The Annual Four-Day Focus on Jewish Missions

The Four-Day Focus unites veteran field workers in Jewish missions and evangelism with those who wish to be more effective witnesses to Jewish people. Future full-time missionaries, local church leaders, and those with personal contacts among the Jewish people will find themselves challenged and blessed by this enriching conference.

The next Four-Day Focus will be held from June 17-20, 2024, at our Gartenhaus Training Center in Hixson, TN.


There are tremendous fields awaiting harvest, but, as Jesus said, “…the laborers are few.” Thousands of Jewish people in the United States and abroad are waiting to hear the gospel message of their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Missionaries to Jewish communities around the world are urgently needed. You may be the answer to our prayers for laborers!


IBJM’s annual Four-Day Focus on Jewish Missions provides practical training and information for those desiring to witness to Jewish friends and contacts through the local church. This exciting four-day conference is the perfect way for you to discover God’s will and plan for your life in future ministry.

“For I am NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL of Christ: for it is the POWER OF GOD unto salvation TO EVERY ONE THAT BELIEVETH; TO THE JEW FIRST, and also to the Greek.”

– Romans 1:16


  • Jewish Evangelism Focus
  • Global Jewish Mission Opportunities
  • Jewish Customs & Culture
  • God’s Plan: The Local Church
  • The Hebrew Calendar
  • Jewish Objections to the Gospel
  • Discipleship of New Jewish Believers
  • Understanding God’s Call to Missions
  • Church Planting in Jewish Communities
  • The Jewish Feasts
  • Jewish Nature of the NT world
  • Israel at 75+
  • Hebrew Roots and Messianic Judaism
  • Jewish Identity
  • Examining Replacement Theology
  • What is the Talmud?


Howard Rothenberg is a Jewish believer and IBJM Missionary to Central Florida. Brother Rothenberg will be speaking several times during the week. His unique perspective is sure to give you a fresh understanding of the Scriptures, especially his sessions focused on Jewish prophecies. His heart for Jewish evangelism will challenge you!

John Gibson is a 20-year veteran IBJM missionary to New York City.

Brethren, MY HEART’S DESIRE and PRAYER to God for Israel is, that THEY MIGHT BE SAVED. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

– Romans 10:1-2


  • Q & A with a Jewish Person
  • Participation in the Famous Focus Skit
  • Great Fellowship with Veteran Missionaries


Ed Frampton, IBJM President/General Director and former missionary to South Africa

John Lawrence, IBJM Director of Ministries and former missionary to France

Jacki Powell, Light for Israel Ministries and former missionary to South Africa

Sam Wilson, IBJM Director of Global Outreach and Eastern Europe Field Director


The Four-Day Focus will be held at IBJM’s Gartenhaus Training Center located in Hixson, Tennesse.


The registration deadline is June 7, 2024.


  • $185 — Conference Registration per person
  • FREE to full-time Bible college students/high school seniors

Conference price includes materials and meals during the four days. Lodging will be offered at nearby hotels, which you book and pay for yourself, at a prearranged rate. A list of hotels will be pro­vided when you submit your application form.

Bible college students and high school seniors may attend at NO CHARGE; however free student lodging is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


About IBJM

IBJM was founded in 1949 by Dr. Jacob Gartenhaus. Brought up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Austria, he moved to New York City in his early twenties where he trusted Jesus as Messiah and Savior after reading Isaiah 53.

Persecuted and beaten by friends and forsaken by his family, the young Gartenhaus was led by God to become an ambassador to his own people, establishing the IBJM ministry.

Contact Us

Phone: (423) 876-8150
Fax: (423) 876-8156
Monday-Friday: 9:00am to 4:30pm


Physical Address (Museum & Events)
5106 Genesis Lane
Hixson, TN 37343

Mailing Address
PO Box 1386
Hixson, TN 37343

Ministry Partner: Shepherd's Bethel

Shepherd's Bethel provides missionary lodging, up to three years for those on deputation, one year for those on furlough, and their units are also available for short stays of just one night up to several weeks for missionaries who are traveling.  Contact Director Michael Weiss at (812) 936-9648.  Consult their website,, for additional details.

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