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The Sixth General Assembly of the WRF

Orlando, Florida - USA

Thursday, October 27th, to Sunday, October 30th, 2022.

General Theme for the Assembly

The Nature & Mission of the Global Church

The Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology) is the focus of the Sixth General Assembly of the World Reformed Fellowship. Within a reformed theological framework, this emphasis is also, by nature, missional (for more on this, see the book Reformed Means Missional, published by the WRF in 2013), therefore, the emphasis will be on the theological and the practical aspects of The Nature & Mission of the Global Church. The purpose will be to highlight crucial aspects of her nature (theology) and her practical action.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and this new post-pandemic period churches have been forced to revisit their self-understanding and some aspects of their practical ministry. We understand that it is important, at this time, to reflect and shed light on what the Church is and what she does, from a biblical and reformed perspective.

We also believe this dovetails beautifully with the sequence of theological documents produced by the Theology Commission of the World Reformed Fellowship, as well as the themes of the two previous general assemblies:

  • The World Reformed Fellowship Statement of Faith was received and approved at The Fourth General Assembly of the WRF in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 26, 2015;
  • The World Reformed Fellowship Statement of Reformed Theological Identity was received and approved at The Fifth General Assembly of the WRF in Jakarta, in August 2019;
  • The commission´s current work on The Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology) will be presented at the Sixth General Assembly in Orlando.
  • The Fourth General Assembly (São Paulo 2015) dealt directly with the missional challenges for the Global Church, while the Fifth General Assembly tackled the apologetic challenges (Jakarta 2019).
This time we will seek to cover the general theme of the Nature & Mission of the Global Church through broaching the following topics:
  • The Church: Reformed and Catholic
  • The Church and the Kingdom of God
  • The Worship of the Church
  • The Unity of the Church
  • The Holiness of the Church
  • The Church as a Religious Minority
  • Reformed Theology, Politics and Economics
  • The Church under pressure from the State
  • The Church, Faith and Work
  • Theological Education and the Global Church
  • The Global Church and Missional Cooperative Endeavors
  • The Ten Commandments and the Church in the World
  • The Church Dealing with Abuse

The Nature & Mission of the Global Church

Orlando, 2022

Dates and Venue

The WRF General Assembly 2022 will be held in the city of Orlando, Florida (USA), starting with Worship and an Opening Session at 2 pm on Thursday, October 27th, 2022 and ending with a Closing Session during the Reformation Sunday Traditional Worship Service with First Presbyterian Church of Orlando on Sunday, October 30th, 2022.

The meetings will be held at the beautiful facilities of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando (FPCO). Meals will only be provided for the Networking Luncheon on Saturday (boxed lunches) and all other meals will be the responsibility of participants. There are many different restaurants and fast food chains in the vicinity of First Presbyterian Church for lunch and dinner each day. Breakfast will be provided in most hotels.

Due to the popularity of Orlando as a travel destination, blocks of reserved rooms at hotels do not grant additional savings. The large volume of travelers, however, does keep airfare and hotels competitive. Below is a list of suggested hotels in three different levels and per night price ranges: economy (under U$100), moderate (U$100 to U$150) and comfort (U$150+). Please note the distance from the hotel to FPCO in the hotel listings below.

Some hotel do offer transportation services and Orlando has an excellent public transportation system. Check out the following options to get you from the hotel to the venue, in case your chosen hotel is not within walking distance: The LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service; the LYNX Bus Service; and the SunRail commuter rail service.

