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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

Urban Sanctuary LogoThe 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


Fusion "Foundations" Course

Featuring the international community development group, Fusion Int'l

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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 exists to serve the ongoing educational and training needs of the church. Seminars, workshops, short-term study and/or service opportunities, lectures, lessons (including music lessons), concerts discussion groups and other events are offered.

Named in honor of the founder of this institution, the E.P.Wahl Centre is committed to Dr. Wahl's vision of well-trained pastors and lay leaders serving faithfully to change the world.

Healthy Pastors Initiative
onWORD Conference
Justice Conference
E P Wahl Lectures


This one day Church Administrative Professionals' Symposium is a time of inspiration and professional devleopment for those on the front line of ministry. Join office staff from churches, camps, agencies and non-profits as they take time to re-invest in their life's ministry.

New this year is the Lunch & Learn event for Church Administrative Professionals.

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April 30, 2014 Lunch & Learn

October 22, 2014 speaker Carolyn Arends - more information coming

Listen now to Caps 2010 Symposium



Healthy Pastors Initiative

Sabbatical Preparation Workshop May 8, 2014

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.


Thrive 2014, May 20-23 at Camp Caroline

As part of its new Healthy Pastors Initiative, the Wahl Centre at Taylor invites pastors to come together for a three day event that will dig deeply into the top five areas of critical need. These insights, prayerfully considered, have the power to profoundly re-shape your ministry and your personal life.

Among the key areas to be discussed are:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Self-Care
  • Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marriage and Family

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onWORD Conference

Oct. 24-25: 2014 onWORD Conference, featuring Dr. Peter Enns

Greenfield Community Church will be hosting this event. More information comming soon.

Audio Links to past onWORD Conferences

2013 onWORD Conference: Mark Buchanan "Your Church is too Safe"Speaking on the theme of his most recent book, Mark challenged us to be willing to risk more. In three main sessions over two days, he spoke about Jesus as the Holy Dangerous One. Other speakers expanded further on this theme with a series of practical, Bible-based breakout sessions.


2012 onWORD Conference: The Life of David

Four Teaching Sessions on the Life of David


2011 onWORD Conference with Rev John van Sloten "The Day Metallica Came to Church"

John van Sloten shared about how we can hear God's voice in the most unlikely places, and helped us understand the critically important role scripture plays in discerning God's voice. John has written a warm and insightful book called 'The Day Metallica Came to Church', a book that author Leonard Sweet called "amazing", and Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, called "reliable and inspiring."


2010 onWORD Conference

The apostle Paul often began his letters with eloquent prayers that contain vital concepts for anyone interested in authentic, dissident discipleship. At Taylor’s 2010 onWORD Bible conference, Dr. Gary Nelson shared insights from a lifetime of study and pastoral leadership in a series of talks called ‘And this is my Prayer for You... Sorting out what Really Matters for the Church.’

Justice Conference

This is a gathering of those who work and pray for justice for a time of listening to and encouraging one another.

The Justice conference is meant to be a time of refreshing and equipping for those who work for justice. Our focus will be local, regional and international initiatives.

We will have a plenary speaker, workshops, sharing of minitries, dialog and discussions

2014 Justice conference TBA

Listen Now #Justice YEG 2013 with speaker: Rick Tobias of Yonge Street Mission in Toronto

E P Wahl Lectures

EP Wahl Lectures have been a significant continuing education event for church leaders, students and academics for almost 30 years. It was established by Dr. E.P.Wahl, the founder and first president of Christian Training Institute, now Taylor Seminary.

The Purpose of the E.P. Wahl Lecture Series is:

  • to encourage those who are serving in local ministry;
  • to address topics of interest and need;
  • to supplement the seminary education of our students;
  • to strengthen the ministry of the seminary to the wider community;
  • to provide a forum for evangelical scholarship.

Under the auspices of this lectureship, a distinguished scholar and ministry practitioner is brought to the campus each year to bring a series of lectures on issues related to the challenges of contemporary ministry.

Taylor Seminary has been honored by numerous accomplished and fascinating presenters including:

2015: to be announced

2014: Listen now to Dr. James K.A.Smith

2013: Listen now to Dr. Reg Bibby

2012: Listen now to Dr. Glen Stassen








Dr. Haddon Robinson
Dr. Howard Hendricks
Dr. Leith Anderson
Dr. Calvin Miller
Dr. Stuart Briscoe
Dr. William Willimon
Dr. Marva Dawn
Dr. Archibald Hunt
Dr. William Dyrness
Dr. Alan Roxburgh
Dr. Os Guinness
Dr. John Stakehouse
Dr. Douglas J. Moo
Dr. Glen Stassen
Dr. Reginald Bibby
Dr. James K.A. Smith



Taylor Seminary home of Taylor EP Wahl CentreThe 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.