The International Mission Board is introducing the first annual REV 7:9 conference to be held on Dec. 29-31, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. “Go change __________’s world,” will be the theme of the conference, a missions movement for 18–25-year-olds. The blank is intentionally placed in the theme to challenge students to think of a person or people group in need of the gospel.
The vision of the conference is to bring students one step closer to missions through praying, giving and going. Its purpose is to “be a conduit between 18- to 25-year-olds and the nations,” conference organizers shared.
“IMB is thrilled to help churches mobilize the rising generation of Christ-followers to steward the Revelation 7:9 vision to get the gospel to every nation, all tribes, peoples and languages,” IMB President Paul Chitwood shared. “To that end, we are excited to announce the REV 7:9 conference.
“This conference will inspire students to go to the nations, pray for the nations and send to the nations,” he continued. “A recent Barna research study found that 51% of churchgoers don’t know the Great Commission. Those who attend the REV 7:9 conference will not only know the Great Commission, but they’ll understand their part in the Great Commission and how to live it out.”
IMB leaders envision REV 7:9 to be a place for students and student leaders to participate in missions hands-on in the exhibit hall and interact with missionaries to build partnerships and learn about ways to serve overseas. Information on how to engage in future missions projects will be provided.
“REV 7:9 will be an exciting opportunity for young adults and their ministry leaders to learn how they can connect their lives with the mission of God while in college or after they graduate,” Chris Derry, the IMB’s director of church and network mobilization, said.
“It’s our hope to see a movement of young adults join God in how He is at work through IMB teams working among the nations,” he continued. “We want them to grow bolder in their faith by living in community with other missionaries. We want them to leverage their talents, backgrounds and majors to create new opportunities to reach the next generation in global cities. We want them to celebrate the kingdom impact of their praying, giving and going.”
Derry added, “This will be a full experience of fantastic worship and study of the Scriptures and will include time to personally talk to IMB missionaries from all over the world and explore hundreds of real opportunities to GO share the gospel.”
Confirmed speakers will be announced in 2022. While a variety of well-known speakers will be present, the heartbeat of the conference is how God is moving around the world, as told by IMB missionaries and field personnel, say organizers. Attendees can expect to hear about the needs overseas, how God is actively working around the world today, and about what role they can play in bringing help and hope to the world.
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