Keynote Speakers

We are excited to welcome our 2017 keynote speakers and devotional speaker! Our keynote speakers will be discussing how we, as a community of believers, can re-vision the mission of the church today.

Being Christian in a Secular Society

GORDON T. SMITHPresident, Ambrose University

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 9:15-10:15 am

Surely one of the unique challenges for the church in our day is to discern what it means to be faithful in such a time as this. One option is that we choose not a "ghetto" mentality or a "culture wars" posture but rather seek to "be in but not of" our world and that we actively "seek the peace of the city" in which God has placed us.

Leading in Disorienting Times

GARY NELSONPresident, Tyndale University College & Seminary

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 9:15-10:15 am

Seismic shifts are taking place at a rapid pace within society and all its institutions. The usual responses appear inadequate. Christian institutions and churches feel adrift in a sea of change and radical disorientation. One writer describes these disorienting times as "the age of the unthinkable." What was once foundational and affirmed is now debatable or radically reframed. How do we lead in these times? What do organizations and churches need to know to effectively navigate and negotiate the swirling currents surrounding them?

Living in Hope After Christendom

LEE BEACHAssociate Professor, McMaster Divinity College

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 10:45-11:45 am

While the prevailing story of the church in Canada is one of decline and decay, the history of God's people and the creative work of the Holy Spirit offers Christian leaders both direction and hope for their work in these days of challenge and transition.

Morning Devotionals

WENDY LOWELead Pastor, NEXT Christian Community

May 3, 4 & 5 | 9:30 am

Wendy Lowe will be leading our devotional messages on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning. Details to come soon!