Study Tours, Millennials and Rick Tobias on Changing the World

February 2014

It is good for your heart and mind to work in an environment with young people. They keep you on your toes. Many of our Tyndale students are from the Millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000. They are known as digital natives. They grew up with a computer in their homes and cell phones in their hands. They are known to be technologically savvy, and they are also unique in terms of their faith experience and practice.

A recent Barna study found that 70% read their bibles on a phone, tablet or computer, not from a book.  When looking for a church 56% turn to the Internet first. And when the Millennials want to find spiritual content, Bible studies, Christian music or discipleship materials, six out of ten turn to the Internet. These statistics are important for church leaders to understand.

Perhaps equally important to understand is that by the time the Millennials turn thirty, 43% have given up on their faith.

Among those who have given up on their faith is a large group who still consider themselves Christian, but who do not feel comfortable in the church. They feel like they “Don’t fit in anymore.”
At Tyndale we take these findings seriously. And we want to help you – the Church – to meet the needs of Millennials. Here is how we want to help. We offer training for leaders and pastors to better understand the needs of the Canadian culture and suggest ways of reaching out to the Millennials. We offer a safe and challenging environment for young people to grow in knowledge and faith. Let us help your church today. Take a class, come for a seminar, send a student. The challenge ahead of us is great, and together we will reach all generations for Christ.

Blessings upon you,

Rev. Dr. Rob Patterson
Director, Alumni & Church Relations

Featured Story

For almost 25 years Rick Tobias led Yonge Street Mission and he is currently serving as the organization’s Community Advocate. Since 1984 Rick has been an adjunct professor at Tyndale Seminary. This is the third installment in a four-part series that takes us through a discussion with Rick about what is needed in church leadership today.

Do you want to change the world?
“I think we need leaders who don’t want to change the world,” states Rick, an unusual opinion in today’s culture.

Whether it is in the church or outside of it, there is a constant call for people to step-up and change the world we live in. But Rick believes that “we need leaders who want to be changed themselves and who may want to live out the gospel in their little corner of the world.”

So, how do we transform the world? “We transform the world by listening to God carefully so that God shapes the culture of the church and God shapes the direction we take and perhaps most importantly that God shapes us.”

“I know by faith that if we will stop and listen to God and believe that God will make us different then maybe someone around us will be different too,” Rick asserts. “Not many of us get to be Billy Graham. Most of us are pretty average. I don’t even know that we should be asking the big questions. When I find myself thinking about doing really great things, it is usually coming from me.”

Rick is committed to the world around him. “It’s not accidental that I have been 30 years at Yonge Street Mission; there have been other jobs and ministries along the way. I am here because I think somehow there is something good that happens when we stay in one place for a long time. We don’t get to change the world, it’s been 30 years— is the community any better? Actually, it’s worse. But over 30 years I have seen miracles and I have seen lives changed and I have seen seeds of hope take root and blossom.”

“I believe that God calls us to be the pastor or shepherd of a people. We need to commit ourselves to journeying with a people through all their wilderness years. Maybe something fun will happen. And my testimony is that something fun has happened. Most of the leaders I know are smarter than me and are part of communities that are far more prestigious than the community I belong to. Regardless, I can say that for me it has been a wonderful journey.”

Faith Talks 2014

Since 2007, Tyndale has invited well-known Christian leaders from a wide range of disciplines to speak at its annual Faith Talks lectures. The purpose of Faith Talks is to hear from a speaker who has a unique perspective about faith that will “ engage the Tyndale community with the integration of Christian thinking and spiritual formation,” said George Sweetman, Dean of Students at the university.

This year, Christian songwriter/musician, author and Christianity Today columnist Carolyn Arends spoke about her experiences and insights about wrestling with doubt.

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Israel & Jordan Tour (Oct 23 - Nov 4)

Please bring your church leaders on a sacred journey to the Holy Land and Jordan. Walk the ancient streets of Jerusalem and experience the Dead Sea. The tour includes a journey to the lost city of Petra, a truly once in a lifetime journey.

For more information, please click here or send an email to churchrelations [at] tyndale [dot] ca (subject: Israel%20and%20Jordan%202014%20Tour)

Upcoming Events

Feb 24: DMin Info Session
Connect over lunch with the Associate Director, admissions team, and faculty of the DMin program. Have your questions answered, learn about the Spiritual Formation and Leadership options, and meet your future classmates
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March 1: Contempo @Tyndale 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Theme: Mission Defined - Let others SEE the Gospel in us
Speakers: Dr. Bryan Karney and Mr. Desmond Choi
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March 1: Faith, Art & Healing
Facilitator: Cynthia Stevens
The day will hold variety: you will spend time watching God as the Potter at work on you His clay.  Building on the previous module, there will be a focus on the healing of life’s hurts.  Experience guided creative exercises to help you connect with God.  These can later be used as resources with others.  We will explore using Biblical principles, the role of creativity and beauty in our faith journey.
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March 3: Limiting Stress; Reducing Anxiety
It’s normal to feel stressed but too much stress can be harmful. Learn how to recognize the signs of stress and anxiety and how to manage it in positive ways.

