"A Heart to Serve" Weekend

March 16 & 17

Tim DearborneWe welcome Dr. Tim Dearborn, former Director of Faith and Development at World Vision International. As pastor, professor, and author, he calls us to participate in God’s action locally and globally.

“Tim brings profound insights from the Word of God and from the world of God, and this along with heart-touching, humorous, unforgettable stories.”
– Tom Theriault, pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church


Saturday, March 16

Saturday Seminar: Serving from a Different Center
8:30 a.m. – Noon, Jones Hall
Dr. Tim Dearborn will teach about shifting the center of our involvement in mission. He will lead conversations and small group discussions to help us consider why we engage in mission and in what spirit we do so.
• Shifting the center of our action: Whose mission is it?
• Shifting the center of our expectation: For how much change dare we hope?
He will help us explore the reason for our service: our relationship with Christ and his abundant grace, not duty or the press of need. Centered in Christ, we are sent to serve. The seminar provides an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and enjoy fellowship. 


Sunday, March 17

8:15, 9:15, 11 a.m.
Dr. Dearborn preaches on “God is Not Worried about the Future of the World.”

Two options for lunch:

International Mission luncheon with Unsung Heroes Executive Director, Madoda Nzima, and U.S. Board Director, Bobby Christian. 
12:30–2 p.m., Jones Hall/School Gym
Success to Significance in God’s Economy
God’s mission to transform the world through his Son Jesus Christ shapes how we think, engage, and equip ourselves for service. Unsung Heroes seeks to change the lives of poor and marginalized people in communities in South Africa through visionary local leaders (unsung heroes) working in accordance with Christian principles and values. Through a program of intensive mentoring, this NPC mission partner seeks to increase resiliency in these leaders and strengthen the sustainability of their community based organizations. Unsung Heroes’ leaders Madoda Nzima and Bobby Christian will present the status of the ministry and discuss concrete ideas for effective partnership in God’s redemptive work on earth.


Local Mission luncheon with former Executive Director of Martha’s Table and current Senior Officer of Community Outreach at World Bank,  Lindsey Buss.
12:30–2 p.m., Agencies Room 105
Rethinking Volunteerism: A Practical Discussion on Service
As we are challenged to step more fully into God’s mission of bringing His Kingdom to earth, how might our service be a force that unites communities, builds the capacity of our non-profit partners, and truly makes an impact? A variety of changes over the past several years, including an increased focus on non-profit efficiency, gentrification in the District, and the recession, have greatly shaped the work of social service organizations. Lindsey Buss, current Senior Officer of Community Outreach at the World Bank and former CEO of Martha’s Table, will share his experiences and speak on how we can be good stewards of our time and talents as we seek to serve Christ in a time of divided communities and unstable resources.