Baptist Network Northwest held its 2008 Pastor’s Conference on the Corban College campus for the first time this year. The annual ministry workshop traded its location from Tacoma, Washington's Northwest Baptist Seminary and Bethany Baptist Church in Salem over the past six or seven years.
“There’s a real value in getting our pastors together to see and experience what’s happening here at Corban,” said Tim Baker, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church and a member of the Leadership Council of BNN. “It’s also a fabulous way of blessing the 100 or so pastors who attend the conference.” One of Corban’s trustees, Baker also made the arrangements for the use of campus facilities and faculty resources.
The Conference General sessions featured keynote speaker Dr. Art Azurdia and worship was led by Corban’s director of bands and worship arts, Dan Shuholm, along with worship arts students. Ministries faculty members presented a variety of workshop topics in their classrooms during two workshop sessions.
Dr. Arturo Azurdia III of Western Seminary in Portland, Oregonwas the speaker at the five general sessions throughout the conference. His topic was “Spirit Empowered Preaching” from his book by the same title. Dr. Azurdia is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Pastoral Mentoring at the Seminary. He received a B.A. in music performance from California State University at Hayward, an M. Div. from The American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California, and a D. Min. from Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California.
He was the founding minister of Christ Community Church in Fairfield, California, where he subsequently pastored for 19 years. A frequent speaker at various national and international conferences, Dr. Azurdia lists his other interests as film, literature, baseball, and the music of Arturo Sandoval.
Pastor John Stroupe, BNN’s coordinator of the event, noted that Corban students, especially those headed for ministry, are welcome to attend sessions and workshops at no charge. Northwest Baptist Seminary students are also invited to the conference.
For information, contact John Stroupe at 208-746-1211 or Michelle@ebclewiston.org.