The Vision Conference combines the teaching of Disciple Nations Alliance co-founders Bob Moffitt and Darrow Miller.
In 1995, Darrow was Vice President of Food for the Hungry International and Bob was President of the Harvest Foundation. At the invitation of a mutual friend, Christine Colby, they began teaching together at Youth with a Mission’s “School for Community Development” in Tyler, Texas. Darrow brought his messages on biblical worldview and the power of Truth for cultural transformation, while Bob focused on the role of the local church in community transformation and the biblical basis for wholistic ministry. The response to their combined teaching was overwhelmingly positive and, over time, evolved into the Vision Conference.
The first Vision Conference occurred in Lima, Peru in 1997. Hosted by Rosaura Mesones, Food for the Hungry Peru Country Director, she had been praying for years about ways that she and her organization could strengthen local churches for wholistic ministry.
Rosaura organized a coordinating committee of local church, seminary and ministry leaders to plan the conference. About 80 Lima-area church and ministry leaders attended.
The response to the conference was so positive that Food for the Hungry and Harvest formed a partnership to bring the Vision Conference to churches around the world. This partnership eventually grew into the Disciple Nations Alliance.
In 1998, Darrow and Bob conducted three Vision Conferences in Africa and Asia. In 1999, the schedule grew to 16 Vision Conferences in 14 nations. Over the next five years, news of the Vision Conference spread like wildfire, revealing a great hunger within the global Church for fresh vision on the role of the Church in society, and practical tools that churches could use to begin the transformation process in their own communities with their own resources.
To date, hundreds of Vision Conferences have occurred in nearly 50 countries worldwide. The Vision Conference has become the catalyst for a global movement. Several national leaders who hosted Vision Conferences in the late 1990s went on to launch local, national and regional training initiatives, translating and contextualizing the materials, and training Vision Conference trainers in their own nations. Today, hundreds of Vision Conference trainers are bringing these life-changing messages to churches and ministry leaders worldwide.