Event Details

A bite-sized learning opportunity - just $15!

On Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 the Wahl Centre at Taylor invites you to our first Lunch & Learn for Church Administrative Professionals. This event is for anyone who loves our annual CAPs events, with practical training and networking for those who serve the church in an administrative role.

This event will run from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with a boxed lunch provided by Sunterra Markets. Our speaker will be computer guru Joanne Swensrud of Know IT Sooner, and the topic will offer a ton of tips and tricks in a session called "Everything you Wanted to do with Microsoft Office but Didn't Know How!"

Even if you've been using Microsoft Office for years there are many tricks you may not be aware of that will save you time and increase your productivity. Joanne, one of our presenters from our last CAPs conference is back by popular demand to offer up more Tips and Tricks for us. Join us for some learning, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to network with other church administrative professionals.

The Wahl Centre at Taylor presents Thrive 2014

Dear colleague in ministry,

Recent large-scale studies on those who serve in vocational ministry have shown some significant findings regarding the key issues that lead to long-term health and vitality in ministry. 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

Please join us at Camp Caroline from May 20-23, 2014 for this unique event! No matter how long you have been in ministry, no matter how well (or how poorly) things are going, and no matter if you feel like you are too busy to attend – This event is for you.

Join Dr. Ray Seutter, Rev. Sam Nikkel, Darren Kanwischer, Dr. Jim Leverette, and Dr. David Williams at this beautiful retreat centre in the Alberta Foothills, and become better prepared to thrive in your ministry.

DATE: May 20-23, 2014

LOCATION: Camp Caroline

COST: $225.00 (incl. meals/accommodation)

Register Online: www.Taylor-Edu.ca/Events

Register by Phone: 780-431-5200

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Healthy Pastors





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.

Read more: Living Generously - Participant Details

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 May 8, 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.


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.

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Download a brochure here.

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