Wednesday, February 27, 2008

National Pastors Convention 2008 in San Diego

National Pastors ConventionWell, I just found out about this (sponsored by Zondervan) or I would have posted on it earlier (and tried to get some interviews for AnglicanTV!):

NPC 2008: February 26-29, 2008

Three of the speakers and their events:

Anglican bishop John Rucyahana was elected Bishop of the Shyira diocese of Rwanda in 1997. During his term, John often escaped death, even as many pastors, friends and family members were killed in the ongoing genocide. John works tirelessly for reconciliation in Rwanda: having founded the Sonrise orphanage for children orphaned in the genocide, and ministering in prisons to its perpetrators. He is the author of The Bishop of Rwanda: Finding Forgiveness Amidst a Pile of Bones. He and his wife, Harriet, have five children.

Reconciliation for All, Not only Rwanda

No matter how big or small the difficulties, God can bring about reconciliation in all of our lives. In telling the story of genocide in Rwanda, Bishop John shares about how Rwandans are “finding forgiveness amidst a pile of bones”. He shows how a loving God transforms even the darkest nights of horror into a new day of hope and reconciliation.

Learning from the Sages

Spend 90 minutes with our sages, Bishop John Rucyahana, Ben Patterson and Calvin Miller as they share about what they have learned over their years that would help pastors position themselves for the long-haul in ministry. Hear them talk about ministry, the church, spiritual formation and what has helped them sustain and grow their relationship with God. These sages have a collective wisdom that will position pastors well as they continue to minister in the future.

N.T. Wright is Bishop of Durham and was formerly Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are The Challenge of Jesus and Evil and the Justice of God.

The Cross and the Reconciling Task of the Church

When we learn to read the gospels for all they're worth, we discover that they are the focal point of a much larger story, which is the narrative of how the creator God had planned to reconcile the entire world to himself. The cross is much bigger, in other words, than simply a mechanism for enabling individual humans to find salvation: it is the means by which reconciliation is to happen at every level. How then does the reconciliation achieved on the cross get to work out in real situations in the world today? What can we learn from those who've been doing it?

Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye is a theologian, pastor, Bible teacher, counselor, trainer, and organizational development consultant. Currently, he is Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, a position he assumed after four years as Regional Director of the Church Mission Society’s work in Africa and 20 years of ministry among students in Uganda.

Redefining Power: Finding Our Place in a Global Church

Our central Christian affirmation makes a claim about power: “Jesus is Lord.” This alone means followers of Jesus should be especially alert to issues of power. At this time in our North American culture and in the state of global affairs, the collisions, claims, and counterfeit ideas about power are everywhere. They affect the church around the world every day, as well as right here at home. North American pastors and churches particularly need to think again about power. We need to consider how the Gospel, and the global church, can help us see power redefined in order for us to live and preach the gospel more faithfully. This seminar brings together a set of outstanding pastoral and theological leaders from churches in the Majority World, to reflect and challenge us.

Check it out.
H/t to Go a Little Deeper, who actually is attending and posting on some of the sessions.

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