Point Loma Nazarene University | July 30-August 1, 2018

Speakers

Fili Chambo

Fili Chambo


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Filimão Chambo is a general superintendent of the Church in the Nazarene (2017). At the time of his election he was director of the Africa Region where he previously had served as regional education coordinator. Born in Mozambique, his father and mother served in full-time ministry for the Church of the Nazarene, and at age 17 God called Fili to full-time ministry. He is a graduate of Seminário Nazareno em Mozambique (Diploma in Theology), Nazarene Theological College, South Africa (BTh), and the University of Johannesburg (MA and PhD in Biblical Studies). He served as pastor in South Africa and in Mozambique and as president of Seminário Nazareno em Mozambique. Fili is married to Samantha, who is also an ordained elder. They have two children: a daughter, Tsakani Gabriella; and a son, Emanuel.
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Annette and Javier Mondragon

Annette and Javier Mondragon


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Javier and Annette Mondragon are the founders of Many Nations Church (formerly Grace Point South), a Nazarene congregation located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Both Annette and Javier received bachelor degrees in theology from Seminario Nazareno Mexicano in Baja California, Mexico, and both are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Javier holds a Master of Ministry from Olivet Nazarene University, is an Adjunct Professor of Community Development and Urban Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, and is the founder of Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center. They are the proud parents of two boys and a girl: Yisrael David, Johann Levi, and Lea Annalise.

Tara Beth Leach

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Tara Beth Leach is Senior Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, California. She served previously in Nazarene churches in Upstate New York and the Midwest, and most recently in a non-denominational church outside of Chicago. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Tara Beth writes regularly for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, Reflecting the Image, Renovating Holiness, and most recently, The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective. She is also the author of Kingdom Culture (Beacon Hill Press) and Emboldened (InterVarsity Press). She and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Caleb and Noah.
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Albert and Christine Hung

Albert and Christine Hung


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Albert and Christine Hung serve on the Northern California District Church of the Nazarene, Albert as district superintendent and Christine at Trinity Church of the Nazarene as Rowland Heights Campus Pastor. Prior to his recent election as superintendent, Albert was lead pastor of Trinity, a multi-site, multi-congregational church serving English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino communities east of Los Angeles, CA. In 2003 after several years in entertainment as a stage director, recording artist, and television host, he responded to a call from the Lord to pastoral ministry. He speaks frequently on the topics of preaching, cross-cultural ministry, leadership development, and the future of the church. Christine has a love for studying Scripture and has been recognized for her innovative approach to helping others interact with God’s Word. Albert and Christine have four children: Elijah, Micaela, Genevieve, and Nathaniel.
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Scott McKnight

Scot McKnight


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Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary and a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, universities, and seminaries in the USA and abroad. Scot is author of the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004), A Community called Atonement (Abingdon, 2007), The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008), A Fellowship of Differents (Zondervan, 2014) and Kingdom Conspiracy (Baker, 2015). He and his wife, Kristen, enjoy traveling, long walks, gardening, and cooking, and have two married children, Laura and Lukas, and two grandchildren, Aksel and Finley.

Schedule

Monday, July 30, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 pm Registrant Check-in
2:00 - 5:00 pm PRE-CONFERENCES
Discover the Wesleyan Holiness Digital Library(every half hour)

The COMPASS Initiative: You, Your Church, and the $1 Million Grant from Lilly (2pm-3pm)

Creativity, Confidence, and Companioning: Vital Development in Times of Change (3:30pm-5pm)

Register here for this FREE pre-conference conversation for women clergy and their encouragers.

Missional Ministry in Urban Contexts (3:30pm-5pm)
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm PLENARY SESSION 1: Fili Chambo
8:30 pm Snacks and Fellowship
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am PLENARY SESSION 2: Albert & Christine Hung
9:30 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 - 12:00 pm Choose from 2-hour Forums or 50-min workshops
WORKSHOPS (Series A, 10am; Series B, 11am)– For details, select Workshops Tab on this webpage.

FORUM Group I (10am-12pm)
Forum de Predicacion
Re-Imagining: The Art of Preaching
Worship & Sacrament
Vocation & Calling
12:00 pm Lunch
NTS Alumni Luncheon
Korean Pastors Luncheon & Forum (concludes, 3:30pm)
1:30 - 3:30 pm Choose from 2-hour Forums or 50-min workshops
WORKSHOPS (Series C, 1:30pm; Series D, 2:30pm) – For details, select Workshops Tab on this webpage.

FORUM Group II (1:30-3:30pm)
El Evangelismo y El Reino de Dios
Health & Wholeness (Flourishing in Ministry)
Leadership & Conflict
Re-Imagining: The Art of Preaching
3:30 - 5:00 pm Creativity, Confidence, and Companioning: Missional Ministry in Urban Contexts
5:00 - 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm PLENARY SESSION 3: Javier & Annette Mondragon
8:30 pm Snacks and Fellowship
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
7:00 am Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am PLENARY SESSION 4: Scot McKnight
9:30 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 - 12:00 pm Choose from 2-hour Forums or 50-min workshops– For details, select Workshops Tab on this webpage.
WORKSHOPS (Series E, 10am; Series F, 11am)

FORUM Group III (10am-12pm)
Church in Mission I: Pastoral Ministry and the Apostle Paul
Resolucion De Conflictos
12:00 pm Lunch
Children’s Leaders Dinner hosted by Equip to Engage
Chinese Pastors Luncheon & Forum (concludes, 3:30pm)
1:30 - 3:30 pm Choose from 2-hour Forums or 50-min workshops – For details, select Workshops Tab on this webpage.
WORKSHOPS (Series G, 1:30pm; Series H, 2:30pm)

FORUM Group IV (1:30-3:30pm)
Church in Mission II: The Kingdom of God
Civil Discourse
Sex, the Church, and Hospitality
Sexualidad Y Espiritualidad
4:00 - 5:30 pm PLENARY SESSION 5: Tara Beth Leach
5:30 - 8:30 pm BBQ DINNER and MINI-CARNIVAL

Pre-Conferences and Forums | Workshops, 50-min each

Hear the providential story of the development of the largest collection of Wesleyan-Holiness digital resources available globally and discover how this resource can serve you and your local church. In this 20-minute presentation, discover the resources available to you free of charge and learn how to turn the website into an effective study tool as well as an avenue for lifelong learning.

