Triennial Sessions


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. Reimagine Hospitality through Triennial 2021.

Whether you were able to join us live or this is your first time seeing the talks from our esteemed speakers, we believe you will find the Triennial 2021 main session talks to be encouraging and engaging.

Other resources, including recordings of the Breakouts, the full main sessions, and the Walkabout videos, will be available to watch and download in the coming weeks.

Triennial 2021 Session Video Links Below

Main Session 1 – God as Host and Guest

Julie Canlis 
James Choung

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

Efrem Smith
James Choung

Main Session 3 – God’s Image Bearers on Mission

Efrem Smith

Main Session 4 – A Reimagined People

Julie Canlis
Harry Kelm

Walkabout Videos

Video 1 Video 2  |  Video 3  |  Video 4Video 5 Video 6  |  Video 7  |  Video 8

Breakout Session Videos – All Videos

Video 1 Video 2  |  Video 3  |  Video 4Video 5 Video 6  |  Video 7  |  Video 8Video 9  |  Video 10  |  Video 11  |  Video 12Video 13  |  Video 14  |  Video 15


 Keynote Bios

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.