Do you wish your outreach ministry, both locally and globally, was more intentional?
2 Days - 8 Great Speakers
Every church is unique. They vary in size and location. They are made up of different people with different passions. Even so, every church has a responsibility and a role to play in missions, both locally and globally. Though, navigating missions is challenging, and discovering ways to partner is even more difficult.
This year, College Church in partnership with World Hope, Global Partners, and World Gospel Mission invite you to join the conversation and discover more at The Festival on Outreach, and let's pursue our call to make intentional missional partnerships.
6:00pm Registration/Check in
6:30pm Missional Focused Worship and Prayer
7:00pm Biblical Models and Mandates | Dr. Jim Vermilya
7:45pm Dessert Reception | Sponsored by World Hope
8:15pm Building Confianza | Pastor Alex Sicilia
9:00am Mutuality and Reciprocity | Pastor Alex Sicilia and Pastor Beau Hamner
9:45am Relationships over Resources or People over Projects | Dr. Joanne Solis-Walker
10:30am Refreshment Break in Atrium | Sponsored by Global Partners
11:00am Missional Partnerships in the Local Context | Rev Daniel Walker
11:45pm Lunch Break
12:45pm Overcoming Cross-Cultural Challenges in Missional Partnerships | Rev Nikki Nettleton and Rev Santes Beatty
1:45pm Missional Partnerships with Missionaries | John Rinehimer
2:30pm Refreshment Break in Atrium
3:00pm Avoiding Dependency | Dr. Sarah Farmer
3:45pm Longevity and Sustainability | Dr. Jo Anne Lyon
4:15pm Missional Focused Worship and Prayer
Since coming to faith in Jesus Christ, God has shaped in him a passion to see every believer in the church involved in accomplishing God’s mission of developing disciples that make disciples locally and globally. In his first years as pastor, Alejandro soon became frustrated with the fact that the traditional models of ministry were not producing the mature followers of Christ he longed to see developed in his church. This launched him into a journey of learning how to effectively make disciples who make disciples. Through individual weekly meetings with 14 men and women God used Alex to start a movement of disciple-making in the heart of Mexico City. As a result, the church has grown by reaching new people for Jesus Christ, and has now begun to multiply new tools, leaders and churches.
Pastor Alejandro invests in believers, pastors, and churches as a speaker, coach, Bible school teacher, and trainer for the International Training Alliance. He is married to Ruth, a true partner in ministry. Together they have two sons, Alex and Pablo with whom Alejandro loves to go camping and play video games.
Dr. Lyon serves on the board of directors of many organizations as representative of The Wesleyan Church including the National Association of Evangelicals Executive Committee, Christian Community Development Association, National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Asbury Theological Seminary Board, Council on Faith of the World Economic Forum, the President of The United States Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Dr. Lyon holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, continued graduate studies in Historical Theology and has been granted five honorary doctorates. She has written several articles and publications, including the book The Ultimate Blessing and has served over 30 years in Pastoral Ministry. She has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. As the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, she directed the faith-based relief and development organizations into over 30 countries to alleviate suffering and injustice.
Dr. Lyon and her husband, Rev. Wayne Lyon, live in the Indianapolis area. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Nikki is a 1998 graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University. She lives with her family in Marion, IN where her husband, Trent, mentors and mobilizes IWU students, faculty, and staff to engage in global mission as part of the Global Engagement Office. Together they have two incredible third-culture kids, Ariela (16) and Luka (14).
In 2005, John married his wife, Erica, finished his Masters in Biblical Studies at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS, and a year later, he and his wife moved to Northern Uganda to be missionaries for two years training indigenous church planters on the Sudanese border.
God then led them back to the United Sates and opened the door to serve on staff at Southeast Christian Church, in Louisville, KY as the disciple-making pastor for 5 years. In 2014 he became a campus pastor with Community Christian Church in Chicago.
Then in 2017, John returned to World Gospel Mission, the same agency he and Erica served with in Uganda, and was invited him to join the executive team. John now serves as the Vice President of Mobilization and Communications.
John & Erica have three children, Jackson (9) and Caleb (7) and Ava (5) and live in Indianapolis, IN.
Before coming to Indiana Wesleyan University in Fall of 2018, Farmer served as an associate research scholar and lecturer at Yale Divinity School and helped direct the Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program at Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Sarah received her M.Div and PhD from Emory University, where she taught as an adjunct faculty and co-directed a Certificate in Theological Studies Program at a Women’s Prison.
Sarah Farmer co-founded the Youth Arts and Peace Camp in Chester, PA and worked with the Youth Hope-Builders Academy at Interdenominational Theological Center. She is co-author with Anne E. Streaty Wimberly of Raising Hope: 4 Paths to Courageous Living for Black Youth, which the ways adults can become agents of hope in the lives of young people who might be in the midst of circumstances that seem hopeless.
Further, she is currently working on a book entitled “Hope In Confinement: Moving Toward a Pedagogy of Restorative Hope” which shares the extensive research she has done on the concept of hope as it is operationalized in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.
Sarah Farmer is married to Ronnie Farmer and has three children.
National Trainer with Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC). Dan is a husband and father, and loves section-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He is passionate about community development,
reconciliation, spiritual formation and the unity of the Church. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Urban Ministry Leadership at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.