Tammy Condon leads the Wesleyan-Holiness Digital Library development team in addition to serving as Administrative Director for the Church of the Nazarene’s International Board of Education. She is also pastor of an inner-city congregation in Kansas City, Missouri.
Discover how you can benefit from this Lilly-funded initiative to assist USA pastors and full-time associates in reducing personal debt, preparing for retirement, and providing biblically sound financial leadership of the local church. Learn about matching grant opportunities and about financial management resources for you and your lay leaders.

Steve Borger is Director of The COMPASS Initiative. Previously, he served 25 years as a senior pastor and 13 years as district superintendent of the Intermountain District Church of the Nazarene.

There is a major trend for people to move into urban environments, melting pots of religious beliefs, ethnic groups, social subcultures, and diverse lifestyles. How do we respond as a church in a relevant way? How do you set up a ministry that engages people from so many different backgrounds? This preconference gathering focuses on doing an exegesis of your city, developing an urban spirituality, strategies for social and entrepreneurial engagement, setting up third space ministries, and identifying the skillsets ministers need to be effective in such settings.

Cris Zimmermann is a social entrepreneur, pastor and lawyer. He is the founder and lead pastor of Church in Action, a German church planting ministry specializing in the urban context with more than 40 locations in the Rhein-Main area of Germany.

Growing interest in sacramental theology within the Church of the Nazarene is profoundly positive. Through panel and round table discussions, this Forum explores the meaning and development of sacramental theology, examines both positive and negative ways sacramental renewal is occurring in Nazarene congregations, and elevates attentiveness to the multi-cultural realities of sacramental renewal. The session concludes with a conversation on the trajectory of sacramental theology and ways it may find expression in healthy, multi-cultural congregations.

Michael Lodahl is Professor of Theology and World Religions at PLNU, where he has taught since 1999. He graduated from NNU in 1977 and NTS in 1981. An ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Michael has pastored in California, Georgia, and Idaho. He received a PhD in Theological Studies from Emory University in 1988.

Rusty Brian is the lead Pastor of Christ Community Church of the Nazarene in Concord, CA. He holds a PhD in Theology and Ethics, and teaches theology as an adjunct at Northwest Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Jennifer Guerra Aldana is a pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural ministry of Pasadena First. She also serves as coordinator of multicultural initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute. Originally from Guatemala, Jennifer received her BA in Social Work from PLNU and her MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. She previously served as a social worker in San Diego County and as a youth pastor.

Marcos Canales is Lead pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural, and intergenerational ministry of Pasadena First. Originally from Costa Rica, he has been church planting and pastoring in the Latina community of the greater Los Angeles area for the last thirteen years. Marcos holds a BA in Theology from PLNU and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Ayudando a los pastores hispanos a mejorar sus habilidades de predicación, como pastores enfrentamos un mundo multicultural complejo y cómo podemos comunicar el evangelio en una forma efectiva, no solo para nuestra generación pero para las generaciones futuras.

Joel Guerra es el pastor de una iglesia hispana en Escondido, California. Es egresado del Seminario Teológico Nazareno en Guatemala y actualmente cursa sus estudios de Maestría en Divinidades en la Universidad Azusa Pacific. Joel y su esposa, Jenny Guerra, han desempeñado asignaciones ministeriales en California desde 1999, incluyendo la plantación de 14 congregaciones hispanas. También es Coordinador de los Ministerios Hispanos para el Distrito Southern California.

Jenny Guerra es presbítero de la Iglesia del Nazareno y ha sido pastora, maestra y predicadora por más de 18 años. Sirve en el ministerio al lado de su esposo, Joel Guerra, en Escondido, California. Es egresada del Seminario Teológico Nazareno en Guatemala y cuenta con una Maestría en Divinidades de la Universidad Azusa Pacific.

Julio Cuz tiene mas de 50 años de ministerio pastoral en Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize y California. Su ministerio incluye: predicador, maestro y Director de Instituto Biblico Nazareno. Obtuvo su Bachiller en Teologia del Seminario Teologico Nazareno en Costa Rica.
Great storytelling involves a redemptive story. Great preaching begins with the greatest redemptive story ever told! This discussion explores the passion, creativity, imagination, habits, and practices integral to declaring this redemptive story in a compelling way. The art of preaching is a lifelong pursuit and benefits from the power of community. Be encouraged and inspired through the teaching, table talk and group experience of this presentation as you re-imagine the art of preaching.

Dave Roberts serves as lead pastor of Montrose Church of the Nazarene outside of Los Angeles, CA. Montrose Church offers five weekend services on its two campuses serving approximately 1000 people each weekend.

Tara Smith co-pastors with her husband, Brett, at Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene.
How do we live and lead in ways grounded in 1) holy discernment in community that cultivates leaders who equip others for ministry, 2) holy practices that allow us to listen to the heartbeat of God in the mundane and miraculous, and 3) holy stewardship of the symbols of the faith that we embody and raise up in public leadership? Each presenter will offer insights and challenges from pastoral ministry and lead participants in guided application exercises to connect ideas to each participant’s ministry setting.

Matt Rundio is Lead Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene, Scottsdale, AZ. He serves as an adjunct professor at NNU and Fuller Seminary, and is a DMin Faculty Advisor for Nazarene Theological Seminary. Matt loves the Church and the gifts she has handed down to us.

Rebecca Laird is Professor of Christian Ministry and Practice at PLNU and co-editor of Discernment: Reading the Signs of Life by Henri Nouwen. She works daily with students who are discerning God's call and seeks to be one of many in the forming community of faith who prayerfully listens and encourages as God prepares them for ministry.

Randy Beckum is Lead Pastor at Honolulu First Church of the Nazarene. He has lived, pastored and taught in many different cultural settings. He finds great joy in opening up leadership space for others called to ministry. He also thinks that being called "Pastor" is the most wonderful and terrifying thing in the world.
In our effort to minister to a postmodern and post-Christian culture, have we Nazarenes become “post-holiness” and, perhaps, even post-Christian? If so, to what are we calling people? In what ways is the biblical mandate to be expressed through our lives and the life of the church? Explore ways in which Wesley’s call to Christian Perfection spoke prophetically to a culture that had abandoned the moral and ethical implications of faith. Learn ways to better sound the call in our own culture.

