NCU Welcomes National Deaf Culture Fellowship Convention

Date: July 6, 2010 - 9:27am

Minneapolis, MN – The National Deaf Culture Fellowship (NF) Convention of the Assemblies of God was held on the campus of North Central University June 21-25, 2010. NF serves as a resource for indigenous Deaf churches, District affiliated Deaf Churches, and interpreted works throughout the Assemblies of God. The purpose of the convention is for the edification and education of its leaders and constituents, and meets every two years.

Over 300 people attended the convention including several NCU faculty members who were active participants. “North Central University served the National Deaf Culture Fellowship tremendously,” said NCU Department Chair of Deaf Culture Studies Dr. JoAnn Smith. “Attendees constantly commented on how much they enjoyed being on campus in such a supportive environment.”

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Adjunct professor Trung Ha (left) was one of a number from the NCU community to assist with the NF Convention

The convention not only served as a place to handle business but also included nightly services and Deaf Arts among other activities. Deaf Arts is a new discipleship tool and annual competition of NF. It is designed to help young people discover, develop, and use their ministry gifts in the area of the arts. American Sign Language is used as the primary language, and is inspired by the Assemblies of God “Fine Arts Festival."

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Dr. JoAnn Smith presents during the 2010 NF Convention

North Central University offers Carlstrom Deaf Studies (CDS) as part of their Deaf Studies programs. CDS is the only fully self-contained degree granting program for the Deaf among Assemblies of God colleges. Its qualified faculty enables deaf students to be trained by pastors and leaders directly from the front lines of ministry. Carlstrom also welcomes non-deaf (hearing) students who wish to prepare to minister and/or work cross-culturally with the deaf.

For more information on the National Deaf Culture Fellowship Convention please visit www.nfdeaf.com. Click on this link to learn more about North Central University’s Carlstrom Deaf Studies.