Mission Connexion Northwest 2016


Sunset Presbyterian Church

14986 NW Cornell Rd.

Portland, OR 97229





Founder and Executive Director

The Voices Project

Bob Goff, Mission Connexion



Restore International


Love Does

Steve Hawthorne, Mission Connexion





Perspectives Course


Executive Director/CEO:

Lausane Movement

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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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

The Basics of School Partnerships

Written by Stephanie Wieber
Director of City Gospel Movements at the Luis Palau Association

The consistent, enduring presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life can be the difference
between staying in school or dropping out, making healthy decisions or engaging in risky behaviors,
and realizing one’s potential or failing to achieve one’s dreams.
— The Mentoring Effect

With more churches than schools in most communities we have an amazing opportunity to step in and be the difference. Creating a church-school partnership will take time, patience and consistently showing up, and the reward will be life giving.  According to beUndivided there are a series of steps to take in order to begin a church-school partnership.

The first thing that a church needs to do is have no agenda.  Initiate a meeting with the school administration, ideally the principal, and offer up a simple phrase, “we want to help, and we would like to know what your needs are.”  This is simple, but profound.

Next, simply listen to their needs and take those needs back to your church community and assess what would be possible for your church to accomplish.

And finally, commit to the needs you feel that are reasonable for your community to meet and continue to show up.  This last piece is so important.  Continue to be a presence and continue to build trust.  The compounded interest of continuing to show up will pay off in huge dividends for the Kingdom.

Editor’s Notes: Are you interested in school partnerships between your church and your community? Here are some additional ways you can learn about the process and glean from others who have been successful in these attempts.

  • Sign up for the September National School Partnership Call to hear from cities that do this well, to learn best practices, and to connect through the sharing of current stories. Simply email Stephanie Wieber at stephanie.wieber@palau.org to be added to the list!
  • Check out beUndivided.com, LovingHouston.Net, or LifeRemodeled.com for more information, insightful resources, training materials, and ideas of how this approach is working in other cities.

Does the name “Stephanie Wieber” sound familiar? We were blessed to have Stephanie as one of our workshop presenters at Mission ConneXion Northwest 2017: Who Is Able? Conference! Her workshop recording is still available online and is free to download.


Hope that Must Be Shared!

By Bill MacLeod, Executive Director

Not long ago I sat down with Jamie Winship, one of our plenary speakers for this January’s Mission ConneXion Northwest event. His coming to Christ prior to becoming a policeman in Washington, D.C. is intriguing enough, not to mention his learning dependence upon the Holy Spirit to share his new-found faith in an environment generally incompatible with Christian witness. Little did he know that the Lord was preparing him to spend over 25 years in the Muslim world, teaching people how to hear from JESUS and live in His Kingdom. Reflecting on our “There is Hope.” 2018 theme, he recently shared with me how hope transformed his own life, and what he anticipates for January…

I first experienced the hope of Jesus in my life at age seventeen on January 28, 1977 in a hospital room in Leesburg, VA.

I had suffered a knee injury that I thought would thwart my dream to be a police officer.  The morning following major surgery, I was greeted by a nurse, who was determined that I not be discouraged by circumstances in my life, but be encouraged by trusting in the One Who gives life to each human being.

Though I vigorously opposed the message of this amazing nurse, she persisted in meeting with me for five days and her sense of “hope” overcame my sense of anger and despair, causing me to step into the real source of hope…the Person of Jesus.

Realizing that a relationship with Jesus brings a hope that never disappoints to the life of everyone who believes, I understood that sharing Jesus with others in my vocation as a police officer was the only real way to advance the Kingdom of God and battle the essence of evil. Furthermore, I discovered the value of presenting the hope of Jesus into refugee communities in the USA as a bridge to cultural assimilation trust and transformation.  Once I saw the hope of Jesus transform refugee populations in the USA, I knew God was moving me toward the bringing of “Jesus-Hope” to foreign fields.

My sense is that many Christians in America have actually lost their sense of hope in God. As a result, we are moving about our lives in fear, trying desperately to self-promote and self-protect ourselves against an ever growing and advancing evil world.

This must change.

Through scripture and story I want to talk about how the Hope of Jesus is on the move in the world in the darkest places, and how our greatest joy should be to join in the advance of Jesus-Hope. In order to do this, we must experience the Hope of Jesus in our own lives.

If it’s true that we can’t give away what we don’t have; then we need to have hope rekindled within ourselves and…

 Get Back Out There!  There is Hope!


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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