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Flourishing Update - January 11, 2024

Catholic Renewal: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Dr. Catherine Holtmann, Professor, Sociology Department at the University of New Brunswick

Check out this short 7-minute video as part of our next video series.


Recommended Resource

Divine Renovation: Bringing Your Parish from Maintenance to Mission

By Fr. James Mallon


Highly acclaimed for his work with parish renewal and the New Evangelization, Fr. James Mallon shares with us the many ways for bringing our parishes to life. Through humorous and colourful stories, Mallon challenges us to rethink our models of parish life, from membership-based communities to assemblies of disciples of Jesus who proclaim and share the good news with all peoples. Accessible and engaging, Divine Renovation turns to the Church’s many writings on evangelization and mission so as to articulate practical ways for injecting new life into our parishes. Pastors and parish ministers will be inspired by this book and turn to it for many years to come.


Please Join Us!

We are excited to invite you to "The Stories We Tell" event featuring four new case studies, taking place at Tyndale University and online. This event is in partnership with the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre. Bring a friend, share with others in your church and denominational network, and register today.


We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 am Eastern time.


Survey Opportunity

You are invited to participate in a research project entitled:

Hosted by Dr. Margaret Clarke, Assistant Professor, Briercrest Seminary and Dr. Marcus N. Tanner, Faculty, Abilene Christian University

The goal in the study is to understand more about the ministry experiences that clergy and spouses find adverse and traumatic and what the trajectory of recovery of such experiences is like. The study will be mixed methods beginning with a survey of US and Canadian clergy and spouses, followed by some interviews for more in-depth exploration. The survey has undergone ethics review and received approval from both educational institutions, and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. For more information, visit the Clergy Resource Group.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to partner to expand the knowledge related to clergy and clergy spouse wellbeing.


Upcoming Events

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Wrestling with a Church’s Story Book Club

January 11, 18, & 25, 2024 | 1:30pm ET

Virtual | Pay-What-You-Can from $10-$30

Join the Learning Centre for a Book Club featuring the newest book published by New Leaf Press! Jon Coutts (Author and Editor), Heather Renée Morgan (Author and Editor) and Cynthia Tam (author) will be sharing about the overall project, their personal writing and reflections and the way in which they wrestled out our faith together with respect, love, thoughtfulness and grace.


Through a collection of essays and responses, Looking Back, Leaning Forward explores the context of a Canadian church by wrestling with the past story in light of the current realities.


What Reformation History Teaches Us About Culture Wars and Christian Responses to Government

January 18, 2024 | 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM MT

Virtual | Free 

Dr. Kyle Jantzen is the Dean of Arts and Science and Professor of History at Ambrose University and teaches various courses in European, world, and religious history. One of his favourite (though difficult) courses to teach is on the history of antisemitism and the Holocaust. Come learn more about the ways in which political extremism operates in our world today, through political violence, the violation of human rights, and even so-called "ethnic cleansing." Dr. Jantzen believes that there is more to studying history than just explaining the past--we also want to become compassionate, principled, responsive advocates for justice in our world today.


An Overlooked Tour: The Story of Canadian Christianity in 5 Acts

January 23, 2024 | 7 pm - 9 pm ET

University of Guelph | $15

This presentation explains the course of churches in Canada that led to the realities of this present age. In 5 acts, James Tyler Robertson will explore the most important elements of Canadian religious life that most of us have overlooked.


Dive into the role that the church has played in shaping the nation for good and for ill. Beginning in the early days of this land, this presentation will seek to answer one question: What is the Gospel in Canada?


The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) Presentation and Prayer Gathering

January 25, 2024 | 11 am ET

Virtual | Free 

Join the EFC in their Presentation and Prayer Gathering, featuring Lindsay Callaway on "Parenting Faith." All are welcome to attend and can join the Zoom meeting.

The meeting ID and passcode are also available below:


Meeting ID: 838 4654 7123

Passcode: 074339


Come be enriched and join together in prayer!


Advance Evangelists Summit

February 20-22, 2024

Calgary, AB | $25 (Pre-Conference), $125-$175 (Conference)

Bring your team and friends who have a heart for making Jesus known. Leaders and evangelists from across Canada will gather to fan the flames of evangelism. If you want to cultivate a culture of evangelism in your congregation, don't miss this Summit.


This special time of encouragement and equipping under the theme of “Fan the Flame” will launch the Advance Canadian Evangelists Network as an expression of the Global Network of Evangelists.


2024 Pastor's Conference

March 13-14, 2024 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm MT

Ambrose University and Virtual | $59 (early bird) - $89 

Ambrose Pastors Conference is an annual gathering designed to empower and uplift those in pastoral ministry. At Ambrose, they appreciate the courage and care it takes to lead in the world of pastoral ministry. That's why their theme for this year is "Handle with Care," an exploration of navigating the demands of ministry.


Whether you choose to join in person or connect online, Ambrose is excited to have you attend. They hope that you will join them for what is sure to be a insightful and inspiring event.


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