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 & Learn" event for Church Administrative Professionals was introduced in 2015.Two Lunch & Learn Events took place in early June:
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Church Administrative Professionals Symposium
The next CAPS Lunch & Learn is Feb. 22, 2017. More info coming soon...
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:
You are invited to join us for GOD in the MODERN WORLD: A CHRISTIAN-ATHEIST DIALOGUE
Is there room for God in the modern world? Or is belief in God a relic of the past?
In this discussion, Christian theologian Randal Rauser and atheist Justin Schieber share very different views about the meaning and relevance of God for the modern age.
This event is part of the “Crucial Conversations Series”, which aims to host uncommon discussion about challenging topics that are friendly, engaging and substantive. We hope you will join us for this free event to hear from our presenters, ask your own questions, and to engage other attendees in respectful dialogue.
This event is co-presented by the E P Wahl Centre, the continuing education ministry of Taylor, along with the Society for Edmonton Atheists. There is no charge to attend, and light refreshments will be offered following the event.
ABOUT OUR PARTICIPANTS
Randal Rauser is Professor of Historical Theology at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, where he has taught since 2003. He lectures widely on the topics of apologetics and Christian worldview. Dr. Rauser is the author or coauthor of ten books including The Swedish Atheist, the Scuba Diver, and Other Apologetic Rabbit Trails and Theology in Search of Foundations. Dr. Rauser also regularly blogs and podcasts as The Tentative Apologist at www.randalrauser.com.
Justin Schieber is founder and host of Real Atheology, a Youtube channel dedicated to presenting issues in contemporary philosophy of religion in easy-to-follow videos. As former cohost of the Reasonable Doubts Radio Show and Podcast (2011-2015), Justin enjoys promoting a friendly, yet firm, skepticism toward religious claims. He lectures on the philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God and has participated in many public debates at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. He served on the board of the Grand Rapids chapter of the Center for Inquiry in 2014 and 2015.
Friendly. Engaging. Substantive.
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.
Taylor is excited to welcome an exceptional scholar whose work on Paul’s writings has generated significant discussion recently. Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary, will be speaking on “Reading Romans Missionally.” (Pictured Above). The date of the event is Friday March 17, 2017. Early registration discount.
The Purposeof 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
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
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!