20th Annual COSIM Conference,
May 27–29, 2015
Location: Marriott Hotel Airport Nashville
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”
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.
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
Joel Hogan, Christian Reformed World Missions / Messy and Miraculous: Best Practices for Transforming Denominational Missions through Cross-Cultural Partnership
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
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