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October 11, 2011


Dear friend of Taylor,

Taylor is inviting all former students, staff and faculty to an Alumni Reception in Winnipeg this weekend. This is an opportunity to reunite with old friends and classmates, and to hear an update on Taylor from President David Williams. There will also be a chance to hear more about a new Manitoba & area chapter of the Taylor Alumni Association.

Hopefully you already know about it and are able to come but if you need to know more, here are the basics:
WHAT: Alumni Reception - open to alumni of Taylor/NABC/EBS/CTI and their spouses
WHERE: Rowandale Baptist Church (162 Rowandale Avenue, Winnipeg MB)
WHEN: Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 PM.


Recent Events
Taylor's 2nd annual onWORD Conference was outstanding, with nine great speakers and lots of good discussion. The only disappointment was low attendance, which was likely due to a misunderstanding of the topic ("The Day Metallica Came to Church"). We heard from some people who thought it was wrong to present a heavy metal band as an instrument of God's truth, but those who were here were able to clearly hear Pastor John van Sloten's understanding of a God whose truth is on display in all of creation. He showed how listening for God's truth in all that He has made actually forces us to be more diligent students of the written Word and helps us be more faithful followers of the incarnate Word. We are looking ahead to next year's conWORD Conference, and welcome any thoughts you have on the topics and speakers that would interest you.

The Church Planting Seminar at Taylor Seminary last month was amazing. There are some remarkable new churches taking shape in the greater Edmonton area, and it was great to have about 20 students together, hearing directly from these innovative, risk-taking church planters from various denominations. It’s exciting that there is so much interest in helping the church grow in new ways!

Upcoming Events
Next week, the E P Wahl Centre is back on the road, offering training events in Winnipeg and Calgary. We are also hosting an Alumni Reception in Winnipeg this Sunday -- check out this list of events, and join us if
you can.

Tonight: Our current onWORD series "How to Have Spiritual Conversations" wraps up (led by Dr. Joyce Bellous)
October 13-14: Taylor Board of Trustees Fall Meetings
October 14-15: Taylor Student-Faculty Retreat
October 16: Taylor Alumni Get-Together -- Winnipeg, MB
October 17: CAPS Winnipeg (a symposium for Church Administrative Professionals)
October 18: new onWORD Series begins, "Missional Spirituality" (featuring Roger Helland)
October 19: CAPS Calgary (a symposium for Church Administrative Professionals)
December 3, 4: Taylor Community Choir Advent Concert

Seminary Update
Our enrollment this fall is up again over last year, and we continue to see a rising number of inquiries from
students interested in beginning their studies in the Winter Semester (starts January 17th). There are some
upcoming modular courses to be aware of, especially for working students who love to complete a full
course in a one week or a multi-weekend format.

Call Enrollment Services to learn more about these modular courses:

PW 431 Introduction to Preaching (Dr. Lyle Buyer)
Oct. 24-28, 2011

PC 531 Essentials of Pastoral Care (Len Thompson)
January Intersession

PW 631 Christian Worship (Dr. Allan Effa)
January Intersession

BI 510 A Biblical Theology of the Love of God (Dr. Jerry Shepherd)
Jan 20-21; Feb 24-25; Mar 16-17

TH 531 Christian Worldview (Dr. Randal Rauser) *taught at Grande Prairie
Jan 20-21, Mar 2-3, April 6-7, 2012

TH 526 Christian Ethics (Dr. David Williams
April 30 - May 4, 2012

PT 540 Spiritual Formation (Dr. Allan Effa) *taught at Gull Lake
May 6-10, 2012


Want to Read More?
You may be interested to know that we have begun posting Taylor news releases, articles, ads and other
communication pieces online. View the Taylor Media Archive here.

One More Thing
Did you know that Taylor serves students from many different denominational backgrounds? Although
historically associated with the North American Baptist Conference, we have had students from dozens of
denominations. Baptist, Alliance, Anglican, Lutheran, E-Free, Nazarene, Mennonite Brethren, Pentecostal,
Christian Reformed– and everything in between… students looking for an evangelical, academically strong
program have come to Taylor.

Many students are enrolling in our new 77-hour Master of Divinity program; we also offer master’s level
programs in intercultural studies and theological studies, and there are shorter diploma and certificate
programs. Or simply come and take the courses that interest you.

“The Taylor difference makes a big difference.” Come and see how Taylor serves the local church by
equipping and training men and women for more effective service.

For those on our mailing list, please watch for a letter from President Dr. David Williams; it offers an update
of Taylor's progress as we re-tool to better meet the educational needs of the church. It also offers a
reminder that Taylor relies on your financial support for this ministry.

Thanks for your continued interest in Taylor! As always, please be in touch if there is any way we can be of
service.

Tim Willson
For the team at Taylor
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November 8, 2011

Dear friend of Taylor,

Alumni_Association_smALUMNI TO GATHER FOR OFFICIAL MEETING
The Taylor Alumni Association has convened an official meeting for Saturday December 10th. A new executive will be chosen at this meeting, but there will also be an opportunity for discussion about Taylor. In advance of the meeting, the interim executive has prepared a survey to gather input from members. Watch your mailbox for the invitation and the survey.

