The Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall is pleased to offer a Certificate in Missional Leadership for individuals and congregational teams (in person and online) beginning in September 2020.  The three-year program has the overall focus of, “Forming and Reforming Communities of Christ in a Secular Age” with the first year specifically exploring “Missional foundations during Covid and Beyond”.   

To register please contact CML Administrator Ms. Mavis Ho at or by calling 604.822.9372

The aim of this new program is to resource, strengthen and widen the ministry of the churches across denominations or networks.   We will meet online on the fourth Saturday of each month (except December) beginning on September 26, hosting a learning opportunity for church pastors, leaders and community developers. We will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 pm (Pacific Standard Time).  Our premise for these learning sessions is that the shifts we have had to make during Covid towards local and smaller communities engaged in their neighborhoods are valuable shifts that can help us form more resilient and missional churches.  We believe that this course of study for congregational teams of clergy and lay people can be a way of a helping your churches to envision a hopeful future.  Topics to be discussed and explored (both in the session and through assigned exercises during the month that follows) will include:

September 26 – Understanding your Space and Place

Practice of reflection and prayer

  1. Understanding secularism and the powers we are up against – Tim Dickau
  2. Restoring your missional vision / the best of Darrell Guder
  3. Rediscovering your neighborhood and place in stepping towards the kingdom

October 24 – Developing a Thicker and More Porous Shared Life

Meditation for Reflection: “Why I Still believe in the Church -Hope amidst Covid”- Ross Lockhart

  1. Identifying barriers to forming missional community
  2. Building a Theology of Community
  3. Sharing Grandview’s journey of forming porous thicker community. Dialogue with your neighbour or co-hort.
  4. Loving your Neighbours – two creative expression
  • Interview with Barry Jung and Karen Reed (Tim Dickau)

5.The Mixed Economy of the Church/Models for Covid-19 and beyond.

  • Andy Lambkin video on house churches – interview with Andy Lambkin
  • On-line community: an oxymoron or an opportunity — Andria Irwin

November 28 – Recovering a Theology of Place / Exploring Housing Opportunities and Imaginative living Arrangements

Meditation: Darrell on One passage of scripture that has shaped my Imagination for Mission

  1. Building a Theology of Place – Tim Dickau
  2. Three Creative Housing/Homes to learn about
  • Co-here
  • Kinbrace
  • Inhabiting a common city block
  • Dreaming about housing possibilities in your own context

January 23 –Seeking the Kingdom of God / Making a Difference in your Context

Meditation: Andrea (Prayer for Justice)

  1. How a theology of the Kingdom holds together what has been torn apart  (eg. prayer and justice, healing and prophetic action,  faith and work)
  1. Widening our Imagination for addressing injustice / Examples of creative responses to Issues:
  • Communal Meals / sharing life with the poor – Karen Giesbrecht
  • Creating Employment through Social Enterprise – Russell Pinson / justwork
  • First Nations Reconciliation – Jodi Spargur

3. Getting started/skill building in initiating change – Tim DIckau

  • Cultivating Theological vision in a culture of pragmatism
  • Gathering people for conversations
  • Finding money to follow vision and leadership

February 27 – Empowering Leadership

Meditation:  Confession as an act of Leadership – Andrea Perret

  1. Building a Theology of Leadership –Jason Byassee
  2. Learning from differing styles of Leadership reflecting global and cultural differences – Sam Chaise
  3. Enhancing your Skill in the Art of Facilitation – TBA
  4. Leadership Needs in your Team – Analyzing your own church/community – TBA

March 27 – Evangelism and Discipleship

  1. Meditation: Theological Fuel – Reenergizing worn out words – Darrell Guder
  1. Gaining a Canadian Picture of Evangelism / Lessons to Learn – Ross Lockhart
  2. The story of Alpha / Finding your own creative forms to introduce people to the Way of Christ -TBA
  3. Discipleship – forming a community of persons – Tim Dickau
  4. Next Steps for your community
    • In Evangelism
    • In Discipleship
  5. Next year

Homework Assignments (example for September / about 2 ½ hours every month)

  1. Understanding and exegeting your neighborhood/Questions for your assignment.

Talk to one person you know who is not part of your church.  Explain that you are doing an assignment for a class trying to understand better people’s perceptions of churches.

a. What do you appreciate most about neighbourhood (or city if you live in a smaller center)?

b. What are two of the most important needs or lacks in your neighborhood?

c. Do you think the church or churches in your neighborhood make a difference? If so, how?

2. Talk to another person in your neighborhood who is poorer or more marginalized than you. This may be someone who is economically, physically or socially isolated (even before Covid-19).   Some of you may know or have friends or acquaintances in this situation.  If you don’t, ask someone who does have a connection to someone in this situation.  Get to know them.

Sample questions to ask them:

a.  What do you appreciate about our neighborhood?

b. What challenges do you face living in this neighborhood?

c. How could our church be of support to you?

d. What gifts do you have that you contribute to other people?

3. Name 5 churches and 5 organizations that are making a difference for good in your neighborhood or city. Highlight one of them in the google doc for others to see in 50 words or less. If there is one that you are already collaborating with, highlight that group.

4. Reading

a. Plunging into the kingdom Way – Chapter 2

b. The intentional Christian Community Handbook – Chapters 2-3


How much does it cost? 

Most of the costs will be offset by the Centre for Missional Leadership, as we want to lower the obstacles that would keep people from participating.  If you pay for six sessions at once, the total cost for all six sessions in Year One of the program:

–       $300 per person

–       $600 for everyone if you come with a group (of up to five people).

This includes both monthly lunches provided (for those in person) and one free consultation with Dr. Tim Dickau as the Certificate program director for every $600 group registration.  This will be an opportunity for Tim to meet either in person or online to hear more about your churches context and provide advice and suggestions on how to better missional engage your neighbourhood.

To register please contact CML Administrator Ms. Mavis Ho at or by calling 604.822.9372

As a bonus, for those who sign up before August 1, 2020 Tim will be leading a study session online Thursday, August 20, 2020 (7 pm pacific) for David Fitch’s short book The Seven Practices for the Church on Mission.  This will be a wonderful way to build congregational teams at the end of summer, equipping them in basic missional concepts, while meeting with other cohort participants online before the first September gathering.

We are excited about this learning opportunity and believe it can be a catalyst for renewed vision and mission in your churches during this critical time.