Frequently Asked Questions
What is Orlando 2011?
A leadership consultation on "the whole Church taking the whole gospel to the whole nation and to the world" April 4 - 6, beginning Monday evening and concluding Wednesday evening.
Who is planning this event?
Orlando 2011 is convened by the Mission America Coalition (the U.S. Lausanne Committee) in partnership with the National Association of Evangelicals, Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, Vision 360, Campus Crusade for Christ, and Wycliffe.
What kind of experience can we expect?
An interactive meeting with three strategic emphases:
- to spend significant time listening to the Lord's voice in prayer and through one another
- to discuss and discern how the Spirit is reshaping the Church's understanding of 21st century evangelism in the United States
- to explore how the U.S. Church can partner with the global Church in reaching the nations with the Gospel of Christ
Who is coming?
We hope you are! Orlando 2011 will be a convergence of the Mission America Coalition (U.S. Lausanne) partners -- including leadership from many denominations, organizations, networks, city movements, agencies, and academic institutions -- U.S. participants of the recent Cape Town 2010 global congress on evangelism, plus Christian leaders who share a passion for a Christ-awakened Church living out the Gospel.
Who is speaking?
The list of plenary presenters and afternoon consultation leaders has not been finalized. The team designing Orlando 2011 began last spring with several Holy Spirit-inspired commitments:
- To devote significant time to listening to the Lord and one another throughout the Leadership Consultation
- To focus on the reshaping of the American Church's vision of saturating our nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- To discover how the American Church can (and must) partner with the global Church in reaching the nation
- To begin the careful process of planning and producing Orlando 2011 only after we receive the Spirit's guidance through our experience of Cape Town 2010
Speakers will soon be announced. Since this is a leadership consultation, our emphasis and reason for gathering will focused on thoughtful conversation and interaction.
What is the format?
Spirit-led praying. Anointed worship. Ancient-truth / Fresh-thought presentations. Table interaction. All aimed to help us re-imagine and re-shape evangelism in the U.S.
- Monday evening is devoted to listening prayer.
- Tuesday's focus is evangelism among America's cities and ethnicities.
- Wednesday emphasizes our need to learn from a strong and vibrant global Church.
- Affinity Consultations meet Monday and Tuesday afternoons -- small groups with brief presentations, strategic conversations, and each based on a specific topic or cutting edge issue pointing to a revived and revised Church.
- Our Wednesday evening celebration concludes the Consultation with a view toward new ventures in the next decade.
What is an Affinity Consultation?
Each participant will select one of 15-20 breakout groups for discussion on seminal topics such as Young Emerging Leaders, Revival and Spiritual Awakening,The African-American Church, 21st Century City Movements, New Thinking in Global Mission, Marketplace Influence & Impact, Islam and Other Faiths, Technology/Digital Evangelism, Church Planting, Mobilizing the Local Church, Holistic Evangelism -- and more. We'll devote more than six hours to listening, learning, and deliberation in these consultation groups, allowing participants to connect with like-minded, same-hearted servant leaders and -- prayerfully -- to identify God-directed next steps.
What does it cost to attend?
Standard registration is $275 and Crown Plaza hotel rooms (any occupancy for $79/night) include:
- Four meals (at consultation venues)
- Discounted hotel breakfast
- Free shuttles to and from Orlando International airport
- Free shuttles to and from event venues
- Discounted registration for "early-birds" and spouses
- This discounted hotel rate is also available three days before and three days after the event for those wanting to enjoy family fun around Orlando.
What does the Mission America Coalition actually do?
- Tells the stories of what God is doing through denominations, networks, ministries, and city movements across the nation as expressed in prayer-care-share lifestyles and collaborative evangelism
- Links leaders for networking, resourcing and collaboration (since 1993 MAC has worked with leaders from 80 denominations, dozens of national ministry networks, scores of national ministry organizations and hundreds of city movements)
- Convenes thought leaders and practitioners around the table for strategic dialog
- Fosters serving together to accomplish more collaboratively than any of us in the Body of Christ can do separately
What is your statement of faith?
MAC / U.S. Lausanne participants affirm the beliefs stated in the Lausanne Covenant.
More questions? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org