Steve Rodeheaver is pastor of San Diego Southeast Church of the Nazarene. He is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary, an adjunct at PLNU, and author of Snapshots of the Kingdom.

Larry Lacher is pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Roswell, NM and previously served in pastoral assignments in Missouri, Texas, and Illinois. He is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary and earned his PhD from Concordia Seminary.
With the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost, God made emphatically clear the dissolution of gender and other barriers when it comes to roles of leadership and authority in Christ's church. Nevertheless, the various cultures in which the church finds its expression are fraught with gender-stereotypes, cultural assumptions, and other forms of oppression and exploitation based on gender. Hear stories of the blessings and the roadblocks for women in ministry, and learn practical ways to empower women to serve at all levels of leadership in the church. How we speak, preach, relate, and encourage have the potential to shape our church’s imagination and enlarge its capacity for mission.

Charlie and Kara Lyons-Pardue are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Kara serves at PLNU as Associate Professor of New Testament. Charlie co-pastors Genesis, a church-plant in San Diego that began in 2012.

Becky and Rob Pape have been in full-time ministry for the past 25 years following early careers as business owners. Becky is Lead Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Escondido, CA and holds both a masters in Christian Education and an MDiv from Northwest Nazarene University. Rob and Becky have been married for 37 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Malorri and Ray Seamon serve as co-lead pastors at Connection Point Church of the Nazarene in Kea’au, Hawai’i. MNU graduates and former associate pastors in Lenexa, KS, they are passionate about equipping others for lay and pastoral ministry.
Throughout history, prayer has been a critical component of the relationship between God and his people. Nothing moves the hand of God more than when his people cry out to him. We teach about its importance to our daily journey with Jesus and emphasize the power of the united prayer of the body of Christ. Yet, discouragement can set in when we don't see the hand of God move as we had hoped or when we fail to gather a critical mass of people committed to praying together on a regular basis. In this workshop, discover together the power of raw persistence in prayer, individually and corporately.

Darren Reed is Lead Pastor of Olive Knolls Church of the Nazarene, Bakersfield, CA. Over the past 25 years he has served in various capacities and locations from a Nazarene Compassionate Center in Orlando, FL to planting an inner city church in Oklahoma City.

Carolyn Johnson is founder of Firm Foundation Ministries and a tenured evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene. A dynamic speaker, Bible teacher, and leader, Carolyn is also a writer and publisher. Her background in education includes serving as an elementary public school teacher as well as professor and Center-Mentor at Azusa Pacific University’s School of Education.
Good leaders come in all sizes and shapes including a rich diversity of personal gifts. Yet, current research convincingly shows that effective leaders all have one compelling factor in common. In this workshop, we will explore ways to cultivate and leverage this leadership essential. The insight and wisdom to be gained by taking and using the Gallup StrengthsFinder inventory, a highly regarded self-awareness instrument, will also be presented.

Norm Shoemaker is Professor Emeritus in Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University and was the founding director of the university’s Center for Pastoral Leadership. Currently, he serves as a trainer and church consultant for Transforming Leaders Institute.
This workshop will engage participants in honest dialog about the WHY & HOW of multicultural local church ministry. Attend this workshop to share your thoughts on multicultural ministry, discuss the need for and obstacles to embracing multiethnic Christian fellowship, and discover why multiculturalism is both a biblical mandate and the very real discipleship opportunity of our times.

Susan Carole is lead pastor of San Bernardino First Church of the Nazarene, a multicultural congregation in Southern California. She speaks from wide experience in multicultural ministry and offers practical wisdom in the development of the local church’s redemptive engagement in multiethnic communities. She holds a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Theological Seminary. She is adjunct professor of theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary and Northwest Nazarene University, and Director of Pastoral Formation on the Southern California District.
When leadership expert James McGregor Burns introduced the concept of transformational leadership, he defined it as a process in which "leaders and their followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation." This workshop focused on what it takes to become that kind of leader, with special attention to four key elements: Idealized Influence, Inspirational Motivation, Intellectual Stimulation and Individualized Consideration.

Jim Russom is an ordained elder serving as Pastoral Ministries Director at Nazarene Bible College. He served in pastoral ministry for thirty-five years prior to NBC. From seminars to retreats, revivals and Faith Promise Conventions, Jim practices and teaches transformational preaching.
This is a “best practices” workshop for those who have taken Gallup’s StrengthsFinder assessment inventory, know their Signature Themes (Top 5), and are using this wisdom as a tool for team and ministry development in their church community. We all know by personal experience that there is a profound difference between a group and a team. Participants will learn how to foster high team awareness, gain skills in forming effective ministry teams and explore strategies for developing engaged leaders. Participants will have an opportunity to share their team experience.

Norm Shoemaker is Professor Emeritus in Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University and was the founding director of the university’s Center for Pastoral Leadership. Currently, he serves as a trainer and church consultant for Transforming Leaders Institute.
God has called both laity and clergy to their mutual ministry through the Church. Yet, a consumerist culture and professional mindset have tended to obscure the vocational role of laity in God’s ministry. In the face of shrinking economic resources and changing patterns in church attendance, pastors face the challenging task of reconnecting laity to their commitment to Christ’s church and God’s mission. This workshop offers principles and practical ideas to both energize and empower laity in their calling and commitment to God through the church and into the communities where they live.

Dean Blevins serves as Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Discipleship at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He regularly consults at local church and denominational levels in age-level ministry and contributes significantly to clergy development efforts across the USA/Canada Region as Regional Education Coordinator and as senior editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching, an online journal.

Larry Morris is the USA/Canada Region SDMI Coordinator. In addition to pastoral assignments on the Colorado and North Carolina districts, he has served previously as Director of Adult Ministries, Director of WordAction Curriculum, and as Editor of Illustrated Bible Life.
What does it look like to know God and be known by God in a fallen world? How do we navigate the pain of shame in our lives so that we can claim our identity and worth in our relationship with God? In this workshop we will take a look at the biblical narrative of shame and its impact on intimacy with God. As a part of the biblical narrative, consideration will be given to the role of family in spiritual development. We will conclude with a practical way to help those stuck in emotional wounding.

