2020 Pre-Conference Workshops

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Join us one day before the main PTM Conference begins, for nine hours of in-depth training in of these three great Pre-Conference options! Since they happen simultaneously, you’ll have to choose just one. Best of luck!

Debriefing: Key Topics and Methodologies

presented by George and Connie Blake

There is something about a life-story told in the safety of those who get it. Often to be heard is to be healed. Debriefing is all about this marvelous reality; telling the story of what happened on the field and the impact it had. Its goal is to provide a sense of being heard and seen, normalized and validated in 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 grow to be a blessing to Kingdom workers.


George and Connie Blake—Barnabas International

In their early 20’s, George and Connie were rescued by our good Father. It only made sense, after such a life reversal, to follow wherever He led which led into missions in Austria where they moved “for life.” Less than a year later, having encountered many of the difficulties missionaries face, they returned home hurt and confused. Several years later, they made their way to the Philippines for 13 years, perhaps a bit wiser but certainly not trained or cared for. Over time, a passion to hear, strengthen, and love Kingdom workers was birthed from their own paradoxical cross-cultural experiences. Eventually, this passion led them to Mission Training International where they served missionaries in both pre-field training and debriefing for 17 years. Nearly three years ago, they transitioned to Barnabas International. Each hold graduate degrees in counseling. The Blakes have three adult MK’s and five beloved grandchildren.

Best Practices in Church-based Missionary Care

presented by the Missionary Care Catalysts team

Every church has a vital role to play in sending, sustaining, and receiving missionaries! After much prayer, 5+ years of development, and extensive collaboration, Missionary Care Catalysts (MCC) is excited to present Best Practices in Church-based Missionary Care. These best practices have been developed with a goal to unite churches behind a clear vision and common language for excellent missionary care. In this interactive pre-conference participants will encounter these best practices, uncover how they are rooted in God’s nature, and explore how churches of all sizes can implement them for God’s glory among the nations.


Missionary Care Catalysts (MCC)

MCC is a network of mission-focused individuals who are partnering with God to advance a movement of churches committed to excellent missionary care. MCC is composed of leaders representing many local churches, denominations, agencies, and missionary care organizations.

The Missionary Care Catalysts team consists of: Brian Gibson, Dave Wilson, Lori Rogers, Lorene Wilson, Missy Altman, Donna Cole, Carolyn and Kyle Kixmiller.

LET LOVE LEAD: Living the Gospel Out with our LGBTQI Family and Friends

presented by Shannon Rants

Topics covered and discussed in this Pre-Conference will be as follows: historically Biblical meaning and purpose of gender/sexuality; unpacking core femininity/masculinity; understanding our Cycle of Connection; tensions within a cultural context; practical implications of loving our LGBTQI family and friends with grace and truth; time for Q & A among us.


Shannon Rants

Shannon Rants is a licensed Professional Counselor and received her Masters Degree from Grace College and Seminary (Indiana). She has a private counseling practice (shannonrants.com) that helps adults seeking support in the areas of gender & sexuality. Shannon is also the director of Come Arise Ministries (comearise.org) that seeks to support and provide Christ-centered educational training about gender and sexuality for individuals, churches, and organizations. Shannon is currently teaching Gender & Sexuality for Canby Bible College in Oregon. Prior to moving to Oregon, Shannon taught for Colorado Christian University in the MA in counseling program

While Shannon cares deeply about coming along side others and serving the Body of Christ, there is no greater privilege than for her to be a wife and mother of three adventurous boys. Together as a family, they enjoy camping, playing games, snorkeling, biking, and living room dance parties.

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