All former students of the school are welcome to attend -- hope to see you here!

MAILING GOES AWRY
We would like to offer an apology for those who recently received multiple copies of our Fall 2011 fundraising letter. During the printing of the letter at an outside vendor, their printer broke down; over the course of several repairs by Xerox and the re-start of the printing process, a small number of letters were inadvertently printed several times.

As you can imagine, we began to hear from those who were affected; some were upset over a perceived waste of money, while others responded with humor. We did want you to know that this wasn't a case of carelessness or waste, and that Taylor is not responsible for the additional postage; thanks to everyone who drew this to our attention.

ADVENT CONCERT QUICKLY APPROACHING
2011AdventConcertChristmas still seems far away, but the Advent Season is just weeks away. The Taylor Community Choir is putting the finishing touches on their Advent concert -- an event that will feature an arrangement for brass quintet that has been specially arranged for this performance.

The Taylor Community Choir, directed by Diana Wiens, will be presenting “Come, Emmanuel”, a program that includes works by Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, and anthems by contemporary composers. Featured will be Buxtehude’s Advent Cantata #51, accompanied by brass quintet and organ.

There will be two concerts, December 3 and 4; the Saturday performance will begin at 7:00 PM, and the Sunday performance will begin at 3:00 PM, both at Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church (11210 59 Ave, Edmonton).

This promises to be a wonderful evening focused on the birth of the Savior, and we hope you can join us; admission is free, but there will be an opportunity to contribute towards the cost of the event.

RECENT EVENTS
Taylor was in Winnipeg and Calgary for events last month. The Church Administrative Professionals' Symposium was held in Winnipeg and in Calgary; numbers were down from 2010, but still encouraging. Some attendees were disappointed over the cancellation of some speakers in Winnipeg, and we are planning ahead to future events with these helpful comments in mind.

Taylor Seminary has also been on the road this fall, showcasing our programs and courses to prospective students. This week, we are meeting with delegates at the Canadian Youth Workers Convention in Vancouver, BC, and we recently attended the Banff Pastors' Conference and spent time meeting with students in Winnipeg and Calgary.

UPCOMING EVENTS
November 8: new onWORD series "Four [different] Gospels" begins; features Dr. Keir Hammer (three consecutive Tuesdays)
December 3, 4: Taylor Community Choir Advent Concert
December 10: Taylor Alumni Association Official Meeting


Upcoming Seminary Courses
Here are some upcoming modular courses to be aware of, especially for working students who love to complete a full course in a one-week or a multi-weekend format (call Enrollment Services to learn more).

PC 531 Essentials of Pastoral Care (Len Thompson)
January Intersession

PW 631 Christian Worship (Dr. Allan Effa)
January Intersession

BI 510 A Biblical Theology of the Love of God (Dr. Jerry Shepherd)
Jan 20-21; Feb 24-25; Mar 16-17

TH 531 Christian Worldview (Dr. Randal Rauser) *taught at Grande Prairie
Jan 20-21, Mar 2-3, April 6-7, 2012

TH 526 Christian Ethics (Dr. David Williams
April 30 - May 4, 2012

PT 540 Spiritual Formation (Dr. Allan Effa) *taught at Gull Lake
May 6-10, 2012


ONE MORE THING
Did you know that Taylor has significant changed the way we offer theological education? For instance, courses are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and arranged in such a way that students could be on campus just one day per week and still be "full-time" (for the purposes of student financial aid) -- as long as they took advantage of our modular and/or online course offerings as well.

We often say that Taylor has been 're-tooling itself', changing to meet the needs of today's student. Come and see how Taylor serves the local church by equipping and training men and women for more effective service. “The Taylor difference makes a big difference.

Thanks for your continued interest in Taylor! As always, please be in touch if there is any way we can be of service.

Tim Willson
For the team at Taylor
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October 4, 2011 

Dear friend of Taylor,

Imagine – the printing press transformed the church (and the whole world) when Johannes Gutenberg invented it in the 1400’s for the purpose of printing Bibles, but after 500 years, the book industry is being shaken to its foundations. Publishing houses and bookstores are feeling the effects of the digital age, as electronic versions of books (e-books) are now outselling traditional books. Why do I mention the book industry? Very simply, we live in a world of dramatic change. All of us are regularly being directed into new ways of banking, communicating, listening to music, worship, etc.

Taylor has also been going through momentous changes. Like many other Christian seminaries and bible colleges, we find ourselves serving in a new and different environment. But here is the good news: God continues to be at work in that world and He wants to use all of us. In fact, I am convinced that God is just getting started with Taylor.

We are seeing similar changes in our culture, and they needn’t be feared. Indeed, the season of change that was thrust upon us in recent years has given us good reason to be even more attentive to the educational needs of the church and to respond urgently. The changes being made at Taylor Seminary and the new learning opportunities being developed at the Wahl Centre are being strongly supported as God brings students from around the world into our classrooms.