March 17: 2014 Tyndale Preaching Conference
Preaching Jesus: An Exploration into the Challenges of Preaching Jesus Today
Preachers need both inspiration and practical tools in order to meet the challenge of proclaiming the gospel in the 21st century. Tyndale’s annual preaching conference will affirm your ministry of preaching and will equip you for effective communication of God’s Word. Come and hear Dr. Will Willimon from Duke University.
For more information and to register, please follow this link.

March 25: Sixth Annual Wesley Studies Symposium (2014)
Where: Bayview Campus Auditorium
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration: $10 (at the door)

On March 25, Tyndale’s Wesley Studies Symposium will gather a community of pastors, students, leaders, and scholars to reflect on the history and theology of the Wesleyan tradition.

The Revived Puritan: The Life and Piety of George Whitefield

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin
Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Pilgrimage & Study Tours

May 11 - 23: Walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain
Tour Leader: Dr. Arthur Boers
Over the centuries, countless Christians  found their callings to be leaders on this  path and learn invaluable lessons of leadership too: listening to the journey of others; sharing leadership; challenging oneself physically, mentally and emotionally; encountering God in unexpected ways; walking by faith; staying focused on a goal while working with others; building community and working collaboratively.

Over the course of eight days, students will walk the last 120 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago and be eligible for the much-coveted Compostela certificate offered by the Cathedral in Santiago.

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Aug 25 - Sept 5: Celtic Christianity Study Tour
Tour Leader: Dr. David Sherbino
Tyndale Seminary is offering a study tour on Celtic Spirituality to Ireland and Scotland. This tour will provide an overview of the mission and ministry of St. Patrick as we trace his footsteps throughout Ireland and the influence of St. Columba as he brought Christianity to the tiny island of Iona. From this island, Christianity spread to Lindisfarne which today is a centre of spiritual renewal through the community of St. Aiden and St. Hilda.

As an education experience, this trip will be highly interactive: interesting lectures, pilgrimages and daily worship in the Celtic tradition. You will have the opportunity to see and experience places that previously were simply words on a map. These places will come alive as history unfolds itself before your eyes.

More information is available online.

Oct 23 - Nov 4: Israel & Jordan Sacred Journey
Tour leader: Dr. Rob Patterson
Follow the footsteps of the Children of Israel as they crossed the River Jordan from present day Jordan into the promised land. You will have an opportunity to view the Promised land from Mount Nebo.

Retrace the footsteps of Jesus through Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha, Bethany, Jerusalm, Garden of Gethsemane and the Via Dolorosa.

We will also journey to the Ancient city of Petra in Jordan. It is an incredible sight and a wonderful journey.
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Tyndale Courses

Perspectives on Global Missions
Dates: May 05 – July 25, 2014
Online Course
Instructor: Dr. Wafik Wabha

Immerse yourself in a comprehensive survey of the nature of Christian mission worldwide. This course covers the biblical foundation of mission, the historical development and expansion of the world Christian movement, and the current issues and challenges facing mission.

Special attention is given to relating mission to culture. Explore several dynamic methods of presenting the Good News of the kingdom effectively and meaningfully in a particular world context. Effective strategies for world evangelization and church planting will be considered.
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Children’s Ministry
Dates: July 07 – July 11, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Valerie Michaelson

The course builds a Biblical foundation, explores faith development issues and formulates a rationale for ministry to children. Practical approaches that respond to the spiritual needs of children and nurture their growth as whole persons are included.
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Evangelism & The Missional Church
Dates: July 14 – 18, 2014
Instructor: Bruxy Cavey

A conceptual and practical examination of helping the local believer and church to present the evangelistic message of Christ in a pluralistic world. Specific focus is on such critical issues as culture, contextualization, hidden people, pluralism, social justice and a revitalization of the local church.
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Indigenous Christianity: Theologies, Praxis and Mission
Dates: July 28 – Aug 01, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Terry LeBlanc
This course will examine theologies that have emerged within the Indigenous community in the past two decades which are rooted in Indigenous worldview, social engagement, historical experience with Christian faith, and contemporary issues.

Following a global overview, several contemporary streams within the Canadian context will form a specific focus of the remainder of the course. Rather than simply focusing on a philosophical approach, this course will examine how articulated biblical theologies and their practice within the Canadian and wider global context, mesh with one another and lead into Indigenous engagement with mission.

The Rt Rev Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Anglican Bishop of Canada will be a guest lecturer during this course.

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Leading through Conflict and Change
Dates: June 09 – June 14, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Arthur Boers

Prepares students theologically, cognitively and personally for fruitful Christian ministry in dealing with communication and conflict.  Attention is paid to understandings of conflict, communication, family systems, strategies and skills useful in transforming conflict.  The class includes interactive and experienced-based collaborative work. Students interact with the readings and increase their communication and conflict-transformation skills

OFFSITE: This course will be held in Newfoundland.

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Sparking Creativity & Change in Ministry
Dates: June 16 – June 20, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Dave Overholt

The Church must navigate the current culture of constant change, staying fresh while holding to eternal truths.  This course examines the processes of creative thinking and how they relate to problem solving and initiating opportunities in ministry.
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