Christian Witness in Cascadian Soil

Date(s) - May 10, 2019 - May 11, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

St. Andrew's Hall

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A Centre for Missional Leadership Academic Conference

The Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall is delighted to host an academic conference in May 2019 focused on Christian Witness in Cascadian Soil. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Christopher B. James, Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Mission at Dubuque Theological Seminary and author of Church Planting in Post-Christian Soil (Oxford Press, 2017).

May 10th & 11th, 2019

St. Andrew’s Hall – 6040 Iona Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Register at [email protected] or by calling Mavis Ho at 604.822.9372 – $100 for both days, lunch included.  Students – 1/2 price.



Friday, May 10

9 am – Opening Lecture, Exploring the theological ‘why’ of church planting – by Darrell Guder, CML Senior Fellow in Residence

Connecting with Cascadian Neighbours

11 am – 11:30 am Paper #1 Stephen Bell– A Sent Life Together: Connecting with Neighbours Through a Neo-Monastic Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside  

11:30 am – 12 pm Paper #2  Jamie Anderson-Reid– “House, Home and How to be a good neighbour”

12 pm to 12:45 pm – lunch in the SAH Centre

12:45 pm – Paper #4 – David WarkentinThe Practice of Storytelling: Indigenous-Settler Relationships in Cascadia

1:15 pm – Paper #5 Shannon Bell– “My ministry is a disaster!”

1:45 pm – Paper #6  Jenn Richards  From Soldiers to Midwives: Bearing Witness to the Triune God in Our Everyday Conversations

Worship & Missional Vocation Part A

2:45 pm – Paper #7 – Chebineh Che – Witnessing out of Worship:  A theoretical network approach

3:15 pm – Paper # 8 Paulo Pereira Junior –   Church Revitalization – Dealing with broken smithereens and bricks

3:45 pm – Paper #9 – Young Tae ChoiArts Ministry Beyond the Sunday Worship Service:  How Can an Arts Ministry Be Missional in a Public Arena?

4:15 pm – Paper #10  – Rebecca Simpson– “You Forgot It in People” – Re-Membering the Church:  Reflections on what Indie rock collective Broken Social Scene might say to the Missional Church.

4:45 pm – Paper #11 – Brian Fraser– (Confirmed) – Gaining a Hearing for the Gospel:  Missioning with the Jazz Community through Dialogical Evangelization

5:15 to 7 pm – break for dinner (participants are on their own for a meal on campus…Koerner’s Pub, Sushi One, Student Union Building’s 7 restaurants, Museum of Anthropology café, etc)

6:45 pm – gathering music

7 pm – Ross to welcome and introduce Christopher

7:10 to 8 pm – Christopher James – Keynote: Good News from the None Zone: Four Practices for Joining God in Post-Christian Soil

8 pm – 8:45 pm – Responses and Question/Response

8:45 pm – Wine and Cheese with Darrell’s favourite Okanagan region chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon!

Saturday, May 11

9 am – Lecture, “Beloved Community as Missional Witness” Jonathan Wilson

10:15 am – 10:45 am – break

Worship & Missional Vocation Part B

10:45 am – Paper #12  Tim Dickau “Seeking the Kingdom of God as a Church in a Secular Age”

11:15 am – Paper #13  Anne-Marie Ellithorpe  – Spirit-shaped Friendships and the Planting of New Worshipping Communities.

11:45 am – Paper #14  Peter Sanders– You Shall Go Out With Joy: The Importance of Congregational Singing in Missional Worship

12:15 to 1 pm – lunch served in the SAH centre

Witness & Formation beyond Worship

1 pm – Paper #15  Corey Schlosser-Hall–  Growing Ministry in Old PlacesReflections on recovering one Presbytery’s willingness to risk and innovate for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Cascadian Soil.

1:30 pm – Paper #16  Andrew Stephens-Rennie, “Revillaging the CityHow One Congregation Transformed its Charitable Food Ministry to an Agent of Shalom.”

2 pm – Paper #17 Todd Wiebe–  “Faith After AtheismChristian Theology and Spiritual Formation in a Landscape of Default Agnosticism

2:30 pm – Paper #18 Layna Haley– “Experience Kaleo”

3 pm – Paper #19 – Jon Bell–  Of Sacred Places and Holy Ground

3:30 pm – Paper #20 – Axel Schoeber – Keep Your Sense of Humour!

4 pm – Closing Panel discussion with Christopher, Darrell and Jonathan

4:30 pm – departure

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