Orlando, Florida

City

First Presbyterian Church of Orlando

Venue

Church Sanctuary

Auditorium

Speakers

Michael Aitcheson

Michael Aitcheson

Preacher

Senior Pastor and Planter of Christ United Fellowship (USA)

James Lagos

James Lagos Alexander

Preacher

Presiding Bishop of the African Inland Church (South Sudan)

Michael Allen

Plenary Speaker

John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology & Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando (USA)

Ligon Duncan

Gerald Bray

Plenary Speaker

Research professor of divinity at Beeson Divinity School (England)

Gerald Bray

Antonio Cabrera

Antonio Cabrera

Panelist

President of the Cabrera Group (Brazil)

James Eglinton

Plenary Speaker

Meldrum senior lecturer in Reformed theology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan

Steve Curtis

Seminar Speaker

International Director of the Timothy Two Project International (USA)

Davi Charles Gomes

Preacher

International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship (Brazil)

Davi Gomes

Benyamin Intan

BENYAMIN INTAN

Panelist

President of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary Jakarta (Indonesia)

Andrew McGowan

Diane Langberg

Seminar Speaker

Psychologist and international speaker working with trauma survivors, caregivers and clergy around the world (USA)

Jong Gu Lim

Panelist

Founder and Senior Pastor of Green Pastures Presbyterian Church, PCK-Hapdong (South Korea)

Jong Gu Lim

Sam Logan

Presenter

Associate International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship (USA)

Sam Logan

Benyamin Intan

Kin Yip Louie

Panelist

Associate professor in theological studies at China Graduate School of Theology (Hong Kong)

John McLean

John McClean

Panel Moderator

Vice Principal of Christ College in Sydney (Australia)

Andrew McGowan

Plenary Speaker
Presenter

Director of the Rutherford Centre for Reformed Theology (Scotland)

Davi Gomes

Rob Norris

Moderator of the Assembly and Conference

Chairman of the Board of the World Reformed Fellowship (Wales)

Rob Norris

Ric Cannada

Richard Pratt

Plenary Speaker

President of Third Millennium Ministries (USA)

John McLean

Koos Richards

Panelist

Founder of the agricultural development organisation Group Africa Agric (Pty) Ltd (South Africa) 

Thomas Schirrmacher

Presenter

Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance (Germany)

Thomas Schirrmacher

Hiralal Solanki

Plenary Speaker

Academic Dean at the Global Leadership Institute / Caleb Institute, New Delhi (India)

Rob Norris

Ric Cannada

David Swanson

Preacher

Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (USA)

Ric Cannada

Derek Thomas

Plenary Speaker

Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., (USA)

Case Thorp

Seminar Speaker

Senior Associate Pastor for Mission & Evangelism, First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (USA)

Case Thorp

Dean Weaver

Panelist

Stated Clerk of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rob Norris

Rob Norris

Guy P. Waters

Seminar Speaker

James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament and  Academic Dean (Houston, Dallas) of Reformed Theological Seminary (USA)

Rob Norris

Jack C. Whytock

Seminar Speaker

Acting Principal at Dumisani Theological Institute in King William’s Town, South Africa (Canada)

Suggested Accommodation

The hotels bellow are close to the venue of our meetings and some will count with transportation for the event. The registration for the event does not include accommodation. So, once you registered for the event, you should do your reservation with one of the following hotels or one of your preference.

