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Flourishing Update - January 18, 2023

What is Success?

Dr. Marilyn Draper Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Tyndale University

Check out this short 5 minute video as part of our January weekly video series on success in ministry,

centered on a new book, titled "Tentmakers: Multivocational Ministry in Western Society."


Recommend Resource

Tentmakers: Multivocational Ministry in Western Society Edited by James W. Watson and Narry F. Santos

Tentmaking is a growing reality in Western society that necessitates more reflection and relevant response from pastoral and mission leaders. The need to consider bivocational or multivocational ministries is catalyzed by established congregations wrestling with decline in attendance, by new immigrant communities looking for sustainable ways to minister, and by misunderstanding or lack of information on the nature of this ministry approach. This need is also triggered by the urgency to address biblical, theological, and pragmatic issues of tentmaking that can forge a way forward for the Canadian church in the midst of an uncertain future. This book offers an accurate pulse of the challenges, opportunities, and future of tentmaking in relation to Christianity and the church in these uncertain times.


Upcoming Events

Wayfinding -- A Discernment Pathway

Winter 2023 Session

Wednesdays from Jan 18 - Feb 15, 2023

6:30pm EST

Given the ever changing shifts leaders have been experiencing this year in Canada, it seems that so many of us, whether church planters, established church pastors, neighbourhood catalysts or lay people, we are all rethinking and reviewing everything.

New Leaf believes that discerning and self-aware leaders propel new worshiping communities forward, re-imagine existing congregations, and work the soil for ideas never imagined before and they want to create space for the Spirit to speak and for the willing leader to hear. The New Leaf Discernment Pathway process is a communal, holistic, and practice-oriented 6-week program. It's a safe and resource-rich environment to ask questions, learn and work out in community how God might be directing you.


Divine Renovation: From The Trenches Plus Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

8pm Eastern | 7pm Central | 5pm Pacific

Priests and parishioners across North America want to see their parishes renewed. And while many parishes are seeing success by following Divine Renovation's principles and building strong leadership teams, there are others that are struggling. In fact, parishes without a large full-time staff, or available resources often feel as though renewal just isn't possible for them.

  • Learn from Leadership Coach, Rob McDowell on the practicals of building a volunteer senior leadership team

  • Hear how one parish team with limited resources is finding success in parish renewal

  • Discern whether you're facing the issue of "small" or the issue of "rural" and discover how they're different


One Conference February 2-3, 2023 Calling All Canadian Church Leaders! The world has changed, and the Church is changing with it. Join us in Calgary, Alberta for One Conference. We will be digging into some of the most pressing and difficult leadership challenges, while also inspiring new ideas that will shape renewal and spiritual impact in Canada.


Transformational Coaching

Wednesdays from Feb 8- Apr 5, 2023

1pm - 3pm Eastern (online)

Join for weekly online training sessions, and expect to invest an average of an additional 3 hours per week in developing this skill. This breaks down as approximately 1.5 hours completing the required readings, and 1.5 hours engaging with your peer coaching partner via Zoom or video chat.


TCF'S Property Strategy Course for Church Board Members Dates TBA This TCF online course is a series of toolkits, aimed at supporting church board members. TFC's hope is to educate faith communities across Canada as they leverage strategic partnerships and government programs required to build the financial sustainability of their properties. In repositioning these properties towards the many charities who need space, new structures will also allow faith communities to remain in their communities and see new seasons of growth.


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