Mission Connexion Northwest 2016

Location

Sunset Presbyterian Church

14986 NW Cornell Rd.

Portland, OR 97229

 

Schedule

Speakers

LEROY BARBER

Founder and Executive Director

The Voices Project

Bob Goff, Mission Connexion

BOB GOFF

Founder:

Restore International

Author:

Love Does

Steve Hawthorne, Mission Connexion

STEVE HAWTHORNE

Found/Director:

WayMakers 

Co-Editor:

Perspectives Course

MICHAEL OH

Executive Director/CEO:

Lausane Movement

steve moore

STEVE MOORE

Executive Director of nexleader

Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

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 to enable people to 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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January 15

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February 19-20

MC-muslim

March 11-12

MC-prayer

May 13-14

More About Mission Connexion

Mission

Read about our mission and vision

Statement of Faith

Read our statement of shared faith

The Gospel

Why we do what we do

History

Read Mission Connexion’s story

Board

See who is on our board

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

Gulp! Now, I’m #theprayerguy!

By Doug Hazen
National Director for Mobilization Prayer, WorldVenture

Doug HazenI’ll probably never get over it.  I was in a room with my WorldVenture colleagues, discussing new strategies for helping people get on board with God’s work in the world.  We listed a couple of ideas and then God nudged me.  “Why don’t you just use my strategy… “Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into His harvest?”  I mentioned it and we all hung our heads.

Of course!  Prayer is the only true biblical strategy!  My boss pointed to me and essentially said, “Your role with WorldVenture has just changed.  Make prayer our strategy as an organization.”

Gulp! Help, God, I’m now #theprayerguy!  What do I do?  I decided to find that passage and see if it held any clues.  And did it ever!  First of all, the passage is Matthew 9:37-38 (also found in Luke 10:2).  And then, I discovered that the word translated “ask or pray” is one of the strongest words for prayer in the New Testament.  “Beg, beseech or implore” are all possible translations.  Not only that, the word for “send” is the same as the one used in Mark 1:12 when the Spirit “drove” Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan.  I couldn’t believe it!  Is God this serious about getting workers mobilized that he would “thrust out” (Amplified) people in response to my fervent prayer?  Yes!  Talk about the best way to motivate Jesus followers to make more Jesus followers!  Prayer.  Fervent, desperate prayer.

I pray differently now. Forget praying merely for people interested in serving God.  I pray now for people who couldn’t care less.  Jesus said it.  “Pray earnestly for the Lord of the Harvest to thrust out workers into his harvest.”  Guaranteed answer by the God of the universe!  My job?  Pray!

Editor’s Note: Doug will be presenting a workshop at Prayer ConneXion 2017 entitled, “Prayer & Harvest Readiness at Your Church.” 

Volunteers – In Their Own Words

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

From its modest beginnings in 2001, every aspect of Mission ConneXion, from prayer and planning, to persuasion and production, has been carried out by volunteers committed to its vision and mission. Volunteers carry the bulk of the hands-on work needed to operate as many as seven separate ConneXion events throughout the year, as well as our signature event in January.

So, what motivates over a hundred volunteers to invest their time, talent, and treasure to this cause? Answering the question, “Why do you volunteer with Mission ConneXion?” Let them tell you in their own words…

“Because …I know God is allowing me to use the gifts He has given me to be a part of His plan, fulfilling His purposes.”  Wendy, member of the Steering Team, and Prayer ConneXion.

“Because…I get to meet interesting, capable and motivated people from all over the Metroplex and the rest of the world who expand my network of contacts…giving an opportunity to use God-given abilities while providing a benefit larger than the effort made.” – Dean, retired engineer serving on the Steering Team.Volunteer Faces 2017

“Because… Mission ConneXion is a community that will pray for you, care for you, and encourage you to live a life worthy of the Calling – to take the Gospel to all nations.” – Katie, Missions Coach with TEAM; serving on the Steering Team.

“Because…the idea that I’m part of something that influences so many people, is exciting – especially when it relates to missions and imagine the ripple effect as leaders apply what they learn in their sphere of influence. Wow!” Brian, CEO at Delta Ministries International; helps coordinate an annual ConneXion event.

“Because… passionate about seeing people trained and mobilized to serve effectively in God’s global mission; I find it to be a terrific opportunity to prepare God’s people for missions and ultimately serve our Lord.” Greg, Global Studies Chair, Multnomah University, serving on the Board of Mission ConneXion.

