April 3, 2020

New CML Appointment

The Rev. Dr. Tim DIckau

The Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Tim Dickau to the position of CML Associate for the Missional Leadership Certificate program, effective April 1, 2020.

Tim joins the CML team after thirty years of faithful leadership as pastor at Grandview Church in east Vancouver.  Widely recognized as a highly effective missional leader, Tim helped lead the congregation through a transformation that included creative ways to bear witness to the good news in Jesus Christ of God’s reconciling and restoring love through community living, welcome of the poor and the stranger, economic development through social enterprises, a 28 unit community housing project, proliferation of the arts, prophetic witness and deepening practices of confession and repentance.  Tim describes the transition as having moved from “going to church, to being the church – in and for the neighbourhood.”

Tim’s new role with CML will be the establishment of a certificate program in missional leadership for congregational teams (Teaching, Ruling Elders and lay people) of a wide variety of ecumenical expressions of Christianity in the Lower Mainland.  The program will:

  1. Provide a framework for analysis of the shifts taking place in our culture so that leaders might better know “where we are” at this point in history
  2. Offer tools for rediscovering and engaging the neighborhood, including ones that are effective during periods of social isolation due to the pandemic.
  3. Learn practices for (re)forming a thicker and porous shared life among followers of Christ
  4. Explore resources for engaging the issues of our day such as housing, food security and environmental sustainability.
  5. Discover ways of being community together that make room for others to follow Christ with us.

The Certificate program will offer monthly gatherings (September to April, beginning autumn 2020) and provide theological framing and vision, tools for systemic social analysis, practices for formation and practical skills for participants as missional leaders.

CML Director Dr. Ross Lockhart is delighted to welcome Tim to this role saying, “I’m thrilled and excited about the ways in which Tim’s wisdom, experience and good humour will help further CML’s mission of equipping missional leaders for Christ’s church of tomorrow, today.  Tim has long been a friend of CML, participating in our programs and conferences, contributing to our resources, it is terrific now having him on the team.”

Tim holds a Master of Divinity from Regent College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Carey Theological College. He is author of “Plunging into the Kingdom Way” that describes four trajectories Grandview Church moved towards including practices of radical hospitality, shared life among cultures, seeking justice for the least and confession.  His forthcoming book, “Humility and Hope: Forming Christian Communities in a Secular Age,” is due out in the fall of 2020.  In addition to this work with CML, Tim is also now serving as Director of City Gate Leadership Forum, mentoring pastors and churches toward a parish, kingdom vision.  The organization has a goal to help churches and communities pursue systemic change through creation of housing, food security and other responses needed in particular Vancouver neighbourhoods.

Tim lives with his wife Mary, one of three sons and a daughter-in-law, a beautiful grandson and many mealtime guests.  He and Mary have lived with over 38 people in the last 27 years and this has become a way of life for them.   He is passionate about widening our imagination for how we can be the church in a way that brings hope and transformation among both persons and societal structures in particular neighborhoods.