Seminary Students Organize City-Wide Worship Arts Event

Monday, February 21, 2011

Tyndale Seminary students Addison Aspilla, Darrick Tam, and Brian Yu have been getting together with university students and young professionals of a variety of ethnicities and denominations to worship God in new and experiential ways. These events are called Toronto Worship.

Founders Addison Aspilla, Brian Yu, and Darrick Tam, far left to right, and some of the participants of Toronto Worship.

Founded in 2010, the seminary students organized an event for young church leaders to worship together and get refreshed in a setting away from their home churches. Since then, the focus has shifted to a concentration on worship arts. Aspilla, in Tyndale’s MTS degree program, and Tam and Yu, in the MDiv Pastoral Ministry program, equally share the responsibilities of organizing the bi-monthly event.

Geared towards 20-somethings, Toronto Worship’s intent is to show worship in forms you don’t see in a typical church service, such as different musical genres, drama, live painters, spoken word, and dance. “The goal of Toronto Worship is to inspire through the worship arts; we want people to bring these ideas back into their churches and ministries,” says Aspilla.

Another goal of Toronto Worship is to help connect Toronto’s various Christian communities. “It’s intentionally intercultural and interdenominational,” Aspilla explains. “Every culture worships God in slightly different ways; by bringing everyone together, everyone is richer for it.”

Toronto Worship’s next event is March 19th. For more information, visit


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