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Diversity and Mission Mobilization
February 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST
In this webinar Michael will be disussing two studies that have just been completed focusing on opportunites and hinderances for people of color to take part in cross-cultural missions. The first study was done in partnership with Clarity Consulting and the Frontier Ventures Lab with focus groups of young African-American believers in Atlanta, Dallas and New York City. This provides first hand views, opinions and insights related to African-American involvement in global missions. The second study was a nation wide survey among young Black, Asian, and Hispanic Christians gaining insights and perspectives related to their knowledge of missions and willingness to consider being a missionary. We will over view the projects, key outcomes and insights and practical next steps for mission mobilizers and churches to consider in raising up new generations of missionaries.
Presenters: Michael VanHuis has been with Missio Nexus since September 2015 and serves in the role of Vice President. Michael has served on the mission field in Ghana, West Africa, has helped lead the operations of two different mission agencies, served as missions pastor, and a manager of a private family foundation. Michael serves as an advisor to mission agencies and churches, oversees Missio Nexus research efforts, and the Missio Nexus Innovation Fund. Michael earned a Masters of Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He and his wife, Laura, have five children and currently reside in Aurora, Illinois.
Michael will be joined by special guest Adrian Reeves, Ex. Dir. for the National African American Missions Council. Adrian Reeves is a missions mobilizer and Executive Director for the National African American Missions Council, a conglomerate of missionaries, churches, and missions agencies working to increase African American involvement in the Great Commission. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Pastor for Christ Kingdom Church in Prince George’s County, Maryland where he oversees Christian Education, Evangelism, Worship, Administration, and Family Life ministries. Having accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 12; Pastor Reeves has served the local church in various capacities: Youth Pastor, Trustee, Prison Ministry Coordinator, and Camp Director.
He majored in Sociology at the University of Maryland College Park receiving the Hillman Entrepreneurs Scholarship Award. His experience in human resources and non-profit management have allowed him to train ministry and marketplace leaders for positive cultural impact. Pastor Reeves is passionate about establishing healthy structures and strategies for organizations and institutions to thrive in an ever-changing environment. He is married to the delightful Lady Niesha Reeves and they have two wonderful children Adonis and Nyazia whom are both musically gifted. Recently he has established a new platform called “The Table of Brotherhood” to foster racial healing and create a safe space for Christians to address ethnic & racial issues and solutions from a Kingdom perspective. He sums up his life’s work reminding himself “Only what you do for Christ will last”.