the whole Bible.
your whole life.
God's whole world.
January 2-5, 2019. Louisville, KY.
For 18-25 year olds and their leaders

About


exists to see our generation live for the most loving cause in the universe: bringing people from every tribe, tongue, and nation into the everlasting joy of knowing and worshiping Jesus.

Our time.
Our call.

Some send.
Some go.

All pray.
All rejoice.


You were made by God, to make much of God.
– Trip Lee

Plenaries

John Piper

John Piper

John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He is the author of more than fifty books, and more than thirty years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have five children and twelve grandchildren.

Talk Title:
Romans: The Necessity of Missions

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Trip Lee

Trip Lee

Trip Lee is a recording artist with Reach Records and a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta. Trip was born and raised in Dallas, TX. He has appeared on numerous independent and national Christian hip-hop releases and has released several solo projects of his own, including: If They Only Knew (2007), 20/20 (2008), Between Two Worlds (2010) and The Good Life (2013), and Rise (2014). Recently, he authored Rise—a book that calls Christian to participate in God’s great story. Trip resides in Atlanta with his wife and their two kids. Hear some of his music at:builttobrag.com.

Talk Title
Psalms: The Beauty of God’s Love

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David Platt

David Platt

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical, a resource ministry that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. Resources from David Platt and Radical can be found at radical.net.

Books by David Platt include Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me,and Counter Culture, as well as the following volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series: Exalting Jesus in Matthew, Exalting Jesus in James, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, and Exalting Jesus in Galatians.

David Platt received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with his wife and four children, he lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Talk Title:
Revelation: The Urgency of Eternity

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Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti is the church-planting pastor of Anacostia River Church (2015) in southeast Washington D.C. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of  Reviving The Black Churchand The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.

Talk Title:
Genesis: Foundations for Missions

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Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC) and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte. Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including The Ten Commandments, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, The Biggest Story, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, are expecting their eighth child in December, 2018.

Talk Title:
Samuel/Kings/Chronicles: The Greatness of God’s Glory

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Richard Chin

Richard Chin

Richard Chin serves as the National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and the South Pacific Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. Based at Wollongong University, he also serves as a University chaplain with a team that proclaims Christ to local and international students. He is a Malaysian born Chinese Aussie, who loves God, family, and Asian food.

Talk Title:
Joshua: Call to Salvation/Surrender

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Zane Pratt

Zane Pratt

Zane served as dean of the Billy Graham School at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2011 until 2013, before returning to the IMB where he now serves as the Vice President of Training. He previously served 24 years in an Islamic context with the IMB as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is a co-author of Introduction to Global Missionsand a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission, both published by B&H Academic. Zane holds a BA from Duke and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell. He is married to Catherine with whom he has two grown children, Charlotte and Greg.

Talk Title:
1 Corinthians-Jude: The Significance of the Church

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Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe

Conrad Mbewe worked as a Mining Engineer in Zambia before answering God’s call into the pastoral ministry. Widely regarded as the African Spurgeon, Conrad is faithfully and powerfully proclaiming the Word of God from Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, since 1987. As well as pastoring, he maintains a full itinerant preaching ministry in different countries around the world and edits the Reformation Zambia magazine. Conrad volunteers with the YMCA, providing vocational training to the many unemployed youths in his community. He is married to Felistas, and has been wonderfully blessed with three children plus two foster daughters.

Talk Title:
Acts: The Power of the Spirit

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J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear

Pastor J.D. has led his church, the Summit Church, to make the gospel its central focus. The “gospel secret” is that all the things God wants for the Church, such as reckless joy, audacious faith, or radical generosity, are produced not by focusing on them but on what God has done for us. We become what God intends us to be when we focus less on what we are to do for him and more on what he has done for us. J.D. and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh and are raising four ridiculously cute kids: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.

J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived serving among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ.

Talk Title:
Matthew/Mark/Luke/John: The Commission of Christ

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Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell, is the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church (Edinburgh, Scotland) and the founder and Ministry Director of 20schemes. He has been involved in full time pastoral ministry, both church planting and revitalisation since 1999.

He has worked in inner city areas in England, Scotland and Brazil and has a passion for training men and women for ministry in this context.

He has written 4 books: Preparing for Baptism: A Personal Diary (Grace Publications Trust), Is There Anybody Out There? (Christian Focus), What’s The Point Of Life?(CF4Kids), and Church In Hard Places (Crossway).

Mez studied Missiology at Moorland Bible College, England and Pastoral Theology at Bryntirion Bible College, Wales. He has been married to Miriam since 1998 and has two lovely daughters, Keziah and Lydia.

Talk Title:
TBD

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Mack Stiles

Mack Stiles

Mack Stiles has served as the CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger, Speaking of Jesus, and Evangelism. Mack enjoys photography and snow skiing, but most of all loves thinking through how to apply the gospel of grace to issues confronting students in the university world. He is married to Leeann, and they are parents of three sons.

Talk Title:
Prophets: The Need for Repentance

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Breakouts

 

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis

Karen Ellis explores the zones where identity, human rights and theology intersect. She has performed, spoken and lectured in Eastern Europe, Canada, Switzerland, the Caribbean, Indonesia and in South America.
Currently she writes and lectures on Theology, Human Rights, and Global Religious Freedom. She is president and co-founder of Makazi Institute, training and equipping the next generation of cultural analysts.
Mrs. Ellis serves as adjunct faculty with Erskine Seminary and as full time faculty with the Chattanooga Fellows Program.
She holds a Master of Art in Religion (MAR Theological) from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Fine Art (MFA) from the Yale School of Drama, and is a PhD candidate at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in England.

