Great Commission Congress: Power to Witness

WILMORE, Ky. — Next week’s Great Commission Congress on the Asbury University campus might look like a traditional conference with an orderly schedule of presentations and workshops, but the message contained within — that God equips His people with power to witness around the world — has the potential to change the world.

Asburians participate in ministry opportunities both in the United States and overseas.
Asburians participate in ministry opportunities both in the United States and overseas.

Throughout the week, speakers Todd Ahrend, Betsy Hall ’01 Ledoux and Dr. Kay Fuller ’57 Rader will address the theme verse of the week: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. And you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” (Act. 1:8). Additional speakers, many of whom are also alumni, will lead breakout sessions to address specific populations or topics in ministry. At the end of the week, students will have an opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice locally through a variety of service projects on Saturday afternoon.

“Our prayer at Asbury is that whatever vocational paths our students take, they go into them as ambassadors of Christ and integrate the Great Commission into their vocations,” said Rev. Greg Haseloff, associate dean of campus ministries and campus chaplain. “The Great Commission Congress gives us a week to articulate those things very clearly.”

Asbury University’s Great Commission Congress is an annual event in which the University’s standing commitment to Christian missions moves front-and-center. It incorporates both large- and small-group discussions to explore what a “Great Commission Lifestyle” might look like and connects interested students with the people and organizations that can help them to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

Great Commission Congress 2012 Speakers

All events in Hughes Auditorium are free and open to the public.

Todd Ahrend (Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., Hughes Auditorium)

Ahrend is the founder of The Traveling Team, a ministry that mobilizes college students to take personally Jesus’ instructions to preach the gospel to all nations. He and his wife, Jessica, have spoken to thousands of college students on more than 450 campuses about their role in world evangelism.

Betsy Hall ’01 Ledoux (Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Hughes Auditorium)

Ledoux is the International Disaster Response and Preparedness Manager at Samaritan’s Purse International Relief in Boone, N.C. Previously, she spent two years with Samaritan’s Purse as the deputy country director in Mozambique and more than a year as the deputy country director in Haiti.

Dr. Kay Fuller ’57 Rader (Nov. 2 at 10 a.m., Hughes Auditorium)

Rader is the former World President of Women’s Organizations for The Salvation Army (commissioner by rank). She and her husband, former Asbury University President Paul Rader ’56, served as missionary officers in Korea for 22 years.

Breakout sessions

Oct. 30, 11 a.m.: Bethany Ury ’10 (One Mission Society), Dougherty Dining Room in Cafeteria

Oct. 30, 4 p.m.: Brian Renders (Confrontation Point), Outdoor Classroom near Morrison Hall

Nov. 1, 11 a.m.: Kevin Becht ’91 (Youth for Christ), Gray Room in Cafeteria

Nov. 1, 4 p.m.: Shawn Casselberry ’98 (Mission year), Bennett-Bernard Room in Morrison Hall

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