Annual GLASS convention to feature pastor and former NFL linebacker Ken Hutcherson

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PASADENA, Calif. — The Christian Ministries Training Association will hold its 56th Annual GLASS Convention May 2 and 3 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The conference offers access to a wide range of educational experts from clowns to the Scripture Lady, from information on disabled ministries to missionary training, from sports ministry to publishing.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ken Hutcherson, a prominent Seattle-based minister who has been a vocal supporter of traditional family values. He is a former NFL linebacker who played for the San Diego Chargers in 1975.

His Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., is a large  multiracial congregation that offers a wide variety of ministries, including a strong adoption ministry and the Imago Dei Institute Bible college.

Other featured speakers include:

• Dr. Charles Arn, who has written numerous articles in the field of church growth and is author or co-author of eight books. He is president of the American Society of Church Growth, an association of professors, executives, pastors and consultants dedicated to the study of evangelism and church growth.

• The Rev. Tom Givens, a pastor who has experienced the joys and trials of shepherding a growing church, of teaching children, of counseling, and of handling myriads of situations and personalities that are a part of doing ministry.

• Sean McDowell, a popular speaker at camps, churches, schools and conferences nationwide.  He co-teaches at Planet Wisdom Student Conferences and is the head of the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian School, where he teaches courses in apologetics and Old Testament survey. 

• Helen Mitchell, a speaker, author and consultant who has influenced many businesses and churches and has launched multiple workplace-related church ministries. From her experience as a veteran executive with a Fortune 500 company, Helen's workshops and writings provide a unique perspective on faith in the workplace, which  have impacted listeners and readers across the nation. 

• Christine Yount Jones, the executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine and Group's Children's Ministry Champion. She has written 10 books and hundreds of articles related to children's ministry.

In all, the conference offers 10 workshop sessions and 200 topics. An on-site exhibit hall will also offer a variety of resources.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Friday, with the day concluding with an address by Hutcherson and Worship Back on Track. Saturday's program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The workshop faculty will include representatives from a variety of ministries, including Heart of the Home, Child Evangelism Fellowship, American Society of Church Growth, Celebrate Recovery, National Network of Youth Ministries, National Association of Family Ministries, Center for Youth & Family Ministries—Fuller Seminary, Gospel Light Publications, Gospel for Asia, Stand to Reason, KIDWORKS Children's Ministry Consulting Resource, United Gospel Outreach, Clowning Creations, Group Publishing, Sport Outreach LA, Christian Ed Warehouse, Standard Publishing, Squeaky Clean Productions, Healthy Families International, Christian Service Brigade, U.S. Center for World Mission, Christian Educators Association International, The Scripture Lady and KidZ at Heart Children's Ministry Magazine.

The mission of Christian Ministries Training Association is to "equip, train, encourage and inspire those working in the Christian Ministry field."

Registration for the event is $69 for both days if registered by April 14. Single-day registration is $49. Students may attend for $29, with a valid I.D. The registration fees for all categories will increase by $10 after April 14.

The convention center is located at 300 E. Green St.

For more information, visit www.cmtaconvention.org.