2018 PTM Speakers and Workshops
Chris DeWelt’s life has been an interesting and always challenging mix as he presses forward seeking to follow God’s heart for the nations. He has seen where that specifically intersects his world on various occasions and sometimes for long seasons. Chris and his wife, Carol, began their years of ministry working in mission service in Chile. Later they would work for quite a number of years in the field of Christian publishing. The last 18 years they have been preparing recruits for cross-cultural service in both the academy and in the local church. In the process of this journey, the Lord has granted Chris the privilege of finishing his doctorate of missiology at Biola, serving for 19 years at Ozark Christian College, and traveling to over ninety countries.
Chris’ deepest and most compelling desire is to be a disciple of Jesus and to serve Him all of his days. (Romans 16:25-27)
Join us one day before the main PTM Conference begins, for one of these three great Pre-Conference options! Since they happen simultaneously, you’ll have to choose just one—good luck!
Debriefing: Topics & Methodology—Sorry, this workshop is FULL!
presented by George and Connie Blake
There is something about a life-story told in the safety of a loving relationship. To be heard is, often, to be healed. Debriefing is all about this marvelous reality: telling the story of what happened on the field and the impact it had can provide a sense of being heard and seen, normalized and validated. It is a setting where the love of God can sink in a bit deeper. Come and think and experience with us some key topics and tested methodologies. Perhaps, by God’s grace, we will be blessed and grow to be a blessing to missionaries.
George and Connie Blake—Barnabas International
Developing & Building a Church-Based Member Care Plan
presented by Neal Pirolo
(This pre-conference workshop is being presented by the PTM Conference in partnership with Barnabas International, Emmaus Road International, TRAIN International, and Missionary Care Catalyst.)
There is no doubt that the ministry of member care is multi-leveled and multi-faceted. In this informative and interactive workshop, we will 1) plumb the depths of the Biblical mandate for Member Care; 2) consider the diversity of skill sets needed to fully provide the care a missionary deserves; and 3) wrestle with the dynamics of “making it happen” in your church.
Neal Pirolo—Director, Emmaus Road International
You Call Me Deeper Still:
The Place of Regular Practices in Abiding in the Life of God
presented by Scott Shaum
This workshop will seek to bring clarity to an applied spiritual theology by specifically addressing the role of spiritual practices, including contemplative practices, as responses to God’s invitation into deeper communion with him. Emphasis will be placed on integration in all of life and ministry. From a Trinitarian, Christ-centered and Word-grounded framework, participants will be guided through a time of personal reflection and assessment (where you are), identification of specific growth steps in response to God’s initiatives (where you would like to grow), and ministry design ideas and skills to shepherd workers overseas in this same process.
Scott Shaum—Director of Staff Development with Barnabas International
On Wednesday, October 3, you will have the option to attend two of these timely and helpful workshops.
(You do not need to indicate ahead of time which workshops you plan to attend.)
Exploring the Skills, Mindset, and Value of Coaching
presented by Sherri Dodd
Whether coaching is new to you or you have had some training, come explore how you can develop skills, adapt a coach approach to your ministry or learn the value of third party coaching as it relates to the well being of mission leaders and workers. This lively, interactive workshop will better equip you in your area of influence.
Sherri Dodd—Founder and CEO, Advance Global CoachingSherri Dodd is a career missionary, ministry leader and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. With more than twenty years of experience as a missionary in Europe, Sherri has a passion to see cross-cultural workers thrive, not just survive. As the founder of Advance Global Coaching since 2007, she leads a team of professional missions coaches, providing ongoing development for mission leaders and cross cultural workers in more than 45 countries. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Randy. They have three grown children and live in the Atlanta area.
Single, But Not Alone
presented by Vanessa Vannoy
Whether single by choice or circumstances, single women face unique challenges as missionaries. As we abide in God and rely on one another, we can thrive in our lives and ministries as single women. And we can help others to do the same! This workshop offers hope and encouragement for single women and ideas on how to care for them.
Vanessa Vannoy—Development Coordinator, Impact France; M.Div. Candidate, Columbia Biblical SeminaryVanessa Vannoy served with Avant Ministries for 10 years, 7 of which were spent as a missionary in Paris, France. Her calling is to equip and empower women to serve Jesus. She is gifted as a teacher, discipler, and mentor. Her passion is seeing people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Vanessa enjoys exploring new cultures through travel and relationships, but she especially loves laughing and playing with her nieces and nephew. She is currently finishing her M.Div. degree at Columbia Biblical Seminary.
