Prayer of Dedication for the E P Wahl Centre
written by Dr. Werner Waitkus
Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father:
In this act of dedication we seek Your favour.
We have long learned that, in Your Kingdom's work, not much can be accomplished without prayer. But even as we pray, we confess that we do not always understand when You close some doors and open new ones.
So as we dedicate a new ministry of Taylor, we ask for Your blessing and guidance.
We are mindful of the warning of the Psalmist that "unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain", knowing full well that these words apply to more than things built with bricks and mortar.
You have called us to be faithful to the end even as You have assured us of Your presence. So we continue, even though it appears that creation is in turmoil; that the foundations of society are shaking; that we are increasingly in the grip of our own inventions.
By naming this venture the E P Wahl Centre we want to honor him who, responding to Your call, challenged the Church to be done with lesser things and to undertake bold action “for God and Truth.”
We thank You for this dreamer who relentlessly sought to put feet under his dreams and inspired an often hesitant denomination to put their hands to the plough and to not look back.
Forgive us for being slow to catch the dream, and for often making the church a difficult place for those ahead of their time.
We confess that, while we tend to put brakes on our visionaries, we seem to be willing to join our culture in its worship of the latest fads, dismissing the old as no longer relevant. Keep reminding us that, whatever our achievements, we stand on the shoulders of faithful men and women.
Grant those who will give leadership to the Centre a discerning spirit, informed by Your Word, to build on the foundation You have provided for us. Give them courage to move through the doors You open, at Your time. Keep them from losing themselves in futile rearguard actions, always mindful that You are always ahead of us. May they be faithful to follow the motto "for God and Truth", staying clear of internal strife and hairsplitting divisiveness, firmly focused on the real issues of our time.
And we pray for those who will come to seek guidance and nourishment through the Centre. Grant them those moments when Your truth lays hold of them and changes them, moments when they are forever drawn closer to You, resolving to be Your servants.
Yes, Lord, let this be a Centre that brings honour to Your name, setting forth the challenges of Your Kingdom and sending forth men and women ready to serve with towel and basin in the name of Jesus.
Thank You for entrusting Your Kingdom's work to human hands, redeemed by Your Grace. Lead us–if need be, push us! Encourage us when we falter, and stop us when we lose ourselves in blind alleys, until that day when Your work is done.
In these moments, we dedicate the E P Wahl Centre to Your ordained purpose: to train believers for Kingdom service, equipping the people of God for the mission of God, to the glory of God.
We pray this in the Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who continues to lay hold of us, leading us closer to You,
The Urban Sanctuary
The Urban Sanctuary, also known as the Centre for Evangelical Spiritual Formation, is committed to providing spiritual formation opportunities for Churches and Christians in Edmonton and throughout Alberta and Canada. The Urban Sanctuary provides retreat space for individuals and groups, spiritual direction, and they have a number of courses and events each year focused on spiritual formation.
The Urban Sanctuary is located on the Taylor Campus and they have partnered with Taylor to provide spiritual direction for students taking field education courses through Taylor Seminary. Some of the courses taught at the Urban Sanctuary can also be taken for credit through Taylor Seminary, and the EP Wahl Centre is a co-sponsor of their years Healthy Soul Conference.
To find out more about the Urban Sanctuary, please visit urbansanctuary.ca.
Fusion "Foundations" Course
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Foundations, the first level of Fusion training, offers vital tools to enable an individual to be more productive in their relations and unlocks some of the mysteries of personal existence. it is offered as an 8-day course in Edmonton, Australia, the uK; South Africa and other countries. The trainers, who come from around the world, have a wealth of practical experience at the front lines of youth and community outreach. The course was designed to help people just starting out in their faith walk become anchored spiritually. Over the decades it has been refined by both the trainers and the thousands who have been exposed to it, proving its value in their daily lives.
Taylor EP Wahl Centre Events and Programs
The Wahl Centre holds a variety of Events throughout the year including
- CAPS (Church Administrative Professionals' Symposium)
- E.P. Wahl Lectures
- The Justice Conference
- Healthy Pastors Initiative
- onWORD Conference
- STEP Program
Taylor also partners with other organizations through the Wahl Centre as a sponsor for their events including:
The EP Wahl Centre is the proud home of the Taylor Conservatory of Music and the Canada North American Baptist Ministry of White Cross.
The EP Wahl Centre is committed to providing Christian training and education programs for lay people. The Wahl Centre hosts a number of events and courses each year and partners with other organizations to present a variety of education opportunities in the Edmonton area.