A called meeting of the General Assembly is scheduled for May 1 at 4:00 p.m. EST to approve a motion to reschedule the 40th General Assembly from June 23-26, 2020, to September 17-18, 2020. The called meeting will be conducted as a video conference. The motion that the called meeting of the General Assembly will be asked to approve is:
The 40th General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church is rescheduled from June 23-26, 2020, at Hope Presbyterian Church, Cordova, Tennessee, to September 17-18, 2020, at Hope Presbyterian Church, Cordova, Tennessee.
The proposed September 17-18 meeting will be business only, with no Leadership Institute on Tuesday or Wednesday. Office of the General Assembly staff is exploring the possibility of providing virtual as well as on-site participation for Commissioners.
The information below reflects the schedule and speakers as of March 2020 and is subject to significant change depending on the outcome of the called meeting on May 1.
EPC World Outreach is sponsoring numerous gatherings at the 40th General Assembly. All GA attendees are invited to join us, but registration is required for the Tuesday evening banquet as space is limited. Please note that for security reasons, we ask that no photos of our activities or names of global workers be posted to social media, blogs, websites, or other outlet that could potentially show up in an internet search.
Don’t miss our global worker’s displays where you can learn more about their ministries!
TUESDAY, JUNE 23
PRESBYTERY MISSIONS STRATEGY
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This is a special event for those who are a part of a missions committee/home team or interested in presbytery mission initiatives to share resources, look at areas of commonality, and discuss strategies for how presbyteries can get involved in reaching the world for Christ through the ministries of EPC World Outreach. Following the session, we will gather for lunch with World Outreach global workers.
Led by Rick Dietzman, Associate Pastor to Adults for Sequim Community Church in Sequim, Washington, and World Outreach Team Leader for the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest.
WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKER TRAINING
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This short training is required for all World Outreach global workers; we will provide an update on the EPC and WO, an orientation on how to make the most of your attendance at General Assembly, and hear from Stated Clerk Jeff Jeremiah. This is a closed group for the World Outreach U.S. Team and global workers.
WORLD OUTREACH BANQUET
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for dinner and a message from Josh Hanson, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Findlay, Ohio.
Fresh out of college, Josh served four years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and led troops in Afghanistan in 2003. After finishing his time with the Army, he spent two years teaching music in a Florida elementary school. During this season, his commitment to Christ strengthened. So in 2006, Josh applied for a music position within a large church in Connecticut. This entry into Christian ministry served to ignite his desire to preach the gospel. After serving on staff in a variety of positions at Black Rock Church in Connecticut, he helped start a church plant in New Haven, Connecticut. Later, Josh entered the EPC as Senior Pastor of Perrow Church in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. In April 2016, Gateway Church welcomed Josh to lead and develop the staff as an Associate Pastor where he has since transitioned to the role of Senior Pastor. His primary responsibilities are to cast overall ministry vision and serve as Gateway’s primary teacher/preacher. Josh also serves as chairman of the Ministerial Committee in the Presbytery of the Midwest. He and his wife, Emily, have been married for 19 years and have three children: Wesley, 16, Caleb, 13, and Alice, 11.
The World Outreach banquet is open to all, but registration is required and space is limited.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
HOW YOUR WORK BRINGS SIGNIFICANCE TO YOUR GENEROSITY LIFESTYLE
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch Hosts: John, Bob Welsh
Our Lord wants each of us to be active participants in His Great Commission. “Come Find Your Place” as we will cover in detail a handful of ways to utilize your business and professional experiences, gifts, and talents. See how the Great Commission and having a generous lifestyle brings significance to your life.
GLOBAL WORKER PRESENTATIONS DINNER
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for dinner and hear just a few of our World Outreach global workers describe how God is using and blessing their work among people groups of the world with little to no access to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
DINNER WITH GLOBAL WORKERS TO BE COMMISSIONED
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Join us for dinner and meet your World Outreach global workers, including our newest appointees who will be presented to the Assembly for commissioning in the worship service on Thursday evening.
EVENING WORSHIP WITH GLOBAL WORKER COMMISSIONING
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The Global Worker commissioning service is always a highlight of the General Assembly. Note that the global worker commissioning portion of the service will not be available via live stream.
This year’s speaker is D.A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has served since 1978. He previously served on the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he served for two years as academic dean. He also taught at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Richmond College, and Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, he is the president of The Gospel Coalition.
Carson has written or edited more than fifty books, including The Sermon on the Mount (Baker 1978), Exegetical Fallacies (Baker 1984), Matthew (Zondervan 1984), From Triumphalism to Maturity (Baker 1984), Showing the Spirit (Baker 1987), How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil (Baker 1990), The Gospel According to John (Eerdmans 1991), A Call to Spiritual Reformation (Baker 1992), New Testament Commentary Survey, 6th ed. (Baker 2006) and Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church (Zondervan, 2005). His book, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Zondervan 1996), won the 1997 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award in the category “Theology and Doctrine.” He coauthored An Introduction to the New Testament (Zondervan 1991) and other works. His edited works include It Is Written: Scripture Citing Scripture (Cambridge University Press 1988) and Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics (Sheffield Academic Press 1993). Dr. Carson occasionally writes and edits with faculty colleague John Woodbridge; together they wrote the novel Letters Along the Way (Crossway 1993) and edited Scripture and Truth (Baker 1992) and God and Culture (Eerdmans 1993). He also is the editor of three series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (IVP), Pillar New Testament Commentary (Eerdmans), and Studies in Biblical Greek (Peter Lang).
He is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He and his wife, Joy, have two children. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
BREAKFAST MEETING FOR PROSPECTIVE WORLD OUTREACH GLOBAL WORKERS
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Host: Shawn Stewart
Missions is the 7th essential of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church—we are committed to being active participants in the Great Commission. If you are interested in learning more about God’s heart for the nations, or feel the call to become a missionary, World Outreach invites you to join us for breakfast to discover how your talents might be used to spread the love of Christ to the world.
AN ITEN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU!
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch Host: Bruce Anderson
We have grown! ITEN’s work is now at a new stage where we need ‘champion churches’ to adopt our sites for long-term engagement and to identify potential candidates for our staff. You will hear some stories from ITEN staff, existing “champion churches,” and a joint project with Third Millennium. ITEN is EPC World Outreach’s ministry for theological education and leadership development among those with least access to the gospel. ITEN assists 72 proven leaders in more than 10 countries to grow their training sites for missional expansion from their 1,252 churches. ITEN’s work involves much more than simply sending short-term teachers. We provide a wide range of services that develop all aspects of a theological school. We are also eager to hear what captivates you about this kind of work.
Bruce Anderson serves as Coordinator of EPC World Outreach’s International Theological Education Network (ITEN).
GLOBAL CHURCH AND IMPLICATIONS FOR MISSION
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch Host: Robert A.
We rejoice that the Church around the world has grown and the majority of Christians are outside of the Western countries. What are the implications for how we work together as EPC to see the least reached peoples hear the gospel?
Robert A. serves as the Northeast Area Associate for Mission Advancement for EPC World Outreach.