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Flourishing Update - July 5, 2023

We are taking a short break for the summer and

will begin sending out newsletters again in September. We wish you all a restful summer.


Congregational Storytelling & Culture Building:

Navigating Transitions in One Catholic Parish

Dr. Joel Thiessen,

Professor of Sociology and Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute,

Ambrose University

Check out this video, recorded on May 9th, at our Stories We Share event held at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.


Recommend Resource

Strain and Resilience: Volunteering in a Catholic Parish

Dr. Joel Thiessen

Flourishing is not static. Some areas flourish today and flounder tomorrow, while areas once floundering may now flourish. The same area of congregational life may simultaneously undergo strain and resiliency.


Strain and Resilience: Volunteering in a Catholic Parish
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Upcoming Events

Curiosity Cohort (Fall 2023)

Thursdays, September 14 - October 12, 12-1pm Eastern

Online course

Curiosity is the mindset change that we, as people of faith, are craving to begin to reimagine what church can be outside of Sunday morning. It keeps us asking questions, without needing to know "the" answers; helps us to relinquish control as we follow the Spirit, listening for guidance and discerning next steps; enables us to take leaps of faith and be courageous as we experiment. The Curiosity Cohort, a 5-week course, is for innovative leaders, curious communities of faith, and those willing to explore what might be possible! Offered by EDGE and the United Church of Canada.


Church Planting Canada -The Congress 2023

October 24 - 26, 2023 First Assembly, Calgary, AB

Church Planting Canada will continue to cast a nation-wide collaborative vision that serves as a guiding framework for a gospel movement. Their prayer is that this blueprint might inspire numerous mini-movements across Canada, that together, we would reverse the current trajectory of the Canadian Church while restoring gospel proximity to every Canadian.


Priests Leading Adaptively

November 2, 16, 30, 2023 | 6-8pm Eastern

This November, discover new ways to lead adaptively with skills you already have! During this 3-session Zoom course, Rev. Clara King will teach you about the core theory of Adaptive Leadership in a vibrant new way. The course covers: 1) The six core competencies of leadership 2) Understanding and changing the organizational culture of your congregation 3) How to view conflict as a leadership resource you can steward wisely. If you are looking for usable practices to reinvigorate your day-to-day leadership journey, this is the course for you!


Theory of Change (Fall 2023)

Nov 6-20 (weekly)

Are you planning to change, grow or add a ministry? A Theory of Change is your ministry’s story of how you believe change will unfold.

What impact are you having? How do you know? What difference is your ministry or program making? Learn what your mission is and understand the roles in achieving it.


Ambrose has a brand new one year program designed to deepen students’ knowledge of the Christian faith, to challenge them to understand the world around them in Christian ways, and to practice their faith in service and devotion.


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