited about Mission ConneXion Northwest’s 2018 theme, There Is Hope!  After 23 years as a pastor, I have learned that it is easy for those of us in ministry to neglect hope for ourselves while we offer it to others.  My prayer for us as we gather in January is that the Spirit would breathe the hope Jesus offers into our lives, crushing the enemy’s attempt to keep us ineffective as we offer this hope to others.  THERE IS HOPE!  Let’s sing about it.  Let’s listen to it.  Let’s receive it.  Then…let’s tell the world!

Be a Part of Someone’s Story: Volunteer at MCNW!

Mission ConneXion Northwest 2018 seems like forever away, seven months will fly by before we know it!

As we look toward January, we are expecting a potential record number of attendees, and our Steering Team is already putting volunteer teams into place. Some positions require training in advance, and some can be easily summarized a few days before the event, but all of them require willing hands and hearts.

Since the plenary sessions and workshops are available for free following the conference, we are hoping that mission-minded people would be wiling to make the sacrifice and serve as needed.

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Mission ConneXion: Part of Their Story (Swanson)

Dear Mission ConneXion ,

Our journey of being called started when we attended Mission ConneXion Northwest. That week, my wife Gina told me that she felt like we were supposed to go be missionaries and that she had just seen on Facebook that Mission ConneXion Northwest was happening that weekend in Portland.

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Visiting a Missionary? How to be a Good Houseguest

An abridged article from our friends at SEND
Written by Josie Oldenburg

As the summer travel season creeps up, perhaps you plan to use your hard-earned vacation days to visit a missionary….I’m sure you want to be — and will be! — a delightful houseguest. Here are some tips that hopefully will help you deliver encouragement (not embarrassment) and joy during your stay (not joy once you’ve gone).

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