Midwinter 2013 Registration Deadlines Approaching

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CHICAGO, IL (December 31, 2012) – The early registration deadline for the Evangelical Covenant Church 2013 Midwinter Conference is January 15.

The conference will take place February 4-8 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, California.

After January 15, the registration rate will increase from $415 to $460 for primary registrants. Also, the deadline to reserve housing at the Midwinter reduced rate of $129 per night is January 11.

The Midwinter Conference continues to evolve to meet the needs of ministers and their desire to engage in peer learning. Last year, the conference introduced additional opportunities for luncheon roundtable discussions around specific topics.

Worship Connect is being added this year. It is designed especially for attendees whose ministry involves the worship arts. Over three days, there will be opportunities to engage in roundtable discussions, record demos, and participate in a two-part workshop, Bible and Worship: Music, Art, and Culture. The workshop will explore the tactile and concrete aspects of worship as well as the multicultural challenge of Christian worship.

The Youth Worker Connection will be part of the Midwinter Conference, although there also will be special events and forums related specifically to children’s and youth ministry.

Six main speakers from around the world are scheduled.

Sameh Maurice is senior pastor of Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church in Cairo, Egypt, which is the largest Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church in the Middle East. Seven thousand people regularly attend services. Maurice has a curriculum series called the “School of Christ,” which has been used by millions of people in the Arab world, Europe, Australia, and the United States. He also is the deputy director of the Global Pastors Network for the Middle East and North Africa.

Kanyere Eaton is pastor of Fellowship Covenant Church in the Bronx. She has preached, taught and led workshops in churches across the United States as well as in Korea and South Africa. Eaton has worked in both public and private sectors as a social service professional with backgrounds in early childhood education, substance abuse recovery, direct service management, hunger prevention, and philanthropy.

Throughout her professional life, Eaton has sought to build meaningful linkages between theology and the communities she has served. Her leadership has been widely recognized. The Women’s Funding Network honored her with the Changing the Face of Philanthropy recognition. Auburn Theological Seminary celebrated her work during its Lives of Commitment Award ceremony, where more than 500 people gathered to honor women who bridge religious divides, build community, and pursue justice.

Michael Jr. is a comedian who performs at the most prestigious comedy clubs, major universities, churches, prisons, and corporates events. “If I’m in a club, my material has to be clean enough to work in a church. If I’m in a pulpit, it has to be funny enough to work in a club,” he says.

Mark Labberton returns to speak at the gathering. He is the Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary. He previously served 16 years as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California, and co-founded the Christian International Scholarship Foundation. To view videos of his message during the 2012 Midwinter, click on Message – part one or Message – part two. To access his book, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus, click here. To read a previously published story from the 2012 conference, click here.

M. Danny Carroll R. is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. He previously was professor of Old Testament and ethics and director of graduate studies at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Carroll, who has Guatemalan roots, helped establish IDEAL (Instituto para el Desarrollo y Adiestramiento de Líderes), a Spanish-language training program at Denver Seminary and regularly teaches in that program. Carroll recently was named to the board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, which is the Hispanic arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. His book, Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible, is a biblical-theological orientation to Hispanic immigration and was recently translated into Spanish.

A variety of recreational activities also are available, including golf, the San Diego Zoo and other sites at Balboa Park, as well as trolley tours.

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