WorldVenture missionaries, staff, and invited guests gathered Jan. 26-30 in Denver, Colo. for its annual Renewal Conference. Kicking off the week with two days of dedicated prayer, attendees enjoyed talks and workshops from WorldVenture leaders and other invited guests. Below are three can’t-miss talks from the week.
“Aim Big, Hit Big”
What’s it going to take to reimagine missions? Find out how President Jeff Denlinger encouraged and challenged listeners regarding the future of WorldVenture.
“Yes, we still want to find graduates of Bible colleges and seminaries,” said Jeff. “But we want to find engineers and doctors and nurses and teachers and artists, and everyone else who are making disciples in their spheres of life.”
Discipleship in Urban Contexts
Marty Shaw, Vice President of International Ministries, identified the irreducible complexity of missions to just one thing: discipleship.
“If you start churches you don’t necessarily get disciples. If you make disciples you will get churches,” he said.
Discover how Marty hopes to use WorldVenture’s 360° model of discipleship in urban contexts.
Fighting off Demons
Gerry Breshears, professor of systematic theology at Western Seminary, spoke on the topic of spiritual warfare at Renewal emphasizing how believers and missionaries must actively fight against dark spiritual forces in the world. “Satan’s scheme is to rob us of our true identity in God’s blessing. It never changes,” he said.
What are some of the signs pointing to demon involvement? Check out what Gerry has to say about accusing voices, cultish backgrounds, and what can happen when we quote Scripture and do other “Jesus-y stuff.”
“I really try to power people to do their own spiritual work. We can do a lot of it ourselves,” he said.