Taylor E P Wahl Centre Events and Programs
The Wahl Centre exists to serve the ongoing educational and training needs of the church. Seminars, workshops, short-term study and/or service opportunities, lectures, lessons (including music lessons), concerts discussion groups and other events are offered.
Named in honor of the founder of this institution, the E P Wahl Centre is committed to Dr. Wahl's vision of well-trained pastors and lay leaders serving faithfully to change the world.
The E P Wahl Centre hosts a number of annual events plus several events each year under the Healty Pastors Initiative. Please peruse the tabs below for more detail.
The Church Administrative Professionals’ Symposium is a day that has been specially designed for those who serve the church in the front office - a day of practical equipping and training, and a refreshing day of renewal. Usually held once per year, the CAPS event is organized for and by administrative professionals working in church settings, and is designed to help them effectively serve the ministries of their church.
In addition to inspiring plenary speakers, a number of guest speakers typically offer breakout sessions on a wide range of practical topics. We also welcome a number of exhibitors whose services and/or products may be helpful in your work.
CAPS is an initiative of the E P Wahl Centre at Taylor, in cooperation with volunteers from a variety of local churches.
The lunch and learn event for Church Administrative Professionals was introduced in 2015 and continues to provide great learning opportunities about church office operations and efficiency.
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Church Administrative Professionals Symposium
Feb. 22, 2017 Joanne Swensrude of Know IT Sooner joined us for our first half-day CAPS Lunch and Learn event. She taught an in-depth class on Microsoft Excel, and explored one of Excel's under-used hidden features -- Pivot Tables.
2016 CAPS Symposium
Oct 19. A Day of Equipping and Refreshing for Church Office Staff. Featured the comedy of Leland Klassen.
Our 2014 event featured singer/songwriter and speaker Carolyn Arends. It was a great day of inspiration and encouragement, as well as practical training.
Watch this space for details on our upcoming events!
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E.P. Wahl Lectures
The E.P. Wahl Lectures have been a significant continuing education event for church leaders, students and academics for 30 years. This lectureship was established in memory of Dr. E.P.Wahl, the founder and first president of Christian Training Institute, now Taylor Seminary.
On March 17, 2017, Taylor welcomed Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary. Dr. Gorman spoke about the key concepts in his book Becoming the Gospel, specifically speaking on “Reading Romans Missionally.” This event was sold out, with attendees from numerous communities across Alberta.
Audio from the 2017 event will be posted online soon!
The Purpose of the E.P. Wahl Lecture Series is:
- to encourage those who are serving in local ministry;
- to address topics of interest and need;
- to supplement the seminary education of our students;
- to strengthen the ministry of the seminary to the wider community;
- to provide a forum for evangelical scholarship.
Under the auspices of this lectureship, a distinguished scholar and ministry practitioner is brought to the campus each year to bring a series of lectures on issues related to the challenges of contemporary ministry.
Taylor Seminary has been honored to host numerous accomplished and fascinating presenters, including:
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Dr. Michael Gorman
Dr. Howard Hendricks
Dr. Leith Anderson
Dr. Calvin Miller
Dr. Stuart Briscoe
Dr. William Willimon
Dr. Marva Dawn
Dr. Archibald Hunt
Dr. William Dyrness
Dr. Os Guinness
Dr. John Stakehouse
Dr. Douglas J. Moo
Dr. Glen Stassen
Dr. Reginald Bibby
Dr. James K.A. Smith
Dr. Norman Wirzba
Building Healthy Church Staffs
Are you part of a church staff? Are you wondering what part you can play in making your staff a stronger team? If so, we invite you to join us for this training day on maximizing team dynamics.
This workshop will focus on how to leverage the strengths of every member of your church staff so as to maximize your team's impact in service of your church body. Come either as an individual or as a complete ministry team (pastors, directors, administrative staff). It's a day that will prove to be valuable for any church or organization!
