Institute of Evangelism Being the Body WYCLIFFE SERVES ANNUAL REPORT
By Judy Paulsen
By Steve Hewko
ONE WOULD EXPECT THAT WHEN THE BUSTLE of classes ends for the day, and students flow out the doors of the College, silence would fall upon the building. But there are other inhabitants within these walls, whose songs and laughter bring life and vibrancy to this place. Among the other users of the College are many Christian churches, groups, and campus clubs. Power to Change and Toronto China Bible Church hold their regular worship meetings, small groups, and prayer meetings here. The Christian Reformed chaplaincy hosts its weekly “Wine Before Breakfast,” Graduate Christian Fellowship, and Christian Faculty Fellowship. The Network of Christian Scholars hosts its monthly seminar series that challenge academics to engage their world through their disciplines. Throughout the year, different churches and denominations use the building for a variety of purposes, from house churches to their pastoral training and development days. Not only are these groups users of our building, but they are also partners in mission. This year we have seen various campus groups participate in our Religion and Society series, help us host an Alpha group each Monday in Cody Library, and co-labour in an annual Mission Week. Mission Week is one of the highlights in the calendar, and this year we saw 1000 students take in 12 talks on topics such as science and faith, society, morality, loneliness, and hope. Our vision is to be a good steward of our building for the mission of God at the University of Toronto St. George Campus and the City of Toronto. It is no accident that we are placed at the very heart of these two strategic mission fields, and our prayer is that we would continue to cultivate these partnerships so as to maximize our influence. As a bonus, it just so happens that some of our current students have come from these groups and are contributing to the life of the College, all the while being formed by our professors and through our courses.
The Institute of Evangelism exists to provide churches with resources and training, enabling them to rediscover their apostolic calling and place mission at their core. Recent, current, and up-coming initiatives include the following: 1. Earlier this spring, the new master’s-level course Evangelism Remixed had one of the highest enrollments for courses Wycliffe has offered in evangelism. Students from a variety of denominational backgrounds learned together about healthy models of evangelism as they explored conversion stories in the Bible. 2. The Institute of Evangelism Mentor Team began working with groups of churches in the YorkCredit Valley region of the Diocese of Toronto. The Missional Coaching Project allows our mentor team to systematically help churches strengthen their missional focus. With an increased demand for this help, we will be expanding our team from six to 12 qualified mentors. 3. The second edition of the Christian Foundations workbook was released in August 2017 and with little to no marketing sold out half of its first printing. Churches across Canada have been using this small group resource with people exploring faith, as a confirmation program with teens and adults, and as a refresher for people who may have been in church for years but wonder about the “big picture” of the Bible, Church History, and the Gospel. 4. Special training weekends in both the Diocese of Huron and the Diocese of Florida focused on equipping people to share their faith naturally, and helping clergy and lay leaders cultivate churches that place mission at their core. 5. The Institute of Evangelism is partnering with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto to host a national conference on evangelism and formation. Discipulus ’18 will take place October 18–19, 2018. For more information: http://www.discipulus.ca/.
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