WEC (World Evangelization Conference) Week 2022: Awakening
WEC Week 2022 is here! World Evangelization Conference (WEC) is Dallas Theological Seminary’s annual weeklong conference, focused on spreading the gospel of Christ to the four corners of the earth. This description may be concise; however, the purpose of the conference is anything but. The conference targets a worldwide audience; therefore, it is wrought with comprehensive principles and compound objectives to be rolled out through a series of discussions. For this reason, DTS hosts this annual conference to highlight current worldviews and cultures through a biblio-centric lens to educate and inspire attendees to spread the gospel.
What makes this conference unique is its concentrated focus on key components of missiology: status quo of global realities, prominent issues, and service opportunities. The theme for this year is Awakening. Why do we feel His stirring? Do we hear His voice? Are we moving to spread the gospel?
Ephesians 5:13–14 states, “But all things being exposed by the light are made visible. For everything made visible is light, and for this reason it says, “Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” (NET Bible). The organizers of this year’s conference desire for Christ’s light to shine on His people more fervently than ever before. WEC Week student organizer Christina Faust says,
We want to see students awakened to the glory of God and His heart for the nations because in that they will be captivated by who He is and what He is doing in the world and what His heart is for, and they [the students] will be spurred along to do those things.
DTS has secured several thought-leaders from near and far, including DTS faculty and alumni, to lead the plenary and breakout sessions. This year’s WEC Week keynote speaker is Curtis Sergent. He is a church-planting missionary in one of the closed countries sponsored by the International Mission Board (IMB). He and his wife Debie lead several discipleship online ministries to manifest the biblical principle found in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply.” They believe that this verse is a fundamental principle of missionary work.
The WEC Week conference breakout sessions will focus on missions, miracles, and media. Dr. Brian Bain, faculty advisor over DTS student leadership and Missiology and Intercultural Ministries department chair, was asked about the purpose of this year’s conference. He expounded on the notion that all believers are missionaries for Christ, regardless of context. He said,
Faculty and staff on campus should be reminded and encouraged of how wonderful it is to live a full life in Jesus. The mission of God is for every believer. We are all missionaries regardless of our context. The more fully our lives can align with God’s mission for us, the more rich and abundant we will be.
Attendees this year should expect to be awakened and recharged in knowing that the deeper their experience is with Christ, the greater their potential is to proclaim Him more passionately and effectively.
To learn more about WEC Week 2022, visit here.
About the Contributors
As a native of Houston, TX., Rebecca S. Walton began her seminary journey at DTS Houston. She loves people and is passionate about communicating Bible doctrine, current events, and Christian Living stories.