SMBC 2020 Biennial Missions Conference

SMBC 2020 Biennial Missions Conference

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, this conference is now cancelled
TOPIC: Every Nation, Tribe, People & Language: Your part in God's promised future
WHEN: Thursday 7 - Saturday 9 May 2020
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
WHO: All those who want to grow their understanding and passion for world mission
COST: $29 - $309 | Early Bird: before 5pm 27 March | Standard: before 5pm 24 April | Late Comer: before 11.30pm 5 May. One day tickets available.
SPEAKERS: David Williams, Omar Djoeandy and Abera

Dear Friends

No doubt you’ve been seeing the escalating action the government, travel, sporting clubs, businesses and all areas of the community have been taking to slow the infection rate of COVID-19.

We are very conscious of the impact this is having on people across the community and here in our SMBC community.

To that end, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 Missions Conference is cancelled.

With this unprecedented world event unfolding, we have a trustworthy Lord and Saviour. May each of us be prayerful about this virus and its implications. May we show Christ’s love and compassion for one another and shine his light to a dark world.

Every Nation, Tribe, People & Language: Your part in God's promised future

Imagine the mind-blowing scene in the Book of Revelation – every nation, tribe, people and language gathered before the victorious throne of God. A multitude too vast to count. A people brought from death to life by God’s grace in Jesus. A celebration that lasts forever.

What’s our part in this scene? How can we live in light of it now? How can we reach our neighbours across the street, and across the globe, to invite them in time?

Come and be inspired and challenged at the SMBC 2020 Missions Conference with your part in God's promised future.

Join us for 1 day or 2 days or all 3 days! (the Saturday is a great option for busy full-time workers/pastors as well as church groups)


Originally a medical doctor, David trained for ministry in the Church of England. He then studied mission at All Nations Christian College before serving in Kenya with Crosslinks. With his family, he lived in Nairobi for nine years where he was Principal of Carlile College, an Anglican mission training college. David helped establish a specialist urban mission training program based in Kibera slum, one of the largest informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa. He has been leading the Development and Training Team for CMS Australia since 2007 and has completed a DMiss at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr Omar Djoeandy is ethnically Chinese, born in Indonesia and an Australian since 10. He has practised medicine in Australia and Kenya. He served as National Director of SIM Australia for 15 years. Currently, Omar continues as a member of SIM Australia, serving half-time in mission engagement - preaching, inspiring, challenging and coaching churches and people for global mission, especially towards the least reached. In the other half-time, he is revising and publishing Redefining Success, the book he wrote when pastoring in Nairobi Chapel, Kenya.

Abera and Desta were the first people to be sent out by the Ethiopian church as missionaries in Asia. Having already served for six years as church planters and mission mobilisers in Ethiopia, in 2005 they were sent to Central Asia (Pakistan). Through their ministry there they mobilised many people for mission and saw the Lord establish 33 churches which continue to flourish today under local leadership. In 2013 they relocated to East Asia where they are active in evangelism to students and mobilising the national church for mission.


8.30am – TEA + COFFEE
9.00am –The focus of faith (Hebrews 10:35-11:7) with David Williams  +  Following Jesus in his mission with Omar Djoeandy
11.00 am – MORNING TEA
11.40am – Workshops:
• Getting your church involved in world mission with Dom & Leslie Fiocco
• Making friends and sharing the gospel with John Bales
• How to make disciples with Abera
• Discerning God’s mission impossible for you with Omar Djoeandy
12.45pm – LUNCH
2.00pm – TED-style talk
2:.20pm – Global Mission: Perspectives from the frontline #1 with Abera
7.00pm – Vulnerable Mission: Humbling ourselves for the sake of others with David Williams

8.30am – TEA + COFFEE
9.00am – The Faith of the patriarchs” (Hebrews 11:8-22) with David Williams + Global Mission: Perspectives from the frontline #2 with Abera
11.00 am – MORNING TEA
11.40am– Workshops:
• What missionaries need from home with Sharon Hall
• Responding to questions and issues Muslim friends raise with Dorcas and Ian Denness
• Sharing Christ holistically with David Williams
• Framing and overcoming obstacles (fears, failures, family, funding, future?) with Omar Djoeandy
12.45pm – LUNCH
2.00pm – TED-style talk
7.00pm – Global Mission: Perspectives from the frontline #3 with Abera

8.30am – TEA + COFFEE
9.00am – The disgrace of Christ (Hebrews 11:23-12:2) with David Williams + Redefining success in life and mission with Omar Djoeandy
11.00 am – MORNING TEA
11.40am – Workshops:
• Mobilising your church to reach its neighbourhood with David Williams
• Helping believers from a Muslims background grow in Christ with David and Corinne
• Discipling through Discovery Bible Study with Ash Seaton and Paul Webb
• Mobilising people for mission with Abera
12.45pm – LUNCH
2.00pm – Global Mission: Perspectives from the frontline #4 with Abera
3.30pm – Risk-taking with Jesus to fulfil his mission with Omar Djoeandy + Panel Q & A
5.00pm – FINISH


A  bookstall will be available during the conference.


As part of your registration you will be provided with tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. If you would like to have dinner as well, dinner tickets will be available to purchase during the conference.

Note: Images, info and talks from the 2016 Biennial Missions Conference are available here and 2018 Biennial Missions Conference are available here

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