Introducing Mission Central

We’re excited to introduce Mission Central!

Mission Central is a year-round hub for mission resources. We will focus on building bridges for mission collaboration, education, inspiration and prayer.

Mission Central was birthed from an increasing number of opportunities that came to Missions Fest Vancouver to collaborate in training and raising awareness of mission at home and abroad. We have recognized a growing need for mission resources throughout the year and this arm of our ministry complements our flagship source of ‘all things mission’ – our annual conference.

We are delighted to have this opportunity to partner with churches and ministries at an even deeper level to engage your mind, enrich your spirit, and energize your feet as we all serve in Christ’s mission.

The Need

The reality is that we live in a post-Christian culture in Canada and the number of people who have first-hand experience with a church are shrinking every year, partly because of the impact of globalization. This is providing an amazing opportunity for Canadian Christians to participate in mission: Canada needs the Gospel.

According to the Joshua Project, there are over 6,000 unreached people groups in the world. These are ethnic groups “without an indigenous, self-propagating church movement.” Clearly, the Gospel still needs to go to the ends of the earth and Canadians can play a part in that, too.

Overcoming the Challenge

Collaborate: When we pause to think about the needs in the world we can be overwhelmed. It’s easier to focus on our own issues than to tackle the challenges around us in an effort to make a difference. Overcoming the inertia of our busy lives is best done with others. Mission Central takes the relationships that have developed over the 35-year history of Missions Fest and brings them to you on a digital platform. You’ll be able to follow your interest in mission from this centralized hub and find others to journey with.

We can do this in a formal way by facilitating introductions between churches, agencies and individuals. Or, you can visit our website and search agencies and churches to find the right partner for you, at your pace.

Educate: We are invested in collaboration ourselves. This comes through clearly in the many courses that we facilitate. We love to shine a light on the expertise that exists in the missional community! When you take a course or seminar with us, you know that you’ll be learning from people who have boots on the ground. We have discovered a wealth of experience in our midst and are delighted to provide an avenue to share this expertise with like-minded people.

Inspire: The story of God at work in the world fills us with joy and hope and we love to share these stories. If you have missional stories, feel free to send them to us with some pictures.

Prayer: From the stories that we share, there are obvious prayer needs. It is our pleasure to facilitate regular prayer for those who are serving on the front lines as Christ’s ambassadors, for breakthrough of light in dark places and for Jesus’ Kingdom to come.

Sharing Your Mission Stories

Our goal isn't just to provide resources, but to also share the stories of what is already happening locally and around the world. We believe this will help capture the imagination of other readers, by showing what God is up to, and by sharing how other missionally minded people have joined in God's work.

Send your mission stories and pictures to: office@missioncentral.ca

The story behind the Mission Central logo

Our logo was designed by Laura Van Dyk. She describes the logo concept this way: “This logo concept captures the essence of the brand - it speaks of inspiration, celebration, diversity and growth. It radiates life and energy. The cross at the center of the circle declares Jesus to be at the core of all Mission Central does. The outer rings of the circle represent the people of God on the move as well as His power bursting forth. The vibrant colors represent a Spirit-filled community of God on mission, multiplying and growing. The circle represents community, eternity and unity.”

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About the author

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John Hall became the Executive Director at Mission Central (formerly Missions Fest Vancouver) in 2014. In 1997 he, his wife and brother in-law started Eco Outdoor Sports in Metro Vancouver. In 2003 the business was sold, and his family entered a seven-year ‘desert experience’. During that time the Lord impressed on John and his family the importance of hearing and obeying Jesus every day, something that he tries to integrate into everything he does. In 2010 God changed the family’s direction and led him to finish his degree at Regent College in preparation for life as a full-time missionary overseas. Although that ministry opportunity didn’t develop as planned a whole new perspective and participation-in Christ’s mission was born at Missions Fest Vancouver. It’s now a daily occurrence for John’s business background and theological training get a workout.

John and his wife Wei live in Richmond, BC. They have two wonderful adult girls. John completed his MA at Regent College in 2010.

Church
Church
The Tapestry Church (Richmond, BC)
Organization
Organization
Mission Central (Burnaby, BC) — Executive Director

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