Conference Schedule

All conference events are free of charge and open to the public.  Click here for further explanation of the Conference Components.  Please note that meals are not provided (except for preregistered missions organization representatives).


Tuesday, October 2

8:00am - 8:30am Corporate Prayer Wilson Prayer Chapel
8:30am - 4:30pm Mission/Ministry Displays Great Room
11:00am - 12:00pm

"Around the World in 30 Minutes" - Paul Borthwick

Outlining key unavoidable realities facing the global church today.

Kaiser Chapel
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Forum: "Around the World: A Response"

An international, ethnically diverse panel of participants responds to the morning keynotes session, contributing their unique perspectives.  Hosted by Doug Birdsall.

Alumni Hall
7:00pm - 8:30pm

"Reaching the Nations by Reaching Our Cities: Reflections of an Urban Church Planter" - David Choi

Alumni Hall


Wednesday, October 3

8:00am - 8:30am Corporate Prayer Wilson Prayer Chapel
8:30am - 9:30am “Reading the Bible with a Diaspora Lens: Seeing Immigration Realities Differently” - Danny Carroll Kerr 418
8:30am - 4:30pm Mission/Ministry Displays Great Room
11:00am - 12:00pm "Unavoidable Realities, Unchanging Promises" - David Choi Kaiser Chapel
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Forum: "What Difference Does It Make?"

Focus groups meet together to discuss how today’s global realities impact their various vocational areas.

Alumni Hall

Blood Diamond: Film Viewing and Discussion

Ockenga Atrium (Acad. Ctr.)


Thursday, October 4

8:00am - 8:30am Corporate Prayer Wilson Prayer Chapel
8:30am - 4:30pm Mission/Ministry Displays Great Room
12:15pm - 1:30pm

"Addressing the Global Realities"

Panel of student leaders and missionaries who are actively engaged in addressing the key issues in our world today, hosted by Todd Johnson.

Alumni Hall
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Dinner of the Nations!

The GCTS community and friends are welcome to join us for this international potluck and celebration of worship.

Alumni Hall


Conference Components

Corporate Prayer

Samuel Zwemer, the American missionary to Muslims, once said that “the history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” We agree that our part in God’s global mission begins on our knees. So we will start each day together in a time of corporate prayer, asking that the Lord of the nations will advance His kingdom on earth.

Morning Chapel Sessions

We will gather on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11:00am in the Kaiser Chapel to hear from one of our keynote speakers. In addition, we will hear from Gordon-Conwell students who traveled this past summer with our Overseas Missions Practicum.  This will also be an opportunity for us to join together in corporate worship.

Lunch Forums

Bring your lunch to our brown-bag lunch forum sessions, where we will gather together around topics related to our theme, “Unavoidable Global Realities.” You will have further opportunity to hear from and engage with our keynote speakers, as well as other special guests and one another.

Evening Sessions

While all our sessions are open to the public at no cost, these evening sessions have been planned especially to accommodate those who may not be able to join us during the day. The sessions offer further opportunity to explore the major topics and themes of the conference, and also include a more intentional aspect of consecration and commitment.

Missions/Ministry Displays

We are pleased to be joined throughout the week by representatives from a number of missions organizations and ministries that serve worldwide. Each will have a display set up in our Great Room, where you will have the opportunity to stop by and visit with the representatives to learn more about the work they are doing all across the globe.

J. Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions