Purpose

This 2-day event hopes to equip people with an imagination to become neighbours, and to challenge churches to look at how we measure what it means to be faithful. This event is for individuals, and even more so for churches who have understood the importance of bearing witness to God through community.

Overview

Day 1 – Won’t You Be a Neighbour: 6 Priorities for Neighbouring

This first day is presented by Karen Wilk and Preston Pouteaux of Forge Canada. Both of these author/teacher/practitioners, lead churches that are seeking to raise up those who are learning what it means to become neighbours and to see neighbourhood transformation.

Their sessions will include…

  • Rediscovering the Commission and the Commandment: We are little Jesus’s

  • Renewing Imagination: We are imaginative

  • Rejuvenating Senses: We are attentive

  • Redeeming Hospitality: We are party’ers

  • Reducing Scale: We are human

  • Realizing Shalom: We are animators

Day 2 – A Faithful Presence: Being the Church in the Neighbourhood

Our second day is presented by David Fitch with Cameron Roxburgh. David, as well an author, teacher and speaker, is a local practitioner. More than any strategy, what is needed for the transforming work of the Spirit in neighbourhoods across the country, is the people of God to engage in practices, which allow them to bear witness to the presence of God in that place. David’s wisdom and experience are a gift to those churches that desire to participate in God’s mission. The scorecard is not about how big a church grows (although we pray and long for growth) but rather about recognizing the presence of the Kingdom.

David’s sessions will include…

  • The cultural dislocation of the church – and the restructuring of the church

  • The practice of the table

  • The practice of the least of these (children and poor)

  • The practice of reconciliation

  • Moving towards a Faithful Presence

 
 

Who should attend?

This 2-day event is for pastors, leaders and those who take seriously the call of Jesus to follow Him. It is for all who seek to become neighbours and to see neighbourhood transformation.


Schedule

Day 1

Registration opens at 12:45pm

1:30pm- 4:30pm: Session One with Karen Wilk and Preston Pouteaux

4:30pm- 6:15pm: Dinner in the neighbourhood

*6:30pm- 9:30pm: Session Two with Karen Wilk and Preston Pouteaux

Day 2

9:00am- 11:30am: Session Three with David Fitch

11:30am- 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm- 4:00pm: Session Four with David Fitch

*Evening-Only registrations come for this session, checkin between 6:00pm and 6:25pm


Group Rates

If you are part of a larger organization, church, or denomination where you would like several members to attend this event then connect with us to inquire into group packages at info@forgecanada.ca


What's Included

  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the event.

  • Lunch on the second day will be catered.


 
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