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Why Go Urban?
Why Urban Missions?

The sixth edition of GoForth National Missions Conference 2018, held once every three to four years, took place from 21 to 23 June 2018 with participants from close to 200 churches and Christian groups.

More than 2,330 participants – including children, youth and adults attended this Conference across the English and Chinese tracks at ACS Barker Road Campus. Among the participants were 400 children, aged seven to 12, who attended a very engaging two days of activities in the Children’s Programme as well as more than 500 invited guests at the Leaders’ Programmes organized respectively by the two language tracks.

In addition – each of the three free Public Night Rallies saw an exuberant crowd of 1,300 persons as believers from all over convene for an uplifting time of worship, honoring of previous generations, drama presentations and inspiring sharing by keynote speakers.

The focus for this Conference was to empower individuals and churches to reach and transform cities with the love of Christ. The Go Urban theme is especially relevant given that 54% of the global population is now living in urban areas, with this expected to rise to 70% by the year 2050. Southeast Asia alone is home to 2,728 people groups, with 7.7 million unreached Southeast Asians (source: International Mission Board).

40 years ago, a clarion call was given to Singapore to be an Antioch of Asia. Within this broad context, the programme line-up for GoForth 2018 was shaped to encourage, equip and empower Christians to be on the cutting edge of current global missional trends to fulfil this calling.

The other highlight was the Exhibition where 40 missions agencies and Christian outreach ministries showcased a myriad of ministries globally and within Singapore, testifying to what the Lord is doing throughout the world. Exhibitors offered opportunities for participation and preparation for the Great Commission, in areas such as cross-cultural training, discipleship courses, social enterprises, multi-media evangelistic ministries, working with the persecuted and oppressed, crisis relief and so forth.

During the two and a half days of the Exhibition, conference delegates took time to explore these opportunities and resources at the different exhibit booths, of which many were colourfully decorated with banners, craft products, literature and innovative evangelistic tools. For many exhibitors, GoForth was also a time to catch up with old friends, share God stories from the ground, and immerse themselves in a “marketplace of missional ideas”.

All Protestant denominations in Singapore were represented as well as many of the independent churches. There was also a good representation of members from overseas churches in Asia and further afield.

GoForth 2018 was very much a multi-generational Conference, with about 45% of the participants attending the English Track below 35 years old. For many, GoForth 2018 was their first missions conference experience. 27-year Lee Wan Xiang, of Trinity Christian Centre said: “This was my first experience in a missions conference. I enjoyed how down to earth the whole experience was, which ironically made it a heavenly one. It was very encouraging to be in the same place with so many who have run the race before me, and are still running. I caught a glimpse of how God is at work, through some of the practical tips and processes shared, and how missions can be done, even in unconventional ways.”

Another first-timer, 20-year national serviceman, Jegan said: “I thought it was going to be a ‘the Bible calls us to do missions, go forth’ kind of thing, but it was so much more. I have never been a missions-oriented type, but after hearing people talk about their struggles, successes and ultimately what God has been doing, I was challenged to reach out more. I don’t think I’ve seen so many missionaries come together and celebrate the work of the Lord, and educate others on how to carry on the same way. My personal message from God was clear – I need to take missions much more seriously if I am to call myself a follower of Christ.”

Post-Conference Overview

The sixth edition of GoForth National Missions Conference 2018, held once every three to four years, took place ...

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English Track

The two-day main Conference programme was packed from morning to night with a content-rich line-up presented ...

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Chinese Track

About 300 participants from 60 churches here in Singapore and around Asia and missions agencies attended ...

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Exhibition

The other highlight was the Exhibition where 40 missions agencies and Christian outreach ministries ...

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Public Night Rallies

Giving hope, transformation and giving dignity and respect to those in need resonated closely with the hearts of ...

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Children’s Programme

Within the safe and secure premises of Oldham Hall on the ACS Barker Road Campus, 400 primary school ...

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Participants’ Feedback

27-year Lee Wan Xiang, of Trinity Christian Centre said: “This was my first experience in a missions conference. I ...

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GoForth 2018 Organising Committee

GoForth National Missions Conference 2018 was a collaboration between churches, representing ...

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What's Next?

The GoForth national missions movement is a collaborative platform where we can partner in mobilizing every ...

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