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March 8 (Friday), 2019:

Langley, BC Centre
Trinity Western University and ACTS Seminaries

Calgary, AB Centre
Ambrose University

Toronto, ON Centre
 Tyndale University College & Seminary

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March 15 (Friday), 2019

Otterburne, MB Centre
Providence University College and Theological Seminary Sussex, NB Centre
Kingswood University in Sussex, NB

*More details to follow.

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Plenary Speakers 


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Sandra Ryan

Sandra Ryan is an ordained pastor with a background in social
development and emergency and disaster management. Sandra served
for twenty-two years in ministry with The Salvation Army. Her first ministry
appointment was in a Nisga’a Village in Northern British Columbia where
she experienced the strength and beauty of real community. After serving
in Russia for almost a decade during the turbulent post-Communist
redevelopment, she returned to Canada where she lived and ministered in
the Regent Park community during its revitalization. She has seen the
power and potential of an engaged church in developing healthy
communities. Presently, Sandra oversees the local and global outreach for
The Peoples Church Toronto. In this role she has the privilege of leading
her international congregation to be gospel-centered, globally-engaged
Christians. As a global church, the mission focus is intentional
engagement in God’s work among the migrating peoples of the world.


The Role of the Church in Global Crises

Humanity and the world are in a state of beauty and brokenness. Throughout history this brokenness has erupted in situations of crisis, both natural and man-made. The Church is God’s plan for living out the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. In keeping with his good order and plan, God has perfectly equipped the Church to respond in situations of crisis. Grounded in the fundamental belief that God always has a good plan, the Church seeks to know and fulfill God’s plan to overcome hopelessness and chaos. He has given the Church the tools of prayer and the gospel, and empowered them to embody restorative community. The readiness of the Church in times of crisis fits them well to be first responders. The simple and regular practices of community life create the potential for swift and effective collective action to face difficult situations. The truth of the gospel allows, not only for restoration from crisis, but for growth and resilience through crisis.


Response: Jon Fuller (Agency), OMF International




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Enoch Wan

Research Professor of Intercultural Studies, Director of Doctor of Intercultural Studies & Director of Doctor of Education Program, Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, USA. Past President of EMS (Evangelical Missiological Society, two terms).  National VP-Publications & Editor, Occasional Bulletin (Evangelical Missiological Society). Advisor/Founder - Board Member - Worldwide Bible Society (USA) & Tien Dao Christian Media Association 


Mission Amid Global Crises: Holistic Missions to Diaspora Groups 

Christians, as salt and light to the world and bearers of the Good News, can engage in various activities in ministry; especially amid global crises and human suffering such as:  war and famine, poverty and refugee, human trafficking and social injustice, etc. The purpose of this paper is to address the theme of “Mission Amid Global Crisis” from the perspective of holistic missions by: a) reviewing the definition/theology of Christian mission; b) proposing an integrated approach of holistic Christian missions to diaspora groups in the context of global crises. An integrated approach is proposed after an analytical/critical review of popular definition/conceptualization of “Christian mission.”  The “why” and “how” of practicing holistic Christian missions will be explained for those who seek to minister to people being forced to move away from their homeland, e.g. refugee, human trafficking, IDP, etc.


Responder: Lisa Pak (Assembly), Light Korean Presbyterian Church



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Rupen Das 

Rupen Das is Research Professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto and the National Director of the Canadian Bible Society (CBS). Previously he had been on secondment from the Canadian Baptist Ministries. He has extensive experience in relief and development, most recently having set up humanitarian responses to refugees and the displaced inside Syria, in Lebanon, Ukraine, and across Europe. Over his career he has worked for World Vision, the Canadian Baptists, and the Navigators. As a consultant he has worked for the Canadian Government, the Canadian CIMIC and DART, Pearson Peacekeeping Center, Plan Canada, Focus Humanitarian (part of the Aga Khan Network), World Vision International, International Development Support Services (IDSS Australia), among others. He was professor and program coordinator at Humber College, and on the faculty at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut and the International Baptist Theological Study Center in Amsterdam, and adjunct faculty at Eastern University in the US. As an analyst he contributed to Oxford Analytica on humanitarian issues. Rupen has been a 21st Century Fellow in the UK, an Ashoka Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Hidden Kingdom and Strangers in the Kingdom: Refugees, Migrants and the Stateless.