John Comstock has served most of his ministry in support roles for the local church. His work for the Mapping Center for Evangelism and Church Growth helped churches utilize technology to build relationships, while his years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association involved supporting local churches in their evangelistic efforts. Currently, he coordinates resources for The Discipleship Place, a ministry of USA/Canada SDMI.
Recent increases in violence and sexual abuse have amplified the need for churches to make sure they are caring for the safety and security needs of their congregations. This workshop presents best policies and practices of church security and effective ways to protect the church’s most vulnerable asset: children.

Leslie Hart is an ordained elder serving children and families through local and district ministry, currently as Global Children’s Bible Quizzing Coordinator and SDMI Children’s Ministries Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region. She led the development of Nazarene Safe, the denomination’s comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program.
When facing trouble in our personal lives, organizations, or nation, seeing clearly is a prerequisite to acting faithfully and effectively. How might we balance an active engagement in these troubles with a posture of contemplation, that is, a centered stillness that allows us to see things as God sees and, therefore, act as God acts? This workshop provides guidance for those who wish to embody this balance.

Doug Hardy serves as Professor of Spiritual Formation at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is also a spiritual director in addition to teaching and leading retreats and pilgrimages. He is the author of two small group studies, Christian Disciplines: Creating Time and Space for God and Prayer: Sharing Intimate Space with God.
The pastor’s marriage and family life are watched by everyone. To what extent can or should you shelter your spouse and your children from the sometimes unrealistic expectations of the people in your congregation? Here’s how to grow and thrive even when on public display.

David Frisbie serves as a family counselor with his wife, Lisa, with a special interest in serving pastors and missionaries. Together, they are the authors of 26 books and more than 200 published articles about marriage, parenting, and family life.

Lisa Frisbie serves as a family counselor with her husband, David, with a special interest in serving pastors and missionaries. Together, they are the authors of 26 books and more than 200 published articles about marriage, parenting, and family life.
¿Será posible que el Reino de Dios avance sin el evangelismo y sin la existencia de la iglesia? ¿A qué se refirió Jesús cuando dijo: “Arrepentíos porque el reino de los cielos se ha acercado?” o “¿El reino de Dios entre vosotros está?" Si el reino de Dios está entre nosotros, ¿Quién está reinando? Uno de los oficios que aprendió Jesús de su padre terrenal fue la carpintería. Aprendió a usar varias herramientas para dar el toque final a sus grandes proyectos. ¿Se ha preguntado? Si la iglesia es una herramienta en las manos de Jesús, ¿Cómo la querrá usar para su gran proyecto que es la salvación del mundo? ¿Tendrán que ver el evangelismo y el reino de Dios con este plan divino? ¿Cómo cree usted que Jesús desea usar a la Iglesia del Nazareno para promover más efectivamente su reino en medio de una generación que se sigue fragmentando por las verdades relativas?

Benjamin Lopez, Superintendente del Distrito Sur-Oeste Latinoamericano. Pastor por más de 20 años de la Iglesia del Nazareno “Vida Abundante” en Las Cruces NM. Terapista de modificación de comportamientos, consejería familiar y matrimonial. Bachillerato en Servicios Humanos y Maestría en Salud Mental.
The Flourishing in Ministry study—a Lilly-funded project—examines what motivates pastors to be engaged in ministry and what disrupts their sense of well-being in their work. Drawing from the findings of this study, this forum explores how clergy can experience a sense of fulfillment and growth in their daily lives while faithfully fulfilling a calling that requires giving so much to others. Factors leading to well-being among clergy are identified, and attention is given to the types of relationships all pastors need in order to flourish in ministry.

Chris Adams is Executive Director of the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, a clinical psychologist, and a frequent lecturer at seminaries, retreats, and conferences. A third generation pastor’s kid and an ordained elder, Chris served as an associate pastor at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene after several years in full-time music ministry. He recently completed 9 years as the Associate Campus Pastor for Pastoral Care at APU.

Adrienne Meier is a licensed psychologist who practices in Los Angeles. She obtained a PhD in Psychology and MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She conducts assessments and provides therapy to identify and address issues involving pastoral care.
Conflict, though unsettling and often paralyzing, can serve as a powerful catalyst for change. In fact, allowing and addressing conflict is an essential part of a healthy, functional, and ethical team. The principles of adaptive leadership help us make the most of conflict and see the groups we lead with a different lens. This forum explores the functions of authority, power, and roles in group behavior and what insights adaptive leadership might offer us we lead our ministries.

Derek Taylor serves in the Center for Pastoral Leadership at PLNU where he also teaches youth ministry. In addition, he also teaches leadership at the University of San Diego where he is finishing his PhD in Leadership Studies and coaching certification.
Great storytelling involves a redemptive story. Great preaching begins with the greatest redemptive story ever told! This discussion explores the passion, creativity, imagination, habits, and practices integral to declaring this redemptive story in a compelling way. The art of preaching is a lifelong pursuit and benefits from the power of community. Be encouraged and inspired through the teaching, table talk and group experience of this presentation as you re-imagine the art of preaching.

Dave Roberts serves as lead pastor of Montrose Church of the Nazarene outside of Los Angeles, CA. Montrose Church offers five weekend services on its two campuses serving approximately 1000 people each weekend.

Tara Smith co-pastors with her husband, Brett, at Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene.
The "business" of running a ministry can seem like a nuisance and often takes a back burner to your primary mission. Yet, every ministry needs to be funded, well-managed, and protected. Poor administrative structures can sink the best of ministry intentions, purpose and vision. This workshop tackles issues every organization faces from the “business” of ministry to recruiting effective lay volunteers to techniques for handling strong/oppositional people on Church Boards.

Dan Keeton is Lead Pastor of Garden Grove Church of the Nazarene, Garden Grove, CA where multiple congregations work as one team. Dan has used his business background to benefit the local church and has served in a variety of community leadership roles.

