PRE-CONVENTION ELECTIVES – JUNE 27 at 1:30PM
Understanding the World We Live In: Missions Education and Trip Training
Do you want to increase your church’s awareness of what’s happening in the world? Do you want to give your church tools to understand the global church? Recent research has shown that most people who go on mission trips do not experience life change. The one factor that affects this is whether the person has done pre- and post-trip training. In this session, you will be given FREE curriculum that can be used as trip training material for mission trips or simply as a class curriculum in missions education.
Andrew Gale was born and bred in the Church of God. He grew up in Andover, Kansas, at Hope Community Church, where his mother has served as children’s pastor.
He comes from a long line of Church of God ministers who planted and pastored churches in Kansas. He went to Anderson University for his undergraduate degree in Bible and religion and Spanish. While serving as the youth pastor of Park Place Church of God in Anderson, Indiana, he completed his master’s degree in intercultural service at Anderson University School of Theology. After five years as the missions pastor at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis, he began working on his PhD in missiology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Andrew is passionate about global connectivity and the ways we care for people living in poverty through international development work.
Before taking on the role of director for Global Strategy, Andrew managed Project Link, the Global Strategy program of nearly 100 projects in nearly 50 countries, as well as coordinated travel experiences for Global Strategy and worked with churches to plan travel experiences and train participants for intercultural ministry. Andrew also created A.One.8, a new cross-cultural missions training program for young people—high school and college-age—which began with a four-week pilot program in the summer of 2017.
Church Planting Made Easy
This presentation will give participants current effective tools, real life contemporary stories, and practical methods to assist the average judicatory, the average church, and the average Christian to plant churches of all kinds, in all places, for all kinds of people.
Mark Bane serves as the director of evangelism and new church development for the USA/Canada region of the
Church of the Nazarene. In his spare time, he is the lead pastor at a new church plant, Total Life Church (TLC), in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri.
After graduating from Trevecca Nazarene University, Mark continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, and the School of Large Church Management (Tract 2). He is certified as a personality trainer, as a senior master trainer (with Dynamic Church Planting, Int’l.), and as a church planting master assessment director. Mark spent nine years in youth ministry in Florida, Missouri, and Arkansas. He then pastored for twenty-six years in Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico (a portion of which was published in the book, A Holy Purpose), and Georgia. He has led the planting of nine churches while, at the same time, pastoring existing churches. Mark then served as district superintendent of the Joplin District for four years (June 2013–July 2017). Mark’s life mission is “win as many people to Jesus as possible, then die.” This has manifested in 1,500 souls joining the church, by profession of faith, in his pastoral ministry. Of those 1,500, 24 of those are now in ministry.
Mark and his wife Cheryl have been happily married for thirty-six years and have two adult children, Katie (Mike) Finn of Missouri, and Kelley (Jeff) Rossmann of Georgia.
Empowering Missional Disciples
Before Jesus left, he gave simple and clear instructions for his disciples to “Go, and make disciples.” Now, over 2,000 years later, as we look at the landscape of the Church of God and of Christianity as a whole, we are often left scratching our heads, asking, “Are we doing what Jesus instructed?” We are leading people through our new believer classes, enrolling them in our small groups, and encouraging them to read the Bible for themselves, but are we really making disciples the way Jesus intended? This elective will seek to develop a working definition for discipleship, lay out a simple (but hard) road map for discipling those in your congregation, and explore how to raise up empowered disciples with a Kingdom vision.
Pastor Michael Guzman lives in Exeter, California, and oversees the numerous Church of God congregations of the Central California region. He and his wife Kimberly
have been serving in ministry as a family on mission for the last fifteen years at the local and regional level. Michael loves coaching pastors and leaders, calling out and developing their God-given skills. Preaching the Word of God and seeing others fall in love with the Bible rank among his favorite things in ministry. Since 2010, Michael has been a part of 3D Movements. As a 3DM coach, consultant and communicator, he has worked with numerous pastors and churches across the US and Canada from a variety of denominations through coaching huddles, weekend workshops, and immersive learning communities.
Missions Issues in the World
Join Global Strategy and guest speakers in this session about missions issues in the world (ranging from natural disaster and religious violence, to poverty and immigration) and how our movement can continue to be on the cutting edge of global work.