Spring Formation Day
Saturday, May 5

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Spring Formation Day

Join us for a day of learning, sponsored by Knox World Missions, that will encourage and challenge you to live missionally in the city and beyond. We have two dynamic learning tracks to choose from, and will also be worshipping together throughout the day and enjoying a Syrian feast at lunch. The kids will be learning about missions too at their own Kids Conference in the Goforth! And teens are encouraged to join their youth group leaders in one of the main tracks.


Nouhoum Coulibaly on The Theology of Suffering

Rick Tobias on What is Poverty?

Kids Conference

Join our awesome guest team – Martha and Caleb Kennedy – for a day of worship, learning and FUN for toddlers through tweens!

Kids Conference Tots – Ages 3 – 4

Our pre-Ks and JKs will join in the big group worship and story time and then transition to their own classroom for free play, crafts and snacks, as well as an optional “quiet time” in the afternoon.

Kids Conference – Ages 5 – 9

Our elementary aged kids will join in the big group worship and story time, followed by small groups for discussion and sharing, as well as games and activities for every kind of kid and energy-level!

Kids Conference Seniors – Ages 10 – 12

Our middle schoolers will join the big group worship and story time, followed by small group discussion and activities in their very own awesome tween-only space with a guest speaker as their leader for the day.


High school students (ages 13 -17) are invited to participate in either main track with their youth group leaders.

Note: Parents/guardians of kids registered for Kids Conference MUST also be in attendance for Formation Day as kids are dismissed to eat lunch with their parents/guardians. 


Track 1 – Theology of Suffering

Suffering and pain are everywhere and part of our human condition. In this seminar we will:
– Differentiate between popular and biblical views of suffering
– Analyze the impact of a God who suffers on our faith and ministries, especially in missions
– Reflect on our own experiences of suffering
– Deduce principles to avoiding causing others to suffer
– Analyze risks and solutions involved in doing missions.


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Nouhoum Coulibaly was born in Mali, West Africa, home of the famous “Timbuktu”.  Being raised in a Christian pastoral family, Nouhoum began his ministry as an evangelist with Campus for Christ in Mali. Two years later he moved to Senegal where he ministered in Dakar for five years. In 2001 the LORD opened a door for him to study at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto, Canada.  He graduated in 2005 with a Master of Divinity in Missions and Pastoral Studies, and continued on to complete his Master of Theology (Th.M) in 2009.

Since he arrived in Canada, Nouhoum has been an itinerant speaker for various churches and Christian organizations, both in Canada and internationally, including his home country of Mali. Since 2012 Nouhoum has been a facilitator with MissionPre or Impact where he teaches the course on the subject of “A Theology of Suffering”.

In 2007 Nouhoum and his wife, Dr. Karen “Stel” Coulibaly (a Canadian family doctor), founded Grace Between Nations Ministries in order to touch and transform lives for Christ in Mali through education, health care and evangelism. Nouhoum Coulibaly is currently the Executive Director of Grace Between Nations Ministries in Canada.
In February 2017 Nouhoum joined the Pastoral team of Zion Alliance Church (a Chinese Church in Markham) for the English Ministry. He and Karen live with their six children in Toronto.

Track 2 – What is Poverty?

I am often asked to speak about how the Church should respond to the poor (poverty) yet rarely am I asked to speak about who the poor are and what poverty actually is. So imagine my delight when I was specifically asked to spend the morning sharing and discussing “What is Poverty”. Together we will focus on a deeply Biblical understanding of who the poor are, and what it means to be poor or trapped in poverty. We will endeavour to make direct application to Toronto and our people who are oppressed by these chains we call poverty.

In the afternoon we will examine some of the values we must inculcate if we are to meaningfully engaged people who are pushed to the edges of culture and society. And we will examine the place of Compassion, Justice and Advocacy as we strategize to eliminate poverty in our generation.


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Rick Tobias is best known for his life-long advocacy on behalf of low-income and marginalized people and for collaborating with business and professional leaders to promote change in the city.

In 1983, Rick became coordinator of Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre, which he refocused to address the needs of street involved youth. His innovative work led to the invitation to become the agency’s CEO, a position he held from 1989 to 2012. At that time Rick stepped down as the Mission’s President and CEO to become the Mission’s Community Advocate charged with the responsibility to promote the wellbeing of the poor and vulnerable within the Mission’s Community and within the wider society.  He continues to journey with young leaders as they craft programs that help break the cycle of multi-generational poverty and positively impact the city. 

Since 1999 Rick has struggled with Rheumatoid Arthritis which has not only left him dealing with seasons of crippling pain but has also all but eliminated his immune system leaving him susceptible to life threating infections. In spite of such occurrences Rick still remains active in direct ministry, speaking and publishing his Blog. And in as much as health will allow he is still motorcycling. Most important his faith while at times battered remains intact.

Ticket Information 

Ticket prices include registration to one teaching track, a coffee and muffin table in the morning, and a Syrian lunch buffet.

Adults – $30

Kids and Teens – $15

Students & Seniors – $20

Family Package (2 adults + 2 or more kids/teens) – $80


9 – 9:30 – Registration and Coffee & Muffin table

9:30 – 10:15 – Worship

10:15 – 12:30 – Teaching Session 1

12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 – Worship

2:15 – 4:00 – Teaching Session 2