Embassy Suites by Hilton

191 E. Pine Street
407-841-1000

330 meters walking distance from venue

Grade

Comfort

Room Type & Price
Standard  $199 per night

Website
The Hilton Garden Inn

401 N. Magnolia Av.
407-648-4171

1.2 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Comfort

Room Type & Price
Standard $163 per night

Website
Sonder Wellborn Downtown

1.5 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Moderate

Room Type & Price
Standard $123 per night

Website
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Orlando Universal


Grade

Moderate

Room Type & Price
Standard  $104 per night

Website
Sleep Inn & Suites Orlando International Airport


15 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Economy

Room Type & Price
Standard $83 per night

Website
Quality Inn At International Drive


17 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Economy

Room Type & Price
Standard $66 per night

Website
The Delaney Boutique Hotel

1315 S. Orange Avenue
407-849-0805
info@staydh.com

1.5 km driving distance from venue

Grade: 
Comfort

Room Type & Price
Standart $179 per night

Website
Hampton Inn and Suites

43 Columbia Street
407-270-6460

300 meters walking distance from venue

Grade

Comfort

Room Type & Price
Standard $162 per night

Website
Best Western Orlando West


Grade

Moderate

Room Type & Price
Standard $107 per night

Website
Wyndham Garden Orlando Airport


Grade

Moderate

Room Type & Price
Standard  $130 per night

Website
SureStay Plus by Best Western Orlando International Drive


14 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Economy

Room Type & Price
Standard $82 per night

Website
Super 8 by Wyndham International Drive


14 Km driving distance from venue

Grade

Economy

Room Type & Price
Standard $62 per night

Website

Program

October 27, 2022
THURSDAY
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pre-Conference General Workshop
Speaker
Diane Langberg
Diane Langberg
Preventing Abuse in Christian Organizations
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Opening Session & Worship
Rob Norris
Rob Norris
Welcome and Conference Openning
Worship
Worship
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando Music Team
Davi Charles Gomes
Davi Charles Gomes
Preacher
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Plenary 1
Speaker
Michael Allen
Michael Allen
The Church: Reformed and Catholic
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Fellowship Break
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Panel 1: Reformed Theology, Politics and Economics
Panelists
John McClean
John McClean
Panel Moderator
Antonio Cabrera
Antonio Cabrera
Panelist
John Lim
John Lim
Panelist
Koos Richards
Koos Richards
Panelist
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Fellowship Break
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
Plenary 2
Speaker
Derek Thomas
Derek Thomas
The Worship of the Church
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner Break
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Plenary 3
Speaker
James Eglinton
James Eglinton
The Church & Society
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Fellowship Break
8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Plenary 4
Speaker
Richard Pratt
Richard Pratt
The Church and the Kingdom of God
October 28, 2022
FRIDAY
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Worship and Preaching
Preacher
James Lagos Alexander
James Lagos Alexander
Presiding Bishop of the African Inland Church (South Sudan)
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Plenary 5
Speaker
Hiralal Solanki
Hiralal Solanki
The Church under Religious Persecution
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fellowship Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Panel 2: The Church under pressure from the State
Panelists
John McClean
John McClean
Panel Moderator
Kin Yip Louie
Kin Yip Louie
Panelist
Ben Intan
Ben Intan
Panelist
Dean Weaver
Dean Weaver
Panelist
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 2:45: PM
General Assembly Meeting (First Session)
Chair
Rob Norris
Rob Norris
Chairman of the Board
Presenter
Andrew McGowan
Andrew McGowan
Report of the Theology Commission on Ecclesiology
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Fellowship Break
3:00 PM - 3:45: PM
General Assembly Meeting (Second Session)
Chair
Rob Norris
Rob Norris
Chairman of the Board
Presenters
Sam Logan &
Thomas Schirmacher

Presentation on WRF and WEA's Book on the Ten Commandments
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Seminars
Seminar Speakers
Jack Whytock
Jack Whytock
The Use of Non-Formal Theological Education for the Church's Advance
Case Thorp
Case Thorp
Made to Flourish: Faith and Work Seminar
Guy Waters
Guy Waters
God and Caesar: The Church and Political Engagement
Steve Curtis
Steve Curtis
The Commission on Evangelism and Missions
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Dinner Break
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday Evening Special Concert
October 29, 2022
SATURDAY
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Worship and Preaching
Preacher
Michael Aitcheson
Michael Aitcheson
Senior Pastor and Planter of Christ United Fellowship (Orlando)
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Plenary 6
Speaker
Gerald Bray
Gerald Bray
The Holiness of the Church
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fellowship Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Plenary 7
Speaker
Andrew McGowan
Andrew McGowan
The Unity of the Church
12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM
Networking Luncheons
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Free Afternoon
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Special Event: Old Florida Hoedown
The Event
The Event
Traditional Florida Food &

Entertainment + Fellowship (dinner included, registration required)

October 30, 2022
SUNDAY
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (Sixth General Assembly Conclusion)
Preacher
David Swanson
David Swanson
Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando

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