Grow in Life Recap The Grow in Life hybrid event on August 9 was a first step in developing missional communities.

Thanks to everyone who could make it out to Grow in Life. Also, a big thank-you to everyone who invested time in the planning and facilitation of the evening, and of course Cam Roxburgh for the interview on missional discipleship. It was great to partner in this event with PentaSport, Faithtech, LeaderImpact, Power to Change Students, SIM Canada, Evangelical Free Church and Canadian South American Mission.

This event was run as a hybrid event with groups meeting in-person and others meeting online. Participants self-selected a group that either aligned with their interests or work (Government, Education, Family, Media, Arts, Religion, Business, Other). The goal of the evening was to facilitate a conversation that would help people to consider how God is calling them to live into their missional identity; and to create an opportunity for missional communities to form. Both of these objectives were strongly mirrored in the comments of participants when they were asked what impacted them the most.

In total we had:

  • 68 attendees - several from Ontario
  • 15 facilitators
  • 3 hosts
  • at least 24 churches represented

Comments about Grow In Life:

  • “Was impacted by the people and their enthusiasm in sharing openly and sincerely.”
  • “Everything was absolutely amazing. Cannot say enough great things about our group leader. Very excellent listener and very caring.”
  • “Hopefully, we can have a BBQ event someday when this pandemic is over so we can have a bigger event to connect as missionaries.”
  • “Mission is not just an action, but is rooted in my identity in Christ.”
  • “Being really encouraged by the heart for mission that the attendees have and how practical they are with it.”

I believe that God is pleased with us when we explore what it means to be more like him. Let’s continue to spur each other on to a deeper life in Christ. Also, stay tuned for more information on ways that these groups can stay connected through the year and the Grow stream of the Mission Central Conference.

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Feel welcome to watch the video used for discussion in the event. And, there's some related content that you might find helpful in the 'Other Resources' pdf.

Missional Identity

This interview with Cam Roxburgh provided a background for the discussion at Grow in Life. We'd invite you to watch the video and consider the following questions.

  • Before watching the video take a moment and write down your definition of mission.

Questions:

  1. Did something in the presentation challenge your view of mission? What was it?
  2. How can you integrate this new understanding of mission into your daily life?
  3. What one thing will I try to do differently this week? Who is God giving me a passion for in my community? What longer term vision for mission might God be giving me? Share your discovery with someone you are accountable to and who can pray for you.

Related Content

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Intimacy and Doing God's Will

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The Context for Discipleship

What is discipleship? Discipleship in a missional community leads to vibrant mature followers of Jesus. Read more Read more...

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Tell Us Your Why with Lydia Nigh (Part 1 and Part 2)

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Other Resources

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In 1997 John Hall, his wife Wei, 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. That ministry opportunity didn’t develop as planned, as 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 to get a workout.

John served as the Executive Director at Mission Central (formerly Missions Fest Vancouver) from 2014 to April 2023.

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

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The Tapestry Church (Richmond, BC)

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