Doug Pierce serves as District Superintendent of the Arizona District Church of the Nazarene. He has had many local church and district ministry assignments and is currently chair of the Board of Trustees at PLNU. He and his wife, Becky, they have two children and two grandchildren.
Missional church is an adventure, especially if you start it in a pub, open a coffee shop and start a ministry in the red light district among prostitutes and pimps. Though many would call Church in Action, based in the Rhein-Main-Area of Germany, a flourishing ministry, we will also talk about the messiness of engaging with people who are post-modern and post-Christian. There will be an emphasis on the entrepreneurial and apostolic calling to creatively start, finance, and develop such urban expressions of church.

Cris Zimmermann is a social entrepreneur, pastor and lawyer. He is the founder and lead pastor of Church in Action, a German church planting ministry specializing in the urban context with more than 40 locations in the Rhein-Main area of Germany.
How are you equipping your senior saints to have conversations about end-of-life issues? Is your church providing avenues for resourcing those who are entering into their sunset years? This workshop explores creative ways to resource our congregations to not only start the race and run with endurance, but to finish well. Topics include key legal documents, hospice, funeral pre-planning, and leaving a spiritual legacy.

Jon Twitchell believes that good grief care begins long before death, a conviction arising from his previous experience as a funeral home chaplain. In his current role with the Nazarene Foundation, Jon assists churches and individuals with critical conversations about finishing well and having a plan.
Two pastors from two churches present differing approaches they have used to reach their respective cities. What these two pastors have in common with each other and with you is a passion for reaching people to build the Kingdom of God. Come and hear from both perspectives and find a way to make evangelism work for you and your church.

Doug Smith is lead pastor at Hope Point Church of the Nazarene in Yuba City, CA. He’s a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University and a 2013 graduate of PLNU (Master of Ministry). He has served in pastoral ministry since 1991.

Gordon Wong and his wife, Rachelle, planted The Bridge Church, a Nazarene congregation in Honolulu, 20 years ago. Gordon was born and raised in Hawaii. He earned degrees in Culinary Arts and Business Administration from PLNU, and holds a MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary.
This session introduces the science behind taking care of our bodies and how our mental, emotional, and spiritual health are directly linked to physical health. Topics include sleep, nutrition, cardiovascular conditioning, and neurohormonal wellness. This session also examines how a "functional Gnosticism" has emerged in the minds...and lifestyles...of many pastors. Attention will be given to specific, practical ways to intentionally build wholeness into our body, mind, and spirit.

Dan Spaite is a tenured Professor of Emergency Medicine and holds the Virginia G. Piper Endowed, Distinguished Chair at the University of Arizona. He is part of the pastoral teaching team at Renovation Church in Phoenix, AZ and has taught internationally on pastoral health, wellness, ministry, and wholeness. He is the author of Time Bomb in the Church: Defusing Pastoral Burnout.
In times of crisis and conflict, studies show that people turn to their pastors first for assistance. This interactive workshop explores the role of pastoral counseling and the basic skills every pastor should develop in order to offer a competent ministry of pastoral care. Best practices will be a focus of the workshop, including principles for making referrals and for avoiding both legal and ethical missteps.

Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and chaplaincy. She also is Director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry.
We all know our world is changing. What unnerves most of us as leaders is pace of change. Two local church pastors will share with you how they are proactively leading their churches through the massive changes taking place in our current western cultural context. There will be teaching and interaction, so come prepared to share your challenges, questions, and breakthroughs.

Todd Renegar has led churches ranging from 35 to 400 in 32 years of pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. He has a DMin in congregational development from Fuller Theological Seminary and a M.A. in clinical psychology from Midwestern State University.

David Frisbie is a family counselor with a special interest in serving pastors and missionaries. He is an author of 26 books and more than 200 published articles about marriage, parenting, and family life.
A variety of creative elements can help a congregation respond in worship to God. However, each element – lighting, instrumentation, volume, projection, etc. – can unintentionally create distraction rather than facilitate adoration. This workshop explores ways to use the arts in ways that help participants turn their attention to God.

Charlie Lyons-Pardue is a co-pastor of Genesis, a church-plant in San Diego, tech-head, and jack-of-all-trades artist and designer who has found a home working at the intersection of these fields in the local church and here at Point Loma Nazarene University.

George Williamson serves as Director of Worship Arts at PLNU, helping students develop both artistic excellence and sound theology vital for effective worship leading. As well as leading in PLNU’s chapel, George has served in the local church for over 20 years.
Grief and loss are universal experiences. As clergy, we are privileged to walk alongside hurting persons in their most vulnerable times. This workshop will focus on a ministry of presence, listening and caring skills which can bring comfort , as well as ways to equip the faith community to care for each other.

Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and chaplaincy. She also is Director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry.

We will think together creatively about incarnational ministry, missional theology, third space ministries and strategic development of urban leaders. Examples of church in coffee shops, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, elderly & refugees homes shall highlight fresh expressions of missional ministry.

Criz Zimmermann is a social entrepreneur, pastor and lawyer. He is the founder and lead pastor of Church in Action, a German church planting ministry specializing in the urban context with more than 40 locations in the Rhein-Main area of Germany.
Learn to use the power of social media and digital communication to both communicate and disciple those seeking a deeper walk with Christ in the midst of a fast-paced world. This workshop demonstrates how churches of every size can use Facebook, Right Now Media, and other digital tools to communicate and make disciples on a small budget of time and money. Discover shepherding via social media, and then sit down for a cup of coffee with those you have come to know via the web.

Don Minter serves as the lead pastor at Flagstaff Church of the Nazarene, Flagstaff, AZ. His books include Mornings With Oswald, More Mornings With Oswald, Chasing God, and More Chasing God. His most recent book, 31 Principles To Paradise, is to be released this summer.
Moving from active ministry to retirement brings changes in many areas of life, from the financial to the emotional. This workshop offers practical guidelines to help ministers and spouses anticipate and enjoy this important time of life.

Don Walter serves as director of Pensions and Benefits USA for the Church of the Nazarene. He is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Webster University, and received an honorary doctorate from Nazarene Bible College in 2006. He served pastorates in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Pastoral ministry is full of demands, complexities, mountaintops, and valleys. On the premise that studying the Apostle Paul as pastor is essential if the Kingdom is to take root now as it did then, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight investigates what people think about when they hear the word “pastor” and invites the Apostle Paul to speak into this. Tara Beth Leach joins Scot in unpacking some of the major responsibilities of pastors and in examining the Apostle Paul as pastor.

