for the
Jan 13-15 2020
We know the church is called to train and disciple, but the challenge we face is how to equip 21st century disciples effectively

We believe it is timely for a dialogue between the widest possible range of stakeholders – churches, teams, training facilities, mission agencies, and field practitioners – who are not only passionate about the Great Commission, but who also take the challenges seriously, and who are committed to equipping cross-cultural workers effectively.

The concept for this DGC20 event was born from a desire to strengthen connections between a growing community. Join us as we discuss how we can effectively and creatively equip the next generation of Great Commission workers.

Session dates: Register & welcome Jan.13th evening, Sessions all-day 14th & 15th. Lunch and dinner is included in the price.

January 13-15, 2020
Denton Bible Church, Texas USA
$89 per person
We’d like to invite you to come and be
a part of two days of conversations.

Contribute to discussions introduced by qualified leaders and experts.

Broaden your understanding of how to equip through and with God’s Biblical meta-narrative.

Consider training models that are committed to serving local churches AND making field-based expertise available.

Become familiar with a range of multi-media training resources available for use in ministry programs.

Matt Hannan
Matt Hannan has been the Senior Pastor at New Heights Church, Vancouver, WA, for the past 28 years. He takes frequent trips to Indonesia, Slovakia and Uganda, training the next generation at New Heights to take their place in the Great Commission. His congregation has launched multiple churches that have launched others, now numbering over 350. Matt is passionate about reaching the least, the last and the lost with the Gospel. He is married to Cindy and loves hunting and fishing.
John David Smith
John David is the Executive Director of BMAA (Baptist Missionary Association of America). His doctorate tackled the tough questions of what makes an effective cross-cultural training program. John David served in Africa with his wife Kim and 2 sons and is now passionate about training the next generation of Great Commission workers.
Brooks Buser
Brooks Buser worked in the field of corporate finance before moving to Papua New Guinea with his wife Nina. They spent 13 years there as church planters and translators among the Yembiyembi people. In 2016, upon the completion of the New Testament and naming of elders, they returned to the U.S. In early 2017 Brooks was named President of Radius International. Brooks and Nina have one son, and one boxer dog.
David Holsten
David Holsten and his wife Natalie joined MAF in 2000. They were assigned to the country of Indonesia where they served in a variety of roles for the next 17 years. In 2018 they returned to the States for David to take on the role of President and CEO. In leading MAF, David relies on God’s guidance and actively seeks the counsel of others. David and Natalie reside in Nampa, Idaho, and have four children.
Ron has more experience in cross cultural engagement than he ever thought he was signing up for! He and his wife Kandy raised their children mainly in Colombia and Venezuela, but they also spent years in South Asia and Mongolia. For many years — and to the present — Ron has worked in the design and leadership of training programs that equip workers to serve in the Great Commission, and he’s honored to have the opportunity to contribute to DGC20 in its first ever conference!
Mike Scheer
Mike Scheer is the Missions Pastor of Denton Bible Church, TX. He has been on the Missions staff for over 20 years. Mike travels internationally to train national pastors and visit with missionaries on the field. He is married to Kerry and they have three sons. Although he is too old to play, he loves coaching his boys in the Denton Rec leagues.
Scot Keen
Scot Keen has been teaching at Ethnos360 Bible Institute since 2003 where he currently serves as the Academic Dean of Online Education. His favorite classes to teach include Bibliology, Acts, Romans, and Psalms. Scot is married to April and they have three kids. For recreation, Scot enjoys backpacking, and spending time with his family.
Rich Brown
Rich Brown worked for many years among a people group in South Asia in church planting and Bible translation. He is passionate about equipping local churches to take a primary role in equipping members for global outreach. Rich now serves on an international leadership team with Global Partners/Ethnos360 overseeing church planting efforts and missionary training. He is married to Karen and they have 3 daughters.
Todd Gerst
Todd Gerst is the Co-Senior Pastor at Warsaw Community Church, Indiana. He is responsible for overseeing discipleship training and equipping leaders and teachers. Todd and his wife Karen worked 15 years doing church planting and discipleship in Papua New Guinea. They have four kids and are excited about becoming grandparents.

To foster connections between cross-cultural training stake-holders that might, over time, grow into a network of mutual support, encouragement, and resource-sharing

To facilitate a face-to-face dialogue between church leaders/pastors, specialist trainers, agency leaders, experts, and field practitioners

To encourage fellowship and cooperation in training effective global witnesses

To share resources that might help us evaluate the effectiveness of our cross-cultural efforts

Meals and Accommodation
Accommodation is not provided, but we have arranged a discounted rate with Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denton. For a twin queen room it is $99+tax rate if you mention DGC20 when you book.
Lunch and dinner are included in the price for both days - 14th and 15th. Breakfast is not provided at the event.
Denton Bible Church is approximately 27 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. The hotel does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport. We suggest Uber or Lyft for transportation to the venue.
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