The 2023 Center for Missions and Evangelism National Conference

Beyond the Walls: Faithful Mission in an Age of Adversity

October 6-7 | Bethel Church, Lansing, Illinois


Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! - Psalm 96:3


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Throughout the ages, the church has experienced adversity in various forms. Opposition to the gospel is nothing new. But the grace of God never buckles under pressure and because of God’s grace, the church can be faithful to its mission—the Great Commission.

This year, our 2023 National Conference, Beyond the Walls, will bring encouragement to church leaders and lay people alike by focusing on what it looks like to do faithfully reformed, outward facing ministry in an age of adversity. Our speakers will address crucial topics that speak to the mission and identity of the church in a world full of darkness and confusion. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ offers any meaningful hope; and through God’s Word and Spirit, the Church continues to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.

Join us at Bethel Church from October 6-7 in Lansing, Illinois as we seek to grow and learn together. 

This event is in-person only, and will not be livestreamed. 

Childcare will be provided for kids ages 0-4 during the main plenary sessions.

Conference Location: Bethel Church, 3500 Glenwood Lansing Rd, Lansing, IL 60438

Registration Fee:
General Admission: $79
Family Admission: $150
Seminary Student Admission: $39

Discounted rates for hotels can be found at the following links: 
Homewood Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites




Richard Bout

Missions Coordinator in the United Reformed Churches in North America

Tom Hawkes

Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church, Amelia Island, FL

Marcus Mininger

Professor of New Testament Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Chad Vegas

Pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Bakersfield, CA, and founder of Radius International

Cornelis Venema

Professor of Doctrinal Studies and President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Eric Watkins

Pastor of Harvest Presbyterian Church (OPC) and Director of the Center for Missions and Evangelism


Do you run or represent a ministry that might like to exhibit at our CME National Conference?

Mid-America Reformed Seminary invites ministry partners who agree with our doctrinal statement and the Center for Mission & Evangelism’s identity statements to contact the Seminary’s Vice-President of Advancement, Michael Deckinga, to express your interest in being an exhibitor. Space is limited, and priority will be given to diaconal ministries, evangelistic ministries, and educational institutions. Requests to exhibit will be reviewed case-by-case by Mid-America and CME leadership, and a timely response is promised.

Thank you for your interest and for the critical Kingdom work you represent!