The World is Coming to Kansas City!
Contact: Keith Wood, Associate Director International Conference on Missions ICOM Phone 317-539-4231 Fax 317-539-2467 firstname.lastname@example.org
95E County Rd 1000S Clayton, IN 46118
International Conference on Missions to be held at the beautiful downtown Kansas City Convention Center
Clayton, IN October 25, 2013: Thousands of people from around the world will be coming to the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) which will be held November 14-17, 2013, at the beautiful downtown Kansas City Convention Center. The ICOM is a power packed, four day conference focused on encouraging, equipping, and recruiting workers for the kingdom of God. It is dedicated to globally advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through missions.
The International Conference On Missions is no stranger to the region and in particular the state of Kansas. ICOM started under the name The National Missionary Convention and the home office was in Copeland, KS, from 1966-2008. The conference has previously been held in Wichita and Dodge City, but this is first time ICOM has been to Kansas City. David Empson, Executive Director for ICOM, stated, “We love the fact that Kansas City has such a central location and that makes travel easy for our attendees. We have found the Convention Center, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the downtown hotels very accommodating and easy to work with. We are excited to be coming to Kansas City!”
ICOM was held in Indianapolis, IN, last year (first year under the new name) with an attendance approaching 12,000. The median age for the conference is 22. Part of the reason for this is the large group of high school and college age attendees at ICOM, young people eager to discover God’s will for their lives and the opportunities for service in His kingdom. ICOM also hosts the Student International Conference On Missions (SICOM) on Friday-Sunday of the conference focusing on reaching out to Jr. and Sr. High young people. This year we have partnered with Oasis, a ministry of Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS, and expect over 1500 teens to attend the SICOM/Oasis event. There are also five Christian colleges who regularly attend ICOM within four hours of Kansas City as well numerous College/University campus ministries in the region. The youthful energy at this conference will be exhilarating.
Jair Castillo is the Executive Director of Vida Nueva Ministries in Piedras Negras, Mexico, and is the President of this year’s conference. The conference will have a Latin influence including an all female Mariachi touring group, the “Mariachi Damas de Jalisco”, during the opening session Thursday evening. There will also be a message in Spanish (translated to English) during the Saturday evening session. Jair chose “Glorify God Globally” as the theme of this year’s conference and he states, “Come to the 2013 ICOM in Kansas City and together let’s glorify God globally! I promise you this will be a conference full of joy and celebration that you will not want to miss!” Also, the conference will serve as a catalyst to help launch an Hispanic church in the Kansas City area to help reach out to the 230,000 Hispanics living in the greater Kansas City area. The conference is partnering with local churches Legacy Christian Church, Southwoods Christian Church, and Restore Christian Church to help make this happen.
In addition to the Latin flair, there will be exhibitors, missions, and ministries from all over the world in the 500 plus booth exhibit hall. Registration for the event is only $15 a person, $30 a family, and there is complete programming for preschool through high school (there is an extra charge for the SICOM/Oasis event). There will also be over 175 workshops to choose from during the conference. You can register and find complete conference information on our website www.theicom.org/conference.
Greg Montague, Pastor of SouthWoods Christian Church in Overland Park and Local Arrangements Chairman for the conference, states, “I believe that ICOM (International Conference on Missions) will give the churches of our region a global perspective of what God is doing through His people and fresh opportunities to learn how we can better partner with Him in what He’s doing.” So plan to join us in Kansas City this November 14-17 for a life changing conference focused on fulfilling the Great Commission and while you are there enjoy some free chips and salsa in the exhibit hall!
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