Tenth reserves two weekends in November for the annual Global Outreach Conference, where we welcome home global partners on home service and get a renewed vision for God's work in the world.
The conference also opens the congregation’s eyes to cross-cultural opportunities in their own neighborhoods and provides resources for those exploring a call to career service.
Global Outreach: Fall Missions Festival 2016
Saturday, November 12
Annual Banquet: 6:00 PM
- Location: Fellowship Hall
- Scott, our partner in Asia, will be reporting on his work.
- Nursery provided.
- Activities for Elementary Students and for Middle School, The Amazing Race!
- $8 per person (max $22 per family); No charge for students or those in financial need.
- RSVP in Fellowship Hall on October 23 or October 30. Or, REGISTER online.
Sunday, November 13
Breakfast with Partners: 9:00 AM
- Location: 1716 Pine, 2 Middle
- Phil & Joy Kirkland, partners in Athens, Greece, speaking
- Scott & Vicky speaking
Morning Services: 9:00 & 11:00 AM
- Parade of Flags
- Michael Oh, Executive Director of Lausanne Committee for Global Evangelization, preaching
Evening Service: 6:30 PM
- Phillip Kirkland, Tenth partner in Athens, Greece, preaching
Read about the themes, topics, events, and speakers from past conferences.
Past Conference Speakers
2014 Conference: The Untold Story
November 1-16, 2014
Worldwide 86% of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus do not personally know a Christian.* Not only have they not heard the gospel, there’s no one to tell them the story. And as the Apostle Paul so pointedly asked, “...how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” — Romans 10:14b
In this digital age, it’s easy to think the answer is the internet or even old-fashioned publishing. But when you realize that 80% of the unreached can’t read, it’s obvious there’s no shortcut: we have to pray and we have to send people. And those people have to learn how to tell that old story in a way those in their new culture can understand. What does it take?
One worker in Tibet reported, “"When I first started studying Tibetan I was told that Tibetans have no word for forgiveness. I thought that must be an exaggeration--surely every language must have a way of asking and granting forgiveness. When Bible translators looked for a way to talk about forgiveness, the word in the Tibetan dictionary had connotations of retribution, revenge, dishonor and punishment."
How would you explain the gospel in Tibet? Join us as we consider the challenge of the untold story and hear from partners working in some of the world’s hardest places. Listen as they bare their hearts. What they see God doing may astound you.
*from Discovering the Unseen, published by Interserve, 2014.
When Closed Doors Swing Wide
Sunday, November 2, 12:45 PM
What happens when people pray? Hear Global Partner “C” detail surprising developments opening the way to a church-run hospital in an unreached country. Join Medical Campus Outreach for lunch in Fellowship Hall as they welcome back a well-loved colleague. RSVP requested.
Saturday, November 8, 7-8:30 PM
What ensues when you ask global partners to give you their best story about sharing Christ? What challenges do they face communicating the gospel cross-culturally? Join us for a night of riveting tales, exotic teas, and international desserts as we glimpse God’s work in other lands. $3 for individuals, $10 per family Register via AccessTenth.
Rx for Soul Cure
Saturday, November 15, 9:30-11:30 AM
Can medical professionals effectively share their faith with their patients even in hostile contexts? Hear a panel of practitioners serving in closed countries, Muslim lands, and the developing world discuss how they seek to offer health to both body and soul. Enjoy a stimulating colloquy over coffee and a continental breakfast.
Global Outreach Conference 2013: Europe & the Persistent Lover
November 2-10, 2013
Europe, once the center for Christian fealty and education, principal sender of missionaries, and ground-zero of the Protestant Reformation, has left her first love, Christ.
As churches empty and towering cathedrals are left to crumble, secularism rushes to fill the void. In Spain alone an estimated thirteen million people—a number equal to the population of Pennsylvania—have not heard the gospel. In England the number of evangelicals has fallen to less than 2% and in France, where 80% of the population has never owned or even seen a Bible, there are fewer Christians per capita than in Pakistan or Saudi Arabia.
And yet God keeps calling, pursuing the nations, wanting us for his own.
We learned how God is pursuing Europe. We heard from Pastor Giotis Kantartzis, pastor of the First Evangelical Church in Athens; global partner Philip Kirkland in Europe, and church planter Norman MacKay in Scotland. We interacted with our global partners at the life-sized Missionopoly game on November 2. And we tapped our toes to traditional Scottish fiddle and dancing at the Dressed to Kilt international dinner on November 9.
Europe & the Persistent Lover Conference Schedule:
November 2, 2013, 5-8 PM
Missionopoly was all fun and games as we enjoyed one-on-one interaction with our global partners and teams traversed the giant monopoly board. We tried ethnic foods, took passport photos, learned about the least-reached people groups, and experienced the cultural implications of tea! Teams of five or six visited partner spaces and earned stickers. The teams that collected the most stickers won prizes. Read our blog recap of the evening here.
November 3, 2013
9 & 11 AM: Giotis Kantartzis, Pastor of the First Evangelical Church in Athens, preached “In Athens” (Acts 17:16–34).
MCO Lunch: John Kempen spoke on “Eye-ing Ethiopia: A Novel Approach to Academic Medical Missions.”
6:15 PM: Philip Kirkland, former Tenth International Fellowship director and Tenth global partner working in Athens, preached, “It’s Spreading” (Romans 15:8–21).
November 5-7, 2013
Global Partner Small Group Visits
Tuesday, November 5
Wednesday, November 6
Thursday, November 7
November 9, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM
Dressed to Kilt
We enjoyed a festive evening featuring special Highland music and dancers and Liam’s debut as a talk show host, interviewing Norman MacKay, church planter in Glasgow, Scotland, former missionary in Eastern Europe, and author of Global Warning: Third Millennium Threats to Jesus’ Great Commission Mandate.
November 10, 2013
Norman MacKay preached, "How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?"
9 & 11 AM: “Jesus as Founder” (Hebrews 12 :1–3).
6:15 PM: “Jesus as Visionary” (Hebrews 10:1–10).