Mission Alive 2018

Workshops

Updated workshop descriptions

Alive to thrive: Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic

Presenters:

Ariel Rosario Abreu, secretary for Igliesa de los Hermanos
Daniel Jasael Bueno, theology director for Iglesia de los Hermanos
Jason and Nicole Hoover, Global Mission workers in the DR

Focus:

How many congregations and members are there? What role does the church play in Dominican culture? What ministries exist? How are pastors trained? If you find yourself wanting to learn more about questions like this, attend this presentation of the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic.


The Challenges of Leading a Church Through Boko Haram

Presenter:

Samuel Dali, former president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria)

Focus:

Dr. Dali will provide an overview of Boko Haram objectives and activities, the group’s religious deception, and its impact on EYN. With this context, Dr. Dali will share his personal experience of leading the church through crisis and the challenges that he faced. He will also highlight the current state of EYN and its present challenges.


Haiti Medical Project—an Expanding Brethren Calling to Meet Human Need in Haiti

Presenter:

Dale Minnich, Haiti Medical Project Consultant for Interpretation

Focus:

An update on Haiti Medical Project’s programs in mobile clinics, community health, pure water, and agriculture.


Living into the Vision for a Global Church of the Brethren

Presenter:

Jay Wittmeyer, executive director, CoB Global Mission and Service

Focus:

“The Church of the Brethren in the United States envisions a Global Church of the Brethren as a body of Brethren denominations, a spiritual community bound together by a common passion to be followers of Christ, a common New Testament theology of peace and service, and a common commitment to be in relationship with one another.” This vision forms the basis of a revised mission philosophy statement being put forth by Global Mission and Service. Come explore and dig deeper into this statement at the heart of this year’s Mission Alive theme.


The Long-Term Impact of Short-Term Mission Trips

Presenters:

Carolyn Fitzkee, mission trip leader, Chiques Church of the Brethren
Christie Hubner, mission trip leader, Frederick Church of the Brethren
Eric Reamer, pastor and mission trip leader, Buffalo Valley Church of the Brethren

Focus:

Learn how three congregations are building lasting relationships with Brethren around the world through short-term mission trips that combine service and fellowship. Presenters will provide tips on planning and leading mission trips and share how individuals and congregations can build and maintain mutual relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ, despite not sharing a common language.


Sharing Christ’s Love in China: Brethren in China Past, Present and Future

Presenters:

Ruoxia Li and Eric Miller, founders and directors, You’ai Care, China Eldercare USA

Focus:

Brethren mission has returned to Shanxi, China in the form of hospice care. In a country where evangelism is illegal, is it possible to provide a meaningful witness to Christ’s love? How does our work continue the work of our predecessors and what might the future hold?


Speak Up: Advocating for our Global Partners

Presenter:

Tori Bateman, peacebuilding and policy associate, CoB Office of Public Witness

Focus:

U.S. policy decisions have a huge impact on the humanitarian and peacebuilding efforts of our global partners, and your voice as a person of faith matters! Learn how you can support our global partners through both personal advocacy work and empowering others to share their stories.


Unbinding the Mission Committee

Presenter:

Hunter Farrell, director of World Mission Initiative, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Focus:

According to a 2015 nation-wide survey of congregational mission leaders, many complain that all they do is write checks. What are specific strategies you can help transform your church’s mission committee and increase the faithfulness and effectiveness of your church’s mission work?


Venezuela: una misión humanitaria y spiritual, a humanitarian and spiritual mission

Presenters:

Joel Peña, pastor, Alpha & Omega Church of the Brethren

Focus:

This workshop will provide general information about Venezuela and the mission of Church of the Brethren in this South American country immersed in the worst crisis of its history. In recent years, Venezuela has seen its economy collapse. Come to hear the news about the progress and challenges of ASIGLEH (Asociacion Iglesia de los Hermanos de Venezuela - Association Church of the Brethren Venezuela) in their 26 months of existence.


Other workshop presenters include:

  • Michaela Alphonse, pastor of Miami First Church of the Brethren
  • Marcos and Suely Inhauser, national directors, Igreja da Irmandade-Brasil (Church of the Brethren in Brazil)
  • Carol Mason, coordinator, CoB Global Mission Advocate Network
  • Etienne Nsanzimana, pastor, Church of the Brethren in Rwanda
  • Linda and Robert Shank, former CoB Global Mission workers