This is the annual event for all Apostolic Christians who have interest in cross-cultural missions
Come join us on Saturday, July 21 at the Tremont Apostolic Christian Church and Fellowship Hall for a full day of workshops, presentations, breakouts, and small group discussions on a wide variety of mission-related topics.
This is not just for people in central Illinois. Everyone is invited from anywhere in the country. Overnight accommodations are available for those who register in advance.
It’s a full day jam-packed with stirring content presented in a variety of formats and styles. Seating is limited for the workshops, breakouts and discussion groups and seats will be given out first-come, first-served to those that register online. If you do not register in advance, you may not be able to attend your preferred sessions.
8:30 am Registration / check-in at the Fellowship Hall
9:00 Pre-conference Workshops in Fellowship Hall
Noon Lunch for pre-conference attendees
12:30 pm Registration / check-in at the church
1:00 Opening songs, intro, and prayer
1:30 Main Sessions (Does the church have a mission or does the mission have a church?, Our missionary experience)
3:00 Ministry Info Breakouts
4:10 Singing group
4:20 Main Session (How to be culturally relevant without losing truth)
5:00 Topical Breakouts
6:30 Discussion Groups
8:00 Main Sessions (Preparing for God to use you, The long tradition of Apostolic Christian evangelism)
Ready to go deep on a topic? Choose one of these 3-hour morning sessions for some intense and highly interactive teaching. Advance registration is required to attend a workshop. NOTE: in order to preserve the interactive nature of these sessions, seating is limited. Spots are given out first-come, first-served to those who register online, so if interested, don’t delay. ALL WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL.
Sharing the gospel
Fear, apathy or a lacking skill set are common inhibitors to sharing the gospel. However, there exists an exercise that believers can engage in today that will strengthen their faith and glorify God. A wonderful side product will be fear giving way to courage, apathy giving way to desire and lacking skillsets – experience. This workshop will expose and practice this gospel centered exercise.
Speaker: Matt Kaufmann
Understanding the gospel more fully
“If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” The old adage is filled with sage wisdom. Buyer beware. When it comes to earthly transactions this adage is a good principle to keep near. However when it comes to the gospel of Christ, this old adage collapses. It really is too good to be true. Nonetheless, it is true. In this workshop we will seek to make ourselves more effective witnesses of Christ’s resurrection. We will address four questions:
– What is our source of Hope?
– What is our source of Joy?
– What is our source of Power?
– What is our source of Identity?
In our walk and work here on earth, the gospel must never be secondary. Join us in grappling with the truths of scripture that provide the foundation for effective witness.
Speaker: Justin Koch
How to help without hurting
Our church family continues to become more and more aware of poverty in the world and the opportunities to make a difference are greater than ever before. However, over the past years we have learned that poverty alleviation is hard. How do Christians meaningfully reflect Christ’s grace when the disparities of wealth and power in our world are so great? Why do the good but uniformed intentions of North Americans who engage the poor sometimes lead to unintended consequences that can be damaging to everyone involved? When does our culture and heritage lead us to make wrong assumptions when preparing and engaging in a cross-cultural mission’s trip?
If you interested in learning together about ways we can serve the poor in God honoring ways that make a lasting difference, join us for this workshop as we simulate thoughtful preparation for engaging the materially poor.
Speaker: Paul Streitmatter
Caring for our missionaries (for active and prospective Mentors and Advocates)
This session is for active and prospective* missionary mentors and advocates. This workshop is designed to provide mentor and advocate training for the purpose of more effectively caring for our missionaries. We will discuss what has worked, what has not worked, and ideas for developing church support further. The workshop will be interactive and practical.
Speaker: Kirk Plattner
* Those have a strong desire to engage in the missionary support process
Held in the church assembly room, these are plenary sessions, meaning they are broad interest topics intended for everyone.
Does the church have a mission or the mission have a church?
This presentation is a biblical overview of God’s missional timeline and the role of the church as privileged participants in what he is doing and will do in the future. Special emphasis is given to the role of the gospel as the means by which God will accomplish his mission.
Speaker: John Huber
Our missionary experience
Listen to the perspectives of those currently serving on the mission field. Hear about their struggles and joys and ways you can support them in this work.
Speakers: Keith & Alisa Beyer
How to be culturally relevant w/o losing truth
How do we work through the challenges of proclaiming salvation by faith in Jesus in a different culture? How do we teach new believers to be faithful disciples of Jesus regardless of their ethnicity or former religion? The Apostle Paul said … “To the Jews I became as a Jew and to the Greeks I became as a Greek.” … or did he?
