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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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That All May Be One: A Resource for Educating toward Racial Justice

Edited by Wenh-In Ng — Description: 2004: United Church Publishing House This handbook provides material for reflection, education and action to help individuals and congregations recognize, resist and eliminate racism. It contains excellent reflections and workshops designed to give life to the United Church anti-racism policy. Available from the United Church of Canada Resource Distribution Centre. — Keywords: diversity, cultural sensitivity, anti-racism, policy, church development, training, United Church, social justice — External Links: http://www.ucrdstore.ca/that-all-may-be-one-brochure-an-introduction-to-the-united-church-s-anti-racism-policy.html

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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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Anglican Diocese of Toronto Church Planting Canada

Church Planting In terms of the Great Commission, we have a Christian duty to share Christ with the world. That duty involves the sacrament of baptism and the Christian process of discipleship within worshipping and gathered Christian communities. It is in this sense that we stand within a historical Church that has found its expression in locally gathered communities of faith who find their local vocation in mission and ministry. Within the context of the Diocese of Toronto that Commission is presently expressed in a number of key ways that are directly related to the changing demographics of our Diocesan context. Firstly we find ourselves with mushrooming suburbs that have an increasing need for new worshipping communities and appropriate facilities to meet that need. Secondly, we are experiencing urban regeneration in a post-Christian context where there are large numbers of un-churched people who are seeking a connection with dynamic and welcoming faith communities that provide them with the space to explore their own spirituality in a contemporary form that is historically rooted. Thirdly, the shifting demographics of both our urban and rural contexts requires a re-envision of our existing worshipping communities in a way that builds new and sustainable churches

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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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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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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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Important Issues For The Church In Canada To Become Missional

By Glenn Smith — Description: Glenn Smith of Christian Direction discusses the need to think contextually when conducting urban ministry in Canada. — Keywords: Church Planting, Christian Ministry, Missions, Training, missional, missiology, church development, development, education, worship, church, evangelism — Link to Article

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Immigrants in the US: A Missional Opportunity

By Jenny Kwang Yang — Abstract: How are local churches responding to the Great Commission opportunity that comes with immigrants, refugees and international students arriving in their communities? That was the question presented at the Church Connection Tour in five cities during the month of June 2014 by Missio Nexus. From their website: “We had a total of 414 people attend the tour. We had a total of 225 organizations represented in the five cities (including churches). Approximately 100 of those were churches; most of the remaining 125 were mission organizations although some of them were colleges/seminaries. We met with fellow pastors, church planters and mission leaders at this one-day event to explore approaches, resources and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees and international students. A Case Study provided from the 2014 Missio Nexus tour in Toronto, Ontario.” — Keywords: church development, Missio Nexus, missional, missiology, diaspora, displaced, gateway cities, commission, global, intercultural, cross-cultural, diversity, ethnic profiles, country profiles, evangelism, church, worship, new Canadians, immigrant, refugee, foreigner, sojourner, alien, migrant, migrant worker, temporary worker, international student — Additional Links: https://missionexus.org

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Cedar Springs Outreach to Refugees and International Students

By Almaz Gemechu — Abstract: How are local churches responding to the Great Commission opportunity that comes with immigrants, refugees and international students arriving in their communities? That was the question presented at the Church Connection Tour in five cities during the month of June 2014 by Missio Nexus. From their website: “We had a total of 414 people attend the tour. We had a total of 225 organizations represented in the five cities (including churches). Approximately 100 of those were churches; most of the remaining 125 were mission organizations although some of them were colleges/seminaries. We met with fellow pastors, church planters and mission leaders at this one-day event to explore approaches, resources and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees and international students. A Case Study provided from the 2014 Missio Nexus tour in Toronto, Ontario.” — Keywords: Missio Nexus, new Canadians, immigrant, refugee, foreigner, sojourner, alien, migrant, migrant worker, temporary worker, international student, intercultural, diversity, cross-cultural, missional, missiology, diaspora, displaced, gateway cities, commission, global, ethnic profiles, country profiles, language, church development, immigrant churches, evangelism, church, worship — Additional Links: https://missionexus.org

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