Ministry from the Inside Out

“The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervener.” (William O’Brien) Is this true? If it is, it could be read to say, “The success of a church depends on the interior condition of its leadership.” How are we as leaders (whether paid or lay) – attending to our interior journeys …
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The Great Co-Mission: Re-Framing Jesus’ Comprehensive Strategy for Church Growth

Jesus’s strategy for growing His church is simple and yet vastly misunderstood, unknown and/or not implemented. If ALL of us as disciples of Jesus live into this mandate the way it was intended, we could witness a revival, revitalization and growth of our communities of faith. Course will be taught in person at VST, and …
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DISCOVER YOUR JOY Zoom Series

Sharing Stories of Serving Christ and the Community in a variety of ways. Join in a 3-week Zoom series to hear how several people discovered their gifts and deep joy in serving their neighbourhoods. RUNS: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. · Jan. 24: Children’s & Multi-Generational Ministry – Maxine Simpkin, St. John the Evangelist, Middle …
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Creating Congregations of Belonging for People of All Abilities

People with Down syndrome, autism, ADHD, learning differences, dementia, medical challenges, and other differences of ability are treasured by God and should be treasured in every church. This online course provides the framework and practical tools to shape a congregation where people of varying abilities and disabilities can participate and belong. INSTRUCTED BY: John. D. …
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PART 1, THE ART OF TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY: RECONCILIATION IN GOD’S NEW WORLD

OVERVIEW What? We know that all ministry is transitional; doing ministry during a pandemic underscores that every day. Our times have brought trauma, cultivated resilience, and shown us both the possibilities and the challenges of living in liminal time. In response to the pandemic, we have brought the church and transitional ministry education online. In this …
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So You Want to Facilitate the Mission Action Plan Process…

Creating a parish mission action plan is about intentional listening for the Spirit, prayer, engagement with parishioners, and a willingness to risk a bit. The plan, which is completed in four one-hour gatherings, is comprised of two to three initiatives in three areas: Adult Faith Formation, Changing Parish Culture, and Community Engagement. Leaders for each …
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