PRE-CONVENTION ELECTIVES – JUNE 27 at 1:30PM  


Understanding the World We Live In: Missions Education and Trip Training

Andrew Gale

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

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.

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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

Mark Bane

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

Mark Bane serves as the director of evangelism and new church development for the USA/Canada region of the

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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.

Missions Issues in the World

Join Global Strategy and their guest speaker in this session about missions issues in the world and how our movement can continue to be on the cutting edge of global work.

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