Welcome to Triennial 2021

It is with great joy we offer you a warm welcome to join us for a few days as we Reimagine Hospitality together.

In a matter of mere days, we will be embarking on our first-ever online Triennial Conference. While the pandemic has forced this on us, we are excited to welcome hundreds to this conference who might ordinarily be left home due to expense of travel and availability of the days necessary to be on site. Whether you’re a first timer or a life-long Triennial attender, we believe you will find the main sessions to be encouraging and engaging. We have constructed Breakouts designed to engage you personally with presenters and on topics that matter in your church and community. We are particularly excited about the nearly 30 Watch Parties organized in Canada and the US to provide you with a space to watch in groups if you desire.

Hospitality is learning to be a grateful guest, not just the host. It is giving to the most vulnerable, with no hope of reciprocity. It’s being a true friend to the lowly, never seeking to climb the social ladder. Contrary to an individualistic protection of our own personal privacy and space, and the loving of others based upon our own convenience and schedule, the tradition of hospitality was an expression of the words of Jesus, who taught us that to find our lives, we must lose them.

It’s all part of Triennial 2021, and it’s all free! Your next step is to register.

Efrem Smith

A well-known author, speaker, and pastor, Efrem Smith has long been an outspoken advocate for racial righteousness, urban ministry, and serving the marginalized in our communities – issues that lie at the heart of Christian hospitality. He is the former president and CEO of World Impact, a ministry that empowers urban leaders and partners with local churches to reach their cities for the Gospel. The founding pastor of a multiethnic church in Minneapolis, he is currently the co-lead campus pastor at Bayside Midtown in Sacramento, California. His most recent book is Killing Us Softly: Reborn in the Upside-Down Image of God, a reflection on the countercultural Kingdom of God in our midst and what it means to die to self.

Julie Canlis

Julie Canlis teaches at Whitworth University, a private Christian university in Spokane, Washington. She is the author of two books, Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension, which won a Templeton Prize and a Christianity Today Award of Merit, and her newest release, A Theology of the Ordinary, a brief theological meditation on ordinary life as the only place where faith can be lived. Canlis earned a doctorate from St. Andrews while she and her husband, Matt, ministered in the Church of Scotland for thirteen years. She currently resides in central Washington.

James Choung

James Choung currently serves as the vice president of Strategy and Innovation at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. He has spent the past twenty years involved in college campus ministry of some kind. He has served on the pastoral staff of churches ranging in size from megachurch to house church and in locations as varied as Boston, Massachusetts; Seoul, South Korea; and the Los Angeles area. Choung is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Longing for Revival, written with Ryan Pfeiffer. As a dynamic and thoughtful speaker, Choung’s passion for evangelism and love for God’s Word come through when he teaches.

Dr. Harry Kelm

Dr. Harry Kelm is the newly appointed executive director of the NAB, where his roots run deep. He attended both the North American Baptist College (now Taylor Seminary) in Edmonton, Alberta, and Sioux Falls Seminary, where he earned a doctor of ministry degree. In addition to serving as a pastor in the NAB for thirty-seven years, he has served on the Governing Board in a number of roles. He was instrumental in the drafting of the present NAB constitution. Dr. Kelm currently resides in Edmonton with his wife, Cindy.


Check back regularly as further information is posted on breakout tracts, watch parties in your area, as well as our global worship gathering for Sunday morning and how you can get your church to take part.

All times are PACIFIC TIMES

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

1:00 – 4:00 PM (PDT)

Business Meeting

4:00 – 5:00 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

5:00 – 6:30 PM (PDT)

Main Session 1 – God as Host and Guest

Julie Canlis & James Choung
6:30 – 7:30 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

6:30 – 7:30 AM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

7:30 – 8:30 AM (PDT)

Breakout Session 1

9:00 – 10:00 AM (PDT)

Breakout Session 2

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (PDT)

Main Session 2 – God’s Image as Guest and Servant

Efrem Smith & James Choung
12:00 – 2:00 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

2:00 – 3:00 PM (PDT)

Breakout Session 3

4:00 – 5:30 PM (PDT)

Main Session 3 – God’s Image Bearers on Mission

Efrem Smith
5:30 – 7:30 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

7:00 – 8:00 AM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours

8:00 – 9:30 AM (PDT)

Main Session 4 – A Reimagined People

Julie Canlis & Harry Kelm
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM (PDT)

Booth Host Hours