Luis Palau's Next Generation Alliance® Conference Equips Hundreds from Around the World
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- In a world strapped by the confines of a global recession, how relevant is evangelism? Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? As made clear among the 350 attendees at Luis Palau's Innovative Evangelism Conference on November 10-13, there has never been a better time than now to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
"Doors for the Gospel are opening as never before," said Next Generation Alliance® Director Dr. Tim Robnett. "This conference is equipping evangelists and ministry leaders from around the world for the task ahead."
Attendees represented more than 10 countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, and Poland. "Coming to a conference like this is so important," said attendee Justus Amunga, who traveled from Kenya. "It's a place where evangelists can exchange ideas and find fellowship and encouragement."
Joining Palau as featured speakers were renowned apologist Dinesh D'Souza and the senior pastor of the Rock Church and Academy, Miles McPherson. Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Redman also joined Palau at the conference, leading attendees in worship and special workshops. Along with much encouragement, attendees received practical training in more than 70 total workshops. Tracks ranged in emphasis from Internet evangelism to fundraising, Latin America to action sports.
"The fundraising part has been a practical takeaway," said Jason Mendes who came from San Diego with Walking on Water's surf ministry. He came to get tools for launching a ministry similar in format but specific to wakeboarding. "We envision going out and doing crazy stuff, but most of us don't realize the rest of the infrastructure that makes it actually possible."
"It's cool to see how God puts all of these people in different niches and subcultures with different giftings and abilities," said Chris Webster, conference director. "What unites us is the Gospel, and making Christ known. Whether someone is a proclamation evangelist or an artist, we all want to communicate the message of Christ."
"Proclaiming Christ as One," the theme for this year's conference, reflects the rally cry that gave birth to NGA. Founded by Palau in 1998 with the goal of multiplying the impact of the Good News, NGA now includes more than 200 partner evangelists and ministries. "Hundreds of millions have never heard about the cross of Christ and His saving work," said Palau. "When we work together we more effectively flood the world with the Gospel."