Leadership Connexion

Friday, January 19, 2024
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

*Special Offer*

Register ahead to receive 2 books by Sean McDowell and Mark Mittelberg

*Note – limited quantity / walk-on registrations will not receive the books

Schedule & Program


8:30 AM
Registration Open / Coffee

9:00 – 10:30 AM
Session 1 – Mark and Matthew Mittelberg

  • Refocusing Our Hearts
  • Recalibrating Our Church Culture
  • Empowering the Right Leaders

10:30 – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 2 – Mark and Matthew Mittelberg

  • Equipping Our Members for the Mission
  • Building Teams Around the Mission
  • Unleashing Outreach Throughout the Ministry

12:00 – 12:30 PM

12:30 – 1:45 PM
Session 3 – Sean McDowell – True for You, but not True for Me

1:45 – 2:00 PM

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Session 4 – Sean McDowell – The Worldview Behind Transgenderism

Following Christ by leading missions

MissionConnexion Northwest Preconference Event

As leaders, how do we engage every generation to go to every generation with the gospel in our own generation? How can we better equip every generation to reach the nations on earth?

That is the topic we are addressing at Leadership Connexion 2024. Helping us will be two internationally known leaders from the Boomer and Gen-X generations respectively, along with the son of one of them from the Millennial generation. Each has a proven track record of presenting and defending the gospel to a skeptical world in engaging ways.

Leadership Connexion is an all-day training to better equip church mission leaders in their role.

  • Lunch included
  • Price: $75
  • [$65 price for MissionWorks Members]

Mark Mittelberg

Lee Strobel Center


Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and the Executive Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University (StrobelCenter.com), which offers accredited BA and MA degrees, as well as certificate courses — all online. Mark recently completed the all-new book and training course, Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others. Prior to that he was the primary author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (with Lee Strobel).

Refocusing Our Ministries on the Main Mission

Virtually every church and ministry struggles to maintain an evangelistic mission over the long haul. What starts as an on-fire outreach enterprise can soon devolve into an inwardly focused club. Bestselling author Mark Mittelberg calls it The Second Law of Spiritual Dynamics: the problem of evangelistic entropy. So how can we turn around the ministries we lead or influence? How do we refocus on the Great Commission, and once again prioritize reaching our entire planet with the Good News of Jesus? In this highly practical seminar Mittelberg, along with his son Matthew (Content Director and speaker for Apologetics, Inc.), will unpack a proven 6-Stage Strategy for refocusing on the main mission Jesus gave us.

Session 1 –
1. Refocusing Our Hearts
2. Recalibrating Our Church Culture
3. Empowering the Right Leaders

Session 2 –
4. Equipping Our Members for the Mission
5. Building Teams Around the Mission
6. Unleashing Outreach Throughout the Ministry

Sean McDowell



Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and still teaches one high school Bible class which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture. Sean is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, which is one of the most popular podcasts on faith and cultural engagement. Two topics he will address include: True For You But Not True For Me and Worldview Behind Transgenderism, with ample time allowed for Q&A.

Session 3 –
Don’t we live in a “post-truth” culture that cares more about feelings than facts? People often say, “That may be your truth, but it’s not mine,” as if truth changes based upon what we believe about it or how we feel. In this session, we will consider why truth is vital, learn how to properly define it, examine objections against its knowability and existence, and grasp the powerful implications of truth for our daily lives.

Session 4 –
THE WORLDVIEW BEHIND TRANSGENDERISM: We are in the midst of a gender revolution. People are reconsidering gender norms and wrestling with what this means for families, schools, sports, health care, the church, and many other social institutions. In this presentation, Sean compares and contrasts the worldview behind this new revolution with the historic Christian faith. It is only when we understand the worldview behind transgenderism that we can wisely address some of the difficult practical issues capturing the cultural conversation today.

Matthew Mittelberg



Matthew Mittelberg is the Director of Content and Speaker for Apologetics, Inc. He an experienced Christian teacher and apologist who has spoken to thousands at universities, churches, conferences, and youth events in both the US and the UK. He has led international missions teams in Europe and Asia, and his talks have been seen online hundreds of thousands of times. Matthew is passionate about helping people break through their intellectual barriers to belief, understand that faith in God makes sense, and begin a real relationship with Jesus.

Matthew completed his MA in Philosophy of Religion at Palm Beach Atlantic University, received his BA from Grand Canyon University, and a certificate in theology from Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University.

Our Host Church


Sunset Church
14986 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, OR 97229

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