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Missions Mentoring

Detailed information about 2020 Forum Mentoring is not yet available but will be posted in the future. Please review the information from the 2019 Forum for a look at the types of mentoring that may be available at the 2020 Forum.

The face of missions in Europe is changing.  In Western Europe, the pool of available missionary candidates is rapidly shrinking, while in Eastern Europe the Church is bursting with new enthusiasm for missionary initiatives. Both of these are challenges that leaders in missions face.  In Western Europe, the classic approach to missions is being challenged by larger local churches who question the validity of the mission agency.  For very different reasons, a similar question is being raised in Eastern Europe. What should be the future role of the mission agency?  Where are we heading and how can we best get there?   

Those who are involved or interested in missions might have a difficult time sorting through their personal calling in the midst of these sweeping changes.  Forum Missions Mentoring offers the opportunity to talk to an experienced leader who may have walked down a similar path.  Missions mentoring also provides room to dialogue and analyse a specific missions problem and think through resources for dealing with that issue. We encourage any leader of current mission agencies and those who are considering missions as a calling to participate in Forum Missions Mentoring.


J. D. Gilmore was born in Italy, where his parents were missionaries. God’s grace opened his eyes to the good news of the gospel as a teenager. J. D. and his wife are passionate about the spread of the gospel in Italy, where they have been involved in church planting for many years. He now coordinates Impatto (Acts 29 in Italy) as well as being involved in setting up gospel-centred movements in Italy and the Balkans.


Rolf Kjøde is the Director of Continuing Education and External Courses at NLA University College in Norway. Up till recently he has for many years served as General Secretary of Normisjon, one of Norway’s leading mission organisations. Rolf has also been director and for a number of years chairman of NORME, which is the merged Norwegian branch of The Lausanne Movement and the national Evangelical Alliance, and has thus also been an active participant at several international Lausanne gatherings. He has been principal and teacher at two Bible schools and was for some years responsible for international relations in the Norwegian branch of IFES. Rolf holds a Master of Theology, has written a number of articles in Scandinavian theological and missiological journals, and has written a textbook for Bible schools in evangelism. He is a Network Leader for the Mission Leaders Network.


Dawn Patterson has worked with para-church ministries for about 40 years--in the US, Germany and Russia. She is married (33 years) and has 4 young adult children. Her ministry focus is leading and mentoring women of various ages and cultures through encouragement and study of the Scriptures. Currently she lives in Northfield, MN, where she has been part of a residential women's ministry called Whispers of Hope and Bible Study Fellowship.  


Tim Patterson has been involved in para-church ministry since 1976 - in the USA, Germany and Russia.  He and Dawn, his wife of 33 years, are presently staff members with GLINTS (Global Intercultural Services) for whom they oversee Member Care for the small missionary sending agency.  Tim and Dawn live in Minnesota, USA.



Martin Robinson is principal and chief executive of ForMission College.  Martin was born in India of missionary parents and then brought up in Scotland where his father was a church planter. When Martin was in his early twenties he trained for the ministry, and his first church was in the inner city of Birmingham.  This multi-ethnic congregation was engaged in church planting, and Martin, together with his wife, Lynda led one of the new church plants.  After thirteen years in local ministry, Martin went to work for the Bible Society in the UK in a variety of roles. In that period he was the director of mission and theology. Martin has written many books on the broad theme of mission, including Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space. In 2002 Martin became the national director of Together in Mission. In 2008 he became the principal of Springdale College. These two organisations are now known as ForMission. The goal of ForMission is to prepare workers for the harvest. 


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