20th Annual COSIM Conference,
May 27–29, 2015

Airport Nashville Marriott Hotel
Nashville, Tennessee USA

Purpose: Learning with others /networking with others about cross-cultural partnership—to bless the peoples of the world

Theme: “Best Practices in Cross-Cultural Partnership:
For the Peoples, for the City, for the Gospel”

Cost and other details: 

  • $159/person through April 15 (early-bird registration). Does not include lodging.
  • $179/person after April 15. Does not include lodging.
  • COSIM members receive an additional $20 discount
  • Optional pre-conference seminar: $25 (participants receive hardcover copy of book, The Global Gospel, $24.99 value, at no extra charge), Wed., May 27, 1–4 p.m. Werner Mischke will introduce honor/shame in the Bible and what it means for cross-cultural ministry, based on his new book The Global Gospel.
  • Includes dinner Wednesday evening, lunch and dinner on Thursday, snacks throughout, and COSIM conference registration. 
  • For more on cost, travel and lodging, click here.

The conference is for: Mission agency leaders, mission pastors, missionaries, lay leaders involved in cross-cultural ministry or partnerships, staff members of partnership mission agencies, funding and foundation leaders—anyone and everyone involved in cross-cultural partnership or the support of indigenous ministries.

Co-sponsored by Williamson College: This year the COSIM conference will be co-sponored by Williamson College. Since its inception in 1998, Williamson College (WC) has become a dynamic, collaborative, creative center of learning that is equipping students to impact the communities they step into. WC is a non-profit, Christian liberal arts college that welcomes students of all ages and cultures, including non-traditional learners who are already in the workforce. WC offers associate, bachelor and master degrees.

Rationale for the 2015 COSIM conference: As members of the global Church collaborating to bless the peoples of the earth, we will explore partnership dynamics together relative to the gospel, the city, and the peoples.

The opportunities for cross-cultural partnership are ever-increasing not just globally, but also locally in our own cities and neighborhoods. The need is greater than ever for the global church to collaborate wisely and fruitfully across East and West, North and South—through a spirit of mutual servanthood.

Please join us May 27–29, 2015 in Nashville!

Presenters for plenary sessions include …
  • Alex Araujo, United World Mission / To Catch the Wind: Comparing Powerboat & Sailboat Paradigms in Cross-Cultural Ministry

  • Chris Clayman, Global Gates, NYC / The North American City: A Nexus of Cross-Cultural Partnership to Reach the Unreached

  • Steve Corbett, Covenant College / When Helping Hurts and “When Helping Transforms” in Cross-Cultural Partnership

  • Eldon Porter, Missio Nexus / Over the Horizon: Challenges and Opportunities for Cross-Cultural Partnership in the 21st Century

  • Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta, Hindustan Bible Institute / From My City in India: Latest Lessons in Partnership for Completing the Great Commission

Presenters for workshops include …
  • Mary Lederleitner, Wycliffe Global Alliance /  Peril, Promise, Praise: Money and Accountability in Cross-Cultural Partnerships
  • Alex Araujo,United World Mission / Lessons from Our Journey: Applying the Sailboat Paradigm in Cross-Cultural Partnership
  • Kim Kerr, Women In The Window / Women in the Window: Best Partnership Practices With Women and For Women in the Hard Places
  • Joel Hogan, Christian Reformed World Missions / Messy and Miraculous: Best Practices for Transforming Denominational Missions through Cross-Cultural Partnership

  • Kim Kargbo, Women of Hope Int’l. / Partnering With the Poorest of the Poor: Engaging Marginalized Peoples Toward Their Own Development
  • Todd Bradley, Williamson College / Church and State: What Can the Government Teach the Church about Cross-Cultural Partnership—and Vice-Versa?

  • Paul Clayton & Bob Schindler, Mission ONE / Business for Transformation: Helping our Partners Transition to Sustainability

  • Bob Savage, Partners International / Selection, Sustaining, Maturing: The Sticky Business of Partnerships
  • Ben McGinnis & friends, Nashville, TN / The Last and the Least Among Us: Partnering to Reach Unreached Peoples in Our Cities
  • Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta, Hindustan Bible Institute / Short-term mission (STM): Best practices for teams to enhance your cross-cultural partnership

PLUS—Pre-conference seminar by Werner Mischke: “Introducing Honor/Shame in the Bible and What It Means for Cross-Cultural Ministry”

Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 to 4:00 pm (Seminar fee: $25; participants receive a copy of Werner’s new book, The Global Gospel, at no extra charge)

Based on Werner’s new book—THE GLOBAL GOSPEL: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World

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