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Flourishing Update - September 7, 2022

Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Volunteers in Churches

Dr. Joel Thiessen, Professor of Sociology and Director of Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University

This year Flourishing Congregations Institute will be sharing research and practices around flourishing congregations in Canada from a ministry practitioner or a researcher through videos. The intention is to feature content from people across theological traditions and Canadian regions. This month we are focusing on volunteerism and equipping the saints.


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Managing the Non-Profit Organization: Principles and Practices

Peter F. Drucker

The groundbreaking and premier work on nonprofit organizations.

The nonprofit sector is growing rapidly, creating a major need for expert advice on how to manage these organizations effectively. Management legend Peter Drucker provides excellent examples and explanations of mission, leadership, resources, marketing, goals, and much more. Interviews with nine experts also address key issues in this booming sector.


Upcoming Events

Unshaken Kingdom: Disruption, Transformation, & the Accessible Church

We will hear from people with disabilities, pastors, theologians and each other about becoming more accessible and welcoming spaces.

Date: September 17th, 2022

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm ET (online and in person)

Location: 26 Peppler St. Waterloo Office

Virtual option: we will by streaming this gathering live for those who can’t attend in person

For more information or to register:


Resourcing churches for ministering well in this next season

Flourishing Congregations Institute invites you to SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 9am-12noon MST

Join church leaders across theological contexts and Canadian regions at Ambrose University or online for Canadian data, theological reflection, and practical application on various themes.


What’s next after Alpha?

Thursday 22nd September - 1 PM Central

Priests and parish leaders want their Alpha participants to become and grow as disciples. The problem is that, building the next step of discipleship in your parish can be complex: do we have sufficient leaders? what model works best? when do we start? This is why Divine Renovation is inviting you to What’s next after Alpha?, an event where you will learn how to walk with people beyond Alpha, hear about the models that others have developed in their parishes, and be inspired with new ideas to keep moving your parish’s mission forward.


Wayfinding – A Discernment Pathway

Oct 18, 2022 – Nov 15, 2022

Through curated experiences and tools, the goal is to equip leaders with the knowledge and practices to make space, slow down, and hear what God is saying. Each of our Wayfinding cohorts will have pastors, church planters, and missional leaders from denominations across Canada which will offer a diverse array of perspectives, experience and wisdom.


Transformational Coaching from New Leaf

Fall 2022 Session

Weekly from September 28 – November 22, 2022

1-3:00 pm Eastern (online)


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