Speaker: Mike Leman
Preparing for God to use you
Often our mindset toward ministry and mission can be “sometime, in the future, when I get there…then things will change.” However, God’s Word calls us to a different mindset: a mindset of preparation, learning, and doing in the here and now.
Speaker: Arlan Miller
The long tradition of Apostolic Christian evangelism
One of the roots of the Apostolic Christian Church goes deep into the historic beliefs and practices of the Anabaptists, who in the Reformation period became famous for their passionate evangelizing of Europe’s marginal peoples. From the 1500s, to the church started by Samuel Froehlich and extended to the United States in the 1800s, to HarvestCall today, evangelistic missionary work represents a rich tradition for Apostolic Christians.
Speaker: Fred Witzig
Ministry Update Breakouts
Find out what God is doing through the various ministries operating under HarvestCall. Choose the two that most interest you.
Planting new AC churches: challenges and opportunities
The need for the gospel is great within our nation and the nations around the world. Come learn more about our vision for planting new churches and the challenges involved. How do we figure out where to plant? How can we discover those within our brotherhood who have a passion for evangelism and planting? What can be done now to better equip them (and all of us) to share the gospel and disciple believers?
Speaker: Tom Waldbeser
USA: testimonies from South Carolina
Hear highlights and personal stories from the recent rebuilding ministry in Chester, SC. Homes were built and repaired, but perhaps the biggest impact was made through sharing the gospel and encouraging homeowners in their hopelessness. Sometimes, that encouragement came back to us. A portion of the homeowners already had faith and were a testimony to us despite their sad circumstances.
Speakers: Ray & Glad Slagel
CVE: a day in the life of a caregiver – living the gospel one blow-up at a time
What does it look like to live out the gospel in day-to-day ministry with children who come from hard and traumatic pasts? As you get an inside view on life inside the ministry at CVE, your perspective on suffering, the glory of the gospel, and the power of Paul’s testimony in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 will be changed. You will be encouraged to live out the deepest beauties of the gospel of Jesus Christ in both the exciting and mundane of your day-to-day life.
“For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.” 2 Cor. 4:11-12
Speaker: Brock Wiegand
Haiti Dairy: listening to Haitians, listening to God, working together
Who gets to decide what direction a ministry takes? Does a ministry do whatever is asked by those they serve? Should the oversight committee, the sending church or the brotherhood at large have a say? Can the missionaries in the field do as they please? Or is every decision made by prayer? Come learn the practical ways in which 1 Corinthians 3:9 has been lived out as Fèm Bon Vizyon (Good Vision Farm) has grown from a barren field to a functioning farm.
Speaker: Dewayne Dill
Hospital Lumiere: dental teams fill a void
Learn about how HarvestCall dental teams host clinics at Hospital Lumiere, providing vital services that are otherwise unavailable to many Haitians.
Speaker: Todd Stoller
What do the Deaf in Jamaica lack?
You might think the answer is obvious — they lack the ability to hear, right? What if we told you they lack the same things as all of us right here in the States. Come to this breakout and learn more about how the gospel is filling up the lack experienced in the lives of Deaf young people in Jamaica and how missional business is being used as the means to not only fill up a cup of coffee, but to an abundant life in Christ.
Speaker: Seth Kaeb
The hardest part will be choosing the one you most want to attend, because sadly, there isn’t time in the day to repeat these.
What can we learn from the way Paul evangelized?
The Apostle Paul was Christianity’s first and greatest missionary. As such, we can learn much by examining his approach to missions. A careful reading of the Book of Acts can give us many insights into methods of evangelism Paul used, the challenges he encountered from within and without the church, and ways God often providentially prepared the way. Learn what worked for Paul in his time and consider the implications for our church in 2018.
Speaker: Wayne Laubscher
Why Haiti is NOT a lost cause
Billions of dollars in aid have flowed into the country of Haiti over the years, and yet, some would say nothing has changed. Haiti is still impoverished. So why is HarvestCall so invested in ministering there? Can real and lasting change happen if we use the right, gospel-centered approach? We believe it can, and in this session you will hear the personal story of one Haitian who has seen it firsthand.
Speaker: Marie Lucie Jeune
Elder Panel: answering your questions about missions
Several elder brothers who either serve on HarvestCall’s board or are otherwise very involved in the ministry’s operations are making themselves available to answer the audience’s questions about missions in the Apostolic Christian church.
