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Church Connection Tour

 If you missed the Church Connection Tour, please consider joining us for a Pre-Conference Lab on Church-Based Ministry to Immigrants on September 25.

How are local churches responding to the Great Commission opportunity that comes with immigrants, refugees and international students arriving in their communities? That was the question we presented a the Church Connection Tour in five cities during the month of June. 

We had a total of 414 people attend the tour. We had a total of 225 organizations represented in the five cities (including churches). Approximately 100 of those were churches; most of the remaining 125 were mission organizations although some of them were colleges/seminaries. We met with fellow pastors, church planters and mission leaders at this one-day event to explore approaches, resources and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees and international students. 

Free Download

Download Immigrants in the US: A Missional Opportunity by Jenny Yang.

Case Studies:

Click here for Cedar Springs Outreach to Refugees & International Students
Click here for Cherrydale Baptist Church Ministry to Immigrants
Click here for Embrace Catoctin: Ministry to Students & Their Families
Click here for Truro International Programs & Services
Click here for Svetmiru Ministry to Russian Speaking Immigrants

Meet the Presenters

The U.S. events featured the local church leaders and presenters below. Programming in Toronto included  Canadian practitioners and Thought Leaders engaged in immigrant ministries.

J.D. PayneJ.D. Payne (US and Toronto venues)
Pastor of Church Multiplication, The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama
Author of Strangers Next Door: Migration, Immigration and Mission


Matt Soerens Bio PictureMatthew Soerens  (US venues)
US Church Training Manager, World Relief
Co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate


SONY DSCDamon Schroeder (US venues)
Executive Director, Church-Based Immigrant Ministry Coalition, a joint effort of the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief and numerous church denominations


Moore, Steve ColorSteve Moore (US and Toronto venues)
President, Missio Nexus



Essamuah, CaselyCasely Essamuah (US and Toronto venues)
Global Missions Pastor, Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, Maryland
Advocate for Church Engagement, Missio Nexus


Minho Song smallPastor Minho Song (Toronto venue) 
Senior pastor, Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto



Tour Participants received a special edition recorded webinar of Evangelism and Church Planting Receptivity and Best Practices Among First Generation Immigrants by

EdStetzer thumbnail Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research   beard.lizette thumbnail  Lizette Beard, Project Manager, LifeWay Research