Archive for tag: shared ministry

Archive pour tag : shared ministry

Churches sign agreement for shared ministry at St. Michael’s Retreat

by Jana G. Pruden, Regina Leader Post [Lumsden, SK] On a day that celebrates the life of St. Francis of Assisi, four Christian church groups came together in an agreement that would have made him proud. Representatives of the Anglican Church, Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church and Franciscan Friars met Monday on St. Francis’s
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Posted: October 5, 2004 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6230
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, shared ministry
Transmis : 5 octobre 2004 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=6230
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, shared ministry


Preparing for Ecumenical Ministries

St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon is pleased to announced that Sandra Beardsall, professor of ecumenics and church history, will offer a five-day course (for credit or audit) called “Preparing for Ecumenical Ministries,” June 4-8, 2007 (course #HA 356).
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Posted: June 4, 2007 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=317 In this article: education, Saskatoon, shared ministry, St. Andrew's College Transmis : 4 juin 2007 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=317 Dans cet article : education, Saskatoon, shared ministry, St. Andrew's College


Ecumenical Shared Ministries: an idea whose time has come?

Ecumenical Shared Ministries: an idea whose time has come?

by Rev. Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard
(Executive Director, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism & Coordinator, Shared Ministries Bureau)

In Winnipeg, a Catholic parish and an Anglican parish share a large building on a busy city street. In Shell Lake Saskatchewan, Anglican, Lutheran and United Church Christians have joined buildings and hearts together to form one worshipping community with joint staff and programming. In Montreal, downtown clergy of two denominations start talks about sharing a worship space: one has a big church with a small congregation, while the other has a congregation with no suitable place to meet. In Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, three existing congregations are about to break ground for a new church facility which will serve them as one congregation and help them serve the needs of their town. In Biggar, Saskatchewan, the Anglican and Lutheran pastors run a ‘Monday School’ kids club for the children of the whole town. What are all these Christians doing? They are exploring ecumenical shared ministry.

An Ecumenical Shared Ministry (ESM) exists where Christians of more than one denomination worship and serve God in a united way while still maintaining their denominational identities and connections. ESMs take many forms, from sharing a building, to sharing programs, staff and worship. There are an estimated 80-150 ESMs in Canada. Some are found in tiny rural communities. Some are in major cities. Most ESMs are located in Western Canada and the Maritimes, and new ones are forming all the time.

Ecumenical Shared Ministries are showing themselves to be part of the solution to the problem our churches face in the rural areas, and in new urban areas. In places where numbers are diminishing due to rural depopulation, ESMs offer a way for rural Christians of several denominations to work together in ministry to their communities without losing their denominational allegiances. In the new city suburbs in Western Canada, denominations are stretched to finance the planting of new churches, and some are creating new urban ESMs, like the Living Spirit Centre in Regina. These ESMs not only maximize limited financial resources, but also give ‘flesh’ to Christians’ spiritual commitment to seek Christian unity and reconciliation.

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Posted: March 27, 2009 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=567
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, ecumenical centre, shared ministry
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Preparing for Ecumenical Ministries

Saskatoon Theological Union (St. Andrew’s College) will be offering a “Preparing for Ecumenical Ministries” course from January 18-22, 2010, for credit or audit. It will run from 9-5 daily. The instructor will be Sandra Beardsall (Professor of Church History and Ecumenics).

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Posted: September 23, 2009 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=601 In this article: education, Saskatoon, shared ministry Transmis : 23 septembre 2009 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=601 Dans cet article : education, Saskatoon, shared ministry