Join mission leaders at First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio for the fourth Connecting Mission Leaders conference. It is a wonderful opportunity to learnmeet other mission-minded people, network with friends, and “fill your cup.”





Keynote Speaker

Dr. Miriam Adeney is an author and associate professor of world Christian studies at Seattle Pacific University.  She earned her BA from Wheaton College, her  MA from Syracuse University and her PhD from  Washington State University.  She has been on faculty at SPU since 1976.

Dr. Adeney is an anthropologist, a missiologist, and an author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.

Joining her will be Dr. Tharwat Wahba, Mission Chair at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo



Working Schedule

Thursday, October 26

3:30 pm     Registration open at First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio

5:30 pm     Welcome/Conference Overview

5:45 pm     Dinner 

7:00 pm     Evening Prayer and Praise  

7:30 pm     Plenary 1 

8:45 pm     Networking

Friday, October 27

  Breakfast on your own

  9:00 am     Worship

  9:45 am     Break

10:00 am     Plenary 2

11:15 am     Singing 

11:30 am     Stories of Faith and Faithfulness 

Noon           Lunch

1:00 pm       Breakout Session One

2:00 pm       Break  

2:15 pm       Breakout Session Two

3:15 pm       Free Time until after dinner (dinner at area restaurants)

7:00 pm       Evening Prayer and Praise  

7:15 pm       Plenary 3 

8:30 pm       Networking

Saturday, October 28

  Breakfast on your own

  8:30 am       Worship

  9:15 am       Break

  9:30 am       Breakout Session Three

10:30 am       Break

10:45 am       Plenary 4 

12:00 pm       Thank You and Box Lunches 





Workshop Sessions

In addition to dynamic plenary speakers, great worship and music, and invaluable networking opportunities, the conference will offer nine unique and informative workshop sessions.


Friday Session 1

Business as Mission (BAM)

Andrew Adair and Tom Hawker, The Antioch Partners

God is using the Business as Mission (BAM) movement to further the work of His Kingdom in challenging contexts like North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia. This presentation will introduce you to BAM, explore ways you can be involved, and consider strategies for mobilizing your church for BAM.

Every Church Engaged in Church Planting

Rev. Dr. Matthew Lee, ECO National Church Planting Catalyst

In this session, we will address the reasons why every church should engage in church planting and how every church can practically engage in it.

Engaging Millennials in Mission Panel

Discussion Facilitated by Jen Haddox, ECO Director of Global Engagement

We want to engage the next generation in God’s mission, but how? Young adults in their 20s and 30s, referred to as the Millennial generation, may seem absent or uninterested in our mission initiatives. But how might the church grow from the unique strengths and perspectives they can offer? 

This workshop will bring together practitioners (and Millennials) to help us discover the tremendous gifts young adults have to contribute and consider ways to engage their passion and experience. 

Joining this conversation are Kris Keating (Director of Hillside Missions Organizations and World Horizons), Brian Wallace (Associate Minister of Pittsburgh Presbytery), and Hannah Teague (Creative Director for Frontier Fellowship).

Friday Session 2

Our Biblical Mandate: Ministering to Immigrants and Refugees

Panel Discussion Facilitated by Tom Widmer, The Outreach Foundation

Jesus calls us to care for and minister to immigrants and refugees. “He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people, and gives them food and clothes. So then, show love for those foreigners, because you were once foreigners in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:18-19). With more than 42 million immigrants in the US, the church has much opportunity to show love for “those foreigners”.  Many of our Presbyterian churches are doing unique immigrant and refugee ministry in fulfillment of the scriptures. 

This session will be a panel discussion sharing how four different congregations are doing immigrant and refugee ministry. The open discussion will allow other attendees to ask questions, share what they are doing, and brainstorm ways that we can be the “hand of God” to our brothers and sisters in exile. Leave the session with practical ministry ideas for your own church.

Small Churches in Mission - Make no excuse!

Rev. Camille Josey, Small Church Mission Catalyst, The Outreach Foundation

Jeremiah said "I'm too young." Moses said, "I'm not articulate." Sarah laughed in God's face. Jonah ran as fast as he could in the opposite direction. There always seems to be a good excuse for why we can't be the ones whose feet carry the good news, who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and heal the sick.

The small church is not immune from making excuses: "We can't afford it," or "We don't have enough people." What we miss when we make excuses is that it is never in our own strength that we go, but in God's. It's not our resources that matter, but God's. In this workshop we will explore some of the ways in which we can learn to see beyond the very real limitations of the small church to the power of the One who sends us out.

Reaching Muslims Here – Right where You Live

Mark, Muslim Outreach Coach, EPC World Outreach

When it comes to Muslims, is your church more like Jonah...or like Jesus? Muslims are coming to America as students, immigrants, and even as refugees fleeing oppression. How will we respond? This workshop is designed to help you move people in your church from fear and anger toward Muslims to Jesus-like responses of compassion and a confident sharing of the Good News.  Come and gain practical tools for reaching Muslims right where you live...right here...right now...in America.

Saturday Session

Connecting with the Church in Egypt

Tharwat Wahba, Ph.D., Chair of Missions Dept., Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo; Chair of Council of Pastoral and Outreach Ministries

In this workshop session, Tharwat will discuss the Synod of the Nile’s ministries in church planting, revitalization, mission and discipleship. He will also discuss the role of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in equipping leaders for God's work in Egypt and beyond. Participants will learn about models of ministry that could apply here in the United States. They will also learn how they can practically partner with the church and God’s mission in Egypt.

Mission and Money Matters

Rob Weingartner, Executive Director, The Outreach Foundation

In an era where mission leadership and initiative have shifted away from the West, what is the role of declining wealthy churches? This workshop will explore ways in which American congregations can address the burden of wealth as they seek to form global mission relationships that involve giving and receiving and that build up each partner for God’s mission to the world. We will also look at congregational mission funding principles and practices.

Finishing the Task--  But How?

Jack Klassen, Board Member, Frontier Fellowship and Mission Chair, FIrst Presbyterian Church, San Mateo, CA


  •  3 critical concepts for engaging and reaching the Unreached
  • How relationships with indigenous leaders turn into partnerships
  • How local church experiences are getting results

     Jack brings a history of local church involvement with church planting ministries in Northern India.  It's all about relationships. 





Hotel Registration    

Preferred rates have been arranged at two hotels near the church. 
Make your reservations directly with the hotel of your choice by clicking on the links below:


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Alamo Plaza Convention Center

Group Rate: $119.00 plus tax per night (available soon)

Valet Parking: $24.00 plus tax per night

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Alamo Plaza Convention Center

Group Rate: $129.00 plus tax per night (available soon)

Valet Parking: $24.00 plus tax per night



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