Forge Canada and Taylor Seminary/E P Wahl Centre present Into the Neighbourhood
Forge Canada is partnering with McMaster Divinity College, Tyndale University College and Seminary, and Taylor Seminary, who each will host a two-day event during the week of October 22-26, 2018.
Day One: Thursday, Oct. 25 (1:00pm until 8:00 pm’ish; supper break in between)
Into the Neighbourhood Workshop (Karen Wilks and Preston Pouteaux)
Essential Focus: helping churches inculcate principles of shalom into the neighbourhoods of the building and of their congregants.
Curricular Grounding: Asset Based Community Development principles (ABCD: e.g., foundational for the Abundant Communities initiative of the City of Edmonton). The ABCD approach was developed by John L. McKnight and John P. Kretzmann at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University (1993).
The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future. (https://resources.depaul.edu/abcd-institute/Pages/default.aspx)
Day Two: Friday, Oct. 26 (9:00-4:00 pm; lunch break in between)
Workshop with David Fitch
(B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary; Founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Essential Focus: Based on Abundant communities principles (Day One), how do we be the church in our post-Christian communities as a faithful presence?
Curricular Grounding: David Fitch’s concept of “faithful presence,” especially as it is espoused in his book Faithful Presence: The book self-describes as follows:
In our quest to renew the church, Christians have walked through seeker-friendly, emergent, missional, and other movements to develop new expressions of the body of Christ. Now in the post-Christian world in North America we're asking the question again: Is there a way to be the church that engages the world, not by judgment nor accommodation but by becoming the good news in our culture? In Faithful Presence, noted pastor and scholar David Fitch offers a new vision for the witness of the church in the world. He argues that we have lost the intent and practice of the sacramental ways of the historic church, and he recovers seven disciplines that have been with us since the birth of the church. Through numerous examples and stories, he demonstrates how these revolutionary disciplines can help the church take shape in and among our neighborhoods, transform our way of life in the world, and advance the kingdom. This book will help you re-envision church, what you do in the name of church, and the way you lead a church. It recovers a future for the church that takes us beyond Christendom. Embrace the call to reimagine the church as the living embodiment of Christ, dwelling in and reflecting God's faithful presence to a world that desperately needs more of it.
Registration tickets for this event will become available July 4, 2018.