The world has changed and the church finds itself in a new relationship with society. It is now a minority, a stranger in its own land. It is like Israel in exile. And how should it relate to the host culture? Do we retreat? Sally forth to conquer again? Or is there a better way? A way for the church to truly be God’s people?
We have three outstanding thought leaders at the conference sharing great ideas that will move us forward in faith. And we have a think tank doing a unique film presentation of their vision for the church. Their common message is that there is a better way than fight or flight to be the church.
Plenary Speakers at The Pursuit Conference
Canada’s new ministry conference, The Pursuit, will be held in London, Ontario from April 27-29, 2016. The Pursuit’s innovative conference design allows your learning to begin online as soon as you register, so sign up now to maximize the value and come to London prepared to challenge your boundaries!
We’re excited to introduce our plenary speakers:
Now It’s Gotten Interesting: Diversity As Threat and As Opportunity
Multiculturalism has been a part of Canadian identity since the 1970s, but only in the last decade or so has it become a significant challenge. Now diverse populations in Canada have achieved critical mass—in numbers, in dollars, in votes, in voices. What now is “reasonable accommodation” of diversity? How can a coherent society be formed out of such different groups and individuals? And how can Christian organizations not only survive, but thrive and contribute, in this rapidly changing situation? This talk will explode the comfortable, constraining myths of both “assimilation” and “affirmation” to set out a realistic sketch of what should and should not be done in the name of “diversity.” Canadian society, and Canadian Christianity, can flourish as never before, but only if certain fundamental lessons are learned—and learned soon.
Dr. John Stackhouse serves Crandall University in Moncton as the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development. Author of 9 books and over 600 articles, his work ranges over theology, history, philosophy, sociology, ethics, and world religions. He has lectured at many universities around the globe, and his work has been featured in publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s.
Church and Culture in Productive Relationship
In a time of world-historic cultural change marked by fundamental disagreements over many issues, Greg Thompson will stimulate creative thinking and help us to re-imagine how to have a faithful, caring presence within our society.
As the Executive Director of New City Commons, Dr. Greg Thompson provides strategic and conceptual leadership to leaders seeking to understand culture and cultural change in a wide variety of institutional settings, including churches, local government, nonprofits, and educational institutions. He is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and serves as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Pursuit Unleashed for the 21st Century
Anthony Bradley will offer principles for unlocking the potential of Christian charities for bringing hope, healing, and redemption across Canada in ways that embody the world-changing mission of God within the life of any organization for the life of the world.
Dr. Anthony Bradley is an associate professor of theology at The King’s College in New York City and a research fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. As a research fellow, Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals.
Movie Screening – “For the Life of the World”
For the Life of the World is an entertaining film that explores the deeper meaning of Salvation. Have you ever wondered, “What is my salvation actually FOR?” Is it only about personal atonement, about getting to heaven, or something that comes later? Is it just to have a “friend in Jesus?” Come and find out the richness of salvation in this present world. The film is available as a six part Bible study series.
How to register
For the full conference schedule and to register, visit www.the-pursuit.ca today to take advantage of early bird pricing, which ends on March 25th. I’m looking forward to connecting with you in London at The Pursuit!