“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and learn to live freely and lightly. “
Matthew 11:28, The Message
Increasingly, churches and church leaders are recognizing the hazards of ceaseless ministry, and the ancient idea of a sabbath rest is being recovered by many churches. Of course, there are challenges to be overcome if a sabbatical is to be effective – both for the church and its pastor, and this workshop from the Wahl Centre seeks to address those issues.
A ministry sabbatical has the potential to be life-transforming and ministry-renewing if careful planning takes place to address such issues as:
-length of sabbatical
-church leadership during the sabbatical
-development of a sabbatical plan
-evaluation and transparency/accountability
-and much more.
Pastor Sam Nikkel (McKernan Baptist Church), Dr. Ray Seutter (psychologist) and Dr. David Williams (Taylor president, theologian/ethicist) are passionate about serving those in pastoral ministry. Workshop sessions will cover the theology of rest, and will explore the practical issues that need to be considered. Topics will also include the common pitfalls of ministry, such as isolation and stress, and focus on some best practices to foster long-term ministry health. Perhaps more importantly, workshop participants will have an opportunity to participate in a caring community of fellow pastors, for discussion, prayer and peer support.
The registration cost is just $65 and includes a day-long workshop (including lunch) and resource materials. Contact a member of the team to express your interest and to confirm your participation, or register online.
Could it be that you know of someone in ministry who would benefit from this ministry of refreshing, encouraging support and mentorship? Perhaps you could share this event with them, and we have also prepared a simple brochure that you can print or email to a friend.
Welcome to the Living Generously experience. We thank you for investing this time to go deeper in your understanding of being a steward leader. To assist you with your preparations for Living Generously, we are pleased to provide the following details.
Your Church is Too Safe, with Mark Buchanan
Popular author and speaker Mark Buchanan is the featured speaker at the fourth annual onWORD Conference. Speaking on the theme of his most recent book, Mark will challenge us to be willing to risk more. In three main sessions over two days, he will speak about Jesus as the Holy Dangerous One. Other speakers will expand further on this theme with a series of practical, Bible-based breakout sessions.
MAIN SESSIONS, with Mark Buchanan
- Holy: Being Like Jesus
- Dangerous: Being Those Who Turn the World Upside Down (Acts 16:10-17:7)
- One: Being a Church that Overcomes the World (John 17)
Saturday Breakout Sessions (attend two sessions, included in your Registration Fee)
- Jon Bauer: The Heart of a Worshiper
Is our worship really as it should be: the act of presenting our “bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God?” What does scripture say about being a worshiper, 24/7? Join Jon as he shares from his experience as a worship leader and songwriter how being a worshipper means becoming someone with a servant's heart. Jon Bauer is an an award-winning recording artist from the Edmonton area, and a Taylor alumnus (NABC).
- Dr. Randal Rauser: What on Earth Do We Know About Heaven?
Is our view of heaven “too safe”? A biblical understanding of eternity as the redemption of heaven and earth completely flips the idea of an 'other-worldly place' on its head. Dr. Rauser explores heaven—not as a radically discontinuous state in the future, but rather as God saving the creation he made and declared good. How can this view transform how we do church, how we evangelize, or how we care for creation? Dr. Randal Rauser teaches theology at Taylor Seminary, and a prolific writer and blogger.
- Dr. Keir Hammer: Challenged by Parables?
Has our reading of parables become “safe”? When you read a parable, how do you respond? Which types of characters do you like and which ones do you dislike? Do certain parables challenge your behaviour? Do they remind you of well-known truths? Do they make you angry? Do they make you smile? This session will explore a few well-known parables and challenge the common understanding of what they mean. Dr. Keir Hammer is the Director of White Cross (Canada), and a New Testament scholar.
- Dr. Syd Page: In The Footsteps
Removed by 10,000 km and 2,000 years, sometimes our Bible reading can be a sanitized experience that fails to capture the drama provided by its context. Having recently returned from a visit to the Holy Land, Dr. Syd Page will combine a visual experience with the written word – a session that may forever change the way you read the scriptures. Dr. Syd Page is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Taylor Seminary.
- Dr. David Williams: The Sermon on the Mount: Not Safe but Good
The most common ways of interpreting the Sermon on the Mount make something 'safe' out of what is arguably Jesus' most important teaching about living faithfully to God's kingdom. Dr. Williams will challenge you to view this life-changing sermon in transforming—and practical—ways. Dr. David Williams is President of Taylor College and Seminary, and director of the Wahl Centre at Taylor.
- Pastor Darren Platt: Doers of the Word
If your church is 'too safe,' what can it do? James tells us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Steele Heights is one example of a church that has embraced this message and, in so doing, has extended their mission far beyond the doors of their church. In the process they have seen the health of their own church members improve as they seek to help others. Join Pastor Darren as he shares their journey and some practical ways to be 'doers of the word.’
Darren Platt is the senior pastor at Steele Heights, and is an alumnus of Taylor Seminary.
