‘Exhilarating’: IMB, NAMB Casts Mission Vision at Dallas Send Conference

Austin Stone Worship led music for the main sessions at the Send Conference in Dallas May 19-20, 2017. The conference — presented by the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board — included five worship sessions, four main speakers, three different breakout times featuring 30 guest speakers and one message — to redefine life on mission.
Photo by Nick Drake

Among a sea of attendees and volunteers in the Dr. Pepper Arena, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board’s Send Conference challenged attendees to examine and redefine their lives on mission.

More than 4,000 people paid and registered for the sold-out conference May 19-20 less than 30 miles north of Dallas in Frisco, Texas, which drew people from all states and three continents.

“Be careful not to manufacture a heart for missions outside a heart for Christ,” IMB president David Platt said to the crowd during opening session. “There is no one without the other, and if you think there is, you’ve got to redefine your thinking. There are times in your life that are redefining, and that’s what we’re praying the next couple of days will be.”

The theme, Redefine, brought church revitalizer John Herring of First Baptist Church in Prosper, Texas, back to Send even though he had attended the first one in Long Beach, Ca., earlier this year in February. This time, Herring brought 20 church members to Dallas for two days of biblical teaching and next steps.

“The conference was encouraging and refreshing for us personally, and it was incredibly helpful for us in our work at First Prosper,” Herring said. “We talk a lot about Jesus’ mission at our church — that we are called to be sent. Send helped us refocus on that mission and put feet to it.”

Send in Dallas included worship led by Austin Stone Worship, Thomas Keys III and Crowder, and main sessions and breakouts with 30 diverse topics and speakers.

“The breakout sessions were especially helpful,” Herring noted. “At the conclusion of Send, my notebook was filled with pages of ideas and resources. What a blessing to have some ‘blue sky’ moments under the wisdom of these experienced leaders.”

Church planter Aaron Clayton of Remedy Church in Waxahachie, Texas, was also taking notes with hopes to bring back “some nuts and bolts for how we can effectively equip and send church planters.”

“I am also looking forward to bringing back some fresh enthusiasm and energy,” Clayton said. “I am hoping our people catch more of the vision for why and how they can live on mission in all of life. I hope they feel better equipped and more confident themselves and in their ability to rally together in community to live out the mission of God.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Josie Bingham

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