This summer Central Bible and Leadership Institute will offer an Urban Mission Intensive to adults and young adults involved or interested in urban ministry.

The Urban Mission Intensive will be one of four mission intensives presented by experienced practitioners during the week.  Immigration, youth, and crisis intervention will round out the four.  The mission intensives are being offered to train, develop, and support Salvation Army people engaged in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in his name.

I am very pleased to announce that Howard Olver will be with us.  Howard is a Free Methodist pastor in Toronto, Ontario with many years of experience in urban and inner city ministry.  He also has a career in academic circles having served on the faculty of Greenville College and serving currently at Tyndale Seminary as adjunct professor of Missional Leadership.  Rev. Olver was a featured presenter at the recent Urban Forum in Toronto.

I had the opportunity to hear Howard in Toronto.  I believe you will find him a rich source of practical knowledge and guidance in making sense of the complex challenges faced in serving urban communities in Jesus’ name.  Urban missioners at CBLI will also have a time to refresh (bring your family, too) and develop the important networks needed to stay in the game.  Any of us who have served in demanding urban settings know how easy it is to become isolated, even in the Salvation Army.  Do something about it:  come to CBLI.

If you want to come for the CBLI Urban Mission Intensive, or any of the other three MIs, contact me.  I’m eager to be of help in insuring your place at CBLI this summer.  And CBLI is a lot of fun, too.

CBLI dates:  July  29-August 7, 2011