Event Location: Online - Zoom
Event Type: Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre
This event is part of the Spiritual Formation Certificate 2021-2022. The Spiritual Formation Certificate offers 7 modules beginning September 18, 2021 running through April 9, 2022. A minimum of 6 modules are required to receive a certificate of completion; however, all 7 are recommended.
About this Module
The popular and often quoted African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child.” Meaning it takes an entire community of people to provide an environment for a child to experience healthy growth. There is a logical extension to this proverb that sometimes we do not realize, and that is, if it takes a village to raise a child, the child likely grows up to reflect the kind of community that raised him.
For a long time the church has narrowly defined its “community” as those who live and interact within the four walls of the church building. As a result, we have “raised” entire generations of Christians who have no meaningful interaction with the wider community outside of the church’s doors.
The COVID pandemic has highlighted the needs of the most vulnerable and amplified the social injustices built into our cities. In this workshop, the participants will discuss and discover ways in which the church can step out of its four walls and have an impact in its community, as part of the recovery and rebuilding in the post COVID world.
- Participants will reflect on how our theology and worldview shape the way we interact with the community in which we live.
- Participants will gain a rudimentary understanding of the social services sector in Canada and how the church can support and participate in the work that is being done.
- Participants will be introduced to the basics of community organizing and wrestle with how the church can fit into the process.
Alfred Lam, M.Div., D.Min.
Alfred’s personal and professional life has been driven by a single, simple premise: We are placed on earth to help others. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services. He also serves on the Speaker’s Bureau for the United Way of Greater Toronto where he speaks frequently in various events to promote the community building work of various not-for-profit agencies.
An experienced motivational speaker, Alfred tirelessly promotes awareness and fights stigma on issues relating to mental wellness. In his book, Among the Ashes, he documents his own journey and struggle with depression and has helped many dealing with the disease.
$125.00. There is a 10% discount for Tyndale full-time students, alumni and staff. You will need to contact the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre to receive a discount code before registering online. Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a promo code.
Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca.