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In partnership with the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre, come hear the latest case studies from presenters across Canada. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 am Eastern time.


What is a flourishing congregation?

From interviews with congregation and denomination leaders across Catholic, mainline, and conservative Protestant settings between Vancouver and Halifax, here are a series of variables that stand out to us – things leaders tell us contribute to, are evidence of, or are aspirations of what they associate with a flourishing congregation. A more detailed article summarizing these findings can be found here.


As our research progresses, especially when we survey and talk with congregants, our conception of what constitutes a flourishing congregation may evolve as well.

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Flourishing Congregations construct

The Stories We Tell

Hear from researchers from across Canada as they share some of their case study findings on Canadian churches

Congregational Storytelling and Culture Building: Navigating Transitions in One Catholic Parish

Dr. Joel Thiessen

Ambrose University

Cultivating Repertoirs of Resilience: The Power of Stories

Dr. Katie Steeves and Dr. Jason Burtt

Trinity Western University

Explosively Alive: Stories of Catholic Renewal

Dr. Catherine Holtmann, University of New Brunswick &

Dr. Sam Reimer, Crandall University

Resonant Relationships: Contemplative Spiritual Disciplines

as a Congregational Focus

Dr. Mark Chapman, Lead Researcher,

Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre

Our aim

To gather, curate, and share Canadian Christian Church data, theological reflection, and practical application for the Canadian Church. We collaborate with scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplinary and theological traditions and institutions, across Canadian regions.

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