Invitation to Building Healthy Church Staffs 2017
1. Understanding “Team”:
- Typologies for Healthy Team Dynamics
(Dr. Ralph Korner, E P Wahl Centre)
2. Understanding Team Dynamics:
- Insight Inventory: Personal Application
- Insight Inventory: Application within Staff Cohorts
(Heather Breitkreuz, E P Wahl Centre)
3. Maximizing Team Diversity:
- Sticking together: Practical Guidance for Intergenerational Ministry Teams
(Rev. Dr. Cory Seibel, Central Baptist Church; Connors Hill Point Pastor)
4. Interconnecting Team Roles:
- Leading from the First Chair, Second Chair and Big Chair;
- Role Variations between the First Chair, Second Chair and Big Chair
(Rev. Dennis Gulley, Leduc Fellowship Church)
REGISTRATION OPENS SOON!
Take advantage of the group rate available; this event is ideal for ministry teams to experience together! Also, note that lunch is included with your registration, as is the cost of the INSIGHT Inventory®.
Cost: $75.00 per person / $300.00 Group Rate (up to six team members); additional $75.00 per person for more than six people.
Healthy Churches is an initiative of the E P Wahl Centre at Taylor Seminary, a continuing education initiative addressing the educational needs of the church.
Healthy Pastors Initiative
Serving those in ministry is at the heart of the Healthy Pastors Initiative. Creating a community of care for fellow pastors, for discussion, prayer and peer support is another vital purpose for this initiative.Through workshops and retreats like THRiVE, pastors and leaders will explore the practical issues that need to be considered as well as topics such as: the common pitfalls of ministry, such as isolation and stress, and focus on some best practices to foster long-term ministry health. Among the key areas to be discussed are:
- Spiritual Formation
- Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
- Leadership and Management
- Marriage and Family
Watch this new video about the upcoming Flourish Workshop
Sabbatical Preparation Workshop Testimonials
This is a gathering of those who work and pray for justice for a time of listening to and encouraging one another.
The Justice conference is meant to be a time of refreshing and equipping for those who work for justice. Our focus will be local, regional and international initiatives.
We will have a plenary speaker, workshops, sharing of minitries, dialog and discussions
The onWORD Conference is an annual event that is centered on experiencing and enjoying the Scripture.
Each year a main speaker tackles a central theme on a Bible topic, and other speakers and artists help us encounter and enjoy the text in new, memorable and (we trust) life-changing ways. These workshops and breakout sessions are where scholars and Bible teachers will help us journey through scripture, exploring, discovering, tasting and understanding.
This falls onWORD: the conference -- was a journey through scripture. It's an exploration of Biblical proportions!
Taylor's 2016 event was hosted by and co-presented with McKernan Baptist Church. Our featured speaker was Rob Loane of VantagePoint3, along with a number of other speakers.
The theme of the event was KEEPING COMPANY WITH GOD. In a variety of creative ways, we explored the Scriptures and spent time with the Father.
Parish Nursing Institute
The E P Wahl Centre at Taylor Seminary is excited to announce the launch of the Parish Nursing Institute, an initiative that we believe has tremendous potential to serve those who work in this area of compassionate care through the local church. We invite you to join us for the first 8-day training course being offered June 23-30, 2017.
With the encouragement and participation of the Alberta Association of Parish Nurses, the Parish Nursing Institute was formed in response to a need among the profession for training and certification. Directing the team is Dr. Joyce Bellous, who led a similar program at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, ON that graduated more than 200 nurses in a decade. Dr. Bellous’ experienced leadership is attracting world-class presenters for June’s course.
Sessions will cover a wide variety of topics including:
- Introduction to Parish Nursing Theory
- Theological Reflection
- Spiritual Assessment and Pastoral Care
- Healing and Worldview
- Biblical Perspective on Suffering and Healing
- Healing in the Christian Tradition
- Developing Rituals of Healing and Healing Services
- Legal Issues
- Mental Health Issues
- The Parish Nurse as a Teacher
- Setting Up a Parish Nursing Practice
- Working with Pastors and Volunteers
- The Parish Nurse as a Referral Agent
- …and more.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bellous at Joyce.Bellous@taylor-edu.ca or by calling
We look forward to beginning this new initiative with you!