September 27-28, 2013
Steele Heights Baptist Church
5812 149 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Individual -- $49.99
Groups of 10 or more -- $44.99 per person
6:15 – Registration
7:00 - 8:30 – Main Session #1, Holy: Being Like Jesus (Mark Buchanan)
9:00 – Main Session #2, Dangerous: Being Those Who Turn the World Upside Down (Mark Buchanan)
10:45 – Breakout Sessions (choose onsite, see options above)
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Breakout Sessions (choose onsite, see options above)
2:15 – Break
2:30 – Main Session #3, One: Being a Church that Overcomes the World (Mark Buchanan)
3:30 - Conference End
Worship Leader - Jon Bauer
A "journey through scripture," onWord is intended to help participants grow in their discovery and love of scripture while becoming more familiar with the people, stories and themes it contains. Participants will often engage with scripture through a variety of experiences, including dramatic and visual arts, and music. This is the fourth annual onWORD Conference.
About Steel Heights Baptist Church
Steele Heights Baptist Church is known for its extraordinary community outreach programs, especially with youth. Located in North East Edmonton, Steele Heights embraces opportunities to serve a growing and diverse area of the city. Senior Pastor Darren Platt serves as host and one of the key organizers of this year's conference, he is an alumnus of Taylor.
Believers who serve in compassionate and justice ministries in Edmonton will gather this fall for a conference that is designed to encourage and inspire. More than a simple conference, this is the beginning of a local conversation about needs and resources, and an invitation for all of us to participate in God’s mission of justice.
Our featured speaker is Rick Tobias, who has served at the Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto for 30 years. In three sessions, Rick will discuss the role of justice in seeking the Kingdom, the emphasis on justice in scripture, and the example and teaching of Jesus on this issue.
Numerous other speakers and presenters will address related topics and issues, and the great hope of conference organizers is that this will be a time of discussion. #JusticeYEG is, in fact, the start of a local conversation about justice.
This event will take place November 15-16, 2013 at First Baptist Church – everyone is welcome.
Friday, November 15
Rooting Justice in Kingdom Values
Saturday, November 16
9:00 AM -- Plenary Session
From Moses to James: Benchmarks for Justice
10:30 AM -- Breakout Sessions
A Quest for Intimacy and Solidarity: Aboriginal Justice
Restorative Justice and Welcoming Churches
Turning Points: Working for Positive Change
1:00 PM -- Breakout Sessions
Bob McKeon & Sister Mary Clare Stack:
Housing and Homelessness
HIV/AIDS and the Church: What We’ve Learned and How to Move Forward Together
2:30 PM -- Discussion: Every Voice Heard
3:00 PM -- Closing Plenary Session
Jesus: Compassion, the Multitudes and Justice
This event will take place at First Baptist Church in downtown Edmonton (10031 109 St NW). The early-bird registration rate for #JusticeYEG is just $29.99 until midnight on October 31st, then it becomes $44.99 per person. To register, simply fill out the online form here and pay using our secure payment system (accepts major credit cards). You can also register in person at Taylor or at the door, and you can register by phone by calling the Taylor office: 780-431-5200.
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a why driven experience
October 4-5, 2013
Living Generously is a conference for leaders and organizations, one that will equip steward leaders to live with impact. This transformative event will lay a new foundation for stewardship, one with important implications for all areas of life.
This event is ideal for leaders from churches and organizations to attend as a group, and pricing for this event, with the support of our partners, has allowed us to offer an exceptionally low registration rate -- plus, group discounts are available.
The Wahl Centre at Taylor is honored to present this important conference; we believe that this event will be deeply meaningful for every believer, every couple, every church member, every leader, every supporter of any cause.
Session #1 – The Journey
Understanding and mapping the steward’s journey is the foundation of every area of life of the Steward Leader.
Session #2 – Heart of the Sower - Faith and Impact
Our transformation from harvester to sower will have life changing implications.
Session #3 – Getting Ready
We will unpack the areas of danger we face as we choose to be faithful as Steward Leaders.
Session #4 – Grace in Action
As faithful stewards lead, they are blessed with special gifts from God, but face new temptations. Disciplines for a life of joyful obedience are shared.
Session #5 – Being and Doing - Life Plan
A Steward Leader Life Plan is offered as a tool and guide for wherever you are called.
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Date: October 4-5, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (Friday, Oct 4)
8:30 AM - 4:45 PM (Saturday, Oct 5)
Location: Terwillegar Community Church
1751 Towne Centre Blvd, Edmonton, AB
Individual - $59.00
Groups (5+) - $49.00 per person
NOTE: Online registration for this event is now closed, but we will be pleased to register you at the door when you arrive.
ABOUT DR. R. SCOTT RODIN
Scott Rodin has been serving not-for-profits organizations for the past twenty-eight years. He is a partner and head of Strategic Alliances with Artios Partners, a training and resourcing organization equipping steward leaders for excellence in leadership.
Dr. Rodin is past president of the Christian Stewardship Association and was formerly the president of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He serves on the Boards of ChinaSource and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
Presented by the Wahl Centre at Taylor, in partnership with Terwillegar Community Church, the North American Baptist Foundation, the Alberta Baptist Association (ABA) and TPB Strategic Counsel.