the Missio CONFERENCE


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the Missio CONFERENCE


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WHAT IS THE MISSIO?

The Missio Conference’s name references the latin term, “Missio Dei,” which means “the mission of God.” We believe that God himself is on mission to redeem, renew, and restore and that He invites us to be a part of the beautiful story He is writing through Jesus Christ. This conference is about creating space for the Holy Spirit to speak to us, refresh us, and send us once again.  This conference is for ANYONE who longs to hear how and where they fit in God’s mission.

Each session will include a time of worship and teaching on God’s mission and our place in it.  We’ll also create some space to reflect upon and discuss what we hear God speaking to us.  Saturday afternoon will be a time of “missional workshopping” where we’ll receive practical equipping for our participation in God’s mission.

LOCATION: Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Avenue Modesto, CA 95350.

CONFERENCE COST: $25

SCHEDULE

There will be three plenary sessions (Friday Evening, Saturday Morning, Saturday Evening) that will include worship and teaching, followed by small group discussion. There will also be a time of “missional workshopping” on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday Night - 6:30-8:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)

Saturday Morning - 9:30-11:30am

Saturday Afternoon Workshops - 1:15-4:15pm

Saturday Evening - 6:30-8:30pm

*Meals will be on your own, but coffee and tea will be supplied in abundance!

KIDS

COST: There is no registration fee for children up to 6th grade!

There will be a children’s program (ages 4 to sixth grade) and child care (0-3) during each of the plenary sessions. Kids are welcomed to join the parents for the time of worship and then head off to the children’s program during where they will consider what mission means for them.

NOTE: we will not be offering a children’s program or childcare during the Saturday afternoon workshop portion of the conference.

Questions about the children’s program and childcare can be directed to Beth Gundlach at 209-527-4110.

MISSIONAL WORKSHOPS

Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from one of the following missional workshops:

Incarnational Neighboring: How do we practically love our neighbors, especially those neighbors who believe very different things than us, or come from different backgrounds? Matt and Martha Miles, who live and minister cross-culturally in Oakland, will lead a time of teaching, story, and collaboration.

The Missional Enneagram: You have a distinct personality. How might God use who you are to share who He is to others? Join Laura Thiel as we consider how our Enneagram types can be used to further God’s kingdom. *You will need to know your Enneagram number before attending. See this website to learn more about the Enneagram and to discover your number.

How to join a Disciple Making Movement: Jeremy Scott will share about his time catalyzing Disciple Making Movements in India and consider what it might look like for us to deploy these frameworks in our own contexts.

 

SPEAKERS


SPEAKERS


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Kurt THIEL

Director of InterVarsity Link

Kurt Thiel was called to student ministry in college as he shared Jesus with his dormmates and fraternity brothers. He has served InterVarsity as a campus minister and Area Director and has also worked with IFES in Slovakia. In his current role, Kurt seeks to connect InterVarsity with its sister movements within the IFES overseas. From Latin America to the Philippines, his ministry has taken him all around the world. 

 
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JEREMY SCOTT

Jeremy and his wife Heather have served as missionaries in Pakistan and India. In India, the Scotts helped catalyze a thriving disciple making movement, training local leaders to reach out with the good news of Jesus in their own communities.

After transitioning back to California in September, Jeremy and Heather and their four children now live in the East Bay where Jeremy works as an engineer.

 
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ZACH RILEY

Associate Pastor - Modesto Covenant Church

Zach is relatively new to MCC, having joined the staff in the summer of 2018. Previously, Zach has taught high school English, served a church in South Bay, and was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. One of Zach’s favorite quotes about mission comes from Swiss theologian Emil Brunner: “The Church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning.”

Zach and his wife Jill, live in Modesto with their three children. Together, they are learning what it means to be a family on mission.

WORKSHOP LEADERS


WORKSHOP LEADERS


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Laura thiel

“The Missional Enneagram Workshop”

Laura is the Director of Training for InterVarsity Link, a branch of InterVarsity that connects the U.S. movements with its sister movements in 160 countries.

Laura grew up in CA and graduated from Fresno State. She married Kurt in January of 1986 and together, they have been on staff with InterVarsity for the past 28 years. Laura is passionate about helping folks connect with God.  She also loves facilitating healing prayer and training up students and staff to carry out Jesus’ mandate to carry the Gospel to all nations.

Laura holds a Master Degree in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary as well as a certificate in Spiritual Direction from The Leadership Institute.

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Matt and MARTHA MILES

“Incarnational Neighboring Workshop”

Matt and Martha are missionaries in Oakland, CA with InnerCHANGE, a Christian Order among the poor. Drawing from the inspiration of classic orders within the historical church, InnerCHANGE teams fuel the expansion of God's kingdom among the poor with creativity and innovation.

Matt and Martha are passionate about befriending and walking with those on the margins in inner-city Oakland, and creating a community where all can encounter the power and healing of Jesus.

Matt (who grew up in the East Bay suburbs) and Martha (who grew up in rural Michigan) live in East Oakland with their three young boys.

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JEREMY SCOTT

“How to Join a Disciple Making Movement Workshop”

Jeremy and his wife Heather have served as missionaries in Pakistan and India. In India, the Scotts helped catalyze a thriving disciple making movement, training local leaders to reach out with the good news of Jesus in their own communities.

After transitioning back to California in September, Jeremy and Heather and their four children now live in the East Bay where Jeremy works as an engineer.