Center for World Christianity

2018 Missions Conference

2018 Missions Conference: Rethinking Short-Term Mission

This Fall, NCU’s Center for World Christianity will host its 2018 Missions Conference on campus in the heart of Eugene’s university district. The vision for our event is to educate, equip, and inspire our campus and community to embrace their role in the completion of the Great Commission. More than 200 people from the community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to hear from several dynamic keynote speakers, participate in missions-focused praise and prayer, and attend engaging breakout sessions led by experienced missions representatives from various organizations.

Our Missions Conference occurs on Friday (evening) and Saturday, October 5th and 6th, as the culmination of NCU’s Missions Awareness Week. During the week, our missions-centered chapels encourage students, faculty, and staff to think about their role in reaching the nations with the gospel. Missions representatives from across the country interact directly with our community through in-class visits and during a two-day Missions Fair on Thursday and Friday. This heightened focus on missions throughout the week creates a campus environment well-primed to host a rich, thought-provoking conference on Saturday.

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2018 Keynote Speakers

Robert Priest

Dr. Robert (“Bob”) Priest grew up in Bolivia, the child of missionary parents. He holds an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Bob has served as President of both the American Society of Missiology and the Evangelical Missiological Society. He has ministered and carried out research in a wide variety of settings around the world – with much of his research and publications focused on the subject of short-term missions. He is currently Professor of Anthropology at Taylor University.


  • Short-Term Mission: Research, practice, prospects
  • Short-Term Mission: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

Rosemary MbogoRosemary Mbogo

Rosemary Wahu Mbogo is the Dean of the School of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at Africa International University, Nairobi. She is married to Stephen Mbogo and are blessed with two children: Victor (21 years) and Joy (16 years). She is the founder of Tumainin Academy (Mathare North), ByGrace Children’s Home, ByGrace Primary School, ByGrace High School (Ngong) and ByGrace Trust (CA, a 501’c non- profit organization for the support of orphaned and vulnerable children). Through these ministries she has received individual and group short-term missionaries from US, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia since 2002. She hold a PhD from Biola University, CA. She has authored: Journeying through Successful Leadership and Against all Odds: Rising from a Humble Beginning, among others.


  • Why Short-Term Mission: Theological Foundations
  • Women in STM (breakout)

Breakout Speakers

We have a fantastic group of Breakout Speakers with a range of experiences serving throughout the globe. Learn more about the 2018 Missions Conference Breakout Speakers

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 5th

7:00-8:30pm – Opening session & Plenary I

Saturday, October 6th

7:50 – Registration, check-in, concessions
8:30 – Plenary II
10:05 – Breakout Sessions I
11:10 – Plenary III
12:10pm – Lunch
1:15 – Praise/Prayer
1:45 – Panel
2:30 – Breakout Sessions II
3:35  – Breakout Sessions III
4:40  – Commission & Closing
4:50  – Optional, Post-Conference Meet & Greet

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is welcome?

NCU encourages anyone interested in missions to attend this Missions Conference. The invitation is open to both our campus and surrounding community.

What is it about?

The Missions Conference is an all-day event, featuring keynote speakers and breakout sessions led by experienced missions representatives. Breaks, lunchtime, and a post-conference meet-and-greet each provide opportunities for attendees to interact further with the visiting speakers.

What specific topics will the keynote and breakout speakers address at the conference?

Plenary/Keynote Sessions:

  • Short Term Mission: Research, practice, prospects
  • Short Term Mission: Avoiding the Common Pitfalls
  • Why Short Term Mission?: Theological foundations

Breakout Sessions:

  • Bake sales, auctions or 401Ks? Funding for Short Term Mission
  • Best practices in training and debriefing for Short Term Mission
  • Short Term Mission: Local Partners
  • Short Term Mission as a spiritual formation practice
  • Trends in global missions
  • Short Term Mission and the college experience
  • Women in Short Term Mission
  • Senior Citizens and Short Term Mission
  • Am I called to mission?
  • Vocational Application Tracks:
    • Short Term Mission: Education for Transformation
    • Short Term Mission: Business
    • Short Term Mission: Languages/linguistics

Panel Discussion

  • Short Term Mission and the local church

Where is it?

Ross B. Evans Chapel
Northwest Christian University
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

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When is it?

7:00pm –8:30pm, Friday, October 5, 2018
8:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday, October 6, 2018

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to attend this event, so please come and be inspired by our visiting speakers.

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