A Cup of Cold Water
Among the virtues Christians are called to express, compassion is among the highest. An upcoming conference titled, “A Cup of Cold Water,” encourages us to respond to God’s call to be compassionate.
Northwest Nazarene University hosts an annual conference, sponsored by its Wesley Center. The 2012 Wesley Center conference, “A Cup of Cold Water: Christians in Compassionate Service,” continues the center’s tradition to explore the most important issues of our day.
Conference director, Jay Akkerman, has assembled a stellar group of speakers for “A Cup of Cold Water.”
Steve Sjogren is pastor of Northside Community Church, a Free Methodist congregation, in Newberg, Oregon. Sjogren’s advocates what he calls, “servant evangelism,” in his book, Conspiracy of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus with Others.
Jeff Carr is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, founding director of the Bresee Foundation, a former chief operating officer of Sojourners, and director of gang reduction and youth development in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag is a founder of a ministry to prostitutes. The ministry is called Prevent/Restore: Catalyzing the Church in Ministry Among Women & Men in Prostitution. Tunehag is an Alaskan native who now resides in Stockholm, Sweden.
Gabriel Salguero is co-pastor with his wife, Jeanette, of the multicultural Lamb’s Church in New York City. Gabriel serves as the President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. He is the director of Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hispanic/Latino(a) Leadership Program.
Brian Postlewait is director of Mission Possible, an inner city Church/mission in Vancouver, BC. As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Postlewait has many years of experience ministering to the poor and vulnerable of North America.
Dean Cowles is the direct or Youth Partners in Denver, Colorado. Cowles is known for his creative vision and irresistible passion for ministry.
Jim Wicks is pastor of a unique urban community in Portland, Oregon called Community of Adsideo. As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Wicks has been on the cutting edge of exploring how best to live in community with those who are in greatest need.
I’m especially excited for a special honoring of Irving Laird at the Cup of Cold Water conference. Laird will be given the NNU Order of John Wesley award for his work over the years promoting ministry in urban contexts.
A Cup of Cold Water conference is Thursday & Friday 9-10, February 2012. The event will be held adjacent to NNU’s campus at College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho. For more information, contact the NNU Wesley Center at 208|467.8530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org To register for the conference, click on the big conference logo above on this page.