Join us for the 57th Annual NAPC Mission Conference, January 25-February 9, 2014.
For over 50 years, North Avenue Presbyterian Church has followed the call of Jesus Christ to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. From just a handful of mission partners in 1957 to the 42 ministries that we partner with today, NAPC has tried to bring the good news of Jesus Christ in both word and deed to people living on the other side of the world and to those living down the street. We have been blessed to serve alongside some of the most passionate, loving, and generous people in the world. Thanks be to God!
Needless to say, with over 40 mission partners it can be easy to lose focus and forget our long-term strategy. In an effort to most effectively use the resources God has granted us the missions department met in 2013 to develop a new three-year strategic plan. We met to pray, listen, and discern where God is calling NAPC to focus its mission efforts over the next three years. We sought input from the congregation, mission partners, and the NAPC leadership, paying special attention to where people sensed God was on the move. We presented our findings to the Session, which unanimously voted to enact our three-year plan. While continuing our current relationships, this plan focuses on three frontline initiatives that will energize our mission efforts over the next three years. We want every member of the church to know about these frontline initiatives and have opportunities to engage them in meaningful ways.
This year’s mission conference will highlight a different frontline initiative each week. On January 26, our area of focus will be Engaging the City. On February 2, we will look at Partnering with the Global Church, and on February 9, we will highlight Befriending Internationals. Along the way, you will be introduced to exciting new ministries, given opportunities to participate, learn and serve, and be encouraged to give of your resources to continue North Avenue’s missional efforts locally and abroad.
Please join us from January 25 through February 9, 2014 for our 57th Annual Mission Conference and use this guide to start planning how you can participate.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Chris Heuertz, a forerunner in the New Friar movement, and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. This has taken Chris to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Scott Bessenecker is Associate Director for Missions for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and sends 3,000 university students each year as servants and learners around the world. He is the author of The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World’s Poor. How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior, and editor of Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars, and Quest for Hope in the Slum Community.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Dr. Scott Weimer is now in his seventeenth year as the senior pastor of North Avenue Presbyterian Church. Scott is a former moderator of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta, a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, and a founding board member of StreetGRACE, an organization dedicated to ending human sex trafficking.
Saturday, January 25
- 7 PM Free Derek Webb Concert
Sunday, January 26: Engaging the City
- 9 AM and 11 AM Chris Heuertz, “Friendship at the Margins”
- 5:45 PM RESPOND Human Trafficking Panel
Come hear Chris Heurtz, Cheryl Deluca-Johnson, Judge Cassandra Kirk, and Josh Schicker talk about how we address human trafficking both in Atlanta and around the world and explore specific ways to join in the fight. Join us on Sunday, January 26 from 5:45-7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Childcare is available for elementary and under.
Monday, January 27
- 2014 Metro Atlanta Homeless Count [Volunteer Opportunity]
The Veterans Affairs is sponsoring a homeless countin Metro Atlanta—this count is crucial for understanding the scope of homelessness in our community, especially Veterans homelessness, and tracking the success of local efforts to end homelessness in Metro Atlanta. The goal of the census is to count every homeless person in the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, and Fulton County on one night. Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys at emergency shelter and transitional housing programs 4 to 9 p.m. and survey and count people sleeping on street / outdoors 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. North Avenue Presbyterian Church will be a deployment site. Most survey and enumeration teams will be supported by an experienced service provider, professional outreach worker, homeless guide, or a police officer. To sign up online, go to http://goo.gl/yycXS4 and register.
Sunday, February 2: Partnering with the Global Church
- 9 AM and 11 AM Scott Bessenecker, “Re:Leasing Protestant Mission: The Church Under New Management”
- 10 AM The Modern Missions Dilemma
- 2-4 PM Global Missions movements for the 21st Century: A panel discussion
Come hear about how God is moving through mission efforts around the world with a panel discussion with Scott Bessenecker, Dr. Fahed Abu Akel, Rev. Dr. José Pezini, and Matt Seadore (moderated by Paul Hamilian) on Sunday, February 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the Eldridge Room.
Sunday, February 9: Befriending Internationals
- 9 AM and 11 AM Scott Weimer, “Thy Kingdom Come”
- 5:45 PM A Concert of Prayer in the BMC
Join us on Sunday, February 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the BMC for an interactive time of prayer for our communities, city, and world. Appripriate for elementary and up. Nursery childcare will be available.
Thursday, February 13
- StreetGrace Lobby Day [Volunteer Opportunity]
Join Street Grace, Wellspring Living, and youthSpark for DMST Lobby Day 2014 on February 13 and make your voice heard in the fight to end Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Registration opens December 30. For more information see www.streetgrace.org.