Missions Conference

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What to Expect

62nd Annual Missions Conference | March 23-31

CONNECT: Advancing the Gospel through Media and Technology

With the growth of technology and birth of social media, the Gospel is crossing every man-made border, reaching people who previously had little or no access to the Gospel. This year’s Global Missions Conference will focus on how God is using media and technology to complete the Great Commission.


SATURDAY MARCH 23 | 8:00 AM | MEN'S BREAKFAST

SUNDAY MARCH 24 | 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM | WORSHIP SERVICES

MONDAY MARCH 25 | 6:30 PM | FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 5:30 PM | ALL-CHURCH DINNER

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 7:00 PM | ADULT PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 7:00 PM | KIDS' PROGRAM

SATURDAY MARCH 30 | 9:30 AM | WOMEN'S BREAKFAST

SUNDAY MARCH 31 | 8:30, 10:00 & 11:30 AM, 6:00 PM | WORSHIP SERVICES

Meals & Special Events

SATURDAY MARCH 23 | 8:00 AM | Men's Breakfast | Cost: $10


MONDAY MARCH 25 | 6:30 PM | FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT | FREE (registration required)


WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 5:30 PM | All-Church Dinner

Cost: $10/adult; $5/kids ages 4-10; free/kids 3 years and under; family cap/$45


SATURDAY MARCH 30 | 9:30 AM | Women’s Breakfast | SOLD OUT! | You are still welcome to attend the program at 11:00 am for free.

Conference Event Details


SATURDAY MARCH 23 | 8:00 AM | Men's Breakfast | Cost: $10

“Walking with the God of the Impossible”

Lee is a native resident of Fairfield county and first heard God’s call as a high school student in Trumbull. After 7 years in the US Navy, Lee turned over his choice of career paths to God. Following His direction, Lee and his family left CT in 2009 and set out to make a new life in the Middle East. The last ten years have been amazing journey of seeing God do the impossible as personal comfort zones are left behind.


SUNDAY MARCH 24 | Worship Services

"From Fear to Freedom"

Our speaker is one of our national Global Partners. He serves in a part of the world that is often front-page news in the New York Times because of political and religious unrest. Yet Christianity was birthed and has deep historical roots in this part of the world. Our speaker works directly with social media, as well as print and satellite broadcast. His stories will challenge us to deeper commitment and fortitude in the midst of opportunity and threat of danger.


MONDAY MARCH 25 | 6:30-8:30 PM | FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT | FREE (registration required)

ALL FAMILIES are invited to a free, fun-filled evening of games, crafts, snacks, and learning about missionaries and what they do. Elementary-age kids will watch, “The Adoniram and Ann Judson Story.” We have a fun separate program for our preschool families, who will enjoy a puppet show, instead of the movie, and be released at 7:45 pm.


THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW MANY FROM YOUR FAMILY WILL ATTEND.


WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 5:30 PM | All-Church Dinner

Cost: $10/adult; $5/kids ages 4-10; free/kids 3 years and under; family cap/$45

Enjoy a catered meal with your Black Rock family, get to know our Global Partners and learn about our upcoming STAMP Trips.


ADULT PROGRAM | 7:00 PM

"Over the Balkan Boundaries" - Dr. Peter Kuzmic, New Europe Vision

A native of Slovenia and a citizen of Croatia in former Yugoslavia, Dr. Kuzmic is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and an internationally recognized authority on a Christian response to Marxism and Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. He is Founder and President of New Europe Vision and the Evangelical Theological Seminar in Osijek, Croatia. Exciting and sometime difficult things are assailing the churches in the Balkans, especially as churches reach into Serbia and Kosovo, countries dominated by Islam.  


KIDS PROGRAM | 7:00 PM

Starting at 6:45 PM, kids may be dropped off for their 7:00-8:15 PM program. The elementary-age (grades 1-6) kids’ program, "Heroes of the Faith: Give, Pray, Go … Be a Faith Hero," will include games, singing, and learning about people around the world who need to hear about Jesus. Preschool kids (ages 3-5/K) will enjoy, “All Aboard the Missions Express,” a program planned especially for them. Nursery care will be provided for children ages two and younger.


** Please register your kids for the Wednesday evening kids program and/or childcare when you purchase your tickets for the All-Church dinner. **


SATURDAY MARCH 30 | 9:30 AM | Women’s breakfast | SOLD OUT!

