Highlights from Previous Conferences
First Annual Conference
He claims that there is a large-scale ignorance about God’s kingdom, hence, we all get our priorities wrong. He cited central Africa as a typical example of unimaginable reservoir of pastor odeyemiwealth comprising of countries whose political structures ensure that despots maintain hold on political power or indeterminate war ignites. He suggests that unless Christians learn to pray the correct prayers, the ability to evangelize these communities will continue to face obstacles, especially difficulty to access those who need to hear the gospel. Odeyemi suggests that a little insight will convince evangelists that we lack the understanding of the factors that suppress these populations in bondages as the democracies make the gospel inaccessible to them.
Odeyemi insists that Mark 1:14-15 when properly interpreted makes money secondary to repentance; and that the acquisition of wealth or other blessings including miracles, and deliverance attract large congregations for the wrong reasons. In the latter case, people are responding to the gospel of problem-solving rather than the gospel of inheriting the kingdom of God. He says theologically-speaking everyone should expect the rapture any time. Anyone that dies before the rapture will not get a chance to rectify his wrong-doings through repentance, hence, we need to understand why God reveal Himself directly in Jesus Christ preaching that seeking His kingdom is the key to life now and in the future. Christians need to pray for God to reveal Himself to us the more, so that we can appreciate the need for a kingdom-focused lifestyle.
Second Annual Conference
The challenge of gangs who determine the content of sermons signals the need for pastors to choose their masters.
Missionaries need to understand that not all open doors are for them, therefore, they must be ready to share resources with others to advance the work. Missionaries do not have to be theologians, but they must read the Bible. It is the only book written by God. It is the only spiritual food that can lead people out of poverty. When they preach or teach the Bible, missionaries must make the gospel simple for people to understand. Church is not really about nice people, it is a hospital for sinners.
Therefore, evangelists must be careful not to step on broken hearts. Our duty is to minister healing, instead of assigning guilty verdicts because of perceived sin or uncleanliness. Healing will make reception of the gospel easier, while hurting people distances them psychologically. The agenda must focus on multiplying disciples rather church members. Flanery reminded us that Jesus called the disciples, then trained them before sending them out to their own cities. Each of these steps have deep implications for the training of evangelists that should not be overlooked. Hence, every missionary must find a David whose bags they will carry like Jonathan followed David around, and who will mentor them in profitable mission practice.
Third Annual Conference – May 2015
IMC FLYER 2015 (FRONT)
Fourth Annual Conference – May 2016
2016 IMC CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
The 2016 IMC titled ‘Reaching Out To The Immigrant Populations of America’ conference was a powerful event that once again, confirmed the direction God wants Christians to focus on in this dispensation. Pastor Espanioly analyzed the true differences between a Christian and a Muslim. While there are apparent similarities because of the Abrahamic heritage, the interface between the slave/master relationship compared to the son/father relationship and where the Jews fit in within the story was the thrust of Espanioly first discussion. He spent time to explain how to practically minister to Muslims once the basic differences are understood, and why those differences exist.Brian Considine shocked the conference within the claim that at least 500 new immigrants arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by air every day. He then challenged every pastor present to imagine how many from these 500 they would want in their congregation. He contends that the mission field has come to us at home in America. There is little need to plan extensive logistics to travel to foreign lands. Considine then detailed out several methods, agencies, and opportunities that offer aid to ministries interested in spreading the gospel, including the Jesus DVD used for evangelism.
Brian Considine shocked the conference within the claim that at least 500 new immigrants arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by air every day. He then challenged every pastor present to imagine how many from these 500 they would want in their congregation. He contends that the mission field has come to us at home in America. There is little need to plan extensive logistics to travel to foreign lands. Considine then detailed out several methods, agencies, and opportunities that offer aid to ministries interested in spreading the gospel, including the Jesus DVD used for evangelism.
The 2016 IMC conference also witnessed the formation of the The Passionates Club, which is the youth forum of the IMC. The club enjoyed a whole day of movie review, and game designing for Christian youth. They tested many games and gadgets, and are determined to continue this process. Their meeting was facilitated by Cheryl Gress – a Christian games designer based in Chicago. The conference also heard reports from various mission fields, disaster relief preparedness and how to benefit from community agencies. It was a great opportunity for networking among missionaries.