April 14-18

April 14-18, 2021

The Global Impact Celebration (GIC) is the single largest missions event at Shades and is one the most exciting weeks in the life of our church. At GIC, missionaries, church planters, and mission organizations from around the world visit with us so we can learn from them, care for them, and discover ways to participate with them. Whether you are seeking to discover how we influence the world through missions or desiring to join a mission, this week will challenge and inspire everyone to better understand the mission of God.


The past year-plus has held many uncertainties and changes for us, where it seems as if we're all trying to hold life together. The Lord was with us in the chaos, and we discovered he did some pretty amazing things in 2020. Now, as we look to a new chapter, we believe it's time to refocus.

"Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word." Acts 8:4

We spent 12 months adapting, learning, adjusting. Masks and social distancing. Simply trying to survive. But it's time to refocus on reaching our world for Christ. It won't be easy, though. During GIC 2021, we're going to look at what it means to be committed to scattering across the world for the sake of the Gospel.


Global Impact Celebration is full of gatherings, forums, lunches, and other ways for you to get to know our ministry partners and also take part in celebrating what God is doing around the world. We encourage you attend as much as you can throughout the week.

  • Praying Impossible Prayers

    Take a look back at this GIC 2019 kickoff message from David Pothier of LaChapelle Church in Montreal, Canada.

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  • Behold I am Doing a New Thing

    This message from GIC Sunday last year was from Shades' Senior Pastor, Dr. Danny Wood.

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  • GIC 2018 | Kevin Marsico

    A prolific church planter in Washington, D.C., Kevin encouraged our church family in what living sent means.

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  • GIC 2018 | Todd Lafferty

    Formerly our pastor of mobilization, Todd now serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the International Mission Board.

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If you want to volunteer for GIC 2020 but aren't sure where to begin, current volunteer opportunities are one button away.