Dr. Allan Effa

Allan EffaRay and Edith DeNeui Professor of Intercultural Studies

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications:

  • Peer Reviewed Article: “Celtic and Aboriginal Pathways toward a Contemporary Eco Spirituality” International Bulletin of Mission Research (October 2016)
  • Sept 22, 2016 – Presentation to Calgary CBWC Ministerial on Missional Church Conversation, Ecclesiology and the Kingdom
  • Book Review: “Joining God, Remaking Church, Changing the World: The New Shape of the Church in our Time,” by Alan J. Roxburgh in Missiology: An International Review, Vol 44, no. 3 July 2016, pp.351-352.
  • June 16 – 19 – Helped facilitate the annual American Society of Missiology conference in St. Paul, MN
  • June 1, 2016 – Moderated Interfaith Panel at Strathcona Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • May 31, 2016 – Presentation to Edmonton CBWC Ministerial on Missional Church Conversation, Ecclesiology and the Kingdom
  • May 15, 2016 – Preach and lead Healing/Pentecost Service at First Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 – Preach 11 AM FBC Edmonton – “How Liturgy Forms Us”
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 – Preach 11 AM FBC Edmonton – “Believing the Impossible”
  • Saturday, November 29, 2015 – co-led intergenerational Advent retreat, First Baptist Edmonton
  • Thursday/Friday, October 22 – 23 2015, Peace River Bible Institute in Sexsmith, Alberta - Four lectures on “Integral Mission” (Integral Mission, an introduction; Integral Mission as Proclamation; Integral Mission as Social Justice; Integral Mission as Creation Care)
  • October 15, 2015 – Chapel Devotional at Tegler Manor, Edmonton.
  • October 2015, “Pub congregations, coffee house communities, tall-steeple churches, and sacred space: The missional church movement and architecture.” in Missiology: An International Review. Vol 43(4) October 2015, pp.373-384.
  • September 22, 2015 – Theology and Culture Series, First Baptist Edmonton. “How culture has shaped Christian theology and attitudes toward environmental stewardship.”
  • June 20, 2015 to the American Society of Missiology in Wheaton, IL: “Pub congregations, coffee house communities, tall-steeple churches, and sacred space: The missional church movement and architecture.”
  • Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:30 AM – Preach, North Edmonton Alliance Church, Edmonton. Sermon for Mission Emphasis Sunday.
  • Sunday, March 15, 2015 – Adult Formation Class, First Baptist, Edmonton: “The Spiritual Practice of Fasting.”
  • March 3, 2015 “Sharing Good News in a Secular Age” – presentation in a Theology and Culture series, First Baptist Church, Edmonton
  • Feb. 21, 2015 – Lead Lenten Retreat, First Baptist Church, Edmonton.
  • Feb. 4, 2015 – Paper presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society Canada Regional meeting at Providence Seminary: Pub Congregations, Coffee House Communities, Tall-Steeple Churches and Sacred Space: The Missional Church and Architecture

First Baptist Church (Adult Formation class):

  • Co-taught Adult Formation class on Revelation (Sept. 18, 2016)
  • Hospitality in the Way of Jesus (Jan. 25, 2016)
  • A Contemplative Theological Exploration of Baptism (Jan. 10, 2016)
  • How we are Formed by the Liturgy (Nov. 23, 2015)
  • How we are formed by the Christian Calendar (Nov. 16, 2015)
  • The Spiritual Practice of Pilgrimage (Oct. 18 2015)

Greenfield Community Church (Sermon):

  • How Corporate Worship Forms Us (Jan. 4, 2016)

Theology and Culture series (First Baptist Church, Edmonton)

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 7:00 PM - "How has culture shaped Christian theology and attitudes toward environmental stewardship?"  This Free Lecture/Discussion will explore Celtic and North American Aboriginal cultural themes as pathways toward a more biblical understanding and practice.

View Dr. Effa’s CURRICULUM VITAE here (PDF)

Theological Research & Writing

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Academic Skills Facilitator
Taylor Seminary is investing in essential skills-training for our students. Students are urged to take full advantage of the following workshops, programs and mentoring offered by Prof. Joel David. We are committed to your academic success!

A variety of workshops and other resources are available each semester, including the following:

  • Sept 21 - Academic Skills Workshop 
  • Sept. 27-Oct. 25 - Research and Writing Workshops
  • Ongoing - One-on-One mentoring



Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Classroom 1

Jump start your research & writing! The workshop will include guidance on how to take notes, format your papers to exact Taylor / SBL style, read for comprehension, plan & write effective research papers, manage your time efficiently, and more. It includes an overview of essential academic skills such as the research process, time management, reading, note-taking and writing. This introductory workshop is recommended for all students. FREE if you register right away!



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016  |  Classroom 1

An overview of the research & writing process. Reading for comprehension and research. Taking well-organized and properly documented notes of class lectures and reading. Time Management.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016 | Benke Board Room (upstairs)

Choosing a topic and developing a thesis. Library and online search strategies for finding sources. Evaluating sources for credibility and relevance.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016  |  Classroom 1

Developing a provisional outline. Understanding issues. Analyzing and interacting with source materials. Taking a position and developing good arguments.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016  |  Classroom 1

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use software tool that can help you collect, organize, and cite your sources in your research papers. Learn how to download, install and begin to use Zotero.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016  | Classroom 1

Writing to think, to organize, and to present. Revising for accuracy, clarity, and style. Documenting and formatting according to the seminary style-guide (SBL 2nd ed.).


To register for any of the above workshops by email: joel.david@taylor-edu.ca Include your name and the workshop you would like to attend. You can register for multiple workshops. Please register right away!

Registration Deadline: Tuesday of the week prior to the workshop you want to attend.

Cost: Free / $25

Free to Taylor students IF you register by the deadline above. After the deadline, the cost is $25.

You can also register online:



There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

– Clarence Day


  • Planning
  • Researching
  • Writing & Revising
  • Referencing & Formatting
  • Taylor / SBL Style

FACILITATOR: Rev. Joel David, MTh, PhD (cand.)


Tuesdays & Thursdays  | 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Through the Fall semester


Adjunct Faculty Office (in Benke Hall, upstairs)

  • Prior appointments preferred
  • Walk-ins are welcome
  • Request appointment online
  • 30 minutes slots
  • Up to 1 hour per session


Request appointments and/or register for these workshops online at:

Special Needs and the Church

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You are Invited to Join Us for

A Practical, Beautiful, Hopeful Conversation

about Special Needs & the Church

Special needs educator and church consultant Jodi Graff draws on her years of experience with dozens of churches in this practical workshop for pastors, children’s ministry teams, teachers and parents. Come and be inspired and encouraged as we explore how local churches can serve those among us with special needs.

This workshop grew out of the featured story in the Spring/Summer 2016 issue of The Bridge, in which Jodi wrote an article about how churches can serve and include those with special needs. You can read that article (and the rest of the magazine) online for free here. 

SPECIAL NEEDS & THE CHURCH, featuring Jodi Graff
DATE: November 19, 2016
TIME: 9:30 AM -- 12 Noon
LOCATION: Taylor Seminary (11525 -- 23 Avenue, Edmonton)
COST: $20 per person

Registration will be open shortly; click the link below to be notified when details are fully confirmed.

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