Grace College hosted its 57th-annual Conference on Mission Oct. 24 – 27, 2017. Conference on Mission included seminars, guest speakers, special times of worship and prayer, and other events focused on God’s plan for humankind both locally and globally.
“Conference on Mission is more than a chance for students to interact with full-time missionaries,” said Brent Mencarelli, dean of chapel and student life at Grace College. “We want our campus to embrace the fact that no matter where God has us, we are to be on mission for Him. The Great Commission is for all of Jesus’ followers, no matter where they live or what they are doing.”
Over 45 missionaries representing a number of organizations visited campus during the four-day event. Students interacted with them through seminars on topics including church planting, using art to reflect Gospel, serving refugees and teaching in a cross-cultural setting. Also during the week, students sampled food from around the world, participated in a 24-hour day of prayer and spoke with missionaries during a dessert social.
Mitch Randall, a senior at Grace College, attended a seminar taught by a representative from Encompass World Partners. “She told us about the refugees emigrating from Iran,” Randall said. “In Iran, they aren’t allowed to talk about the Gospel. But when they come to the United States, we can freely witness to them. It’s a perfect opportunity to share Christ.”
Grace College’s fall Day of Worship also took place during Conference on Mission. Mark Artrip, lead pastor at Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio, was the keynote speaker. He offered a fresh perspective on serving and sharing Jesus with others. The three-hour event included times of worship and reflection. Students were also given time to pray for missionary representatives and visit their booths, arranged in the Manahan Orthopaedic Captial Center’s concourse.
“Mark’s sermons were really powerful,” said Abby Phinney, a third-year student. “He spoke compellingly, in a way that reached our hearts as students. I especially enjoyed his admonishment to serve God in whatever career we enter. The mission field isn’t just overseas.”