This year we have welcomed into our student body a former cabinet minister from Ethiopia. About a decade ago he narrowly escaped death as he fled his native land and ultimately found sanctuary in Canada. Over the past 10 years he has become a Christian, a successful businessman, and he has developed a passion to proclaim the gospel in his home country and the 70 distinct cultures that make up Ethiopia. He has enrolled in our intercultural studies program to be better prepared to be the leader that God has called him to be. We are excited to see what God will do in his life and are privileged to be a part of that work.

We also rejoice at God’s work through our former students. Recently I met with an alumnus who was sharing with me the dramatic impact Taylor Seminary had on his ministry as we trained him to navigate the rough waters of a church in crisis. Using the things he learned here, by God’s grace, the church’s ministry has begun to flourish rather than flounder. He met with me to say “thank you” to Taylor for our impact on his ministry.

As a dear friend and supporter of Taylor, I want to encourage you in the changes we have experienced and in the changes you may be facing in your own life: nothing we experience can overwhelm the grace available for our need! There is work to be done, and as we have rolled up our sleeves and busied ourselves with the work set before us, God has been faithful both to lead and provide.

This educational ministry relies on the generosity of partners like you. Student tuition generates only a small portion of our revenue requirements. With your generous support we are able to keep tuition costs well below that of other seminaries. With your generous support we are able to offer exciting new educational offerings through the Wahl Centre that serve the church in a variety of ways such as training young people how to manage their money and offering programs to encourage, inspire, and motivate our church administrators and secretaries.

As we seek to equip and train people for faithful service to the church and to the kingdom, you are an indispensable member of our team. Every gift to Taylor is further evidence of the common cause we share as God uses us to “equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Eph. 4:12).

We continue to need your help; Taylor meets the training and educational needs of the church only as God provides through faithful friends and supporters. For the current year of our operations, which began July 1, we are prayerfully calling upon our individual and church supporters to generously provide $750,000 towards our budget.

The changes brought about by Gutenberg’s printing press were monumental, and we owe a debt of gratitude to those who were faithful through that season of change. In this new season of change, we, too, are presented with great opportunities and great challenges. As an integral part of the Taylor community, we thank you for standing with us as we move forward, knowing that God is not finished with any of us yet!

I close with a simple prayer for a beautiful Thanksgiving season; may you celebrate God’s blessings in the sure knowledge of his presence and care.

Shalom,

David Williams, PhD
President, Taylor College and Seminary 

P.S. Remember, all donations are gratefully received and will be used directly to train and prepare students for leadership service to the Kingdom. Charitable receipts will be issued at the end of the year for all gifts received. You can give to Taylor using the secure, online service of Canada Helps (click here).

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December 3, 2011 

Dear friend of Taylor,

The first stanza of my favorite Advent song says:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

For me, this song best captures our longing and hope, our loss and our anticipation, as well as the joy and redemption brought to us in the Savior. Advent is a time of reflection, and this year my thoughts return to the things God has done in my life and the life of the faith communities in which I have been involved, particularly to the men and women who have impacted my life. I think of the Sunday School teachers who taught me the faith, the camp counselors who led me in my youth to a deeper commitment, and the ordained and lay leaders who encouraged, exhorted, and inspired me to be the man of God that God wanted me to be. I also remember with gratitude the pastor who suggested that I consider a life of full time vocational ministry.

I reflect on my faith journey with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for being involved in a ministry such as Taylor.  For over 70 years this institution has prepared church leaders and helped them make an impact on the lives of others; being part of this ministry brings a deep sense of fulfilment. The continuing need for institutions such as Taylor is highlighted by the fact that as many as one-third of pastors will be retiring over the next decade and will need to be replaced. And we know all too well that the world needs Christian leaders who are ready to step up—whether on the mission field, in the boardroom, or in our neighborhoods—all providing hope and a better way. Where will our churches get these new leaders? Where will these new leaders be trained?

Taylor is moving strongly into the new future into which God is calling us. The rough waters of the past are behind us.  We have paid off our debt, created significant efficiencies, and are working more cooperatively with other Kingdom partners than ever before. We have not only survived, but are beginning to thrive again. As so many of you have stood with us in the past, we invite you to stand with us now as the new day is beginning to dawn.

Advent marks the beginning of the new church year; during this season of remembrance, celebration and anticipation, please consider how you might join with us both financially and prayerfully as we continue the task of developing Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world.

On behalf of the board, volunteers, faculty and staff – from everyone at Taylor – we wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas, one that is focused on Jesus.

Shalom,

David Williams, PhD.
President, Taylor College and Seminary

P.S. Donations from individuals and churches represent half of our annual budget, enabling us to keep our students’ costs down. Your gift, however generous in size, is greatly appreciated. Donations post-marked by December 31, 2011 will qualify for a 2011 charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes. You can give to Taylor using the secure, online service of Canada Helps (click here).

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