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Developing Christlike Disciples with the Fourfold Spiritual Journey Model at Westwood Alliance Church

Author
Wai Fung Chow D.Min.
Abstract
In this research portfolio, the author explores spiritual formation as a deeper life journey to imitate Jesus Christ. The key question the research addressed is how Jesus’ followers in Westwood Alliance Church (hereafter called WAC) can walk into a deeper life journey with Jesus Christ. Four aspects of Jesus’ life on earth have been identified for the sake of living out the life modelled by Jesus Christ (Discipline, Surrender, Testimony, and Community). The author examined the question through four separate yet related dimensions: (i) the author’s spiritual autobiography into the Life of Discipline, in which the author confirmed his vocational calling from God; (ii) the process of recovering from grief into the Life of Surrender, in which the author realized the valuable transformation in his life after his wife’s passing; (iii) the Fourfold Spiritual Journey model into the Life of Testimony, in which the author tried to formulate a deeper life practice in WAC; (iv) and the field research project into the Life of Community, in which the author practised early morning prayer with a small group of people. The conclusion is that walking a spiritual journey with Jesus Christ in WAC is practical and achievable through practising spiritual disciplines to achieve the awareness of God’s presence in one’s daily life, abiding in Christ to achieve a lifestyle of surrender, sharing one’s testimony to equip other disciples, and reaching out the community of faith to serve one another.

Teaching church leaders the art of cultural engagement in a postmodern milieu

Author
Stephen R Harper
Abstract
This project explores the question of why there is a disconnect between the church and the larger Canadian culture. To do this, the project will explore the shift that has occurred in western society as it has moved from a modern to a postmodern cultural expression. The project is supported by statistical analysis, the evaluation of polling data, and a personal lifestyle inventory of each participant, which demonstrates the disconnect and cultural divide between the two entities. The analysis of this information will be disseminated and discussed. The result of this process provides personal insight and some practical solutions to effectively engage culture in the twenty-first century.

A Mentors' Manual for Leadership Formation for Postulants for Ordination in the Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Author
Heather K McCance
Abstract
Churches in Canada increasingly turn to clergy as leaders--not just as spiritual guides--in today's post-Christendom environment. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto identifies leadership as an important skill set for priests, yet there are few opportunities for postulants preparing for ordination to develop these skills. The author created a leadership development curriculum for experienced priests to use as mentors in working with postulants. Evaluation of the curriculum revealed that postulants expanded their leadership skills and grew in their intentionality for continued growth in leadership in the future.
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