Seminar by the Sea: Christian Mission in Local Contexts

Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:00 pm - Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00 pm
Smee Hall- Room 100

Christian Mission in Local Contexts

A profound chasm has recently opened economically and morally between American emerging adults and older generations. Churches are going through major changes as they try to remain both faithful to the gospel and relevant to the culture. More and more persons leave smaller congregations to gather in "mega-churches." "Twenty-somethings" now stay away from the church in record numbers -- even those whom the church has shepherded through their teenage years. And yet, there are "fresh winds blowing."

What does it mean for the Church to be the Church in such a fluid, complex social environment? How have Christians in ages long before our own faced social inequality and received the poor? How does the Church live out its mission of evangelism, mercy and justice, among the poor, the young, and others in need today?

Come join us in a sustained conversation about deep social trends in which we engage the Christian mission in today's world.


  • Dr. John Wright, Professor of Christian Scriptures, PLNU, and Senior Pastor of Mid-City Church of the Nazarene
  • Dr. Jonathan Hill, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Calvin College
  • Dr. Ron Benefiel, Dean of the School of Theology, PLNU
  • Dr. Bob Smith, Professor of Scripture and Preaching, PLNU

Along with additional faculty from the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at PLNU!

Seminar Registration:

  • Early Bird Registration (Before January 30th) - $79
  • General Registration (From January 30th on) - $99


Seminars by the Sea are continuing education opportunities for pastors and church leaders to escape for several days of knowledge and skill development.

Seminars can also be counted as units toward PLNU’s Master of Ministry degree program. Interested in earning your Master of Ministry degree? Contact Matthew Bishop at (619) 563-2863.