Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

LA 2012 – Friday, October 19th & Saturday, October 20th – David Fitch [Missio Dei and Incarnation]

LA 2012 begins tonight with Alan Hirsch talking about the need for the five-fold ministry.  It continues tomorrow with David Fitch talking about now the doctrines of Missio Dei and Incarnation ought to shape our approach to being the church, and Kevin Haah and Jeff Liou will respond to him.  Today is the last day to sign up for the gathering which is taking place in Travis Auditorium at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California.  Here is a little bit about David Fitch and those responding to him.

David Fitch (Ph.d., Northwestern University) is the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He is the author of numerous articles on church, culture and theological ethics in journals as diverse as the Journal of Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, Discernment, Pastoral Psychology and the Journal of Christian education.  He is the author of The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission and The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the church from American Business, Para-Church Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism and Other Modern Maladies. You can find him blogging at Reclaiming the Mission.  He will be speaking on Missio Dei and Incarnation: How does this change the way we practice being the church?

Kevin Haah went from being a young urban single out of Cornell Law School to getting married (to Grace), having three kids (Kaetlyn, and twins Eliana and Bennet), making partner at a prestigious law firm, giving up law to pursue a Masters in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary, and becoming a pastor and church planter in downtown at New City Church of LA.  His vision is to build an inclusive gospel-centered community in downtown LA, which not only shares the good news of Jesus with the people of downtown, but also becomes good news to the neighborhood by serving the neighborhood.  His vision is also to create a church planting movement in Los Angeles, planting gospel-centered churches in every neighborhood in LA.  Kevin will be giving a response to David Fitch in regard to Missio Dei and Incarnation.

Jeff Liou joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship after earning a degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan.  He stayed in Ann Arbor for another six years before leaving for seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Currently, Jeff is a pastor for young adults and university communities in the San Gabriel Valley and is studying for a PhD in Theology and Culture at Fuller Seminary.  Jeff is interested in issues of race, ethnicity and religion.  Jeff and Lisa were married ten years ago and they have two hilarious half-Asian children who keep them inspired to think carefully about race so that can carry all of who they are into the mission of God.  Jeff will give a response to David Fitch in regard to Missio Dei and Incarnation: How does this change the way we practice being the church?

I hope to see you at LA 2012.


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