Faith & Settlement Research Project

Faith & Settlement Partnerships: Resource Packet — Description: This Packet has been compiled as part of the Faith and Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada up for Success project which is a research partnership that explores partnerships between faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations. This two-year project was led by the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). — Keywords: research, ccbr, sshrc, settlement, immigrants, Canada — External Links: Faith & Settlement Partnerships — Resource Packet Faith & Settlement Partnerships — Workshops Guide Faith & Settlement Partnerships — TIM Centre Executive Summary – Final Report (Jan 2018)   —

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Beginning the Discussion

By Ruth Cassidy and James Grunaua — Abstract: God calls the church to deep levels of engagement with refugees and new immigrants that ultimately reveals God’s heart of compassion for vulnerable people, his desire for believers to live in right relationship with the “other,” his design for creation that includes unity with diversity, and his self-giving love that invites broken humanity into its embrace. — Keywords: new Canadian, refugee, sojourner, diaspora, displaced, church development, education, training —

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Outreach Canada

— Description: Outreach Canada is an evangelical-oriented mission organization, focused on strengthening churches and communities across Canada. With a mandate to come alongside local church leaders, mission agencies, denominations, and churches, Outreach Canada actively assists them to be more effectual in their ministries, and more intentional in the provision of services to their respective congregations and communities. — Keywords: Christian ministry,  missions — External Links: http://outreach.ca

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Anglican Resources for Multicultural Sunday

— Description: Designating and celebrating the Feast of Pentecost as a Multicultural Sunday allows the Anglican Diocese of Toronto to embody a vision to recognize the value of diversity in building communities of hope and compassion as expressed in Ephesians 2:19: So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. It is our hope that these parish resources will help reflect and act on what it means to be a multicultural church. — Keywords: church planting, Christian ministry, newcomers, missions, immigrant services, multicultural, social justice, new Canadians, immigrant, foreigner, alien, migrant, intercultural, diversity, cross-cultural, missional, commission, church development, worship, church, evangelism — External Links: http://www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/diversity-resources

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Toronto as a Gateway City

The emerging study of gateway cities in sociology, history, and geography (Price and Benton-Short 2008, 6) reflects the significance of contemporary international migration. “While movements of people across borders have shaped states and societies since time immemorial, what is distinctive in recent years is their global scope, their centrality to domestic and international politics and their enormous economic and social consequences” (Castles and Miller 2003, 2). Based on a review of the research literature, Lisa Benton-Short and Marie Price suggest the following themes are significant for gateway cities: Hyperdiversity: This is characterized by “cities where no one country of origin accounts for 25 percent or more of the immigrant stock and immigrants come from all over the world” (Price and Benton-Short 2008, 15).  Episodic: Immigrant flows can change over time as they are influenced by factors of social networks and economics (Price and Benton-Short 2008, 16). -Immigration policies: “Shifting national policies are extremely important in explaining the changing flows and composition of immigrants to cities around the world” (Price and Benton- Short 2008, 17). Urban policies: Which may encourage or discourage immigrants. Identity: “Most people have nested identities based on different scales of belonging” (Price and Benton-Short 2008, 19). Spatial assimilation or segregation: Immigrant

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Joshua Project

— Description: The mission and passion of Joshua Project is to identify and highlight the people groups of the world that have the least exposure to the Gospel and the least Christian presence in their midst. Joshua Project shares this information to encourage pioneer church-planting movements among every ethnic people group. — Keywords: people groups, culture, Church Planting, church development, languages, research — Links: https://joshuaproject.net

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Lausanne Occasional Paper — 55

Diasporas and International Students: The New People Next Door — Description: This publication is about the opportunities and challenges presented to Christians by the presence of people from different countries, who are now living near them. It is written for vicars, pastors and other leaders of Christian congregations and ministries. It describes the findings of about 50 people who discussed this subject at the Lausanne 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Thailand in October 2004. They wanted this message to be conveyed to all churches and ministries who are faced with these opportunities and challenges. The movement of peoples in our world creates many new challenges. The word ‘Diaspora’ meaning ‘a scattering’ is used to describe this large-scale movement of people from their homeland to settle permanently or temporarily in other countries. — Keywords: lausanne, diaspora, international students — External Links: https://www.lausanne.org/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/LOP55_IG26.pdf

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Foundations in Missional Ministry & Church Leadership Diploma

At the Tyndale Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre — Description: Tyndale Intercultural Ministries (TIM) Centre’s Foundations in Missional Ministry & Church Leadership Diploma, was introduced in October 2010. One of the exciting developments in contemporary church planting in the Canadian context is the growth of immigrant churches in urban cities like Toronto. As God continues to bring Spirit-filled Christians from the non-western world to Canada, we can expect to see the exciting new church-planting models, which do not fit the typical Canadian paradigm. One of the challenges facing immigrant church leaders, is how to find training that is accessible, affordable, and recognized for credentialing leaders to serve in pastoral ministry within their church affiliation. The Foundations in Missional Ministry & Church Leadership will train immigrant church leaders to be certified by the denominations partnering with the TIM Centre. The Diaspora Leaders training has two distinct dimensions. First, there will be basic foundation courses related to Bible Interpretation, OT-NT Survey, Basic Bible Doctrines, and Introduction to Pastoral Ministry. Second, the missional courses will be part of the Forge –Toronto “ethos”. For more information on the ethos, see the core values tab. For more information on the courses, see the curriculum tab. Download the

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An Anthropological Approach To Diaspora Missiology

By Dr. Steven Ybarrola — Abstract: The discipline of anthropology has, throughout much of its short history, been interested in the migration, adaptation, and identity of peoples. Throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s anthropologists produced a plethora of ethnographic works dealing with ethnicity, inter-ethnic relations, and ethnic identity. However, beginning in the 1990s the focus began to turn towards the study of diaspora communities and the transnational connections these communities often maintained with “home.” In this paper, I examine ways in which anthropology can contribute to our understanding of diaspora missiology, and I argue that the study of the religious dimensions of diaspora communities can create a common interest, and even a partnership, between anthropologists and missiologists. — Keywords: missiology, diaspora, displaced, ethnography, anthropology

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Gary Nelson & David Fitch in Conversation

Missional: Does the Word Still Have Value? — Description: Nelson/Fitch — Missional: Does the word still have value? from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo — Keywords: church development, leadership, missional, Tyndale — External Links: http://www.tyndale.ca/video/presidents-office/missional-does-the-word-still-have-value

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