Scot McKnight is Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary and a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is a well-known speaker in the USA and abroad, and the author of The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, A Fellowship of Differents, and Kingdom Conspiracy, among others.

Tara Beth Leach is Senior Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena, California. She served previously in Nazarene churches in Upstate New York and the Midwest, and most recently in a non-denominational church outside of Chicago. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary. She is the author of Kingdom Culture and Emboldened.
Donde quiera que se reúnan personas para dorar o a servir existirán diferentes puntos de vista y/o perspectivas que interrumpirán el equilibrio y pueden echar a perder la armonía que sinceramente procuramos. Un conflicto tratado inadecuadamente puede causar un gran daño en la iglesia, la familia o el lugar de empleo. En esta presentación trataremos de ver el conflicto a través de nuevos lentes—como la oportunidad para crecer y desarrollar—no como una enfermedad que debilita el cuerpo y que debe ser exterminada.

Orlando Serrano ha sido pastor 19 años y superintendente del Distrito Occidental Latinoamericano 21 años. Estudió en Biola University (B. S.), en Talbot School of Theology (M. A.) y en el Seminario Teológico Nazareno, Kansas City, MO (D. Min).
Following the same approaches to ministry isn’t working in a postmodern world, and neither are quick fixes. This interactive discussion involves participants in naming the reality of the church landscape, expanding understanding of post-Christendom, and exploring adaptive approaches.

Sophie Callahan serves as a pastor of The Possibility Project and coordinates justice/compassion ministry across the Northern California District. She is a graduate of PLNU and earned her MDiv from Emory University, focusing on ethics, justice and peacebuilding, and education.

Jared Callahan serves as a pastor at The Possibility Project, supporting creative endeavors in the community and youth ministry on the Northern California District. He studied Media Communication and Youth Ministry at PLNU and earned an MDiv from Northwest Nazarene University. Jared also owns People People Media Co., a boutique film production company.

Josh Broward serves as Director of Missional Development for the Northern California District. His passion is to help the Church adapt faithfully in the 21st Century. He is co-author of Edison Churches: Experiments in Innovation and Breakthrough (2017).
With the Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost, God made emphatically clear the dissolution of gender and other barriers when it comes to roles of leadership and authority in Christ's church. Nevertheless, the various cultures in which the church finds its expression are fraught with gender-stereotypes, cultural assumptions, and other forms of oppression and exploitation based on gender. Hear stories of the blessings and the roadblocks for women in ministry, and learn practical ways to empower women to serve at all levels of leadership in the church. How we speak, preach, relate, and encourage have the potential to shape our church’s imagination and enlarge its capacity for mission.

Charlie and Kara Lyons-Pardue are ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene. Kara serves at PLNU as Associate Professor of New Testament. Charlie co-pastors Genesis, a church-plant in San Diego that began in 2012.

Becky and Rob Pape have been in full-time ministry for the past 25 years following early careers as business owners. Becky is Lead Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, Escondido, CA and holds both a masters in Christian Education and an MDiv from Northwest Nazarene University. Rob and Becky have been married for 37 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. 

Malorri and Ray Seamon serve as co-lead pastors at Connection Point Church of the Nazarene in Kea’au, Hawai’i. MNU graduates and former associate pastors in Lenexa, KS, they are passionate about equipping others for lay and pastoral ministry.
In times of crisis and conflict, studies show that people turn to their pastors first for assistance. This interactive workshop explores the role of pastoral counseling and the basic skills every pastor should develop in order to offer a competent ministry of pastoral care. Best practices will be a focus of the workshop, including principles for making referrals and for avoiding both legal and ethical missteps.

Judi Schwanz is Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Nazarene Theological Seminary where she teaches courses in areas such as grief and loss, marriage and family, and chaplaincy. She also is Director of the Wynkoop Center for Women in Ministry.
A variety of creative elements can help a congregation respond in worship to God. However, each element – lighting, instrumentation, volume, projection, etc. – can unintentionally create distraction rather than facilitate adoration. This workshop explores ways to use the arts in ways that help participants turn their attention to God.

Charlie Lyons-Pardue is a co-pastor of Genesis, a church-plant in San Diego, tech-head, and jack-of-all-trades artist and designer who has found a home working at the intersection of these fields in the local church and here at Point Loma Nazarene University.

George Williamson serves as Director of Worship Arts at PLNU, helping students develop both artistic excellence and sound theology vital for effective worship leading. As well as leading in PLNU’s chapel, George has served in the local church for over 20 years.
Would you and your fellow congregants know what to look for if sex trafficking was happening in your neighborhood? Would you and your church know what every day products and services exploit boys, girls, women and men? Slavery is a present reality, with slaves in every country and in most of our neighborhoods. Learn about the realities of modern slavery and how churches are educating themselves, getting involved in their communities, and rising up as modern abolitionists.

Jamie Gates is a cultural anthropologist and director of the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU. He is a leading human trafficking researcher and a member of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Jamie led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking and trains churches on how to get involved in ending modern slavery.
The pastor’s marriage and family life are watched by everyone. To what extent can or should you shelter your spouse and your children from the sometimes unrealistic expectations of the people in your congregation? Here’s how to grow and thrive even when on public display.

David Frisbie serves as a family counselor with his wife, Lisa, with a special interest in serving pastors and missionaries. Together, they are the authors of 26 books and more than 200 published articles about marriage, parenting, and family life.

Lisa Frisbie serves as a family counselor with her husband, David, with a special interest in serving pastors and missionaries. Together, they are the authors of 26 books and more than 200 published articles about marriage, parenting, and family life.
Jesus reminds us in his prayer, "thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" that we are to engage in God's mission on earth. This forum focuses on developing a theology of mission and ways to engage in conversations that bring forth the kingdom of God on earth. Participants will benefit from practical examples of how local congregations are involving their church in mission.

Mark Maddix is Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and Professor of Practical Theology at PLNU. He has written books in the areas of spiritual formation, Christian discipleship, and church in mission.

