Mission Alive 2012, a conference sponsored by the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of Brethren, will take place Nov. 16-18 at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. The theme is “Entrusted with the Message” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20).
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The goal of the conference is to educate and invigorate church members to get involved in Church of the Brethren missions. This the third Mission Alive event since 2005, but the first in the tenure of the current mission executive.
Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service, is one of the speakers for the conference along with
-- Jonathan Bonk, a Mennonite minister and executive director of the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Conn., and editor of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research;
-- Josh Glacken, Mid-Atlantic regional director for Global Media Outreach;
-- Samuel Dali, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and chairman of the Governing Council of the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN); and
-- Suely Zanetti Inhauser, a family therapist and an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren who works as a pastor in Igreja da Irmandade (Brazil) and is co-coordinator for a Brazilian church planting project.
Workshops are also a large part of the event. Find a list of confirmed workshop leaders online (see the link below), with more details about workshops to come soon.
A special event during Mission Alive 2012 is a concert by REILLY, a Philadelphia-based band known for a unique blend of rock and dueling violins, an energetic live show, and spiritual depth. The concert is open to the public, for a charge of $5 per ticket at the door.
The conference begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and wraps up with worship on Sunday morning, Nov. 18. Registration for the full conference is $65 per person until Sept. 30, going up to $75 on Oct. 1. Family, student, and daily rates are available. Housing will be in local homes, with sign up for housing included in the registration process.
The Mission Alive planning team includes Bob Kettering, Carol Spicher Waggy, Carol Mason, Earl Eby, and Anna Emrick, coordinator for the Global Mission and Service office.
For more detailed information about Mission Alive 2012 and to register online, go to www.brethren.org/missionalive2012 .