Speakers: Kent Heimer, Marvin Dotterer, Mike Leman, Duane Rocke, Tom Waldbeser
Honor: what love looks like
How would we live our lives differently if every thought, action, and word was filtered through the lens of both ourselves and others being image-bearers of the Living God, and therefore SACRED? How would we live our lives differently if our treatment of fellow image-bearers became functionally a part of our WORSHIP to God Himself? Learn how we can honor God by honoring our Muslim neighbors, be cautioned in the blind spots and sins that hinder us on this journey, and get practical with ideas of how to actually honor your Muslim neighbor in daily life.
Speaker: Heather S.
Truth centered community transformation
A new HarvestCall initiative seeks to partner with rural, indigenous church leaders to implement a discipleship ministry within their churches. This 5-year program is a “whole-life discipleship” approach that includes teaching on how the Bible applies to every area of life, how Satan’s lies keep people from changing, basic life skills training, and the great importance of God’s intervention to bring about change. As a part of the program, these believers will be challenged to do “Acts of Love” for their neighbors which will both give witness to Christ’s love and also affirm to these believers that God can use their gifts and time to bless others.
Speaker: Dale Koch
Interactive discussions in a small group format. Choose the two topics you are most interested in and come ready to participate!
Do missionaries destroy indigenous culture?
An accusation frequently leveled against missionaries is that they replace indigenous cultures with their culture. Is that true? Is that what should happen? We’ll look at the early church and how it altered indigenous cultures in both positive and negative ways and then consider how our Apostolic Christian Church has impacted indigenous cultures.
Facilitator: Frank Sauder
What it is like moving to bolster a small church
Come learn from couples who have relocated in support of a church being established. Discussion will focus on how they confirmed their calling, God’s provisions through the challenges, and blessings they have enjoyed as a result of their step in faith. We’ll also explore the opportunities that await others who are called and willing to answer.
Facilitator: Duane Rocke
Missionary Sending - Why, Who, When, What, and How
Over the past 10 years, the Apostolic Christian Church has dramatically increased its support for brethren to serve in other countries. This growth created a steep learning curve for our brotherhood which has resulted in HarvestCall developing new practices to better support those that are being sent. This session will answer questions related to the care of our missionaries and a discussion on how we can best support them.
Facilitator: Kirk Plattner
Sharing Christ in a world full of questions
As Christ’s ambassadors, we are called to know why we believe what we do. This discussion shows why we need to have answers for those who ask us of our hope.
Facilitator: Daniel Currier
Do motives matter?
Why do we do what we do? When proclaiming Christ and serving others, do our motives matter? We believe they do. Let’s examine a scriptural evaluation of the importance of our motives for outreach while considering the impact motives have on how we minister to others.
Facilitator: John Huber
Redeployment vs retirement
Come and discuss the opportunities to redeploy your skill sets, gained over a career, into the mission fields that are so ripe for harvest. We’ll visit about the call to redeploy, opportunities that exist, discerning God’s will, business as mission, and the rewards of redeployment versus retirement. God is such a faithful employer!
Facilitator: Stephen Baner
Using Bible distribution to reach the lost
A discussion on distributing Bibles in our modern digital age. What methods work well? How can recipients be encouraged to dig into the Word?
Facilitator: Wayne Laubscher
How can my local church be a missional church?
It’s been said, “The local church is a community of Christians who live as the on-the-ground expression of the supremacy of Jesus by advancing his gospel in distance and depth.” How can we in our local churches carrying out this mission of advancing the gospel?
Facilitator: Brock Wiegand
Is prayer central to missions?
Drawing from examples of the early church, let’s explore how missions yet today depend on God and advance by prayer.
Facilitator: Klint Beyer
You and me, honoring Muslims
Explore implementable ways that you can honor the Muslims you personally know, are interested in getting to know, or see on the news.
Facilitator: Heather S.
When is our work over?
“For ye have the poor with you always…” Christ’s words seem to hint that our opportunity for work will never end. How do we keep a balance in our lives of service between our “calling” and our opportunity? In this discussion, we will explore this tension as we consider the work we can do vs the work we should do.
Facilitator: Arlan Miller
Remembering them that are in bonds
What is the Christian’s responsibility to minister to those in prison and how can we be effective doing so? We’ll discuss that and share first-hand experiences and “lessons learned” from prison outreach.
Facilitator: Bill Schick
Sharing Christ in the classroom
As Christian students and teachers we are called to witness to the truth in classrooms full of people with diverse opinions, beliefs, and values and who are sometimes hostile to the Christian faith. How can we live out our calling more faithfully?
