North Park Serves up Music and Ministry at Midwinter Conference

North Park University at the Midwinter Conference

DENVER, CO (January 29, 2010) – North Park University and Theological Seminary made significant contributions to the success of the Evangelical Covenant Church’s annual Midwinter Conference, as well as the Connection gathering that took place the preceding weekend.

Connection, held January 23–25, was an opportunity for people interested in worship arts, youth ministry, and compassion, mercy, and justice to connect with God and each other. The weekend focused on the theme, "The Beautiful Struggle."

Seminary professor Soong-Chan Rah was one of the primary speakers at Connection. The University’s worship band provided musical leadership for the event. North Park also hosted a root beer float reception after worship on Saturday night. Two displays let attendees know about the educational opportunities at the school.

Several University and Seminary faculty members led workshops at the Midwinter Pastor’s Conference, which began Monday evening, January 25, and included Thursday morning. The conference drew pastors from around the United States and Canada, as well as Covenant missionaries.

• Paul De Neui, associate professor of intercultural studies and missiology, led,“Reading Culture: Transforming Communication.”
• Joseph Jones, University provost and professor of justice and community development, co-led, “The Church, Juvenile, and Adult Offender Populations: A Restorative Justice Approach.”
• Max Lee, Seminary associate professor of New Testament, taught, “New Life in the Gospel of John.”
• Judy Peterson, campus pastor, co-led, “Honest to God Evangelism.”
• Rah co-led, “Evangelism: Holistic and Contextual Approaches.”
• Robert Hubbard, Seminary professor of biblical literature, taught, “New Light through Old Windows: The Old Testament and the New Birth.”
• Linda Cannell, dean of academic life at the Seminary, taught, “Trying to Get It Right.”
• Terry Lindsay, dean of diversity and intercultural studies, networked with African American, Hispanic, and Asian Covenant clergy.