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Preparing Leaders for Ministry in Canada Today

What might pastoral leaders in flourishing congregations have to
say to theological educators in preparing leaders for the church and visa-versa?


Drawing on interviews and focus groups with over one hundred pastoral/denominational leaders across Canada, our research reveals four key themes: (1) Equipping the Saints; (2) Practical Discipleship Training; (3) Spiritual Formation of seminary students; and (4) Missional and Organizational Training.


This article contains several ways that pastoral leaders and theological educators might move forward with these findings.


Our purpose is to conduct and share Canadian and tradition-specific research on congregations that are flourishing. 


Our mission is to bring together academics and practitioners to research the factors surrounding flourishing congregations in Canada, develop tools and resources to help congregations to flourish, and share our research findings with congregations that wish to flourish.

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