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Tyndale Author, John Ortberg, to Participate in Compassion International STAND Webcast For Ministry Leaders

Event will provide church leaders with ideas to get congregants out of the pews and into serving and will coincide with Ortberg’s new book release from Tyndale House Publishers

CAROL STREAM, Ill., (February 16, 2015) — On February 24John Ortberg’s new book, All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, releases from Tyndale House Publishers. Two days later, on February 26, Ortberg will participate in Compassion International’s third webcast in its STAND series at the Billy Graham Center at the Cove in Asheville, N.C. The webcast – Pew Potatoes: Mobilizing Your Community to Serve and Grow – will take place in conjunction with the Council for Christian Colleges & University’s (CCCU) 2015 Campus Ministry Directors Conference. 

The theme of the webcast coincides with the subject matter of John Ortberg’s new book. In it, Ortberg contends that in the Bible, God very rarely commands someone to stay put. Rather, God opens doors and invites his people to walk through them—often into the unknown. Ortberg counsels that how we choose to respond to these God-inspired opportunities will ultimately determine the lives we lead and the people we become. He instructs us that failing to embrace open doors can result in missing the work God has made for us to do, which also means missing out on the adventures and blessings God has planned for each of us. For more information on John Ortberg’s new book release, please visit his book website.       

In keeping with the main idea of Ortberg’s new release, Compassion’s STAND series provides practical strategies to equip church leaders to be more effective in addressing the needs of their communities and the world. Each session offers insights from and an opportunity to dialogue with leading pastors like Ortberg, and other change makers who influence our culture. Since its inception in April 2014, the series has grown from several hundred to approximately 2,000 attendees. 

The Pew Potatoes webcast will offer church leaders ideas and tools for inspiring their congregants to take their faith journey one step further, from attending church to also serving others in need. Panelists include John Ortberg, pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and bestselling author, and Skye Jethani, executive editor of Leadership Journal. Richmond Wandera, Compassion alumni and senior pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Kampala, Uganda, will moderate. Wandera is also founder and director of Pastors Discipleship Network, a nonprofit that serves, equips and trains thousands of pastors across East Africa. 

Registration is free for this 75-minute live event at The webcast will also be available on demand in the days after the live experience. 

All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?, written by John Ortberg
Tyndale House Publishers/February 24, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7900-5/Hardcover/$ 22.99


Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles, and digital media. Tyndale has published many New York Times bestsellers. The largest portion of its profit goes to the nonprofit Tyndale House Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. Tyndale was founded to publish Living Letters, which later comprised part of The Living Bible, a contemporary paraphrase of the Bible that became a global publishing phenomenon. Tyndale now publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), the translation of choice for millions of people. Each NLT sale benefits the worldwide translation work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Compassion partners with more than 6,500 churches in 26 countries to release over 1.6 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 14 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter at @compassion.
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