Topics & Speakers

2021

Opening Keynote

January 23

The Mystery Revealed

Daniel Markin - Westside Church

What was once a great mystery has now been revealed in and through Christ. As students of this new reality, how do we walk in Christ and follow Him well? How do we not get swayed by the empty philosophies of the day? In Christ are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. It will do us well to take this claim seriously.

Conference Speakers

January 23

Mental Health & Faith 101

Daniel Whitehead - Sanctuary Mental Health

This workshop will explore the unique challenges and gifts in relationships where mental health creates differences. Daniel will share practical information to help participants understand mental health as a continuum, and discuss ways that we can pastorally respond to the unique needs of persons experiencing mental health challenges.

Lament and Suffering in the Old Testament

Matthew Lynch - Regent College

Christians are often uncomfortable with the expression and voicing of pain, doubt, and protest in the church. However, the Bible gives ample room to such expressions of lament. Over 40% of the worship songs in the book of Psalms are lament, an entire book is devoted to the theme, and Jesus himself was known as one who lamented often (Hebrews 5:7). This session will explore the rich world of lament in the Old Testament and consider what lament might look like for Christians today.

A list of Matthew Lynch's suggestions for songs of lament

A Journey of Reconciliation Together

Bridget Findlay - MCC
(Mennonite Central Committee)

God calls us and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation. What does this journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples look like, how do we walk this path together and where will it take us? As Christians, we need to listen with our hearts and respond with humility to walk together and learn from one another. Listen to examples of allyship and friendship.

Our Missional Moment:

How we can engage in God's ongoing global mission

Joshua Dool - Westside Church

Since the creation of the world, the mission of God has been to fill the earth with his glory. Jesus described his disciples as the ‘salt and light of the world’ and commanded them to go and preach the gospel to all peoples and nations. Vancouver is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and there is a unique missional moment upon us. In this workshop we will discuss practical ways that we can engage in the global mission of God right here in our city.

How Pornography Is Affecting Individuals and Culture:

Pornography through Cognitive, Sociological, Emotional and Ministry Lenses

Dr. Rob Rhea - Trinity Western University

This seminar will focus on how pornography affects individuals in physiological, social, psychological and spiritual ways. We will also consider ways to help yourself or others to escape the trap that pornography can be.

The Gospel, Shalom and Faithful Presence in the midst of the Climate and Ecological Crises

Samuel Chiu - A Rocha

On top of the pandemic and political chaos on everyday headlines, our world is wrapped in climate-related calamities and looming ecological collapse; millions are suffering as a result. Instead of ignoring these environmental crises and escaping into our often-taught hope for an otherworldly “destination,” the followers of Christ proclaiming the Gospel are called to bear witness for the Lord of all and for all who will reconcile all things. This workshop will unpack the grand narrative behind this Gospel call and our place within it.

Intercessory Prayer and Prayer Ministry

Nikki White - Multiply

This workshop is designed to inspire and equip all students to engage in dynamic, effective prayer and prayer ministry. The material we will cover in this workshop includes a vision for intercession, an overview of four aspects of prayer as a vocation, a practical model for prayer and prayer ministry based upon the Lord’s Prayer, and guidelines for a balanced, responsible application of the spiritual gifts.

Sabbath: Experiencing the Deep Rest of God as a Student

Ken Shigematsu - Tenth Church

In this session, we will explore how Sabbath creates a “sanctuary in time” where a student can enjoy the deep rest of God. We will also see how this sacred day of rest reminds us that our value does not come from our grades or what we produce, but the simple fact that we are cherished as a child of God.

Faith and Migration

Dr. Erin Goheen Glanville - University of British Columbia

During COVID, everyone's lives have changed dramatically, but perhaps none more dramatically than those who can no longer cross borders to claim refugee protection. Even pre-COVID, the lives of refugees have been used as powerful symbols in an increasingly polarized political debate. Usually Christian communities ask, 'how are we to respond?' or 'how do we participate in this debate?' This workshop takes a different stance. It asks 'who are we in the story of global migration?' Drawing on a longer historical context of global migration and on references to migration in scripture, this workshop offers insights into how Christian communities relate to refugee migration in our current local context. It will include perspectives from a number of Christians involved in refugee support work, some of whom have refugee experience as well. And it will conclude with some concrete challenges for action.

Who's to Say??:

History, pluralism, truth, and ultimate authority

Daniel Markin - Westside Church

In the last century, we have seen a dramatic shift in our way of understanding the world and our place in it. As Christians, where do we place our authority? What is true? And why would we still turn to the Bible? In this session, we will see how we arrived at this cultural moment, and then explore how the Bible still applies to us today, tomorrow, and forever!

Missions Week Speakers

January 26-28

The Art of Intentional Conversation

Tim Teakle - Alpha Canada

Most people wrestling with big life issues don’t come knocking on the door of a church building for help. If you wait for them to come to you, it will probably never happen. All of us have a responsibility to be a part of creating safe, welcoming environments, in person or online, where people can ask questions, feel heard, and hear the Gospel, all in the context of genuine, authentic, and honest conversation. This session will focus on the key principles that can help us engage others in intentional conversation, using examples found in the life of Jesus.

Racism: It's Still Here!

Andy Steiger with Troy Lydiate - Apologetics Canada

This last year, racism has once again taken centre stage in the public consciousness. We continue to see its terrible effects and outrage sweep the globe. The outrage has turned violent in many cities in the US as riots have broken out causing destruction of property, injury, and even death. Being from Portland, Oregon I have heard from family and friends frustrated by it all. What are we to make of entrenched racism that won’t go away? In this session, Andy Steiger shares from his PhD work by tracing the roots of racism, discussing why it’s still here, identifying issues that are building, and providing a biblical framework that can help us pursue a future without racism.

The Gospel, Shalom and Faithful Presence in the midst of the Climate and Ecological Crises

Samuel Chiu - A Rocha

On top of the pandemic and political chaos on everyday headlines, our world is wrapped in climate-related calamities and looming ecological collapse; millions are suffering as a result. Instead of ignoring these environmental crises and escaping into our often-taught hope for an otherworldly “destination,” the followers of Christ proclaiming the Gospel are called to bear witness for the Lord of all and for all who will reconcile all things. This workshop will unpack the grand narrative behind this Gospel call and our place within it.