A Proven Tool to Help Revitalize Your Church: Come see how mission trips can be "accelerated discipleship opportunities" for church members, and a partnership with an international "sister" church or community can inspire fresh passion and purpose in your congregation. I've heard multiple pastors confirm that the spiritual growth they've witnessed in people after a one-week mission trip typically takes them 3+ years to inspire from the pulpit. And other churches have experienced total revitalization in their body through rallying together around a meaningful partnership with a "sister" church in the developing world where they can empower the vulnerable, develop communities and spread the Gospel.
This workshop will look at short-term mission trips done right - trips that help and don't hurt; trips that truly make a lasting impact; and trips that don't end in themselves, but catapult increased purpose and service in the local church and community upon returning home. It will also look at how U.S. churches can build meaningful global partnerships to more effectively be Christ's witnesses "...to the ends of the earth."
God provides specific opportunities for every church body to spread the Gospel and advance His kingdom. If your church is looking for another one of those opportunities, or is simply looking for more tools to disciple your own body, this workshop is for you.
Tom Nolan is the President of Growth Mission. Our motto is “Your Growth is our Mission”. Tom has a passion to see ministries achieve their full potential. He brings 25 years of experience as a pastor and nonprofit leader.
Growth Mission exists to help churches and nonprofit organizations build and implement healthy growth strategies. Tom Nolan is a gifted facilitator working to help guide churches to align with God’s plan. Growth Mission has served many churches in the Greater NYC Metro Area and beyond.
Tom also serves as the NYC Church Ministry Coordinator for Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Forward Edge International. In addition Tom is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Mission 500 (The nonprofit arm of the Security Industry).
In the past, Tom has served as the Director of Global Initiatives for The New York City Leadership Center. He has coordinated partnerships with organizations like Willow Creek, World Vision, Compassion International, World Relief and many others.