“Because … my wife and I believe that Mission ConneXion is the best event in the Pacific Northwest to educate and mobilize individuals for global missions.  The January event does what no individual church could do alone.” Steve, Pastor of Gospel Fellowship Community Church, Portland, serving on the Board, and on the Steering Team.

“Because… I love the vision of Mission ConneXion, and have seen resources and the network opportunities it offers churches, missions agencies, and mission minded individuals; and because I have personally seen dozens of specific instances where Mission ConneXion has not only called people into missions’ service, but also provided them the knowledge, experience, and support to get them on the mission field!” Matt, Mobilizer with Open Arms International and facilitator for an annual ConneXion event.

Ephesians 2:10  says: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. “

1 Peter 4:10  says: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Volunteers NeededThese volunteers are just like you, desirous to do good works using the gifts that God has given you as good stewards. If you would like to meet those quoted above, mark your calendars now, and please plan to join us for our next Steering Meeting, Thursday, June 15th, at 9:00am, at City Bible Church (9200 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97220) in the upstairs conference room.

Perhaps you’d like to know what specific areas we are needing volunteer help with?  Please sign up here so we can begin to get you connected to your area of service.  We can’t promise you that you will become a cross-cultural worker, but, like these volunteers, we can guarantee that your life will be enriched.

 

 

Is Easter Meaningless?

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

When Jesus told His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” in Matthew 28:19, he was referring to all ethnic groups or people groups, rather than geopolitical populations. A people group is essentially a collection of individuals who have a common sense of history, language, beliefs, and identity.

For how many of these groups is Easter meaningless?Unreached-groups

Today, 42% of the world’s population is considered “unreached” or “unengaged” and would NOT be familiar with the Story of Jesus – that God became a man; who proclaimed the love of God; was rewarded by being put to death and placed in a tomb; that He came back to life in three days, and that He now offers forgiveness, hope, and life over death for those who choose to follow Him.  For 42% of the world’s population, Easter IS meaningless.

I remember teaching a college class in my church years ago and I asked “What is the Great Commission?” A zealous business student jokingly replied, “about 25%”!

We all laughed because most everyone in the class knew what I was asking. But so many today would not even understand the question, even if you explained it! The five unengaged people groups today (referred to as “UPG’s”) include Tribals, Hindus, Chinese, Muslims, and Buddhists. Many of these groups live not only in far-away places that you cannot even pronounce, but many are our neighbors who study in our schools, and work for the Nike’s, Intel’s and employers we do.

At Mission ConneXion we are pleased to be able to engage the Great Commission Jesus left us with by connecting God’s people to mission through our partnerships with churches and mission organizations. One of those agencies is New Tribes Mission (NTM). Watch Paiye of the Moi tribe in Papua, who was reached by NTM missionaries, tell the Easter story in his own words.

There is no doubt when you watch Paiye that even without understanding his language, you can clearly understand his heart, and the life change he is experiencing!

I can get just as animated over what Jesus has done in my life, and I also rejoice that, in a small way, we get to be involved, through equipping opportunities like Muslim, Prayer, and Student ConneXion events, in making Easter Meaningful among those here and far-off – for whom Jesus is still a mystery!

 

#TBTuesday: Praying Without Borders

By Wendy Morgan

(This article originally appeared in May 2016, as Wendy and Mission ConneXion looked forward to its first ever Prayer ConneXion.)

15-12-03 Wendy 1My story here is simple because, well, it’s just one piece of my story.

It was just a few years ago that I was attending Crossroads Community Church and Mission ConneXion Northwest was soon to be held there.  I was asked by Crossroads to serve as the lead registration volunteer.  Now, I was still pretty new to the area and had never heard of this organization, but I said yes; and by the end of the event, a “connexion” had been made!  I was asked to do the same for Mission ConneXion.

My attendance was sporadic at first.  Looking back, I suppose I came when I believed I was needed; but over time, I wanted to be there, wanted to be a part of this amazing organization.  It was a time and place where, regardless of the business at hand, the focus was always God first.  We opened in Scripture and prayer, we discussed needs and progress, we prayed often during the meetings as more difficult subjects emerged, and always concluded in prayer.  There was no need that was not met through prayer.

