Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 26, 2005

Christian Leaders to Share Insights at 30th Annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry

The 30th annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry, focusing on the theme "My Peace I Give to You: Embracing the Ministry of Shalom," will include workshops led by noted authors and theologians Raymond J. Bakke, John Perkins, Jin S. Kim, John Huffman and Amy Sherman. The institute will be held July 11-15, 2005, 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.

Whitworth Institute of Ministry July 11-15 schedule:

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

Raymond J. Bakke, professor of urban/global leadership and chair of the Board of Regents of Bakke Graduate University of Ministry, will speak each morning during the Bible hour, and will lead a workshop in which he will outline the global mission of local churches in today's urban world. Bakke's presentation will be based on his work as founder and executive director of International Urban Associates, as well as his groundbreaking book, The Urban Christian.

John Perkins, president of the John Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss., will speak during evening worship and will present a workshop, "How to Develop Justice Leaders for the 21st Century," in which he will present a biblical philosophy that shapes biblical leadership, based on his four decades as a visionary leader in the Christian community-development movement.

Jin S. Kim, organizing pastor of the Church of all Nations (PCUSA), in Minneapolis, Minn., will speak during evening worship and will present a workshop, "Becoming a Church of All Nations," during which he will explore the dynamics of the multicultural church. He will also present a workshop, "Is There Hope for the PCUSA?," in which he will address the ways congregations can experience renewal and how the church can be transformed to focus on missional purpose rather than institutional preservation.

John Huffman, senior minister at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, Calif., will speak during evening worship and will present a workshop, "What I've Learned about Holistic Servant Ministry through 40 Years of Mission Involvement with the PCUSA and World Vision." During this workshop, Huffman will share lessons learned through extensive international travel on six continents, emphasizing his involvement with Presbyterian missions and on-site activities with World Vision as a child supporter, board member and board chair.

Amy Sherman, a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Public Policy in Charlottesville, Va., will present a workshop, "The ABCs of Effective, Church-Based Community Outreach," in which she will address "the why" behind conducting effective ministry to low-income families and neighborhoods, including the spiritual growth that can result in the congregation as a result of hands-on ministry. She will also present a workshop, "Justice Missions: Why and How Your Church Should be Engaged," during which she will discuss practical ways congregations can be involved in "releasing the oppressed" by building on the three-fold ministry mandate Jesus presents in Luke 4.

Workshops will also be led by William Robinson, president of Whitworth College, who will present "A 21st-Century Model for Church Leadership," and by Terry McGonigal, dean of the chapel at Whitworth, who will present "The Biblical Theology of Shalom: A Whirlwind Tour."

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.

Complete Whitworth Institute of Ministry details and the week's schedule of events can be found online at www.whitworth.edu/wim.

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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