Urbana ’06 coming, registrations at record pace

By September 21, 2006

USA (MNN) — North America’s largest student missions conference is still three months away, but one deadline is drawing near. Early registration deadline is October 15, which saves you $75. We’re talking about InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Urbana ’06 missions convention and it’s being held in a new location: St. Louis, Missouri.

The Director of Urbana ’06 is Jim Tebbe. He’s expecting record attendance. “Come December 27, we’re hoping to have 25,000 people there, which is 25 percent more — that’s 5,000 more than we’ve traditionally been able to hold in Champaign-Urbana. We’re running a little more than 10,500 registrations right now, higher than we’ve ever been at this time.”

Urbana began in 1946 and is held every three years. Tebbe describes the purpose. “Urbana’s purpose is to challenge each generation of students in North America to God’s mission and God’s purpose in the world and see if God isn’t calling them to cross-cultural ministry. That’s our basic purpose for the convention.”

The move to St. Louis has enabled them to offer more seminars. They’ll have sessions on marketplace missions, arts and media missions, inductive Bible study and HIV/AIDS ministry, just to name a few.

According to Tebbe they’ll also offering an “African Americans in mission” tract. “I don’t think that a program like this has been put together in North America before. I don’t think so. I think it’s got some of the best names that are there. It’s a fabulous program. It’s been really well thought out.”

You can register online by clicking here.

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