Eventually, the need for a new minute keeper arose; again, I was asked to step in.  I gladly said yes as this would definitely keep me coming.  God even gave me a job that allowed me to take the time to attend in the middle of the work day.  Funny thing, too, about taking notes – you pick up on a lot more details.  So, when it was mentioned that Mission ConneXion was planning a Prayer and Spiritual Warfare ConneXion for 2016, there I was taking notes, writing down the name of the speakers, where they were from, what their stories were, why they were selected.

You see, God had slowly been working on my heart in the area of prayer specifically.  I was sadly like many believers who believed we should pray, did pray some, but never truly grasped the depth of what prayer is – the power of and partnership with God Almighty.  This was something I knew was missing from my walk with the Lord.  So, I looked up the speakers and ordered No Easy Road by Dick Eastman.War Room

This was about the same time that the movie War Room was playing in local theaters.  The message was clear – prayer is a powerful weapon and we must pray (I’m afraid my cup of coffee would have been lukewarm, too)!  So, my husband and I emptied a closet, literally, and made our war room.  About that time, the book arrived and we began reading and learning and, most importantly, praying.

I am thankful for the connection God gave me simply by saying “Yes, I’ll serve,” but there are not words enough to portray my gratitude to our Savior for bringing me to my knees and closer to His heart.  Oh, the joy inexplicable!   And my journey has only just begun…

Editor’s Note: Wendy has since served as our Registration Coordinator and now serves as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator for the Mission ConneXion Northwest event. She will be one of the workshop instructors at this year’s Prayer ConneXion. Next month: Read Wendy’s recap of Prayer ConneXion 2016 (“Out of the Desert”) and learn how this conference impacted her and her prayer life.

 

Letters to the Editor – March 2017

What MCNW Has Meant to Me

I believe it was David Moore, currently working with Wycliffe in Indonesia, who introduced me to Mission ConneXion Northwest some years ago. Since then, I have attended over a dozen conferences. Each year I have come away with a heightened sense of the vastness and variety of the missions’ movement. I have been challenged, informed, and encouraged.

Besides the informative workshops, the motivating speakers, and the inspiring music, a side benefit is re-connecting with friends from years past. I especially look forward to speaking with representatives from Black Forest Academy where my wife and I spent three significant years.

A special blessing occurred when a former student of mine at Faith Bible High School, Laura Hewett, became a missionary teacher at Black Forest Academy. MCNW played a part in this as I remember Laura talking to a representative from BFA at MCNW.

I attend Laurel Community Church, where I serve as the Missions Deacon. We encourage our members to attend MCNW so they can realize the scope of Christian missions and the impact it has had and is having on the world.

Three things that I have learned at MCNW that have helped me are the following:

  1. 1. God is at work today in some of the most difficult places in the world.
  2. God can use whatever abilities a person has on the mission field.
  3. God is at work in one of the least churched cities in America, our own Portland, Oregon.

Thank you, Bill and the many others, who continue to provide leadership for this modern day missionary endeavor.

Sincerely, Chuck Felton

 

First Women’s Track for Mission ConneXion Northwest

What an honor being invited to be a part of the first Women’s Track at Mission ConneXion Northwest! It was an easy decision when Wendy Palau called and asked me to be a part of this event, as I always look forward to opportunities to help encourage and support women in ministry. Little did I know the impact it would have on me. What a joy it has been to see Mission ConneXion grow throughout the years and continue to be forward thinking on how to steward the conference experience.

The challenge given to us was “Who is Able” and in Christ we are! Whatever the ministry or mission we feel called to has to be rooted in our identity in Christ. The Lord pressed on my heart the first track of this event should be encouragement in how to be rooted properly in our identity in Christ before we do anything.  The ministry we commit to does not define who we are; God does. What a great reminder in a world which suffers a real identity crisis.

I walked away from this weekend challenged. I was reminded to get up each morning and live the day God gives me, whatever that might look like. Live with great joy knowing that everything in our day matters, the big and the small.

I was also reminded that I am not alone. We have so many brothers and sisters in Christ who are committed to spreading the gospel and uniquely gifted in ways that I could never imagine. I loved seeing and meeting so many different ministry partners being used by God all across the world. I look forward to listening to the tracks that I could not attend, to be encouraged and equipped in my own walk with the Lord.

Psalm 145:3-7…

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds.

 I hope to see you next year!   ~Sheri Lozano

Editor’s Note: You can listen to and download Sheri’s session, entitled, “Ma’am, Can I See Your I.D?” here.

 

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