Event Details

We hope you will join us for the 30th Annual E.P. Wahl Lectures at Taylor Seminary!

This annual lectureship is intended to directly serve those who serve in ministry, offering a day of professional development and training that addresses practical ministry issues. Everyone is welcome to attend, and Taylor students are required to attend in lieu of classes.

In 2015, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Phil Kenneson of Milligen College. Dr. Kenneson is the Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries, and Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Milligan College, a Christian liberal arts college in northeast Tennessee.

Location: Taylor Seminary (Stencel Hall), 11525 -- 23 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Cost: $59.00 (Save $10 when you register before Mar 1 -- just $49.99 for the early bird rate)

Our topic for 2015 will be

The Church as Sign of the Kingdom:
Practicing the Patience of God

In four lectures, Dr. Kenneson will address the following related topics:

“Bearing Witness to the Patience of God”  

If the church is called to be an embodied sign of God’s kingdom, the shape of that sign and that kingdom will bear, by God’s grace, something of the marks of God’s character. This session explores the biblical and theological witness to God's patience.

“Bearing the Fruit of Patience in a World Addicted to Speed”

Although the church is called to embody, even if imperfectly, something of God’s patience in the world, it never does so in a cultural vacuum. This session takes up patience as a fruit of God's Spirit and explores some of the cultural obstacles and opportunities to embodying such a virtue in contemporary cultures.


“Embodying the Patience of God: Slow Church Practices”   
If the contemporary church sought to embody a different relationship to time, a different rhythm, what might this look like? Some have called it “slow church.”  This session sketches some of the historic practices of the church many congregations already engage in that might be used by God to cultivate such a common life. 

“Embodying the Patience of God: More Slow Church Practices”

Although there is no universal blueprint for embodying the patience of God, there are plenty of practices in the Christian tradition that might enliven our imaginations about what this might look like.  This session examines some additional practices that might nurture such an embodied witness.

 

ABOUT DR. PHIL KENNESON

Phil Kenneson, guest lecturer at Taylor SeminaryPhil Kenneson lives in East Tennessee with his wife Kim and their five children. He has taught theology and philosophy at Milligan College since 1992. In addition to teaching, he enjoys cooking, running and hiking in the mountains. He has been involved in the Ekklesia Project since its early days - See more at: http://www.ekklesiaproject.org.

Philip D. Kenneson, Ph.D.
The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries, Professor of Theology and Philosophy (1992), Milligan College

B.A., Butler University;
M.Div., Emmanuel Christian Seminary;
Ph.D., Duke University.

ABOUT THE E.P. WAHL LECTURES

Dr. Andrew MacRae was the speaker at the first inaugural E.P. Wahl Lectures in 1986. Since then, a Who's-Who of Christian leaders and academics have joined us for this annual lectureship. Established in memory of the founder of Taylor, Dr. E.P. Wahl, this lectureship features a distinguished scholar who comes to offer insights into some aspect of ministry. Local pastors, academicians and students join together is what has become an important annual event for biblical scholars, church leaders and anyone involved in the ministry of the church.

Past speakers have included Dr. Haddon Robinson, Dr. Howard Hendricks, Dr. Calvin Miller, Dr. William Willimon, Dr. Os Guinness, and many more.

THRiVE 2015

 

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

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.

DATE: TBAHealthy Pastors

LOCATION: Camp Caroline

COST: $300.00 (incl. meals/accommodation)

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

Register by Phone: 780-431-5200

 

 

A bite-sized learning opportunity - just $25!

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 the Wahl Centre at Taylor invites you to our next 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.

Lunch & Learn runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with a boxed lunch provided by Sunterra Markets. 

Topic : To Be Determined

Save the Date!

Join us for some learning, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to network with other church administrative professionals.

Good Churches Don't have Conflict, Do They?

A bite-sized learning opportunity - just $25!

On Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 the Wahl Centre at Taylor invites you to our next 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 is an hour-long workshop that looks into recognizing a variety of conflict styles we all employ, as well as how to find the opportunities for future blessing that can come from managing conflict well. This workshop is in response to many conversations with church leaders about the sort of basic training on fundamental issues that will help teams function at their best.

Lunch & Learn runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, with a boxed lunch provided by Sunterra Markets. The hour-long workshop looks into recognizing a variety of conflict styles we all employ, as well as how to find the opportunities for future blessing that can come from managing conflict well.

Join us for some learning, a delicious lunch and the opportunity to network with other church administrative professionals.

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. “

       -Jesus
        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.

This is the third day-long workshop that we have offered to help pastors and churches prepare for an effective sabbatical. The previous workshops have proven to be highly relevant and helpful, and any pastor (or board member) who wants to explore the idea of sabbatical more carefully and thoroughly should attend.

Cost: $65

Date: May 8, 2015, 9 AM - 4 PM

Location: Taylor Seminary

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