The Urbana Missions Conference is a milestone experience that gives attendees a bigger vision of God’s heart for the nations, allowing Christians of all ages to discover how God is calling them to use their gifts and passions in his global mission. This four-day conference gives participants exciting opportunities to engage in multicultural worship sessions, seminars, prayer ministry, dynamic Bible teachings, and eye-opening testimonies from the global church.
Urbana began over seventy years ago in 1946 in Toronto, Canada, with five hundred seventy-five students. Since then, the conference has called nearly three hundred thousand people to whole-life, whole-world discipleship. The Urbana 22 Conference, held December 28-31 in Indianapolis, Indiana, included more than five thousand attendees and nearly two hundred seminars and organizations.
IVP employees and volunteers participate in a decades-long partnership with Urbana by constructing and serving at the expansive pop-up bookstore on site. With more than thirty-four thousand books representing more than seven hundred titles, the Urbana bookstore is the largest missions bookstore in the world.
For Al Hsu, senior editor for IVP, Urbana 22 was the tenth Urbana Missions Conference he attended. “When I attended Urbana 93 as a college student, I was amazed and overwhelmed by the big picture of what God was doing in the world," he said. "So I found my way to the IVP bookstore at Urbana, where I bought every Book of the Day and dozens of other books to help me navigate my next steps after the conference. I literally brought two boxes of books home with me on the bus! The books students encounter at Urbana can help them discern their vocation and get them to wherever in the world God may be calling them to serve.”
At each Urbana, IVP books referred to as "Books of the Day" are specially selected to guide attendees through their Urbana experience and beyond. These companions help readers grow spiritually, discern their vocational path, and serve faithfully in any context.
Throughout Urbana's long history, hundreds of IVP authors have participated by leading seminars, attending book signings, and speaking at large group plenary sessions, where conference attendees gather for worship, messages, prayer, and Bible exposition.
At Urbana 22, Bishop Claude Alexander (Necessary Christianity and Becoming the Church) served as the Bible expositor, guiding attendees daily through the book of Acts. Alexia Salvatierra (coauthor of Faith-Rooted Organizing) and James Choung (True Story, Real Life, and Longing for Revival) were main stage plenary speakers. Dozens more were involved with seminars and other events. You can meet many of the authors who attended Urbana 22 below, and see all of them here.
Whether or not you attended Urbana, you might be interested in ways to keep your learning going strong—built into your daily routine at home. These resources will encourage you and help you find the perfect books to guide your growth.
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