EKBALLO → Mid-America
5:30-6:45 Registration and Bookstore
7:00-7:30 Welcome and Worship
7:30-8:30 Session #1 – “Ekballo: Expel the Church;
Harvest the Nations”
9:00-10:00 Session #2 – Sacrificial Mission Senders
10:15-11:15 Session #3 Workshop – The Sending Church
David Sitton and Ron Sanford
10:15-11:15 Children’s Mission Workshop – Gibson/Anderson
11:30-12:30 Session #4 Workshop – Don’t Complicate the Missionary Call
12:30-2:00 Lunch and Learn – To Every Tribe
2:00-3:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A
3:00-7:00 Free Time and Dinner Break
7:00-8:30 Session #5 – Ekballo Prayer
9:45-10:30 Session #6 – Unreached Peoples
10:45-12:30 Worship Service – “Violent Faith Glorifies God and
Advances the Kingdom”
Ekballo: Expel the Church; Harvest the Nations
The primary way of recruiting laborers for mission is to pray them into the far-flung places where there is no gospel witness by asking the “Lord of the Harvest” to fling them. Ekballo is the word for “send (thrust) out” in Matthew 9:38 and also for “cast out” or “drive out” in Matthew 10:1. This is a call to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest by Jesus, through the means of our aggressive asking. The promise is that he will do it! Our experience is that he is doing it.
Sacrificial Mission Senders: Missionary Martyrs Need Sending Martyrs
Jesus called his disciples to a life of radical self-sacrifice for the sake of the gospel. Because this call is for all disciples, not just missionaries, it must include missionary "senders" as well as "goers." So what would it mean to be a self-sacrificial sender in the great task of missions? What did Jesus mean when, in the context of discussing finances, tells us to lay up treasure in heaven? What did he mean when he said that we must renounce everything that we have if we want to be his disciples (Luke 14:33)? This session will focus on what it meas to be a financial martyr in the work of reaching the nations for Christ.
The Sending Church: Moving Beyond the “Pray and Pay” Mentality
Mission is the work of the local church. Yet, many congregations have abdicated this responsibility and turn it over to mission agencies. What would it look like for your congregation to be a sending church? In this workshop, we will explore the role of a sending church and examples of how churches are reclaiming this responsibility for the advancement of the gospel.
Children's Mission Workshop
Introducing children to past and present missionaries and the Gospel mission.
Don’t Complicate the Missionary Call
No aspect of mission has been more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “missionary call.” In this workshop, you will be challenged to simplify your understanding of “the call” to the mission field, and learn what it takes to actually get or send someone there.
Ekballo Prayer: The Essential Nature of Prayer in the Gospel Mission
If we are to pray to the "Lord of the Harvest" to ekballo workers into the mission field, what does the Scripture teach us about effectual prayer? Explore the biblical admonitions and join in a concert of prayer.
Unreached Peoples: Who and Where They Are, How and Why We Should Reach Them
The Great Commission is to make disciples of all nations. Yet, more than 2000 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, 40% of the world’s nations (or people groups) still have no access to the gospel. Who are these remaining unreached peoples? Where are they located? What will it take to reach them? Why should we care? In this session, you will learn the answer to these questions.