Joshua Smith is the founding pastor of Mountainside Communion, a Nazarene congregation in Monrovia, CA. He teaches courses in missional leadership and Christian community at Fuller Theological Seminary, and directs the Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley.

Jeff Purganan is co-pastor of The Possibility Project Church, a restart of a Nazarene church in San Jose/South Bay, CA. Featured in the newly-released book Edison Churches: Experiments in Innovation and Breakthrough, their community has recently launched Saving Acts (media missions) and Sacred Spaces (co-working and community space).
In a politically and ideologically polarized environment, how do Christians communicate with each other when the subject is potentially divisive? This forum explores ways to engage in open and respectful dialog that aims, not necessarily at agreement, but at deeper understanding and faithfulness to the compassion of Christ.

Rick Power is District Superintendent of the Hawaii Pacific District. Rick and his wife, Vicki, have served in pastoral assignments in Texas, Kansas and Hawaii. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University and earned a PhD in Comparative Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.

Montague Williams is Associate Professor of Church, Culture, and Society at PLNU. An ordained elder, he has previously served in congregational and campus ministry in Chicago, Kansas City, and Boston. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Boston University (PhD, Theological Studies).
Savvy, compassionate ministers are aware of the many ways sexuality affects us, our congregations, and our communities. Using the newly-adopted Church of the Nazarene Manual statement on human sexuality and marriage as a guide, this workshop approaches various aspects of sexuality, mindful of theological, scriptural, psychological, and scientific perspectives. A wide range of topics are addressed with the aim of creating safe and healthy communities and congregations. This forum offers a space marked by respect, civility, and honesty for a helpful conversation on human sexuality.

Melissa Tucker is the associate pastor at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene and an ordained elder. Her vocational path involved teaching elementary school and serving as a PLNU campus pastor. She holds Masters degrees in nonprofit leadership and in theology.

Brad Strawn is the Freed Professor for the Integration of Psychology and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and is on the faculty of Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology. His published works include Christianity and Psychoanalysis: A New Conversation and The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology & the Church, among others. In addition to being an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Brad is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Pasadena.

Dee Kelly is pastor at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene. Previously, he served as Vice-President for Spiritual Development at Southern Nazarene University. Dee holds a several masters degrees as well as a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
“La Iglesia del Nazareno considera la sexualidad humana como una expresión de la santidad y belleza que Dios el Creador deseo dar a su creación” (Manual de la Iglesia del Nazareno 2017). La sexualidad es parte integral de quienes somos como personas y está íntimamente ligada a nuestra espiritualidad. Sin embargo, por mucho tiempo la Iglesia ha ignorado o minimizado ese hecho. El objetivo de este foro es reflexionar teológicamente, tratando de encontrar claridad al abordar lo complejo de la relación entre sexualidad y espiritualidad y ayudarnos a encontrar formas de incorporar una aproximación responsable y saludable al tema en nuestra tarea pastoral.

Maggie Salgado Es ministra ordenada y posee un PhD. en Psicología. Después de muchos años de trabajo misionero en Europa, USA y América Latina, actualmente se dedica a la formación integral de jóvenes líderes y a ayudar a familias y matrimonios por medio de consejería, grupos de apoyo, talleres y retiros.

Jonathan Salgado Es el Director del Programa de Maestría en Ministerio en P.L.N.U. Por cincuenta años ha sido pastor y misionero involucrado en educación teológica en USA, Europa y América Latina. Obtuvo la Maestría en Religión y el Doctorado en Teología Pastoral en Claremont School of Theology.
This workshop provides an interactive forum aimed at highlighting examples of compassionate ministries in different cultural and church contexts. Renew your heart for broken, lost, outcast, and marginalized people in this workshop that affirms the biblical and historical mandate of the Church of the Nazarene to care for those in need.

Pete Myers is Lead Pastor of Sandia Church of the Nazarene and Executive Director of a Compassion Ministry Center in Albuquerque, NM. He has a MDiv and a PhD in Organizational Leadership (Indiana Wesleyan).

Chris Nafis is pastor of Living Water Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, CA. Prior to planting Living Water, he studied at Azusa Pacific University and Duke Divinity School, and served five years as associate pastor at Southeast Church of the Nazarene in San Diego.
In the past, we thought if we could get people to accept Jesus as their Savior, they would then choose to belong to our faith community. Today, the process is reversed: people first seek a place—a community where they feel a sense of belonging; then, they may consider taking the step to believe. This workshop provides practical ideas and tools to actively engage your community and identify opportunities to share your faith.

Mark Pitcher began his pastorate at Porterville Nazarene in 2001 after pastorates on both the Los Angeles and Northern California Districts. His passion for Porterville and for making disciples in the southeastern Central Valley is infectious. Mark is a graduate of PLNU and Azusa Pacific, an avid reader, and, by all accounts, a leadership guru.

Jason McEachran became lead pastor of Clovis Faith Community Nazarene in 2016 after serving as executive pastor at Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene, Tehachapi, CA. Jason is passionate about leadership development and is a regional speaker for the International Leadership Institute (ILI).
Equip your church and parents to lay the foundation for spiritual growth by exploring, equipping, and celebrating the key seasons in the life of children and their families.

Leslie Hart is an ordained elder serving children and families through local and district ministry, currently as Global Children’s Bible Quizzing Coordinator and SDMI Children’s Ministries Coordinator for the USA/Canada Region. She led the development of Nazarene Safe, the denomination’s comprehensive sexual abuse prevention program.
Why should a local church consider multicultural, multi-congregational ministry? What steps are useful in cultivating this type of ministry? What model of ministry would be most effective? This panel of practitioners discusses common challenges and practical solutions in multicultural and multi-congregational ministry.

Chris Hoch is the Lead Pastor of a multicultural, multi-congregational church in the Silicon Valley. Previously, he was student ministry and finance pastor at The Point Church, a multicultural, multi-congregational church.

Josh Santin currently leads a congregation in Northridge, CA comprised of four different cultures and languages. Including five years in the Marine Corps, Josh has significant experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Daren Pitcher is Lead Pastor at Ridgeview Community Church in Bakersfield where he has served for the past 13 years. Upon his arrival, Ridgeview Community began an Hispanic congregation. The two congregations have enjoyed consistent growth and a tremendous spirit of unity over the ensuing years.

