Tyndale Staff Association Launches Project Prayer

Thursday, January 16, 2014

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). These are inspiring words for Robert Weiland, IT Support Specialist and Chair of Tyndale’s Staff Association.

A large part of Robert’s role as Chair of Tyndale’s Staff Association is helping create an environment at Tyndale where social interaction and relationship building are fostered between departments.

Robert believes that “when we create opportunities for stronger social relationships, not only will an organization flourish, but the quality of work will improve as well.” Citing indicators of healthy relationships like trust, support and empathy, he believes it’s crucial for Tyndale – a community on the brink of a major transition – to remember that “we’re all working toward the same goal as a Christian university.” A major part of being a Christian institution, states Robert, involves “knowing what challenges other departments are facing” and how we can pray for and support one another in this year of significant change.

This is why the staff association has officially launched Project Prayer, a 45-minute prayer gathering open to faculty and staff with the purpose of strengthening the Tyndale community as it transitions to the Bayview campus. It takes place on Thursdays from 12:00pm-12:45pm in Classroom 1009.

Leading the initiative on the ground are Tyndale staff members Gary Campbell, Financial Aid Officer, and Tuuli Hannula, Assistant Director of Development. The two were inspired to get the whole community involved in prayer after attending other faculty led prayer gatherings. “Faculty have been meeting regularly for quite some time and staff are now joining them for this more corporate prayer time,” said Tuuli.

Staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the gatherings with personal, departmental or Tyndale community prayer requests. If not able to attend in person, people are able to submit prayer requests through email (prayerrequests [at] tyndale [dot] ca) or through an online form at www.tyndale.ca/prayerrequests. Prayer requests will be shared with and prayed over by the group.

Robert’s prayer and hope is that “this would not only be a transitional year for Tyndale, but also a transformative year for Tyndale” – a prayer and hope that many in the Tyndale community share.

For more information on how you can join Project Prayer, contact: Gary Campbell (ext. 2177) or Tuuli Hannula (ext. 4117).


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