USA (InterVarsity) — In a world grappling with ISIS aggression in the Middle East, Ebola in Africa, and border conflict in Ukraine, God is not silent. For Christians asking how they can share the good news of Jesus throughout this broken world and seeking answers to difficult questions, the Urbana Student Missions Conference offers answers and a space to discern their calling.
Urbana presents a big-picture snapshot of God’s work among the nations.
“My prayer is that Urbana 15 will result in millions around the world hearing and responding to the gospel,” says Urbana director Tom Lin. “The vision of Urbana is a mobilization vision–and it has been since 1946–to inspire and challenge this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission.”
Registration opens today for Urbana 15, InterVarsity’s 24th triennial Student Missions Conference. Urbana 15 will be held December 27-31, 2015, at the America’s Center in St. Louis, MO.
Throughout the five days of Urbana 15, participants will study passages from the Gospel of Matthew through both in-depth Bible study and exposition. “We will hear and study different stories based on people’s responses to Jesus in the passages,” says Urbana program director Úna Lucey-Lee.
The Urbana 15 speakers who will challenge participants to find their life in God’s global story include:
- Patrick Fung – General Director, OMF International
- Christena Cleveland – Reconciliation Studies Professor, Bethel University
- Francis Chan – Church Planter, World Impact
- Evelyne Reisacher – Islamic Studies Professor, Fuller Theological Seminary
- David Platt – President, International Mission Board
Over 16,000 Urbana participants will engage with God through Bible study, seminars and tracks, and general sessions; and they’ll explore where their gifts may fit into God’s global mission. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with missionaries and leaders from over 250 missions organizations and seminaries exhibiting at Urbana.
New to Urbana 15 is a technology hackathon, Hack4Missions, which will seek to create solutions for missions organizations under the guidance of technology and missions experts.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA is an interdenominational ministry with over 40,000 students involved on 616 campuses nationwide. Urbana 15 is also sponsored by InterVarsity Canada and Groupes Bibliques Universitaires et Collégiaux du Canada.