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BCF Press Release



October 20, 2015

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Mark and Linda Whitworth from the International Mission Board were the guest presenters at the BCF Annual Missions Conference.

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BCF Theology Division Chair and Missions Professor Rich Elligson coordinated the Missions Conference assisted by his missions students.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville just completed an exciting three day Missions Conference October 12-14 with great reviews and multiple success stories. This year’s annual conference included enjoyable as well as knowledgeable speakers and over 25 different mission representatives providing information about potential service opportunities within their organization.

The theme for the conference was “It Takes a Family” with the focus around missionary care before, during, and after serving on the mission field. Fittingly, the speakers for the conference were missionaries Mark and Linda Whitworth. Mark is the Member Care Team Leader for the International Mission Board (IMB), while Linda serves as the Director of Stateside Training with the IMB. Together, they brought valuable insight to the conference and real-time experiences in the area of mental health, adjustment and transitions on the mission field and returning to the states.

Along with the sessions in chapel and the missions representatives speaking in classes, there were special events each night in order to further facilitate awareness on missions related issues. On Monday night, there was a presentation on the effects of missions on mental health with Mark and Linda Whitworth presenting. This event was sponsored by the BCF chapter of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). “Events like this one support the program goals by highlighting the place where our Christian worldview and ministry goals intersect with the promotion of psychological health,” stated BCF Professor of Psychology Kristy Ford. On Tuesday evening, there was a Missions Roundtable event in which students and attendees could ask questions of the missions representatives and experts.

Mission representatives attending the conference were from a variety of different organizations and outreach programs. Some of the organizations present included the IMB, the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Orphan’s Heart, Global Outreach Mission, LINC-UP Missions, Mission Aviation Fellowship, BCF’s Missions Aviation program, Wycliffe Bible Translators, as well as various other local, national, and international organizations. The representatives were available throughout the conference to talk with students, disseminate information and speak in various college classes.

The Missions Conference is just another way that The Baptist College of Florida is equipping students to fulfill the Great Commission ministry. For more information on mission opportunities or about the mission degrees through The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 ext. 460 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.