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September 29, 2011

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Missionaries and organizational representatives answer questions during last year's Missions Conference.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) prepares students every day to "Change the World Through the Unchanging Word®" by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This challenge is what makes missions such an integral and vibrant part of BCF life.

Faculty, staff, and students on the Graceville campus eagerly await the annual Missions Conference that brings in mission organizations from across the country and around the world. "The BCF campus is a unique and exciting place any time," said BCF Missions Professor Rich Elligson. "But our Missions Conference raises that excitement to a whole new level. It's not just about display booths and guest speakers. It's about building relationships and interacting with the people and agencies that are most effective in impacting the world with the gospel."

The Missions Conference provides students with a unique opportunity as missionaries and organization representatives are on campus for three days. Students can use that time to ask questions, gather information, and pray about where God may be leading them. Mission representatives also have the opportunity to visit regularly scheduled classes to present in-depth information about their particular ministries.

This year's conference will be October 24 through October 26. While highlighting the work being done around the globe, the 2011 conference will have a more focused theme: "The Harvest Field at Home: Starting New Churches in Florida."

Chapel services held in the R. G. Lee Chapel at 10:00 a.m. will be led by Mike Hoffmann, Ronnie Walker and James Ross. Each will bring a slightly different perspective on the work of church planting. Hoffman will speak on Monday from a regional and state perspective. Walker will follow on Tuesday and outline a traditional approach, and Ross will close the conference on Wednesday by highlighting more contemporary strategies to church planting. "The purpose in bringing these three men together is to demonstrate to our students a variety of legitimate church planting paradigms," Elligson explained. "Our task doesn't change, but our methodology does. That's what we want our students to see."

Monday evening's traditional "Meet and Greet" in the BCF King's Cup Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlor will include a special "Church Planting Round Table Discussion" headed by Hoffman, Walker and Ross. This will provide a forum to field questions about the important ministry of starting new churches at home and abroad. As always, there will be ample time to interact with all of our conference participants.

For more information on the Missions Conference, please call 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.