Track: Globally Engaged ChurchesAnnette Esler

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Globally Engaged Churches

For church leaders, mission pastors and mission-minded individuals who are involved in global discipleship, partnerships, church/agency relationships and the essential role of church in missions.

How Do I Get My Pastor Engaged in Missions? Cracking the Code

Thursday @ 3:30pm

It’s been said, “When it comes to missions in the church, the pastor either holds the key to the front door or holds the padlock.”

Mission Pastors and mission teams that operate without buy-in from key church leaders often struggle to build momentum. In most churches, until senior pastors have embraced a mission vision for their churches, missions will likely remain in the margins. Simply put, unless church leaders shed the spiritual blood that forging a world-changing vision requires, they probably won’t become champions of that vision. So how do we crack the code of pastoral engagement in missions?


Matthew Ellison

President and Co-Founder
Sixteen:Fifteen

Matthew was rescued by Jesus when he was 23 years old. In 1993 he began serving as the Mission Pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque, NM where he graduated from their School of Ministry. He founded an international short-term ministry called “LifeLine Missions” that gave thousands across the country the opportunity to experience the mission field firsthand. Now, he coaches local churches to discover and use their unique gifts to make Christ known among all nations. Matthew lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife, Renee, and their three children, Matthew, Caleigh and Landin.

Missionary Preparation: Distinguishing the Roles of Church and Agency

Friday @ 8:30am

This workshop will highlight the special role of the local church in missionary preparation, and emphasize how important the partnership with sending agencies can be to maximize the world impact for any size church. Participants will be encouraged to think about these questions

  • What is the basis of the church’s role in missionary training?
  • What are the four universal building blocks that help to develop God’s people?
  • What are the characteristics of an effective missionary sending agency?

Steve welcomes this opportunity to be a catalytic resource for churches who want to move forward toward an intentional strategic relationship in global ministry.


Steve Beirn

Global Ministries Pastor
Calvary Church

Steve Beirn is the Global Ministries Pastor at Calvary Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, providing leadership in mobilizing the local church to recruit, prepare, send and sustain their members in cross-cultural ministry. Calvary Church has approximately 100 of their members serving cross-culturally. Steve’s commitment to advancing world missions has taken him to over 40 countries. His book “Well Sent: Reimaging the Church’s Missionary-Sending Process”, has recently been translated into Mandarin. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) for 18 years. He and his wife, Lorraine, have three children and five grandchildren.

Team Conflict: The Church’s Role in Missionary Conflict Resolution

Friday @ 1:30pm

Team conflict is one of the primary threats to the success of cross-cultural workers. In this workshop you will learn of your church’s vital role in the following areas: Preparing your missionaries for success in dealing with team conflict; encouraging transparency for the free flow of information critical in the beginning stages of conflict; understanding the causes of team conflict and identifying problematic responses from both church and agency; helping your missionary successfully resolve conflict.

Linda Parker, MFT

Professional Therapist
Olive Tree Counseling Center

Linda Parker holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Georgia State University. She held a private counseling practice for 30 years in southern California, including trips overseas teaching and counseling missionaries and national Christians for mental health. She was the first director of Trinity Church’s Missionary Care Team and co-author of the recently released book Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care. Linda recently moved to Central Asia serving as a Professional Therapist to missionaries in the region through Olive Tree Counseling Center.

Mobilization, Missionary Care, Vision – Panel Discussion

Friday @ 3:30pm

For years, the Church has outsourced the Great Commission to missionary sending agencies. Do parachurch organizations exist because the local church is ignoring Christ’s last command by delegating the call to mission organizations? Sending agencies fulfill a very strategic role within the Kingdom, but the Church has a clear mandate to fulfill God’s redemptive plan for the nations.This panel (Linda Parker, Steve Beirn, Matthew Ellison) will explore what the late Dr. Ralph Winter meant by our efforts today in any part of the world will be most effective only if both of these two structures (church and agency) are fully and properly involved and supportive of each other.

David J. Wilson

Director of Church Relations
Avant Ministries

For the last 20 years, he has served as a Mission Pastor in local churches in North Carolina and Southern California. He is the General Editor for Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care and the Author of Transforming Missionaries: A Short-Term Mission Guide. He has received a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Campbell University. He and his wife Lorene live in Kansas City, MO.

Linda Parker, MFT

Professional Therapist
Olive Tree Counseling Center

Linda Parker holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College and a M.Ed. in Counseling from Georgia State University. She held a private counseling practice for 30 years in southern California, including trips overseas teaching and counseling missionaries and national Christians for mental health. She was the first director of Trinity Church’s Missionary Care Team and co-author of the recently released book “Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Missionary Care”. Linda recently moved to Central Asia serving as a Professional Therapist to missionaries in the region through Olive Tree Counseling Center.

Steve Beirn

Global Ministries Pastor
Calvary Church in Lancaster

Steve provides leadership in mobilizing the local church to recruit, prepare, send and sustain their members in cross-cultural ministry. Calvary Church has approximately 100 of their members serving cross-culturally. Steve’s commitment to advancing world missions has taken him to over 40 countries. His book “Well Sent: Reimaging the Church’s Missionary-Sending Process”, has recently been translated into Mandarin. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) for 18 years. He and his wife, Lorraine, have three children and five grandchildren.

Matthew Ellison

President & Co-Founder
Sixteen:Fifteen

Matthew was rescued by Jesus when he was 23 yrs. old. In 1993 he began serving as the Mission Pastor at Calvary of Albuquerque, NM where he graduated from their School of Ministry. He founded an international short-term ministry called “LifeLine Missions” that gave thousands across the country the opportunity to experience the mission field firsthand. Now, he coaches local churches to discover and use their unique gifts to make Christ known among all nations. Matthew is the President and co-founder of Sixteen:Fifteen, and currently lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife, Renee, and their three children, Matthew, Caleigh and Landin.

Living on Purpose for Missional Impact

Saturday @ 9:15am

In this workshop, you will hear of God’s global movement of people and the immense opportunity this affords us for sharing the Gospel in and through our work. Attendees will learn how to cast a vision within our churches by learning principles of Business as Mission and Business for Transformation. There are many different resources and approaches for engaging church members in BAM and B4T, so church leaders are encouraged to attend this workshop. But more than that, pastors will benefit from engaging business leaders in this movement of God in the church and in the world.

Jim Lapinski

Vice President
Innovation and MarketplaceCrossworld

A 1980 graduate of University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business, Jim enjoyed 30 successful years in leadership roles working for companies such as NCR, AT&T and IBM Corporation. In 2007, he helped found a non-profit to resource indigenous nationals across Asia. He joined Crossworld’s leadership in 2010 to help recast its vision and transform its business model. Jim travels globally, coaching and training leaders on the principles of transformational business. Married for 36 years, Jim and his wife, Sue, have three grown daughters and live in Kansas City, MO.