Taylor E P Wahl Centre: Education, Inspiration, Transformation
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!
Past Events Archive:
More information on Crucial Conversation events coming soon...
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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.
Coming in 2018!
Our Wahl Lecturer for March 2018 is Dr. Edith Humphrey (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary). She will lead us in reflecting upon the central role of Scripture in the worship engagements of Christians from the New Testament into the following three centuries.
Her overall topic is entitled Worship and the Life of Christ’s People, with the three individual lectures being “Worshipping Together;” “Worshipping the Triune God;” and “Worship, Past and Present.” The Wahl Leadership Team is exploring ways of facilitating pre-Lecture focus groups (e.g., book clubs) so as to “prime the pump,” so to speak, and build interest among churches in the Dr. Humphrey’s presentations.
More information coming 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. 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
Dr. Michael Gorman
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 the next training day.
The last workshop focused 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, next time, 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!
Session and Presenters from the last gathering
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)
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 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. The key areas discussed were:
- Spiritual Formation
- Emotional and Cultural Intelligence
- Leadership and Management
- Marriage and Family
Sabbatical Preparation Workshop Testimonials
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Sabbatical Prep. Workshop
February 28, 2018
April 13, 2018
May 27-29, 2018
May 29-June 1, 2018
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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 fall, we experienced one of the most important and profound stories ever told: The Prodigal
Listen now to onWORD 2014
Dr. Peter Enns
For the Bible Tells Me So: Faithfully Reading the Stories of Scripture"
Parish Nursing Institute
The E P Wahl Centre at Taylor Seminary announced the launch of the Parish Nursing Institute last spring, an initiative that we believe has tremendous potential to serve those who work in this area of compassionate care through the local church. The first event was an 8-day training course offered June 23-30, 2017. Watch for a new training course coming soon!
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 attracted world-class presenters for June’s course.
Sessions covered 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