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Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church


Three church leaders from different denominations weigh in on the topic of the 2014 National Church Leaders Spring Forum "Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church." This annual Forum, hosted by World Vision, will feature the latest and most relevant research on Canadian society in order to equip Church leaders for ministry in a changing society. They believe Church ministry is the most effective when Church leaders are aware of societal changes. www.shiftingstats.ca


Points of Discussion:

- What worked years ago in the church, institutionally doesn't work today.

- We can keep people so entertained with programs that we don't realize we aren't deeply engaging with God in a way that would sustain when the programs aren't on.

- Many people feel the church is irrelevant and boring, others don't think about it at all, and some that belong in the church think we should cater to their preference.

- People are not going to church on Sundays, how do we capitalize on that to make church different?

- Relationship is everything.

- 80% of Canadians believe in God, but they aren't connected to a church setting.

- We must be able to identify the pastor as a real person.

- in the Greater Toronto Area, 80% of church-goers are in Black or Asian majority churches.

- Immigrants are changing the dynamic of the situation


Questions:

1) If your church building was to close, how would you conduct your christian life?

2) And what is preventing you from doing that now?


Rev. Dr. Connie DenBok - Alderwood United Church, Etobicoke Ont

Pastor Jamie Stewart - Kennedy Road Tabernacle, Brampton Ont.

Pastor Zak Gariba - Jubilee Celebration Centre, Orillia/Owen Sound/Alliston Ont.


For more information on the 2014 forum, visit http://www.shiftingstats.ca/ 

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