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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Faith & Settlement Partnerships

Faith & Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada Up for Success A CCBR Research Project The purpose of this two-year project (2016 — 2018) is to study partnerships among faith-based and government-funded settlement organizations. This will be done in order to determine how these partnerships can better lead to positive settlement outcomes for newcomers, and ultimately benefit Canadian society. This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and builds upon past work by CCBR including another SSHRC-funded project entitled “The Role of Churches in Immigrant Settlement and Integration”. Research Team Project Director Rich Janzen (CCBR) Project Manager Jessica Dyck (CCBR) Project Partners Joanna Ochocka (CCBR) Victoria Esses (The University of Western Ontario) Mark Chapman (Tyndale University College & Seminary) Robert Cousins (Tyndale Intercultural Ministry Centre) Ron Kuipers (Institute for Christian Studies) Ida Kaastra-Mutoigo (World Renew) Jim Cresswell (Ambrose University) Doug Binner (The Salvation Army) Michael Skaljin (Interfaith Council of Peel) Aamna Ashraf (Peel Newcomer Strategy Group) Trisha Scantlebury (Peel Newcomer Strategy Group) Subhi Tarim (Peel Newcomer Strategy Group) Vera Dodic (Toronto Newcomer Office) Idrisa Pandit (Renison University College) Tara Bedard (Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership) Mohammed Baobaid (Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration)

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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). Click here for more information. — Keywords: research, ccbr, sshrc, settlement, immigrants, Canada — External Links: Faith & Settlement Partnerships — Workshops Guide Faith & Settlement Partnerships — TIM Centre   —

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Unequal Relations

By Augie Fleras: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada — Description: Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada is the market-leading, single-voice text for Race and Ethnicity courses in Canada, and it includes comprehensive coverage of racism, multiculturalism and diversity. This mature edition has been updated to remain current, and to include new sub-topics important to the discipline, including explicit discussion of the importance of immigration to Canada and its role in national building; older waves of immigration; and shifting attitudes of normalized immigrant groups. — Keywords: immigrants, immigration, refugees, multiculturalism, Canada, newcomers, settlement, research, racism — External Links: https://www.amazon.ca/Unequal-Relations-Introduction-Aboriginal-Dynamics/dp/0132310600

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The Art of Welcoming the Stranger

— Description: A description of how welcoming Canadian churches are to recent immigrants (March 21, 2011). — Keywords: Canada, training — External Links: https://canadianchristianity.com/the-art-of-welcoming-the-stranger-50

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Newcomers Network

— Welcome. We are blessed by a diversity of nationalities represented in our church, so there is a very good chance you will meet others here who share your cultural heritage. Our desire is to greet you with three things: ‘Compassion: We are here to offer kindness and compassionate support. We understand that leaving your home country and arriving in Canada is an exciting transition—but it can be a difficult one too. Connection: We can help you connect to practical resources you need to establish your new life here. Community: We would be pleased to introduce you to the opportunity for friendship with other internationals and Canadians who are part of our community. — Keywords: peoples’ church, diversity, cultural heritage, Canada — https://thepeopleschurch.ca/newcomers-network

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