The Mission of God and the Role of Humanitarian Agencies
in Responding to the Global Crisis

Christian humanitarian agencies have a critical role to play in responding to human needs in the midst of the global crisis involving disasters, displacement and refugees. They are able to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ on a scale that local churches cannot. But the question is whether these agencies see themselves as part of the mission of God? Many of them have been accused of conditionality and manipulation through the aid they provide. In response, in order to abide by the Red Cross Code of Conduct, most of them will not involve themselves with any sort of spiritual ministry other than the material aid that they provide. In the light of this there are three issues that these agencies need to grapple with. What is their relationship to the church, especially local congregations where they work? Are they part of misseo Dei, and how important is it for them to be part of the mission of God? Finally, humanitarian agencies need to realize that they have very different world views from the people they minister to in the global south.


Response: Daniel Wong (Academy), Tyndale University & College





Paper Presentations



Calgary Centre



The Gospel as Good News for Global Poverty:
A Biblical Theology of God’s Kingdom Justice

Beth M. Stovell


Probing the Implication of the Humanitarian Crisis Wrought By Hurricane Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines for the Missio Dei: Insights and Lessons from Diaspora Missiology and Other Perspectives for the Global Church

Amador Remigio & Sadiri Joy Tira

Opportunities for Workplace Ministry in Canada

James Bruyn


Read Calgary Abstracts & Brief Bios Here



Langley Centre



A Macarism for the Displaced Person

Kimberly Morrison


A Hidden Population on the Church's Doorstep: A Case Study on Journey Home Community

James Grunau 


Bible Translation in Challenging Situations

David Jeffery


Prayer and the Sequence of New Testament Mission

John Smed


Read Langley Abstracts & Brief Bios Here



Sussex Centre



Missionaries as Kinsman Redeemers

Maria Marcolongo

Read Sussex Abstract & Brief Bio Here



Toronto Centre



The Church in an Era of Record Displaced Peoples: Re-framing the Conversation Away from the Nation-State and toward Being the People of God

Sam Chaise


Mission in our Doorstep: Responding to the Yazidi Crisis in Toronto

Minho Song


Loving the Stranger: God's Biblical Mandate Toward the Refugees and a Chinese Canadian Church's Quest to Sponsor Displaced Syrian Families

Narry F. Santos & Samuel Chan


Applying Research on Immigration to Ministry Practice

Mark Chapman & James Watson


Suffering and the Missio Dei in the New Testament from a Sociolinguistic Perspective

Hughson T. Ong


The Changing Face of the Intercultural Missions in the Toronto Context

Erin Marshall & Kyla Sinclair Peters


The End of the World as We Know It: New Paradigms for Leadership

Michael Krause


Listening to Their Voices (LTTV): An Exploration of Faith Journeys of Canadian-Born Chinese Christians

Enoch Wong


A Response to Enoch Wong’s “Listening To Their Voices: An Exploration of Faith Journeys of Canadian-Born Chinese Christians”

Bernard Tam, Jonathan Nip & Shu-Ling Lee


Coming Out: A Multilayered, Contextual Approach to Mission to the LGBTQ+ Community

Xenia Chan


The Apostrophe in Christian Mission

Terry Smith


Read Toronto Abstracts & Brief Bios Here


Otterburne Centre


The purpose of the Canada region of the Evangelical Missiological Society is to provide a forum once a year for Canadian missiologists and practitioners to engage each other around relevant topics in missions. This is motivated by a felt need for “dialogue, fellowship, and cooperation among evangelicals devoted to researching, publishing and instructing in areas related to the mission of the Church”


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Narry F. Santos, PhD
Tyndale Seminary 

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