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WILMORE, KY—More than a century ago, Asbury students wanted to maintain a year-round focus on the Great Commission Lifestyle, so on a few cool days in November of 1908, they held what was then called the Missionary Rally.

 Hoping to maintain that same focus on campus, in the local community and around the world, Asbury University continues the annual event Nov. 1-5 with the 102nd Great Commission Congress (held on the Asbury campus).

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” — Matthew 28:19-20

 Committed to motivating, equipping and mobilizing Christians — individually and corporately — the GCC’s mission is to fulfill the Great Commission mandate in our generation. Its prayerful outcomes include an increase in Great Commission-centered thinking and actions on campus through consistent prayer, stewardship and daily witness. The GCC also hopes to facilitate a growing wave of students, faculty, staff, administration and alumni participating in short-term missions.

 This year’s GCC continues the tradition of having quality speakers and organizations, most of which are familiar to the Asbury community. In fact, a former Asbury president — Dr. Paul Rader — will be speaking at Chapel in Hughes Auditorium during the event and he’ll participate in a panel discussion in the Student Center on Nov. 4.

 Other Chapel speakers through the week will include Oreon Trickey (LaSalle Street Church in Chicago) and Lisa L. Thompson (The Salvation Army). Trickey is an ordained minister and has been a participant in urban ministry for more than 20 years. Thompson is the liaison for the abolition of sexual trafficking for The Salvation Army USA national headquarters.

 In addition to speakers at Chapel Nov. 1, Nov. 3 and Nov. 5, both Trickey and Thompson will speak during evening worships (Nov. 1 and Nov. 3) and there will be workshops directed by Kentucky Refugee Ministries (Nov. 2) and Mission Year/Keynote (Nov. 4).

 To help facilitate student involvement, representatives from a variety of mission agencies will be on campus during the week and will be available in the cafeteria beginning with lunch Nov. 3 through lunch on Nov. 5. Agencies with representation this year include:

Advancing Native Missions; English Language Institute China; Foundation in Christ Ministries; GO International; Interact Ministries; Kentucky Refugee Ministries; Keynote; Kids Alley; Middle East Christian Outreach; Mission Year; New Hope International; OMS International; S.E.N.D. International; The Salvation Army; WEC International; World Gospel Mission; Wycliffe Bible Translators; Youthworks.

GCC Schedule of Events

Monday, Nov. 1

10:00AM      Chapel Speaker: Oreon Trickey, LaSalle St. Church, Chicago

                    Hughes Auditorium

6:30PM       Evening Worship Speaker:  Oreon Trickey

                   Hughes Auditorium

Tuesday, Nov. 2

11:30AM      Workshop:  Kentucky Refugee Ministries

                   Location TBD

5:45PM –

8:30PM       “Living the Great Commission Where We Are Living”

                 Gather in Cafeteria and disperse to Wilmore, Nicholasville and Lexington

Wednesday, Nov. 3

10:00AM      Chapel Speaker:  Lisa L. Thompson, The Salvation Army

                    Hughes Auditorium

6:30PM       Evening Worship Speaker:  Lisa L. Thompson

                   Hughes Auditorium

Thursday, Nov. 4

11:30AM      Workshop: Mission Year/Keynote

   Location TBD

6:30PM        Panel Presentation: 

                    Dr. Paul Rader, The Salvation Army

                    Mr. Chris Needham, The Salvation Army

                    Mrs. Dabney Parker, Kentucky Refugee Ministries

                    Mr. Geoff Maddock, Commonality

                    Student Center

Friday, Nov. 5

10:00AM      Chapel Speaker:  Dr. Paul Rader

                    Hughes Auditorium