Compassion Fatigue: Caring for Care-Givers who Experience Profound Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Erosion
presented by Steve Wise
In this workshop we’ll consider the nature of Compassion Fatigue, how it differs from Burnout, how to recognize Compassion Fatigue in global workers, and what can be done to transform and/or relieve Compassion Fatigue among those helpers who indirectly own the trauma of those they serve.
Steve Wise—Member Care Provider, Barnabas InternationalSteve completed an MDiv in Intercultural Studies at Grace Theological Seminary and served as a church planter among resettled refugees for 14 years in Cambodia. There, he became involved in training Theological Education by Extension leaders and partnered with other mission organizations in literature publication, leadership development, church planting movement training, orality and spiritual coaching of missionaries through a process of self-discovery and spiritual journey. Steve and his wife, Deborah, have been on staff with Barnabas International since 2014 and have recently completed training in Spiritual Direction with Sustainable Faith in Indianapolis, IN.
Sabbath: An Invitation to Rest
presented by John DeKruyter
A brief reading of His instructions for Sabbath clarifies His intentionality in it. A brief reading of the Gospels demonstrates Jesus' keeping of it and habits within it. A brief glimpse into our lives would most certainly expose a desperate need of it. Celebrate a better way of living, the sacred rhythm of Sabbath.
John DeKruyter—Executive Director, Alongside IncJohn DeKruyter is the Executive Director of ALONGSIDE Inc. in Richland, MI. He earned a Master degree from Jerusalem University College in Biblical History and Historical Geography. The land of Israel was his classroom and he studied under world-renowned archeologists, historians and scholars. He and his wife Melanie lead study tours in Israel while having the joy of raising three daughters. John is recovering from a legalistic upbringing with Sabbath and have joyfully been keeping Sabbath for the last 11 years. He has the privilege of helping ALONGSIDE participants every month learn the wonderful joy and healthier rhythm of Sabbath keeping.
Q & A with Chris DeWelt
presented by Christopher DeWelt
Take advantage of this open forum Q & A time to get better acquainted with our keynote speaker and explore his thoughts on our theme of abiding in Christ, member care, and other topics that are dear to his heart.
Christopher DeWelt—TRAIN International and Blackbox International
Bending Without Breaking: Resiliency and Global Workers
presented by Silas West
One of the most desired qualities for cross-cultural servants, and for those who care for them is resilience. Resilient people harness inner strengths and are able to rebound from difficulties quickly. Some people seem to be more naturally resilient than others, but studies are increasingly revealing that resiliency is something that can be learned. In this workshop we will explore ways of developing personal resilience as well as assisting mission workers who desperately need this quality in order to endure hardship and trauma.
Silas West—Director of Counseling and Assistant Director of Pastoral Care,
Antioch Ministries International
Abiding With The Missionary Family
presented by Krista Milliser and Darci Nealeigh
How are Missionary Kids impacted by life on the mission field? Are they impacted by their parents experiences in ministry? Let's discuss how MKs are navigating identity, building relationships, processing grief and weathering transition. What is your role in this process? What would it look like to care for the missionary family as a whole?
Krista Milliser (L)—Missionary and MK Care, Barnabas InternationalKrista Milliser lives in Southwest Missouri with her husband Greg and three boys. Her own experience living overseas in Europe and her heart for children and families has motivated her ministry with MKs. She currently serves in Barnabas International and directs the MK debrief and pre-field programs of TRAIN International.
Darci Nealeigh (R)—Missionary and MK Care, Barnabas InternationalDarci Nealeigh lives in Colorado Springs and grew up as Missionary Kid in southern Brazil and moved stateside as a young adult. She has experience working with MKs at Universities, Mission Training International and currently Barnabas International. She loves journeying alongside MKs of all ages and their parents.
Effective Life-Giving Care from the Local Church
presented by Steve Findley
We've created a Pastoral Care System based on 4 Primary Pillars - prayer, one-to-one pastoral care (member to missionary), systematic visits to the field, and stateside care ("no one falls through the cracks"). This will be a very interactive workshop from which you'll leave with fresh thoughts and practical tools to use to do the work of member care.
