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Multnomah Global Ministries Conference Features Big Changes in 69th Year


Multnomah University's annual Global Ministries Conference is an eventful time on campus, but this year it goes further than just attending plenary sessions and workshops. On February 27, 2009, the 69th annual conference will culminate in a school-wide student service project within the Portland community called A Day to Serve. While the conference features many new additions, the service project provides students an opportunity to put into practice what they learned throughout the week-long event.

A Day to Serve

Organized by the Student World Outreach Team (SWOT) and Seminary Grad Cabinet, A Day to Serve is meant to help students develop a passion for various local ministries. Some of the ministry opportunities will include working with the homeless, the Pregnancy Resource Center, and children within the community. It is one of several new additions to this year's conference, and Multnomah hopes to see students partner with organizations for long-term service opportunities as a result.

The Conference

The five-day Global Ministries Conference is entitled "No Reserves ~ No Retreats ~ No Regrets," based on a quote by William Borden, a man famous for sacrificing everything for the sake of missionary work. Presentations throughout the week will focus on what it means to live a life without reserves, retreats, and regrets, by looking to examples from the past.

This year's conference will look different from the previous 68 conferences in many ways-new features will be added (like A Day to Serve), and even familiar events will be given a new flavor.

Monday, February 23
Missionary Appreciation Reception - Rub elbows with missionaries and hear firsthand stories of life in the field. This event is an opportunity to honor them for their work and self-sacrifice.

Tuesday, February 24
Real Life Stories from the Field
- Enjoy stories from around the world as missionaries share what the Lord is doing in their corner of the globe.

Thursday, February 26
Focus on Culture - Enjoy food, music, and stories from around the world, and explore other cultures that have arrived at Multnomah through international students.

Friday, February 27
A Day to Serve - Multnomah students will go out into the Portland community to practice what they've been hearing about all week through local ministry.

Aside from these special events, each day of the conference is packed with other features, including:

  • Dramatizations of the lives of well-known missionaries such as Lottie Moon, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, William Borden, and Fanny Crosby.
  • Workshop sessions taught by mission reps, faculty from Multnomah and Western Seminary, and others who specialize in missions.
  • 24 tables, manned by mission agency representatives prepared to answer questions and share opportunities with visitors.


"We are excited about the changes introduced in this year's conference," said Laurie Cardoza, office manager of Multnomah's Intercultural Studies Department and primary organizer of the event. "Not only will the presentation of missionaries and their work be more compelling, but the stories and past examples will serve as practical models of ministry work that can be used during our day of outreach."

"A lot of time and strategy went into the enhancements we've applied to this year's conference," Cardoza said. "We've tried to make everything about the event more compelling, which I'm very exited about. Even more so, I'm excited that amazing stories of history's most beloved missionaries can serve as practical examples to be applied to our day of outreach. This will make ministry and missions work vividly real to our students."

More Information

For more information about the 69th annual Global Ministries Conference, please contact Laurie Cardoza at 503.251.6426 or, or visit the Global Ministries Conference page.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.