take the gospel to the world.

Thanks for joining us at the first-ever Souls: World Missions Conference! We hope you were inspired, challenged and equipped to take the gospel to the world. We’d love to help you along that journey. To start the conversation, please email missions@bayareacc.org.

souls conference 2020:

Mark your calendar!
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Bay Area Community Church (Annapolis Campus)

What is God doing today around the world and how has He called you to be a part of it? Join us for Souls: World Missions Conference as we inspire, challenge and equip one another to take a step of faith into God's heart for the nations.

Whether you're considering traveling short-term or long-term, playing an active role in sending others, praying for the nations, leading others cross-culturally, building a missions culture in your church or simply want to learn more about what God is doing around the world, you won't want to miss this day of equipping and connection.

Planning to join us in 2020? Click the button below to receive an update when registration opens.

2020 conference schedule

9 a.m. - Doors open, breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Conference begins
10:45 a.m. - Morning workshops
11:50 p.m. - Lunch
12:50 p.m. - Afternoon workshops
1:50 p.m. - Closing session begins
3 p.m. - Conference ends

You’re invited to return for Bay Area’s 5:20 p.m. Saturday night gathering as we hear an inspiring message from conference keynote speaker Todd Ahrend.

2019 WORKSHOP Information

2020 Workshop Information coming soon!

Friendraising: Generating Prayer and Financial Support as a Short-Term Missionary - Trevin Hoekzema

Recommended for: Goers (especially first-time goers), Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 1, Workshop 2

  • Speaker bio: Since high school, Trevin has been an active participant on the global missions field, having led or gone on a dozen missions trips in the last ten years. He is finishing his two years in the Bay Area Residency program with the goal of becoming a global missions pastor.

  • Workshop description: Spoiler Alert: Fundraising is biblical! Dig deeper into the biblical basis for asking for financial support when going on a short-term missions trip, and learn practical ways to reach your support goal. Fundraising is a joy and a privilege; come learn how to see it that way, and hear from others who have experienced God’s provision.

Culture Shock: A Catalyst for Growth - Tony Sheng

Recommended for: Goers (especially first-time goers), Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 3, Workshop 4

  • Speaker bio: Tony mentors, resources and inspires emerging global student leaders through a global student leadership tribe called The Ember Cast. He is a technology professional and lives with his family in Columbia, Maryland.

  • Workshop description: Come and build your knowledge of culture shock symptoms, and how to respond so you can use the experience as a catalyst for growth in your walk with Jesus.

Invitation and Imitation: Leading Others to Kingdom Impact - Brian Hopper & Phillip Helms

Recommended for: Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 3

  • Brian Hopper bio: From Catholic schoolboy to professional chef to regional sales director to pastor, Brian Hopper has lived - and has led - many lives. His driving passion is to coach people into living out the full potential God intends for them. He currently does this in his role as Bay Area’s Annapolis Campus Pastor. He and his wife Suzi live in Annapolis and their two adult girls visit with them often.

  • Phillip Helms bio: Phillip has a passion to mobilize others for world missions, and has taken teams to 23 different countries to serve as short-term missionaries. He and his wife Cindy have four children and serve as foster and adoption advocates.

  • Workshop description: As leaders we are called to do more than just lead a short term mission trip. We are called to mobilize our people so that life change happens in our teams, and multiply ourselves in others to mobilize and equip them to be on mission with God.  In this workshop you will learn the definition of mobilization and multiplying, the qualities of mobilizers, how to begin mobilization and the impact of multiplication you can have in your lifetime.

Spiritual Warfare: What You Need to Know - Kwame Adu

Recommended for: Goers, Senders, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 4

  • Speaker bio: Kwame currently serves as the General Director/CEO of Scripture Union Ghana. He is also the Executive Secretary of a group of six national movements of Scripture Union in West Africa. He is a key player of the Prayer Warriors Ministry of Scripture Union Ghana. Kwame has made significant contributions to the growth of Scripture Union’s ministry in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region. He lives in Accra, Ghana, with his family.

  • Workshop description: Working for God’s kingdom can often come with hurdles. Consider the role of spiritual warfare in global missions and learn how you can be most effective in standing against the enemy in this important mission.

Called to Send: Growing in Generosity to Reach the Nations - Neal Schaefer

Recommended for: Senders
Offered during: Workshop 1, Workshop 3

  • Speaker bio: Neal has been a volunteer financial coach for about 30 years. He and his wife, Kathie, began attending Bay Area in 2003; he is currently serving his second term as a deacon. They are parents of two adult children and have two grandchildren. Although he primarily feels called to the role of a sender, Neal has participated in short term mission trips to Charlottesville, Virginia, and Poland.

  • Workshop description: What does it mean to send? Am I really prepared to do that? Discover practical strategies and scriptural wisdom in stewarding our resources, growing our giving, and investing in God’s global mission.

Fulfilling the Great Commission Through Prayer - Barry Willhite

Recommended for: Goers, Senders, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 2, Workshop 3

  • Speaker bio: Barry has been locking arms with Bay Area for 13 years, serving in various ministries.  He has been a Missional Community leader for eight years and an elder for two. Currently, he oversees the prayer ministry where he often prayers for the body at Bay Area to grow deeper in prayer, learning and living their uniquely designed, God-given mission. He has been married to Jen for 17 years and has five children.

  • Workshop description: Isn’t it amazing how God designed prayer to play a critical role in the advancement of His kingdom?  Scripture is filled with examples of prayer as the way God’s people enter into His kingdom work. Through prayer we grow in our relationship with God, understand what He has called us to do, become filled with His love for the nations and see that what He accomplishes in and through us is only by His grace and power. Missions is fueled by prayer - come find out how to grow in prayer and be on mission with Jesus!

Q & A: Family on Mission - Panel of Speakers

Recommended for: Goers, Senders, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 4

  • Workshop description: Ask questions and learn from families who have traveled or lived with their children cross-culturally. Three families, with a variety of experiences, will share about the joys and challenges of serving together as a family.

Wrong Number? Or is God Calling Me to Long-Term Missions - S and H

Recommended for: Goers, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 2

  • Speaker bio: S and H have been living cross-culturally for over 20 years working in Asia and the Middle East. They are passionate about multiplying workers among Muslims through a business-as-mission model. A perfect day for them is to eat shawarma with Arabs and share Jesus stories.

  • Workshop description: Come and explore what it looks like to become a long-term missionary and live overseas. Learn from a family that has been on mission, and see if God is preparing your heart for a step of faith.

Reaching the Nations in our Midst - Fred Andre

Recommended for: Senders, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 1 or Workshop 2

  • Speaker bio: Fred has worked among international students for 29 years and currently serves as CRU's team leader for International Student ministry at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He has coached over 30 different locations in the development of international student ministry. His lives in Severna Park with his wife and children.

  • Workshop description: Learn what Scripture says about caring for foreigners in our midst and how to befriend internationals we encounter, with an emphasis on reaching international students who study at nearby universities and community colleges.

God’s Church in God’s World: Finding My Role – Casely Essamuah

Recommended for: Goers, Senders, Leaders
Offered during: Workshop 1

  • Speaker bio: Casely Essamuah served as the Global Missions Pastor at Bay Area Community Church from 2005 to 2018 and currently leads the Global Christian Forum, a movement of representatives from diverse Christian churches, organizations and traditions meeting on an equal basis, to foster mutual respect and to address common challenges together. A native of Ghana, Casely is married to Angela and has three adult children.

  • Workshop description: There’s a YOU-shaped hole in God’s kingdom. Come, together let’s explore what God is doing in the world and your potential role.