April 21-23, 2020
Why a Missions Conference?
"After study, we have found that 51% of Churchgoers "don’t know of the Great Commission" (Barna Group, March 2018). “Churchgoing Millennials are about as likely to misidentify (36%) as to correctly identify (34%) the Great Commission. Although not even half of any age group knows the Great Commission well, the youngest adult generation is least likely to recognize it.” Alaska Bible College finds this disconcerting even though we had suspected The Great Commission wasn’t getting the attention that it did a generation ago. When we asked a few of our missionary friends if they had believed this claim was accurate in their spheres and their churches, they were affirmative."
- Professor Frank Emrick; Professor of Intercultural Studies
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mike Matthews
Dr. Mike Matthews is a consultant/trainer with Worldview Resource Group. He earned a Masters from Prairie Graduate School and completed a Ph.D with an emphasis on hermeneutics and metanarrative from Trinity Theological Seminary and Canterbury Christ Church University, England. He has lived and ministered in three geographical settings: Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. In each ministry context, the focus has been church planting among indigenous tribes. His various ministry roles have included church planter, Bible teacher, curriculum developer, church-planting consultant, and field director. Currently he and and his wife live in Northern Idaho, have four children, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
In 2017, Dr. Matthews released his first book A Novel Approach: The significance of Story in Interpreting and Communicating Reality.
Full Conference Schedule:
*Specific Breakout Session Information Coming Soon. Lunch & Dinner NOT PROVIDED by Alaska Bible College
Each day you will have the opportunity to hear from a local church pastor who loves the idea of leading a "mission minded church" and what that has to do with the Great Commission.
Tuesday: Pastor Jason Daughtry; Lazy Mountain Bible Church
Wednesday: Pastor Jonathan Walker; Church on the Rock
Thursday: Pastor John Wilson; Farm Loop Christian Center
Each day from 1:00pm-5:00pm you will have the opportunity to sit in on breakout sessions and workshops led by 10-15 different ministry organizations. These sessions will consist of practical and real problems that we could expect in many different missions contexts, and you will be part of the process in finding a solution.
Missions Organizations Include (Not a Complete List):
Victory Bible Camps
Wycliffe Bible Translators