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Whitworth Institute of Ministry Conference Set for July 23-27

June 20, 2018
Now in its fourth decade, the Whitworth Institute of Ministry (WIM) will welcome pastor and author Mary Hulst to its 43rd conference, July 23-27.

Every year at WIM, hundreds of Christ-followers – a community of ministry leaders, volunteers, pastors and families across borders, vocations and denominations – converge onto the Whitworth University campus for fellowship, spiritual renewal, Scripture study, and vibrant worship and preaching.

For WIM 2018, speakers, workshops and programming will be centered upon the purpose of a recently received grant from the Lilly Foundation to Whitworth’s Office of Church Engagement (OCE). Participants are invited to come and see how they may be called by God to kingdom work in a post-Christendom setting - a situation in which Christianity and the church no longer hold a position of cultural privilege and power.

After a week of exploration, attendees are welcome to consider ongoing conversations and resourcing through “Learning Communities”, which are extensions of the WIM workshop themes below:

  • Nicholas Warnes: “Planting New Churches/Worshipping Communities
  • Mark Finney, Bob Savage & Matthew Soerens: “Hospitality with Refugees & Immigrants”
  • Ben Brody: “Crafting & Choosing Words for Worship”
  • Mark Oestreicher: “Intergenerational Youth Ministry”
  • Mindy Smith, Ron Pyle & Eric Peterson: “Preaching & Teaching Scripture”

Keynote speakers will also lead attendees to consider their calling to kingdom work in a post-Christendom setting. Throughout the week, Mary Hulst will discuss Old Testament stories for ministerial challenges today, while a variety of “Bible Hour” speakers will focus on what it means to live as Christians in a post-Christendom culture. Each session during Bible Hour will focus on one theme in Colossians 3:12-17 and explore what it means to understand and apply this text to the current cultural context:

  • Tuesday: "Wearing Virtue," featuring Joshua Leim / Colossians 3:12-13
  • Wednesday: "Living in Love," featuring Haley Jacob / Colossians 3:14-15
  • Thursday: "Imbibing the Word," featuring Jerry Sittser / Colossians 3:16
  • Friday: "Doing Everything in the Name of Christ," featuring Jim Edwards / Colossians 3:17

The public is invited to attend evening worship Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at the Whitworth Church, 312 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane. For details on the WIM conference and to register, please click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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