Facilitator: Fred Witzig
Helping without hurting
Our attempts to help the poor sometimes lead to unintended consequences that can be damaging to everyone involved. Join this discussion group to share examples of how you’ve seen this play out in your efforts to help others and learn how to more effectively help without hurting.
Facilitator: Paul Streitmatter
For Workshops and Main Sessions
Minister. Church Outreach Teacher at ACCFS. Host of Breaking Bread podcast. Math teacher. One of the authors of the Sharing the Gospel study guide and videos.
Minister. HarvestCall Mexico Committee’s communications manager. Engineer. Contributing author to numerous Bible studies.
Planning Facilitator for HarvestCall. Provided strategic implementation assistance to Mission Committee. Former World Relief board member and HarvestCall local church representative.
HarvestCall’s Executive Director. Passionate about the Great Commission. Former member of the Caribbean and Outreach Committees. Chairman of Integration Steering Committee charged with integrating World Relief and Mission Committee.
Keith & Alisa Beyer
Missionaries serving at CVE since January 2015, Keith serves as CVE Administrator, together they support the Caregiving Staff. Former houseparents at Gateway Woods.
Elder, with oversight of our churches in Mexico. Mission Committee and now HarvestCall board member. Owner of landscaping company.
Minister. Church Outreach Director at ACCFS. Trainer and presenter. Mentors college students. Member of the HarvestCall’s Church Establishment Committee. Active on Brotherhood Communications Committee.
Minister. History professor. Leads Bible-teaching tours to historically rich locations. Founder of Wit ‘n’ Wisdom Education, providing teaching podcasts, videos, etc.
Other speakers include:
Tom Waldbeser – Peachtree City. Elder and a leader of church bolstering and planting efforts.
Ray & Glad Slagel – Fairbury. Long-term volunteers at South Carolina rebuilding ministry
Brock Wiegand – West Lafayette. Recently returned from serving as missionary at CVE.
Seth Kaeb – Gridley. Serving as a HarvestCall missionary working with the Deaf in Jamaica through CCCD and Deaf Can! Coffee.
Dewayne Dill – Minneapolis. Minister, leader and stateside administrator of Haiti Dairy committee.
Todd Stoller – Morton, Dentist, developer of dental clinics at Hospital Lumiere and CVE; team leader of annual Hospital Lumiere dental mission trip, past chairman of HarvestCall Medical Committee
Marie Lucie Jeune – Les Cayes, Haiti. Director of Child Care / MEBSH, one of the organizations HarvestCall Child Sponsorship works with in Haiti.
Kent Heimer – Taylor. Elder, chairman of HarvestCall board. Also serves on board of RGMMI.
Marvin Dotterer – Forrest. Elder, HarvestCall spiritual advisor. Counseling elder for missionaries in Haiti.
Heather S. – Tremont. One of the founders of Kairos. Currently training for overseas work in restricted areas.
Wayne Laubscher – Washington. Leader of Bible Distribution task force. Retired minister.
Dale Koch – Tremont. Leader of the new truth-centered community transformation program in Haiti.
Frank Sauder – Roanoke. Ordained Deacon, HarvestCall board member for international regions, former missionary to Japan.
Kirk Plattner – West Lafayette. HarvestCall’s Outreach Manager, minister, and former missionary in Jamaica.
Daniel Currier – Congerville. Teacher, speaker and leader of apologetics ministry called iApologia.
Klint Beyer – Sabetha. Minister, HarvestCall board member.
Stephen Baner – Gridley. Retired minister and retired CFO. Now redeployed into a variety of ministry opportunities. HarvestCall board member
Bill Schick – Peoria. Former administrator at CVE. Director of Berean Ministries and Director of Freedom 4 Life ministry.
Proclaim & Serve 2018 is at the Tremont Apostolic Christian Church and Fellowship Hall, six blocks south of Rt. 9.
Please register to attend. If attending a pre-conference workshop, advance registration is required. ALL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS ARE NOW FULL. If only attending the regular conference, advanced registration is not required but registration is STRONGLY encouraged. Seating is limited for in the breakout and discussion group rooms and seats will go first-come, first-served starting with those that registered in advance. It is likely that many of the rooms will be filled prior to the day of the conference.
Plus, if you register, you will get your choice of supper entree. So please help us plan the day effectively and register online today.
Online registration is now closed so that we can get things ready for tomorrow morning.
Walk-ins are welcome for the main conference. Please arrive at 12:30pm to register. Enter through the west door.