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Flourishing Update - October 25, 2023

Presence-Centered Public Prayer

Marilyn Byberg, Director, National House of Prayer

Check out this short 5-minute video, the next in our video series on

Presence-Centered Public Prayer.


Recommended Resource

Until Unity

by Francis Chan

If unity is so important to the heart of God, why is the Church one of the most divided groups on earth? While many believe doctrine is at the root of the problem, Francis argues that the real problem is the shallowness or non-existence of our love for each other—rooted in a shallowness in our understanding of the gospel. This is what desperately needs to change.


Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that we have an upcoming Flourishing Congregations Institute event called "The Stories We Tell", taking place at Tyndale University and online. This event is in partnership with the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries Centre.

Further information will be shared in future newsletters, but please mark your calendars and join us on Saturday, January 13, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 am Eastern time.


Upcoming Events

Three Ways a Small Church Can Be an Effective Church

October 25, 2023 | 2 - 3 pm Eastern

Virtual | Free

Small churches can be strong, healthy, and effective. Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth, will inform small church pastors and leaders of the main principles behind effective small churches. This webinar is perfect for pastors, deacons and elders at small churches, denominational officials, family members of small church pastors, or anyone with a desire to deepen their understanding of small churches and how to participate in their flourishing.


Rural Ministry Town Hall

October 30, 2023 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern

Virtual | Free

Calling all those in rural ministry! Join your colleagues on the last Monday of each month on Zoom for an energizing discussion of the joys and challenges of being in rural ministry, thoughtful consideration of current needs, and exploration of how to meet them most effectively. For October 30, the moderator will be The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne.


Priests Leading Adaptively

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

Virtual | Cost: $125 CAD

Discover new ways to lead adaptively with skills you already have in this 3-session Zoom course with Rev. Clara King who will teach about the core theory of Adaptive Leadership in a vibrant new way. If you are looking for usable practices to reinvigorate your day-to-day leadership journey, this is the course for you!


Apologetics Canada Conference

November 3 - 4, 2023

Burlington, Ontario | Cost: $35-$45 CAD

Controversial cultural issues are affecting the dynamics of family, school, work, and church. Christians may rather avoid talking about them, but not talking isn't helping. Christians are called to be the light of truth and show the love of God. This conference will discuss the most pressing cultural issue of the day—identity.


Share the Light Conference

November 18, 2023 | 1 - 4 pm Eastern

Virtual | Cost: $39-150 CAD

Join this national, inter-denominational, and digital conference designed to equip churches to engage in reaching newcomers to Canada. This year's topics focuses on welcoming refugees and welcoming senior newcomers. Attend for the practical workshops and stay for the national cooperation that brings together shared wisdom and experience across Canada and across the spectrum of Christian denominations. Accessible pricing is provided so churches can attend.


Intentional Invitation: From Good Experiences to Life-Changing Encounter

November 21, 2023 | 2 pm Central

Virtual | Free

We all want our parish to be an inviting place where people encounter Jesus in a life-changing way. But the reality is, there's an art to invitation that is lost in most of our parishes — and with it the opportunities to invite people to know and follow our Lord. If invitation matters as a stepping stone into faith and ongoing conversion, how do we create these experiences intentionally? Join Heather Khym, Fr. Stephen Langridge, and Katie Bak as they answers these questions.


What It Means for Us to Participate in the Work of Reconciliation

November 23, 2023 | 6:30 - 7:45 pm Mountain

Virtual | Free

Dr. Singh’s teaching and research interests derive from over fifteen years of involvement in international development work. Join Dr. Singh in this lecture as she is interested in how the voices of marginalized and vulnerable populations are represented and incorporated into effective strategies to fight against social injustices. Critical to this is the capacity of faith communities to hear these voices and be mobilized into preventative and responsive strategies that honour and work alongside the voiceless.


Creed and Confessions: What is the Role of a Statement of Faith?

November 28, 2023 | 1:00 pm Mountain

Virtual | Free

Join us in hearing from Sherri Guenther Trautwein, Lead Pastor of Lendrum Mennonite Church, Edmonton, AB. She is currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto and recently wrote an article in Direction Journal called "The MB Confession of Faith as Product or Process: Which Is It?" Jon Coutts will also be speaking; pastoring in the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination before completing a PhD in Aberdeen, he now teaches systematic and pastoral theology at Ambrose University. He will be sharing a chapter of a forthcoming book published by New Leaf Press.


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