While December 2012 still seems like a long way off, those of us in InterVarsity are already looking forward to this historic month. The reason? Because December 2012 marks InterVarsity’s 23rd student missions conference: Urbana 12. Hosted every three years, this conference has called over 250,000 individuals to commit their lives to living out Christ’s Great Commission since its inception in 1946.
This will be my third Urbana conference since joining InterVarsity staff and I couldn’t be more excited. Though originally created for college students, this conference is open to anyone over the age of 17 who is interested in God’s global mission. With hundreds of exhibitors from a variety of missions fields, it is the place to connect with what God is doing around the world.
Here are a couple of reasons that I would personally recommend attending:
- Worship, Revelation 7:9 Style
In the book of Revelation, John writes, “I looked, and there before me was a multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were holding palm branches in their hands…”This is a glimpse of what worship in Heaven will be like. But we don’t have to wait until Heaven comes to experience it now. At Urbana, we worship in the thousands, in different cultural styles and languages. It is a beautiful and amazing experience, as we join with brothers and sisters from around the world in worshipping our God and King together.
- Preaching Like None Other
Urbana has been blessed to have speakers and preachers from around the world come and open God’s Word to us. Some of the most life-changing messages that I have ever heard were at this conference. You can listen to some of these incredible messages here, as a way of getting a foretaste of this year’s speaking.
- Global Encounters, Divine Calling
At Urbana you can meet with brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world and speak with missions agencies in every field imaginable. Not only is a great chance to encourage one another and celebrate what God is doing, but it is a chance to see how God might be calling you into ministry either here in the States or abroad.