NNU offers free live webcasting of conference

February 3, 2012, 12:09 am

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is offering complimentary, live webcasting of its 2012 Wesley Center Conference from its Nampa campus on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10.

Titled “A Cup of Cold Water: Christians in Compassionate Service,” NNU’s 2012 conference features an array of plenary sessions from leading-edge presenters centered on the topic of compassionate ministries.

Plenary speakers include Rev. Steve Sjogren, pastor of Northside Community Church, a Free Methodist congregation in Newberg, Ore. The author of numerous books, he is best recognized for advancing a ministry philosophy known as “servant evangelism,” outlined in his popular book titled, “Conspiracy of Kindness: A Refreshing New Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus with Others.”

NNU alumnus Rev. Jeff Carr will present the 2012 Neil Ministry Address on Thurs. evening during the conference, followed by a presentation of the University’s Wesley Order of Servant Leaders award to Dr. Irving Laird, emeritus professor of special ministries at NNU.

Rev. Brian Postlewait, the executive director of Mission Possible in Vancouver, BC, will speak in the Friday morning plenary session, and the Friday evening session will feature Rev. Gabriel Salguero, pastor of the Lamb’s Church and director of the Hispanic Leadership Program at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Focusing on what it means to live out our commitment to compassionate care in Jesus’ name, NNU’s 2012 Wesley Center Conference has drawn widespread interest from pastors, missionaries, non-profit leaders and laypersons. In addition to the plenary speakers named above, a variety of workshop and microseminar tracks are being offered during the conference. Much of this content will also be available via the live conference webcast.

“Once again, we’re encouraged by the response we’ve received for this year’s theme,” said Dr. Jay Akkerman, the 2012 conference director. “We want to share our content as widely as possible by offering this free, live webcast with the broader worldwide church. NNU has worked hard in recent years to leverage the Internet, and we see this as another great opportunity to equip the church for the sake of God’s kingdom.”

The conference schedule and live webcast can be found on the Wesley Center Conference website at All posted times are scheduled in Mountain Standard Time (GMT– 7:00). Pastors and laypersons are welcome to tune in to plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops live via the Internet. Opportunities will also be given for webcast participants to enter into the live conference dialogue by posting questions for presenters and panelists using Facebook, Twitter and email. “In the past, our webcasted conferences have drawn a worldwide audience,” Akkerman noted, “and we hope to see this continue to grow.”

Onsite registration is $99 at the door. There is no cost for the webcast, however. Conference DVDs will also be available for purchase. Additional conference information is available at or by contacting NNU’s Wesley Center at 208.467.8530 or via e-mail at

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