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Ryan Fullerton

Ryan Fullerton

Ryan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up all over western Canada. Throughout his teen years he pursued political causes to make him feel righteous and then drugs and sex to make him feel happy. Thankfully, when he was 21 he found his righteousness was a joke and his happiness had turned sour. Through the simple and intelligent witness of his step-mom he came to trust Jesus Christ late in the evening just before Good Friday in 1995. Shortly after his conversion he studied at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills Alberta, and then at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario. In Toronto, Ryan worked in an inner city church under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Beck. He also met the lovely Christy Joy Teal who became Christy Joy Fullerton shortly after their graduation from college. The next eight years were a whirlwind and included drilling for oil, pastoring a church in a town with a population of 311, having four children (Jordana, Luke, James, and Christopher), starting seminary, stopping seminary, and becoming (somewhere in there) the Lead Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

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Edgar Aponte

Edgar Aponte

Edgar Aponte serves as IMB’s vice president of mobilization. He previously served as director of Hispanic leadership development and professor of theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to SEBTS, Aponte served as Minister Counselor at the ministry of foreign affairs in Washington, D.C., on behalf of his home nation, the Dominican Republic. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, he earned a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from SEBTS.

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Leeann Stiles

Leeann Stiles

Leeann Stiles is an educational consultant in Dubai, UAE. She holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Louisville, KY. Leeann and her husband, Mack, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and one daughter-in-law. She enjoys writing and leading Bible studies, and discipling women from many different countries. In the past she has directed a number of short term missions trips for students and saw how the Lord used these in incredible ways among nationals and students alike. Leeann has lived in Dubai for 12 years now and attends a church with over 50 nationalities.

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Ayman Ibrahim

Ayman Ibrahim

Ibrahim was born and raised in Egypt. Since 1991, he has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations have appeared in the Washington Post, Religion News Services, Colorado Springs Gazette, Louisville Courier-Journal, First Things, Faith Street, Charisma News, Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue Journal, Ethics Daily, among others. He has been married since 2012 and together with his wife, they serve among Arabs in the United States and the Middle East.

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Catherine Pratt

Catherine Pratt

Catherine Pratt is a North Carolina native. She met her husband, Zane, at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). She served with Zane in Central Asia for twenty years. A short-term trip to the Muslim world with a student team from GCTS confirmed her prior calling to unreached people groups. Their two children were born in a mission hospital at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Before leaving the States, Catherine worked in outreach family counseling.

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Just prior to the conference you will receive an email giving you an opportunity to register for the three breakout sessions. A full list is below.

Alarm Bells: The Role of (My) Conscience in a Cross-Cultural Setting by Thabiti Anyabwile
Perseverance in the Face of Persecution by Karen Ellis
Missionary Biography by John Piper
What Does it Take to Be a Fruitful Disciple-maker Among Muslims Overseas? by Greg Livingstone
A Woman in a “Man’s World”: Life as a Female in Central Asia by J. Lewis
I Think I’m a Sender? by David Platt
Business as Missions: Cursed Work for Blessing the Nations by Brian Chan
The Christ We Proclaim Among the Nations by Edgar Aponte
Knockout: Why Missionaries Leave the Field by Zane Pratt
Motivation: Get it Right or Don’t Go by Mack Stiles
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: 2000 Years of Christian Missions in Africa by Conrad Mbwewe
Should I Really Just Do Something: Discerning A Call to Missions by Kevin DeYoung
Student Mobilization Dialogue by David Platt and Jeff Lewis

Why I Work Among the Poor by Mez McConnell
Local Before Global: Learn to Share the Gospel by Richard Chin
The Dire Needs At Home and Why They Should Drive More Christians to the Nations by Ryan Fullerton
The Life of a Disciple-Maker by David Platt
Don’t Be a 30 Day Wonder! (Endurance and Patience Needed) by Panel: J. Lewis, Catherine Pratt, Leeann Stile, and Mack Stiles
Reaching Refugees in Wartime by speaker from closed country
Don’t Wait to Learn in the Mission Field What Only Your Local Church Can Teach You by Edgar Aponte
Islam or Islams?: The Gospel of Hope and My Muslim Neighbor by Ayman Ibrahim
10 Things I Wish I Knew About Getting On the Mission Field by Zane Pratt
Sounds Romantic, but What Does a Woman on the Field Really Do? by Leeann Stiles & Catherine Pratt
Behind the Veil by Speaker from Closed Country and Leeann Stiles
Church Planting in the Middle East by Josh Manley
Everything You’d Like to Understand About Making Disciples Among Muslims but… by Greg Livingstone

Schedule

January 2 2-6 PM Registration
6:30 PM Session 1
January 3 9 AM Session 2
2 PM Breakout 1
4 PM Breakout 2
7 PM Session 3
January 4 9 AM Session 4
2 PM Breakout 3
7 PM Session 5
January 5 9 AM Session 6
12 PM Closing

Rates

$119 through 11.30.18
$139 through 12.18.18

Group Discounts:
Small (4+): -$20
Large (10+): -$30

Register: 3 Options

Logistics

Venue

Louisville International Convention Center
221 S 4th St.
Louisville, Ky 40202

Hotel

A special rate has been negotiated ($115 per night) at The Galt House Hotel, within walking distance of the convention center.

Book a Hotel

Travel

By Air: The Louisville International Airport (SDF) is 7 miles (approx. 15 minutes) from the conference venue. You might find Uber, Lyft, or the Galt House Hotel shuttle service to be helpful.

By Auto: Louisville has many parking options around the city.