Grace Essentials Conference: Mission

The God of the Nations
Grace Essentials Conference: Mission

Colonial Baptist Church
February 23-25, 2018

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This spring we’ve planned a special three-day conference on Mission at Colonial Baptist Church. The conference theme comes from God’s ultimate purposes for the nations developed throughout the Old Testament scriptures. Although God often judges the nations in the Old Testament, He ultimately desires for all nations to worship Him. In this conference, we will consider what drives the church to engage in mission throughout the scriptures. Simply stated, mission is for God. That is, we engage in mission so that unbelievers turn to God and glorify His name. John Piper says it well: “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” In this conference, we will explore what God’s desire for the nations means for the church.


Registration is completely free, and we encourage everyone to register who plans to attend! The first fifty people who register will get a free book written by one of the keynote speakers (Limit one book per family). To register, click here.


Our two keynote speakers for this conference are Dave Doran and J.D. Crowley.

Dave Doran is the senior pastor of Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, Michigan. He has pastored there for twenty-eight years. During his time at Inter-City Baptist, Dave has taken a deep interest in mission, including the publication of a book (For the Sake of His Name: Challenging a New Generation for World Missions), the creation of a regular conference on mission for college students, and the formation of a mission board under the direct supervision of Inter-City Baptist Church. Dave’s greatest contributions toward mission, however, come through his sound Biblical preaching and teaching on the subject.

J.D. Crowley serves as a missionary in Cambodia. Along with his wife and family, J.D. has ministered there for twenty-four years. God has used J.D. not only to plant multiple churches in Cambodia but also to produce theological resources for believers there, including a commentary on Romans. J.D. has recently co-authored an insightful book on the conscience as well (Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ). J.D. is a popular speaker at missions conferences because of his grasp of the scriptural concepts relating to mission and evangelism.

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Friday, February 23—
  • 5:45-6:30pm - Registration and Snacks
  • 6:30-7:45pm - Opening Session—The God of the Nations—Pastor Brent Belford
  • 7:45-8:00pm - Snack Break
  • 8:00-9:00pm - Session #2—Dave Doran
Saturday, February 24—
  • 9:00-10:00am - Session #3—J.D. Crowley
  • 10:00-10:15am - Break
  • 10:15-11:15am - Session #4—Dave Doran
  • 11:30-Noon - Prayer Time
  • Noon-1:00pm - Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm - Session #5—J.D. Crowley
Sunday, February 25—
  • 9:15-10:45am - CBC Worship Service—Session #6—Dave Doran
  • 11:00-Noon - CBC Combined ABS—Session #7—J.D. Crowley


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