Josué Tigüilá is Senior Pastor of the English congregation of First Church of the Nazarene, Los Angeles, CA. He has been part of Los Angeles First since his family immigrated to the United States from Guatemala early in his childhood. While working in brokerage firms in the LA area, he served at LA First in a variety of ministry roles. He was ordained elder in 2004 and that same year became lead pastor of Eagle Rock Church of the Nazarene, Los Angeles, where he also served as President of a non-profit called The Rock Community. In 2015, he accepted the call to his present assignment.
If you have an existing recovery ministry, are planning to begin a recovery ministry, or just want a better understanding of how to reach out to those in your local community harmed by drug and alcohol abuse, this workshop is for you. Statistics indicate one in 13 adults abuse alcohol or have an alcoholism problem. This does not include family members adversely affected by the addictive behavior. Wherever you serve, you will be ministering to people negatively affected by alcohol or drug abuse.

Dale Marsh is a Registered Addiction Specialist and serves as Recovery Pastor at Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Oroville, CA. He is co-founder and leader of Serenity Recovery Ministry and is District Recovery Director for the Sacramento District SDMI Board.
Following the same approaches to ministry isn’t working in a postmodern world, and neither are quick fixes. This interactive discussion involves participants in naming the reality of the church landscape, expanding understanding of post-Christendom, and exploring adaptive approaches.

Sophie Callahan serves as a pastor of The Possibility Project and coordinates justice/compassion ministry across the Northern California District. She is a graduate of PLNU and earned her MDiv from Emory University, focusing on ethics, justice and peacebuilding, and education.

Jared Callahan serves as a pastor at The Possibility Project, supporting creative endeavors in the community and youth ministry on the Northern California District. He studied Media Communication and Youth Ministry at PLNU and earned an MDiv from Northwest Nazarene University. Jared also owns People People Media Co., a boutique film production company.

Josh Broward serves as Director of Missional Development for the Northern California District. His passion is to help the Church adapt faithfully in the 21st Century. He is co-author of Edison Churches: Experiments in Innovation and Breakthrough (2017).
Would you and your fellow congregants know what to look for if sex trafficking was happening in your neighborhood? Would you and your church know what every day products and services exploit boys, girls, women and men? Slavery is a present reality, with slaves in every country and in most of our neighborhoods. Learn about the realities of modern slavery and how churches are educating themselves, getting involved in their communities, and rising up as modern abolitionists.

Jamie Gates is a cultural anthropologist and director of the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU. He is a leading human trafficking researcher and a member of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. Jamie led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking and trains churches on how to get involved in ending modern slavery.
In a world of misunderstanding, pain, assumptions and community histories that date further back than any one of us, how can the Church embody Christ-centered reconciliation between differing racial communities? The conversation of the presenters featured in this workshop leads toward recovering an understanding of human personhood from Scripture and our theological tradition, yielding a hopeful, clearer vision for reconciliation determined not by our fractured moment but by the justice we receive in Christ.

Jeff Bassett is Lead Pastor at Cordova Church of the Nazarene, Sacramento, CA. He has served churches in San Diego and Lone Pine as well as in Kansas City. He is a graduate of PLNU and Nazarene Theological Seminary.

LeSonya Brown-Singer is an associate pastor of a Native American congregation, Kinlani Church of the Nazarene, Flagstaff, Arizona. A graduate of PLNU, she is pursuing an MDiv at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Learn to move from being a church (or a pastor) that is "barely hanging on" to one that experiences the joy of new believers, new life, and new vision. This workshop invites you to recapture the heart of Jesus and to re-think what it means to do church in a way that is faithful to the gospel.

Dave Hazel is pastor of New Life Church of the Nazarene, El Cajon, CA. His passion is to reach people for Christ and to see them discipled.

Kevin McDonald is pastor of Murrieta Gateway Church of the Nazarene, Murrieta, CA. His passion is to reach people for Christ and to see them discipled.
Discover a way to develop ministry leaders in any local church by using the same technology thousands of Nazarenes are already utilizing to help them grow in their walk with Christ. Available free of charge from DiscipleshipPlace.org, this interactive website can be tailored for any local church context and is proving to be an effective element in the discipleship process. Participants in this workshop learn about a new coaching component designed to help the online ministry training initiative for children and youth workers, and about a free, discipleship mobile app that can be private-labeled by your church.

John Comstock has served most of his ministry in support roles for the local church. His work for the Mapping Center for Evangelism and Church Growth helped churches utilize technology to build relationships, while his years with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association involved supporting local churches in their evangelistic efforts. Currently, he coordinates resources for The Discipleship Place in the USA/Canada SDMI Office.

Family Options

PALCON at Point Loma Nazarene University will offer outstanding program and ministry options for youth and elementary-aged children as well as child care for younger children. Children will be staying in rooms and eating meals with their parents. Youth registering for the "PK Retreat" will be in a separate area of the campus with their own housing and meals.

These opportunities for children and teens are available for an affordable per person rate of only $99 (for registrations up to and including June 15) and $109 (for registrations after June 15). Preschoolers (ages 1-4) are free!  Build a great memory together as a family! Find out more here.

Register

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Register each child here.
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*Approved exhibitors must register at the site created for exhibitors by the PALCON office. Approved exhibitors needing further assistance may contact Krista Fischer at ksfischer@nazarene.org.

Counseling

Professional and confidential personal counseling is available free-of-charge to all PALCON registrants during the conference. Appointments may be made in advance or during the event. Information on how to arrange an appointment during PALCON will be provided on this webpage at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.

Also available at each PALCON, The COMPASS Initiative team (see www.compassinitiative.org) is offering free-of-charge confidential conversations on concerns related to personal finances. Although members of The COMPASS Initiative team are not professionally licensed as financial advisors, they offer valuable experience in personal finances and access to excellent resources. Information on how to arrange an appointment with a team member during PALCON will be provided on this webpage at least 30 days prior to the start of the event.

Exhibitors

Each PALCON features a variety of exhibitors whose mission is to resource the minister’s personal and vocational development and the ministry of the local church. Check back on March 1 for more information on exhibitors and be sure to connect with them during PALCON.