International Ministries

May 2012 Hear the Call! - World Mission Conference



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May 18 – 25, 2012

Green Lake, Wisconsin

International Ministries invites you to our biggest event in a decade!   Come for the weekend retreat, the weekday mission conference, the one day celebration, or the entire week! 

To register, call the Green Lake Conference Center at (920) 294-3323.  For information on housing, meals, and shuttles, scroll to the end.


To view the conference schedule, click here.   To learn about earning Continuing Education Units, click here.

The Call Retreat:  The weekend of May 18-20 will be open to everyone, but will focus especially on discerning God’s call personally.  There will be three dedicated tracks for those considering a call to service as international missionaries, pastors and lay leaders within the U.S. and Puerto Rico or globally.  Worship, inspirational messages, Bible study, tracks and personal reflection time will combine to make this a powerful discernment experience.

      Track 1 will explore a call to Missional Involvement in your Community 
Track 2 will explore a call to Pastoral Ministry
      Track 3 will explore a call to Cross-cultural Global Mission service
(IM is partnering with ABHMS and the Ministers Council to provide tracks 1 & 2)
The Call Globally  Monday evening through Thursday evening, May 21-24 will focus on what God is doing in global mission today, especially as seen through the work of IM missionaries and partners in the U.S./PR and around the world.  This event will include worship, Bible study and a variety of opportunities to learn from and connect personally with what God is doing through the partners and missionaries of IM.

The Call Celebration:  Thursday afternoon and evening, May 24.  The Call Globally will be brought to a climax with the participation of Tony Campolo and the Christian contemporary music group, Jars of Clay.  The week-long conference will welcome additional participants for this final celebration of God’s call to global mission.

Special Moment #1:  The Swing Day – Monday, May 21  Between the climax of the Call Retreat on Sunday night and the launch of The Call Globally on Monday evening, this day will offer a change of pace that includes opportunities for relaxed conversation and recreation.

Special Moment #2:  Ready-Set-Go! – Friday, May 25  There will be opportunities to talk and pray with missionaries and staff during or after breakfast about the next steps you need to take as you respond to God’s call to global mission before heading home.


We have a diverse, talented group of leaders that are helping to shape and lead this event.  They are listed here in order of their involvement.  Click on their name to read their bio.

          Bible Study Leader (May 18 - 20)
          Dr. A.K. Lama
General Secretary, Council of Baptist
        Churches, North East India

          Track Leader:
Missional involvement in your

          Rev. Glynis LaBarre - Transformational Strategist for
         the American Baptist Home Mission Societies

          Track Leader: Pastoral ministry
          Dr. Joe Kutter - Executive Director, Ministers Council

         Dr. Jeff Savage - President of the ABC Ministers Council

          Track Leader: Cross-cultural global mission service
          Rev. Jim Bell  - Recruitment Director, Int'l Ministries

          Saturday evening sermon (May 19)
          Dr. Alistair Brown
President of Northern Seminary, Lombard, IL    

          Sunday evening sermon (May 20)
          Dr. Leslie Braxton
Senior Pastor of New Beginnings
        Christian Fellowship in Renton, WA

          Bible Study Leader (May 21 - 24)
          Dr. Ken Fong
Senior Pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, CA     

          Worship Leader (May 18 - 24)
          Brian McClure - Founder of 'The Way', Nashville, TN

          Daily Workshop Leaders (May 21 - 24)
Two dozen IM missionaries, development workers, global   consultants, international leaders and staff from around the world.

           Keynote Speaker (May 24)
           Dr. Tony Campolo
Professor emeritus of sociology, Eastern University; Founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education

           Special Guests (May 24)
           Jars of Clay
Christian Contemporary Music Band

Mission Personnel

This event is a unique opportunity to interact with two dozen missionaries, development workers and global consultants all in one place!  To see all the mission personnel involved in this event, click hereBegin a new relationship or deepen an existing one over a meal or free time.  Look for them on Facebook!  Read their journals and learn about the blessings and challenges of their ministries in Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, South Sudan, Bolivia, Laos and Cuba.

International Leaders

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Judsons going to Burma in 1812, there will be international guests and Baptist leaders from Burma (Myanmar) and other countries including China, Haiti, India, Poland and Nepal. Click here to see who is coming. 

Program Fees

To register, contact the Green Lake Conference Center at (920) 294-3323.  To view the conference schedule, click here

$79 per person for The Call Retreat          
May 18 - 20 
   Friday evening – Sunday evening

     When you register, please select one of these 3 tracks:

      1) Mission Involvement Locally

      2) Cross-Cultural Global Mission Service

      3) Pastoral Ministry

$99 per person for The Call Globally          
May 21 - 24
   Monday evening – Thursday evening

$149 per person for The Call Experience (the whole week)
May 18 - 24 
   Friday evening – Thursday evening (Please tell Green Lake which of the weekend tracks you want to attend)

$15 per person for The Call Celebration          
May 24
ONLY  Thursday afternoon with Tony Campolo and evening concert featuring Jars of Clay & Tony.   (Dinner meal ticket is extra and must be reserved with Green Lake by calling 920 294-3323.)


Please contact the Green Lake Conference Center to reserve housing by calling (920) 294-3323.  There are a variety of hotel rooms that sleep 2 - 6 people.  Renting a lakeside or forest home is ideal for church groups.  Families and good friends could share a cozy cabin. For a list of housing option and photos of the accommodations that are available for this event, click here


Meal packages are available for the entire week, or per day for part time attendees.  Those renting a home or cabin have the option of doing their own cooking.  Please tell the Green Lake staff which meal option you would like when you make your housing reservation.  To view the prices, click here

Shuttle Service

Green Lake Conference Center offers shuttle service for those arriving by bus, train or plane.  Please contact them directly to reserve a seat on one of their shuttles by calling (920) 294-3323.  For details on pricing, and a list of locations where they'll pick you up, visit their website.  You'll also find driving directions on their website.  


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