"Jesus Stills the Storm"

Elizabeth Schenkel has been actively involved in Christian ministry on three continents over the past 42 years. From 1974 to 1996, she worked with her husband, Erick, to plant a thriving church. From 1996 to 2007, Elizabeth and Erick lived and worked in Central Asia establishing churches alongside JESUS film teams. While living in Europe 2007-2011, their ministry focus was North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In April of 2012, Erick accepted the position of Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project®. Serving with the Jesus Film Project, Elizabeth writes material for new film initiatives and directs Women’s Strategies. Erick and Elizabeth, married for 42 years, have five grown children and three grandchildren.


ALTHOUGH THE BREAKFAST IS SOLD OUT, YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE PROGRAM FOR FREE AT 11:00 AM


SUNDAY MARCH 31 | Worship Services

"Every Tribe and Touchpoint"

Erick Schenkel serves as Director of Church Partnerships for Jesus Film Project®. In 1996, Erick and Elizabeth moved their family to Central Asia to establish churches alongside Jesus Film teams. After eleven years in Central Asia, he served as strategy director for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ, International® and one year as CCCi Area Team Leader for Persian and Turkic countries, before serving as executive director of Jesus Film Project from 2012-18.

Faith Promise

Each year the Board of Missions establishes a financial goal in order to continue support of our current missionary family. Our goal this year is $1,200,000. Please prayerfully consider what God would have you give in 2019-20 in support of our global partners.

Prayer Partners

We would like each Black Rock missionary and ministry partner to have 10 Black Rock prayer partners, requiring over 900 slots to be filled. This is a wonderful way to encourage and support a missionary while also enriching your prayer life. Our missionaries would tell you that they would never dare to do their work without prayer support behind them. Stop by our table in the Welcome Center to sign up.

Our Speakers

SATURDAY MARCH 23 | 8:00 AM | MEN'S BREAKFAST | “Walking with the God of the Impossible” - Lee is a native resident of Fairfield county and first heard God’s call as a high school student in Trumbull. After 7 years in the US Navy, Lee turned over his choice of career paths to God. Following His direction, Lee and his family left CT in 2009 and set out to make a new life in the Middle East. The last ten years have been amazing journey of seeing God do the impossible as personal comfort zones are left behind.
SUNDAY MARCH 24 | All Worship Services | "From Fear to Freedom" - Abu Khalil is one of our national Global Partners. He serves in a part of the world that is often front-page news in the New York Times because of political and religious unrest. Yet Christianity was birthed and has deep historical roots in this part of the world. Our speaker works directly with social media, as well as print and satellite broadcast. His stories will challenge us to deeper commitment and fortitude in the midst of opportunity and threat of danger.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 | 7:00 PM | "Over the Balkan Boundaries" - Dr. Peter Kuzmic is a native of Slovenia and a citizen of Croatia in former Yugoslavia. Dr. Kuzmic is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and an internationally recognized authority on a Christian response to Marxism and Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. He is Founder and President of New Europe Vision and the Evangelical Theological Seminar in Osijek, Croatia. Exciting and sometime difficult things are assailing the churches in the Balkans, especially as churches reach into Serbia and Kosovo, countries dominated by Islam.
SATURDAY MARCH 30 | 9:30 AM | WOMEN'S BREAKFAST | "Jesus Stills the Storm" - Elizabeth Schenkel has been actively involved in Christian ministry on three continents over the past 42 years. From 1974 to 1996, she worked with her husband, Erick, to plant a thriving church. From 1996 to 2007, Elizabeth and Erick lived and worked in Central Asia establishing churches alongside JESUS film teams. While living in Europe 2007-2011, their ministry focus was North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In April of 2012, Erick accepted the position of Executive Director of the Jesus Film Project®. Serving with the Jesus Film Project, Elizabeth writes material for new film initiatives and directs Women’s Strategies. Erick and Elizabeth, married for 42 years, have five grown children and three grandchildren.
SUNDAY MARCH 31 | All Worship Services | "Every Tribe and Touchpoint" - Erick Schenkel serves as Director of Church Partnerships for Jesus Film Project®. In 1996, Erick and Elizabeth moved their family to Central Asia to establish churches alongside Jesus Film teams. After eleven years in Central Asia, he served as strategy director for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for Campus Crusade for Christ, International® and one year as CCCi Area Team Leader for Persian and Turkic countries, before serving as executive director of Jesus Film Project from 2012-18.