Missions Weekend Formation Day
In conjunction with the Knox World Mission Conference, our spring Formation Day will be focused on God’s mission. We will be hosting three, day-long discipleship tracks:
Nikki Toyama-Szeto on Responding to a God of Love and Justice
Rev. Benjamin Devadason and Jon Fuller on Understanding your Muslim Neighbour
Nicky Laxton-Ward on Evangelism for Ordinary People
9:30 – Worship
10:00 – Teaching session 1
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Teaching session 2
3:00 – Closing
Age 2-12 are invited to participate in a special program with our Children’s Ministry team. Nursery care may be available for infants from 0-2, based on need. (Please register early so we can properly accommodate all the kids! )
Responding to a God of Love and Justice
How should Christians respond to the justice and compassion issues of today? What does the bible say? How do we make a difference as a church and individually? How do we put our Christian convictions into action in our culture?
Teaching led by Nikki Toyama-Szeto, who is a brilliant thinker, writer and speaker on the topics of justice, human trafficking, ethnicity, gender and leadership. She is passionate about making space for the other in her life, ministry, and work.
Nikki writes and speaks from her experiences as a leader in organizations like International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Nikki has authored or co-authored three books:
- More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith,
- God of Justice, and
- Partnering with the Global Church.
Understanding Your Muslim Neighbour
On our multi-faith world, Christians must learn the skills of listening and understanding in or order to share our faith well. This track will include dialogue about the Islamic faith along with lots of opportunity for questions with Rev. Devadason. In the afternoon session of this track, Jon Fuller will lead in an interactive session, with case studies, helping us learn to understand, relate to and love our Muslim neighbour. Come prepared to be stimulated and stretched.
Teaching led by Rev. Benjamin Devadason is pastor of New Life Christian Church in Scarborough, and Jon Fuller spent a lifetime of service with Overseas Missionary Fellowship, serving as a church planter in southern Philippines, then International Director for Mobilization, and now serves as Canadian Director of OMF).
Evangelism for Ordinary People
Engaging our friends and colleagues with the gospel and orienting our lives around invitational witness must be intentional, or it will be neglected. It can feel intimidating and overwhelming … as well as delightful and inspiring. It is more easily undertaken in the company of friends. Come join this track for practical equipping for sharing the good news of Jesus with those around you!
Teaching led by Nicky Laxton-Ward: Nicky is currently on pastoral staff at First Alliance Church in Scarborough and has previously served for many years with IVCF, as well as worked with John Bowen at Wycliffe College. She is a gifted evangelist and teacher of evangelism.