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Crossing Borders

Pacific Northwest Conference

Saturday, March 3, 2007 from 12:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Adult Admission Ended $26.00 $0.00
Student Admission   more info Ended $19.00 $0.00

Event Details

Saturday, 3 March 2007

Time:  12:30-9 pm

Morning Speaker:  Rev. Henry Greenidge
Evening Speaker:  Dr. Scot McKnight
Worship leader: Irvington Covenant worship team
Adults: $26   Students: $19 (through high school)

Conference Schedule
11:45  Registration opens
12:30  Opening Session Worship with worship team & keynote speaker Rev. Henry Greenidge
1:45  Seminar session 1
2:45  Refreshments, networking and fellowship
3:15  Seminar session 2
4:30  Seminar session 3
5:30  Networking and fellowship
6:15  Dinner and program with worship team and keynote speaker Dr. Scot McKnight

Seminar Schedule

Irvington Covenant

Irvington Village

The Miracles
(across the street)

1:45 Borders, Boundaries and
Really ‘Setting Prisoners Free’—Panel Truth & Motivation
Recovery Ministry—Ottley
3:15 Mission in Japan: 
Reaching the whole
Jesus for Muslims: Building bridges, and not barriers—Johnson Doing Church in our
diverse communities—panel
4:30 Scot McKnight
(youth only—in the youth building)
Dealing with Cultural Differences—Gustafson Racial Reconciliation:
Issues That Counteract

Keynote speakers:

Rev. Henry Greenidge

Rev. Henry Greenidge is lead pastor of Irvington Covenant church (where he was the founding pastor in 1988) and a leader in racial reconciliation, racial righteousness and multi-ethnic church development. (More on Greenidge)

Dr. Scot McKnight

Dr. Scot McKnight is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in religious studies at North Park University and author of many books, including best seller The Jesus Creed—Loving God and loving others.  (More on McKnight)


Presenter:  Florence Gustafson & Darrell Gustafson
Title:  Dealing with Cultural Differences
Florence and Darrell (mother/son team) will teach us from their experiences of living internationally and interculturally.  Darrell grew up in Congo, and worked as an adult in Chad with Peace Corps and in Cameroon as a short term Covenant missionary.  Florence grew up in an Eskimo village in NW Alaska and has spend much of her adult life working in Congo.  They hope to bring the seminar back to where people are living, making it relevant to you, rather than just sharing  someone else's interesting stories, by presenting some "issue questions" about Africa, and perhaps about the U.S. as well.  Participants will have a chance for discussion about some of the interesting and challenging intercultural issues a cross cultural missionary will encounter.  To prepare for this seminar you might be interested in reading On Someone Else's Terms by David Mark and African Friends and Money Matters by David Maranz.

Presenter:  Nancy Jo Hoover, Covenant missionary
Title:  Borders, Boundaries and Barriers:  Influences/Hindrances to God’s Reign in our Community(s)

Too often we forget how much our actions affect others.  This seminar will allow space to begin to discover/understand how our sometimes unspoken individual and corporate attitudes and behaviors affect others and ultimately the spread of the Gospel.  Participate in hands-on-exercises to discover borders, boundaries and barriers that may influence your effectiveness, and then brainstorm with others to move from understanding to change when appropriate.

Presenter:  Galen Johnson
Title:  Jesus for Muslims--Building bridges, and not barriers
This discussion is gleaned from 24 years experience in ministry in Africa, most recently working among the Muslim Fulani people of Burkina Faso.  Learn how to encourage a Muslim to seek to know Jesus and God's plan of redemption without setting up barriers of church culture, “Christianese” language, and western secular values.  Discuss being faith-filled believers first, and then finding how to fellowship with like-minded believers in God where you are planted.  Also learn how a Muslim who begins following Jesus must stand firm when under the pressure of family and Islamic leaders, and how we can encourage Muslims to know Jesus in a transforming way.

