Developing Mission Shaped Churches

The Niagara School for Missional Leadership is a
Gospel-focused learning community based in the Anglican Diocese of Niagara that equips parishes to respond missionally to the needs of God’s world.

So You Want to Facilitate the Mission Action Plan Process…

Creating a parish mission action plan is about intentional listening for the Spirit, prayer, engagement with parishioners, and a willingness to risk a bit. The plan, which is completed in four one-hour gatherings, is comprised of two to three initiatives in three areas: Adult Faith Formation, Changing Parish Culture, and Community Engagement. Leaders for each initiative arise from those passionate about the ideas. And once you’ve done the process once, you can easily repeat it when you’ve completed the initial projects.
with Canon Christyn Perkons
*It is strongly encouraged to participate in the course with at least one other person from the parish so that you can share the preparation and your enthusiasm.

The Rural Church: Fostering Relationships without Shortcuts

In “The Way” of Christ, how we go about fostering relationships, examining our intentions, and seeking God’s wisdom should resemble the goal that we strive towards. There are no short cuts, silver bullets or pre-packaged programs to save the day. Real community is formed by real relationships. Faith communities are just the same, but they are additionally flavoured by the expectation that God is actually a member of the community! Such a living faith seeks the promises of God in the everyday affairs and looks for their fruit. How do we lead others into this ancient way?
with Tim Wray
* Registration for this course is open to all participants—lay or clergy, both individuals and groups.

Christian Foundations II: Reformation and Transformation

People are also often confused about just what the actual foundations of our faith are. What does God want to show us and how do we conform to his “plan”? If we are to share in God’s mission for the world, then we need to have a firm idea of “the-story-so-far” and do our best to write ourselves into it—and help others to do the same!
Patrick Paulsen Niagara School for Missional Leadership
with Patrick Paulsen
* Registration for this course is open to all participants—lay or clergy, both individuals and groups.

Missional Preaching

How do we connect God’s mission, and therefore the mission of the church, with the culture in which we live and speak in ways that help people make sense of their lives and their purpose through the lens of the Gospel? How can our words as preachers help others follow Jesus’ Way of Love more closely? How can we equip people to share their transformed lives in a way that opens a generous door into faith and Christian community?
Bishop Susan Bell Niagara School for Missional Leadership
with Bishop Susan Bell
*Registration for this course is limited to individuals, but open to both lay and clergy.

The Persistent Parish: Pursuing Missional Movement in Cozy Congregations

We do not have to look far to find churches that are no longer the thriving congregations they once were. This can cause us great heartache. We can feel discouraged by the declining church engagement we see around us, and many of us long to find those ways to “fix” what seems to be an inevitable decline. Perhaps, as we seek these “fixes,” we find ourselves reading about “missional” churches or expressions. We may be inspired by creative initiatives and church plants. We see the possibilities of these new missional opportunities.
with Leanne Friesen
* Registration for this course is open to all participants—lay or clergy, both individuals and groups.

Climate Justice: Following Jesus in a World of Climate Breakdown

The science is clear. We are living in a warming world due to fossil fuel emissions. The world’s most vulnerable are already suffering and it jeopardizes the well-being of future generations. This course will explore what it means to follow Jesus and live lives of justice within the context of climate breakdown.
with Jon Swales and Alice Brencher
* Registration for this course is open to all participants—lay or clergy, both individuals and groups.

Introduction to a Missional New Monasticism

New Monasticism might sound strange to those of us within the church because it conjures up images of people being overly pious and wearing medieval clothing. It does, however, very accurately describe when a community comes together intentionally to commit to a rhythm of daily life, to pray and meditate contemplatively, to be radically shaped by Christ, and to serve the surrounding neighbourhood.
Ian Mosby Niagara School for Missional Leadership
with Canon Ian Mobsby
* Registration for this course is open to all participants—lay or clergy, both individuals and groups.