Come join your friends from across North America! Inspire is a new kind of gathering where ministry leaders and other passionate Christians will meet together for shared learning, to swap ideas and be inspired. Communities of World Renew delegates and Ambassadors will learn alongside church planters, and Story Hour leaders alongside campus ministry leaders. Imagine the conversations! We heartily encourage you to invite your network to…well…be inspired!
The flexible format will allow you to create your own learning event based on your interests and passions. Of the 75 breakouts, there are seven (Gracious! That’s about 10%!) that are particularly exciting for people with heart for World Renew’s ministry. These sessions can help you learn from the best practices that World Renew has gleaned in our fifty-five year history of combating poverty and transforming communities worldwide, and apply these ideas in your own local communities. You can find out more about each of these sessions on the Inspire website under the Sessions tab. I suggest you check out:
- Principles of Engaging Community Transformationally (Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo and Carol Bremer-Bennet)
- Changed for Life (Iona Buisman, Mary Dykstra and Reesheda Washington)
- Live Just.Ly With Your Community (Kris VanEngen)
- Mission Minded: From Paternalism to Partnership
- Changing the Story in Your Neighbourhood Community (Tammy Heidbuurt and Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo)
- Immigrants are a Blessing (Kelsey Herbert, Cameron Klapwyk, Liz Dong)
- The Blanket Exercise (Shannon Perez, Viviana Cornejo)
Inspire 2017 isn’t just a World Renew conference, however. There will also be a lot more that you can learn and experience. The large group gatherings will provide us all an opportunity to worship together as a binational, multi-ethnic, inter-generational denomination. The main gathering speakers—Ann Voskamp, Richard Mouw, Harvey Carry, Ruth Padilla DeBorst—will have great insights for all of us. There will also be a gospel choir, some off-site trips, evening entertainment, and many opportunities to connect with other people involved in all types of ministry in local congregations. You won’t want to miss this!
Inspire 2017 runs from Thursday, Aug. 3 at 5:00 PM, through Aug. 5 at noon. During that time, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn, to share, to expand your understanding and to develop new insights. Plenty of coffee time before the day begins, and plenty of friendship time after the sessions are done. It will be Inspirational.