Large Canadian Churches Draw an Estimated 300,000 Worshippers Each Week: Findings from a National Study

By Warren Bird in collaboration with a Canadian research team — Description: For Canadians who attended a Protestant church last weekend, an estimated one in eight attended a church that draws 1,000 or more in weekly attendance. These predominantly evangelical congregations are growing, reaching out, and focused on serving children and youth. Terms like megachurch, church growth, multiple services, and congregations with lots of young families bring to mind countries like the United States (think Joel Osteen and Lakewood, or Rick Warren and Saddleback), Nigeria (with sanctuaries that seat over 50,000), Korea (home to the world’s largest-attendance church) and other parts of the world – but Canada too? Isn’t church attendance on the decline across the 10 provinces and 3 territories? This article discusses the findings of a research project that found that Canadian “megachurches” are increasingly popular amongst Canadians, with 1 in 8 Protestants attending these congregations weekly. This report discusses how large churches appear to be an attractive and likely enduring option for Canadians seeking an experience of engaged and growing congregational life. Leaders of these churches report that they are evangelistically effective, are reaching a diverse ethnic population, and are expanding to multisite venues—all with high-quality ministry

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Community Connection / Connexion Communautaire

— Description: A directory of over 20,000 community, social, health and government services Toronto’s #1 online resource for human service professionals. — Keywords: immigrant services, 211, new Canadians, immigrant, refugees — External Links: https://www.211toronto.ca

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Integration — Net

— Description: Resources for Immigrant-Serving Organizations to Understand and Fight Racism in Canada.” This inventory is prepared in collaboration with John Samuel and Associates, Citizens for Public Justice, and the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, with funding from the Welcoming Communities Initiative of Citizenship and Immigration Canada — Keywords: church, racism, social justice — External Links: http://www.integration-net.ca

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Ontario Immigration

— Description: The official Government of Ontario website where you can find many resources to assist new Canadians in adjusting to life in Canada. — Keywords: immigrant services, settlement — External Links: http://ontarioimmigration.ca

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CultureLink

— Description: A settlement agency for new Canadians, CultureLink is a not-for-profit community-based organization that facilitates the settlement of newcomers to Toronto, Canada. — Keywords: immigrant services, settlement — External Links: Home

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Naming Racism: Speaking Truth to Power

— Description: Making Waves, Volume 4(2)L 2004. Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. Toronto A hands-on resource for congregations. Looks at Canadian churches’ history of racism, provides Bible studies and liturgical resources, exercises to help understand systemic racism and how to bring about change, stories of how to be an ally and an outline of anti-racism policies of Canadian religious organizations. Order from wicc@wicc.org. — Keywords: church, racism, social justice

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Activate

Blog of the Centre for Faith and Public Life — Description: The Centre for Faith and Public Life is located in Ottawa, Ontario, only blocks from Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada. The CFPL promotes biblical principles, from an evangelical perspective, on matters of law and public policy. For more information about the EFC, please visit our website, contact us at activatecfpl@evangelicalfellowship.ca. For detailed and calling information go to www.EvangelicalFellowship.ca/ContactUs. — Keywords: immigration, public policy, laws, social justice, worship, church, evangelism

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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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State of Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Status in Canada – 2012

— Abstract: This joint report is a brief summary of some of the major developments in federal policy and practice as they impact on immigrant and refugee women in Canada, covering the five year period 2006-11. — Keywords: demographics, new Canadians, foreigner, sojourner, alien, migrant, migrant worker, temporary worker, diaspora, displaced, gateway cities, global, immigration, laws, social justice, public policy, women —

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Canadian Christian Churches as Partners in Immigrant Settlement and Integration

By Rich Janzen, Alethea Stobbe, Mark Chapman, and James Watson — Abstract: This article discusses the role of Canadian Christian churches in immigrant settlement and integration and discusses implications for the settlement sector. A total of 34 denominations responded to an online survey. Findings show that many churches are intentionally involved in immigrant ministry, motivated by their Christian and social concern. Existing immigrant supports are wide-ranging and holistic, include the unique contribution of immigrant congregations but are limited by underdeveloped partnerships. It is in the equipping processes of leadership development, training, planning, and evaluation that churches are weakest and could benefit most from partnerships with other settlement players. — Reference(s): Janzen, Rich, Alethea Stobbe, Mark Chapman, and James Watson. 2016. Canadian Christian Churches as Partners in Immigrant Settlement and Integration. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies 1-21. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15562948.2015.1123792 — Keywords: Role of Churches. Immigrant Settlement Integration, immigrants, settlement, Newcomers — To access this article: 1. Login to Tyndale University College and Seminary Library with your account 2. Email us for a downloadable copy.

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