Steve Findley—Director of Pastoral Care, Antioch Ministries InternationalAfter serving as a pastor overseas for 19 years, Steve and his family returned to the U.S. in 2008 for him and his wife, Susan, to oversee the member care of all the missionaries sent out of Antioch Community Church in Waco, TX. The heartbeat of Antioch's member care system is found in Ephesians 4:11-12, "equipping the saints (i.e., church members) to do the work of the ministry."
Choose from one of these four sessions on Thursday, October 5. These workshops will be two hours long, in order to dig more deeply into these significant topics.
(It is not necessary to indicate ahead of time which intensive you plan to attend.)
The Dynamics of Addiction on the Field and an Invitation to Feast
presented by Lindsay Kimball
This workshop will explore the heart level dynamics behind a wide spectrum of addiction for those on the mission field, and offer tangible tools as you come alongside those who are struggling. We’ll take a look at the ways in which the discovering of addictive behaviors and habits is an invitation to deeper feasting and dependence on Jesus, both for you and those you’re helping.
Lindsay Kimball—Renewal and Counseling Care, SergeLindsay works in the area of Renewal and Counseling Care for Serge, a mission sending agency. Previously, she served in Vienna, Austria with Serge's church-planting team. Her time on the field led to a passion for coming alongside missionaries, providing care and spiritual renewal. Lindsay currently leads Serge’s distance learning initiatives and oversees counseling resources for Serge's missionaries. She also serves as a gospel renewal mentor for missionaries and ministry leaders, both overseas and in the US. Lindsay holds an M.A. in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, and also maintains a small counseling practice in Philadelphia, where she resides.
Church Level Member Care: Partners in the Gospel
presented by Neal Pirolo
The Biblical model for church level member care is found in Acts 13-14. We will follow the Life Time-Line of a missionary to discover the privilege the church has in providing care for their missionaries. As Paul commended the Christians in Philippi: "...you have been partners with me in the Gospel....", we will discover the six areas of care he received, and that which every missionary today needs.
Neal Pirolo—Director, Emmaus Road InternationalNeal Pirolo is the founder and director of Emmaus Road International. His background is in education and missions. He is an ordained minister. For more than 40 years, Neal has either ministered cross-culturally or has been involved in training others for cross-cultural ministry. He has been privileged to visit or minister in over 60 countries as well as throughout the United States. Neal has authored five books. Six of his live seminars are available on DVD. His teachings are always Biblically based and focus on solutions to the issues of missions. Neal continually acknowledges "what a privilege it is to be about our Father's business."
Abiding in the Midst of Hardship: Companioning with God through Personal Adversity
presented by Scott Shaum
A common response to a season of personal hardship is that it is punitive—that we have messed up and God is against us. However, there are deeper and truer perspectives to be had in the midst of such suffering that allows us to be responsive to God's redemptive presence with us in dark times. Disruption in life is an essential ingredient of personal and organizational formation. It is a hallmark of God's redemptive process. How might we walk well with God in a season of disappointment that launches us into a deeper, enduring communion with him? How might we shepherd others in their seasons of hardship to the same end?
Scott Shaum—Director of Staff Development with Barnabas InternationalScott Shaum, along with his wife Beth, has served as a church planter in Hong Kong and as pastoral staff in Detroit, MI. For the past 15 years they have been with Barnabas International. Currently Scott is serving as Director of Staff Development as well as providing pastoral care, spiritual direction, debriefing and public speaking to workers globally. Scott and Beth have been married for 34 years, and have three adult sons and one daughter-in-law. Scott recently released his book The Uninvited Companion: God's Shaping us in His Love through Life's Adversities.
Team Health: Insights and Assessments for Every Stage
presented by Gary L. Green
Team care presents special challenges. This workshop will focus on insights from the presenter's experience with those challenges. Ample time will be dedicated to how new or little-known assessments -- Go Culture Assessment, Periodic Assessment of Team Health, Team Dimensions Profile and others - fit into a broader framework of team care.
Gary L. Green—Missionary Care Provider, Barnabas InternationalDr. Green worked in Venezuela as a church planter prior to serving as the Associate Director of Missions at Abilene Christian University. His work there involved establishing a short-term mission program as well as the training and care of long-term teams. Currently, he and his wife work through Barnabas International to care for teams in ten countries. They conduct personal visits, host renewal retreats and coach from a distance. More at www.garyandfrancesgreen.com .