Welcome to Triennial 2021

Due to the ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and the difficulties in international travel, we are moving Triennial online! Excitingly, this also means we will be able to waive all registration fees as well as making this powerful NAB experience accessible to thousands more in the NAB family than are typically able to join us in person.

This means the entire Triennial conference will be free.

Every main session.

Every breakout session.


Though we will mourn the loss of many aspects we all love from Triennials past, we are excited about the opportunities this new format will afford us. In these crucial times for the church we are exceedingly excited what a free online experience does for the accessibility of Triennial 2021.

We will be working with NAB leaders in your region to host Watch Parties in various cities around the world, so help us spread the word in your church right away. Registration opens March 15th and Watch Parties will be resourced based on registration numbers.

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.


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

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Business Meeting

5:00 - 6:30 PM

Main Session 1 - God as Host and Guest

Julie Canlis & James Choung

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Breakout Session 1

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Breakout Session 2

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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

Efrem Smith & James Choung

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Breakout Session 3

4:00 - 5:30 PM

Main Session 3 - God’s Image Bearers on Mission

Efrem Smith

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Main Session 4 - A Reimagined People

Efrem Smith & Harry Kelm