Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 14, 2004

Christian Leaders to Share Insights at 29th Annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry

The 29th annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry, focusing on the theme of "The Church and the Marketplace: The Relationship Between Work and Christian Faith," will include workshops led by noted authors and theologians Victor Pentz, Richard Mouw, Ed Silvoso, Rebecca Pentz, and Jack Fortin. The institute will be held July 12-16, 2004 at Whitworth College. For more information or to register, please contact the Whitworth Institute of Ministry program coordinator at (509) 777-4345 or register online at www.whitworth.edu/wim.

The Whitworth Institute of Ministry serves pastors, music and worship directors, lay church leaders and their families through worship, theological reflection, Bible study, prayer and small-group interaction.

Victor D. Pentz, a senior pastor at the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Ga., will speak during each evening's 7 p.m. worship service in Cowles Auditorium. During his week-long sermon series, Pentz will address "Making Partners: Work as Love Made Visible," in which he will highlight the spiritual disciplines that can strengthen Christians amidst the pressure-packed competition of the marketplace. The evening worship services are free and open to the public.

In addition to his evening sermons, Pentz will present workshops Thursday and Friday afternoon on "Crossing the Double-Yellow Line," in which he will explore how people of faith can integrate their lives of worship with the workplace.

Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, is the institute's Bible-hour speaker. Mouw will speak Tues.-Fri. at 9 a.m. on the theme "Holy Worldliness" featuring the theology of "common grace" and how it can aid Christians in better understanding the larger agenda of divine purposes. He will also present a workshop Thursday and Friday afternoon on "God's Complex Purposes for the Creation." Mouw has authored 14 books including Consulting the Faithful; The Smell of Sawdust: What Evangelicals Can Learn from Their Fundamentalist Heritage; and He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace.

Ed Silvoso, president of Harvest Evangelism, in San Jose, Calif., will address "The Redemption of the Marketplace" as the convocation speaker on Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. He will also lead a workshop Monday and Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. on "The Redemptive Role of Wealth." Silvoso's background in banking, hospital administration and financial service provides the foundation for reaching entire cities through the business community using the biblical principles of unity, reconciliation and prayer. His most recent book, Anointed for Business, adapts these biblical principles into the marketplace.

Rebecca D. Pentz, associate professor of hematology and oncology in research ethics, at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, will present a lecture focusing on science and technology viewed from a Christian approach. Her convocation address on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m., "Bioethics' Darling, Patient Autonomy Must Be Dethroned," will feature elements of the scientific realm ranging from eugenics to cloning and how to approach bioethical dilemmas from a Christian perspective.

Pentz will also present afternoon seminars "Bioethical Dilemmas in the Workplace: Secular and Christian Tools for Making Ethical Medical Decisions," (Monday/Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.) and "Ethics at the Edge: From Embryos to Eugenics" (Thursday/Friday at 3:30 p.m.). Pentz conducts empirical-ethics research on such issues as informed consent and genetic confidentiality and assists researchers with their protocols to make them ethically sound.

Jack Fortin, executive director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at Luther Seminary and an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will speak on chaos and the church, and the choice to achieve order. Fortin's convocation presentation on Thursday at 10:45 a.m., "Connecting Sunday to Monday: Prologue to a Missional Church," will focus primarily on discovering vitality in church congregations and hope for churches in the future. Fortin will also present afternoon seminars, "The Congregation: Poised on the Edge of Chaos," (Monday/Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.) and "The Congregation: Hope for the Future," (Thursday/Friday at 3:30 p.m.). Fortin served the Young Life programs for 20 years as area and regional director and then as divisional vice-president.

Whitworth Institute of Ministry Schedule July 12-16:

  • Evening Worship: Mon.-Fri., 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium (Free and open to the public.)
  • Bible Hour: Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m., Seeley Mudd Chapel (Registration required.)
  • Convocation: Tues.-Fri., 10:45 a.m., Seeley Mudd Chapel (Registration required.)
  • Workshops: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., 3:30 p.m., various on-campus locations (Registration required.)

During the weeklong institute, youth programs will be available for children of participants. Art, music and recreational activities are planned for all age groups, including a teen program for junior and senior high youth. Trained caregivers will be present to care for infants and toddlers.

Accommodations in residence halls and on-campus dining services will be available for Institute of Ministry participants.

Contacts:

Toni Sutherland, program coordinator, Whitworth Institute of Ministry, Whitworth College, (509)777-4345 or tsutherland@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509)777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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