HealthyPastors-sm“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.

Sabbatical-Prep13Pastor 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 next Sabbatical Preparation Workshop will take place on Friday May 9, 2014 in Edmonton. The registration cost is just $65 and includes a day-long workshop (including lunch) and resource materials, and spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend for only an additional $20 cost. Contact a member of the team to express your interest and to confirm your participation, or register online using the "Register Now" button below.

An article about the 2013 Sabbatical Workshop can be found here.


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.

Click here to view the Sabbatical Prep Workshop One-Sheet.

HealthyPastors-smFinding Opportunity in Conflict

A day-long workshop to help pastors understand the theology of conflict, how opportunity is found in conflict, identify their own conflict style, and learn some practical conflict resolution and management strategies.

The speakers for this practical day of discussion and learning are

  • Dr. Joyce Bellous (Professor of Christian Faith Education at Taylor Seminary)
  • Taylor President Dr. David Williams
  • Heather Breitkreuz of the E P Wahl Centre.


DATE: Nov 21, 2014  9:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Taylor Seminary
11525 - 23 Ave Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3
(780) 431-5200

COST:$65 (includes lunch)


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.

RickTobiasOur 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

7:00 PM

Rick Tobias:
Rooting Justice in Kingdom Values

Saturday, November 16

9:00 AM -- Plenary Session

Rick Tobias:
From Moses to James: Benchmarks for Justice

10:30 AM -- Breakout Sessions

Ray Aldred:
A Quest for Intimacy and Solidarity: Aboriginal Justice

Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning:
Restorative Justice and Welcoming Churches

Kate Quinn:
Turning Points: Working for Positive Change

12:00 Noon
Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM -- Breakout Sessions

Bob McKeon & Sister Mary Clare Stack:
Housing and Homelessness

HIV Edmonton:
HIV/AIDS and the Church: What We’ve Learned and How to Move Forward Together

Randy Haluza-delay
Creation Care

2:30 PM -- Discussion: Every Voice Heard

3:00 PM -- Closing Plenary Session

Rick Tobias:
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.

Want to help promote this event?

Download a brochure here.

Download a poster here.





Participant Instructions

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.

Living Generously

a why driven experience

October 4-5, 2013

livinggenerouslyLiving 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.


View all the Living Generously Promo Videos

Introduction | Chain #1 | Chain #2 | Chain #3 | Chain #4 | Chain #5 | Chain #6 | The Key #7

 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.


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.

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