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Study Conference 2016

3,4,5 May

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Featured speaker

Dr. John Bowen

Director of Wycliff Serves! at Wycliffe College, Toronto

Roots and Wings: Being Church in the 21st Century

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What does it take for the church to thrive and grow in this post-Christendom culture?

John Bowen believes we need first of all to recover what it means that Christianity is about good news: our “roots.” Two practical strategies follow. One is for existing churches to find new ways to touch their communities with the Gospel. The other is to start new Christian communities, sometimes called “fresh expressions of church,” which reach people traditional churches can’t. These are our “wings.”

The three sessions will be illustrated with video and PowerPoint, and there will be lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. You will find these talks to be full of insight, practical ideas, challenge, and hope.

Titles of Three Presentations

  1. Being Church in the 21st Century
  2. Helping Existing Congregations Find New Forms of Outreach
  3. New Forms, “Fresh Expressions” of Christian Community

Brief Bio

John Bowen was educated at Oxford University, Trinity Theological College (Bristol), and McMaster Divinity College. For over 25 years, he worked for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in university ministry, before joining the faculty of Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, where he taught evangelism from 1997 till 2013. He now directs Wycliffe Serves!, a centre for the college’s external ministries. He is the author of five books, including Evangelism for ‘Normal’ People , Growing up Christian , and, most recently Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a new Future for the Church in Canada (2013), a collection of essays about the church’s mission in Canada in the 21st century. John has been married to Deborah, an English professor at Redeemer University College, for over forty years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren, of whom they are ridiculously proud.

Cost – $25

Accommodation – available at Luther Residence (306-966-7889)

Parking – Parking is available in Lot 4 for $4 max per visit per day (you pay every time you leave that lot, so it's not a good place to stay if you plan to leave for lunch and breaks). Passes for Lot S (formerly known as Lot P) for the three days will be available for $20 from Faye at Registration.