Pastors conference to focus on prayer

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Nicodem to speak to USMB pastors this summer

USMB press release

“It seems every pastor desires an effective prayer life,” says Ed Boschman, a pastor himself who serves as the U.S. Mennonite Brethren executive director. “But sometimes we struggle to find joy in our prayer life. Jim will help us get there.”

Boschman is referring to James Nicodem, author of Prayer Coach and pastor of Christ Community Church in the greater Chicago area, who will serve as keynote speaker for the USMB National Pastors’ Conference July 25-26, 2012. Nicodem, an enthusiastic and compelling communicator, will speak three times and host a question and answer session.

Pastoral staff members from all U.S. Mennonite Brethren churches will meet together for two days of fellowship and encouragement prior to Conection 2012, the biennial USMB convention. Times of prayer will be interspersed throughout the conference. Optional workshops followed by free time for families to enjoy the sites of Omaha are being planned for Thursday afternoon.

The National Pastors’ Conference will be held at Embassy Suites Old Market in Omaha, Neb., which is also the site of Conection 2012. Conection 2012 begins Friday morning and concludes Saturday evening, July 27-28. Guest speakers will be comedian Kenn Kington and Alex Kendrick, a lead actor in the recently released movie Courageous.  The hit fatherhood film launched retail sales nationwide Jan. 17 and debuted as the top-selling DVD in the country, surpassing major Hollywood hits, including Oscar® nominees, The Descendants and The Ides of March.

Online registration for both Conection 2012 and the National Pastors Conference will open March 1. Registration fees include all meals and convention/conference activities. 

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