Mission Cohort 2018

Feb 6-8, 2018  ||  Phoenix, AZ

Meeting Places:

Daily Sessions: 
1837 East Hazelwood St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

Wednesday BBQ at Phil's:
245 East Sheffield Court, Gilbert, AZ 85296

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Tuesday, Feb 6

10 am-12 pm: Mission Ecclesiology (Perspective)

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Discussion led by Paul Murphy on Michael Goheen’s book “A Light to the Nations”. Note: there will be the assumption that you will have purchased and read the book prior to our discussion.

12-1:30 pm: lunch break

Maps of area restaurants/burger joints will be made available – In & Out, Smash Burger, etc.

1:30-3:30 pm: Mission Ecclesiology 1 (practice)

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Led by Rev. Dr. Bill DeJong

3:30-4 pm: break

4-6 pm: Mission Ecclesiology 2 (practice)

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Part 2 led by Phil Grotenhuis and Michael Spotts.

Evening: free

Wednesday, Feb 7

10AM-12 pm: Dave Bennett (mercy ministry)

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Dave, a PCA pastor, works in impoverished, drug and gang-ridden South Phoenix (we’ll do this over lunch)

12PM-1:30PM: Lunch Break

1:30-3:30 pm: Mission Ecclesiology and Theological Training (Dr. Michael Goheen)

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3:30-4 pm: break

4-5:30 pm: Round Table & Prayer

Share what’s going on in our churches (joys/challenges) and prayer for one another (led by MARS prof and pastor Jeff DeBoer)

6:30 PM: BBQ at Phil's

We'll supply bratwurst, sides, and dessert. Bring a favorite beverage to share. If you don't want bratwurst, feel free to bring meat to grill.

Thursday, Feb 8

9-10 am: Jeff Shafer (DV)

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ADF attorney and Phoenix United elder Jeff Shafer will speak on the various challenges missional churches face in the area of religious freedom in light of recent high court decisions

Handout: Creation Denied (.pdf)


  1. "How Same Sex Marriage Makes Orphans of Us All"
  2. "Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of Law"
  3. "Obergefell and the Right to Other People's Children"

10-11 am: where do we go from here?

Discussion of the challenges and opportunities of serving confessionally Reformed churches in the area of domestic and foreign missions. Also, a discussion about the feasibility and advisability of forging an informal alliance of URC churches devoted to a mission ecclesiology.

Suggested Dining

good Coffee & Tea

Sip Garage
Lux Central
First Draft Book Bar


Gadzooks (fast-casual enchiladas)
Lux Central (great sandwiches)
Sip Garage (good salads and light fare)

Dinner & Brew

Welcome Diner
Phoenix Ale Brewery & Central Kitchen







Suggested Lodging:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Biltmore
(closest to church)
2001 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
+1 602-508-0937
4.5 stars | View in Google Maps

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Airport North
(closest to airport)
3838 E Van Buren St A, Phoenix, AZ 85008
+1 602-306-2323
4.2 stars | View in Google Maps

Hampton Inn Phoenix-Midtown-Downtown Area
160 W Catalina Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85013
+1 602-200-0990
4.2 stars | View in Google Maps

Hampton Inn Phoenix-Biltmore
(near church)
2310 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016
+1 602-956-5221
4.4 stars | View in Google Maps