Presenters:  Gary & Pauline Carlson, Covenant missionaries
Title:  Mission in Japan—Reaching the whole person
Before the Great Commission to reach the whole world comes the Great Commandment to love God with all of our being and our neighbors as ourselves.  Gary and Pauline will present their experience in church planting in Kawasaki, Japan, which includes ministries such as elder care, group homes for mentally challenged adults, and a program for mothers with preschool children.  Find out how reaching out to the whole person with the unconditional love of Christ can become part of a dynamic evangelistic outreach into an unreached community.  We will consider how such ministries can help non-Christians get past suspicion of organized religion and become open to the gospel through positive relationships with people who care about their needs.  Gary and Pauline have worked in church planting in Japan with the Japan Covenant Church for the past 23 years.

Title:  Really ‘Setting Prisoners Free’
Panel:  Rev. Paul Burdick (Pastor, Sunset Covenant Church-Portland, Ore.), Furlton Burns (Ore. Department of Corrections), Rev. David Greenidge (Pastor, Tigard Covenant Church-Ore.), and Rev. Paul Schramm (Chaplain, Oregon Department of Corrections and Covenant youth pastor). 
For many ex-offenders being released from our prison system, re-entry into society is seldom real “freedom.”  Lack of family connections, little or no social network, difficulty in finding employment, addictions as well as depression and loneliness, often lead to re-offending or worse.  But there is hope!  The power and love of God is greater than these desperate needs!  This seminar will introduce a new initiative of North Pacific Conference churches that provides an opportunity for your congregation to have a major impact for Christ in the lives of ex-prisoners and their families.  Jesus announced that He was sent to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners” (Luke 4:18b).  Here’s a chance for your church to live-out this passion of Jesus.

Presenter:  Joseph & Carmin Ottley
Title:  Truth & Motivation—Recovery Ministry in Yelm, Wa.
Joseph and Carmin founded and lead a recovery ministry including two transitional living homes for people in recovery in Yelm, Wa. Truth and Motivation seeks to address the major need for solid rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol in our communities. On average, for every one person that receives treatment, there are nine who will not or can not receive treatment. This is due to lack of funding or lack of adequate programs. By utilizing the universal language of recovery and demonstrating the grace of Christ we not only seek to provide adequate treatment, but seek those who are lost, as well as build up and disciple future leaders of our churches. Come hear about the  ministry of Truth & Motivation in the NPC and learn effective ways to minister to a person caught in addiction. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me”  Matthew 25:45

Presenter:  Ernie Cathcart
Title:  Racial Reconciliation  - Issues That Counteract Unity
This seminar will explore issues that counteract racial reconciliation.  There will be a review of issues such as bias, individual & systemic racism, and the social and psychological impacts of white privilege.  As Christians, anti-racism and anti-oppression must be an agenda for the entire kingdom of God.  Ernie has worked and taught extensively in the fields of child welfare, cross cultural competency, and academia.  He is currently Manager, Clinical Diversity Practice, in the department of Outcomes and Quality Improvement for Casey Family Programs.

Title:  Doing Church in our culturally diverse communities
Panel:  Thomas Robinson (facilitator), Rev. Henry Greenidge—Pastor, Irvington Covenant Church (Portland, Ore), Ernie Cathcart—Emerald City Bible Fellowship (Seattle, Wa), Rev. Carolyn Poterek—Youth Pastor, Trinity Covenant Church (Salem, Ore), Phil Manzano—Tigard Covenant Church (Ore).
What does doing church in our culturally diverse communities mean to you?  Come and learn how ministry is being done in some specific communities within the North Pacific Conference. Hear from some of our church & ministry leaders in how they are pushing the envelope in “doing church" and thereby meeting the needs of their communities.


Have questions about Crossing Borders? Contact Pacific Northwest Conference

When & Where

Irvington Covenant Church
4046 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212

Saturday, March 3, 2007 from 12:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Pacific Northwest Conference

9311 SE 36th Street Suite 108 Mercer Island, WA 98040 Tel: 206.275.3903 E-mail:

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