Preaching Conference. Preaching with Millennials and Gen Z in Mind

Preaching Conference Workshops

Dr. Marilyn Drapper

Restoring the Joy of Preaching

Dr. Marilyn Draper, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Time: 10:15 – 11:15AM

During the pandemic many of us found our responsibilities becoming burdensome. In this seminar, we discuss participating in God’s work so that our joy in preaching, ministry, and life might be restored despite continued chaos in our world.

Dr. Draper earned a PhD in Christian Theology from McMaster Divinity College. At Tyndale Seminary, she teaches courses in leadership, evangelism and discipleship, and worship. She served as an advisor for the Spiritual Formation track of Tyndale’s Doctor of Ministry program and continues to teach the Integration course in the DMin program. Marilyn is also an experienced church planter and an ordained minister with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.

Dr. Rebecca Idestrom

Preaching from the Psalms

Dr. Rebecca G. S. Idestrom, Professor of Old Testament

Time: 10:15 – 11:15AM

This workshop will explore various ways to preach from the Psalms, including the importance of preaching from different types of psalms.

Dr. Idestrom has a PhD in Biblical Studies/Old Testament from Sheffield University. She has authored numerous publications, including commentaries on Habakkuk and Zephaniah in The Book of the Twelve, edited by J. Christopher Thomas (Leiden: Brill, 2020). Her current research is on the Glory of God in the Old Testament. In 2007 she was awarded the Research Scholar Award from the Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection in Toronto, and in 2004 the Mentoring Award from the SBL Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession at the Society of Biblical Literature Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Lisa Oppitz

Shifting our Stress Responses

Lisa Oppitz, Registered Psychotherapist

Time: 12:15 – 1:00PM

Do you react to stress or do you respond to stress? We can't eliminate it from our lives, but there are some ways we can shift how we respond to life stressors and experiences of anxiety. Join us for an engaging and experiential wellness workshop where we explore the experience of stress from different perspectives and apply a four-part connection model to help shift our reactions to responses.

Lisa Oppitz (MDiv 2019) is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with both student and community clients at the Tyndale Wellness Centre. Her particular areas of interest include working with grief and loss, trauma, and the integration of mental and spiritual health. Lisa brings her teaching, mentoring, and parenting experience to her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and families. She has delivered a variety of wellness workshops and training modules in partnership with Tyndale's Spiritual Formation and Wellness Centers.

Rev. Ruth Anne Breithaupt

Preaching for Spiritual Formation during Disorienting Times

Rev. Ruth Anne Breithaupt

Time: 1:30 – 2:30PM

Balancing understandable crisis-exacerbated reactions with missional crisis-resistant responses towards the spiritual formation of pastor-preachers and the people they serve.

To support a pastoral leave of absence at the church she helped found, Rev. Ruth Anne Breithaupt stepped into an interim pastoral role just as Ontario entered a significant period of pandemic lockdown. Engaging in the disorientation firsthand, she leaned hard into her 20 plus years of preaching experience during this intense season. Ruth Anne currently serves as the Canadian Representative of New Family Foundation, working with at-risk and orphan children in Northern Thailand, under the umbrella of Highview Community Church in Kitchener, Ontario. She and her husband (aka hero) Ken have two grown children and five grandchildren (plus 35 - give or take - in Thailand).

Addison and Jenn Aspilla

Digital Ministry: Millennials, Gen-Z, and Technology

Addison Aspilla and Jenn Aspilla

Time: 1:30 – 2:30PM

The internet is the Gutenberg printing press of the 21st century. This seminar is an overview of the digital mission field, the mindset, and the methods involved in preaching and teaching to Millennials and Gen-Zs. Topics include social media, gaming, online communities, the ‘metaverse’, and virtual reality.

Addison Aspilla and Jenn Aspilla are multivocational pastors. Addison is Director of Digital Strategies at Encounter Covenant Church and Digital Correspondent for a Christian television talk show called ‘See Hear Love’. Jenn is a Certified Spiritual Director and teaches ‘Intergenerational Faith Formation’ and the ‘Spirituality of Gen-Z and Gen-Alpha’ at Tyndale Seminary. Addison and Jenn reside in Brampton, Ontario with their children Bella (7) and Josiah (5).

Dr. Sarah Han

A Missional Hermeneutic for Diaspora Canada

Dr. Sarah Han, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry (Homiletics)

Time: 2:45 – 3:45PM

This workshop will provide space for innovative discussions on how to incorporate all the voices of Canada to shape a missional hermeneutic for the next generation.

Dr. Han brings practical ministry experience as an ordained minister and theological expertise as an academic. Her vocational commitment and theological passion are to critically observe and reflect on how ecclesiology shapes and informs missiology and her research focuses on an intercultural, intergenerational, missional ecclesiology for Canada.

Rev. Dr. James Tyler Robertson

The Great Christ Heist - Lessons from a 1905 German Bank Robbery for Canadian Christians Today

Rev. Dr. James Tyler Robertson, Assistant Professor of Christian History and Director of Distributed Leaning at Tyndale.

Time: 2:45 – 3:45PM

In the early 20th century, one man pulled off an impossible bank robbery; how did he do it and, more importantly, what can Canadian preachers learn from this criminal enterprise? The answers are as surprising and simple as the robbery itself.

Dr. Robertson is also the pastor of Mountsberg and Westover Baptist Churches in rural Ontario. His research and publishing explore the Canadian context of the Christian faith and his monograph Overlooked: The Forgotten Origins of Canadian Christianity explores the events that shaped the church in this land. He works with church planting/missionary groups from around Canada and the United States highlighting the importance of historical awareness.

Dr. Narry Santos

Preaching for Discipleship in Your Congregation from Mark's Gospel

Dr. Narry Santos, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries and Intercultural Leadership

Time: 2:45 – 3:45PM

This workshop by Dr. Narry Santos studies the development of discipleship in the Gospel of Mark. As participants explore specific texts from the gospel, they will learn how to preach on discipleship in a world that has been impacted by COVID-19.

Dr. Santos completed his PhD in New Testament (1994) and PhD in Philippine Studies (2006). Besides teaching at Tyndale, he is the Vice President of the Evangelical Missiological Society Canada and also serves as part-time Senior Pastor of Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) Peel and GCF York. He has been a pastor and church planter in the Philippines and Canada for 27 years.