April 6, 2019 – Walking Away From The Tomb
This 45-minute presentation was to the Presbytery of Oak Ridges at Markham Chinese Presbyterian Church as a part of their Visioning Day called “Building God’s Kingdom.” I was invited to tell the story of renewal at Westminster Church in Barrie where I pastor. I talk about some of what we’ve done right, some things we still have to work on, and why change can be hard.
October 2, 2018 – Online communications, human trafficking and the Up! devotional book.
This was a short talk and Q and A to the Keller Williams networking group in Barrie, ON, at the invitation of Guy Gagnon.
March 15-17, 2018 — iAM – Your Identity, Confidence and Daily Purpose in an Uncertain World.
This was a series of five 45-minute talks I shared to about 120 students at the 2018 Hi-C retreat (grades 7 to 12) for Vaughn Community Church. The talks focused on engaging in personal transformation in an uncertain world; on who God is; on who we are as God’s people; on being more confident in your faith on a daily basis; and on identifying your purpose.
April 22, 2017 — The “Up!” Devotional: How God is Using a Daily Devotional by a Normal, Flawed Pastor to Help People Live Out Their Faith in Practical Ways Today
At the 2017 conference and AGM for the Renewal Fellowship, I offered this theme talk on the “Up!” daily devotional that I started to write 5 days a week in 2015. I talk about what devotionals are, the approach I take with “Up!”, and how we can creatively engage people with where they’re at in their own walk of faith.
April 22, 2017 — The New Hillside: Understanding The Pervasiveness of the Internet and Leveraging it for Discipleship
At the 2017 conference and AGM for the Renewal Fellowship, I offered this workshop that brought together several trends in the online world and explored how we might use them to help develop people’s discipleship.
April 11, 2017 — “Living With Intention and Integrity” – An interview with Matthew Ruttan by Matt Brough on the Spirituality for Normal People podcast
Matt Brough has a podcast called Spirituality for Normal People. In April 2017 he interviewed me to talk about modern spirituality, doing less better, being consistent, and doing your best to live out your faith with integrity. It was great to talk with Matt on his great new podcast. You can hear it here.
July 7, 2016 — At Home With Scripture: The Bible and Youth Ministry. The Bible is an Essential Resource for Growing in Faith. Explore Ways to Faithfully Engage Youth in the Scriptures. This was a presentation to youth ministry leaders at Canada Youth 2016 at Brock University in St. Catherines. The presentation stretched over three hours and was interactive.
May 31, 2015 — Be The Evidence That Someone’s Life Made a Difference. I was honoured to be the guest speaker at Langford Cemetery’s 10th Annual Heritage Day in Bracebridge, Ontario. Gary Denniss coordinated the event which included bagpipes, the dedication of a new columbarium, and remembering the veterans who are interred in the cemetery. A blog is coming out soon that will summarize what I spoke about. Pictured to the right is me speaking earlier that day as the guest speaker at the 140th Anniversary of Knox Church. Photo credit: Fred McKeen.
April 18, 2015 — It’s About People: Using Social Media and An Online Presence to Welcome, Connect and Engage. A group of pastors and elders from the Barrie, Muskoka and Simcoe regions gathered for an educational workshop led by John-Peter Smit. I was happy to be one of the workshop leaders in the afternoon sessions on various topics. This presentation focused specifically on social media (Facebook, Twitter), websites and group email as tools of the church.
March 7, 2015 — A presentation to the Renewal Fellowship about the story of Westminster’s renewal and how we’re trying to connect with multiple generations. (No presentation download available.)
February 21, 2015 — It’s About People: Using Social Media and Technology to Welcome, Connect and Engage. This was a presentation at Living Faith Community Presbyterian Church in Baxter, Ontario. I offered data on the use of the internet and social media in Canada, some advice on how to interpret some of that data, and techniques and best practices about how to engage some of these tools to welcome, connect and engage people principally in the life of faith and in the church. (On the right, that’s host pastor Heather Malnick and me after the event.)
June 25, 2014 — A talk at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie, at one of their memorial services for those who have had loved ones pass away in the past 4 months. My talk focused on freedom and how “freedom is having a say in your own future.” I stressed 5 points that are helpful in people’s experience of grief and loss.
November 2, 2013 — A workshop in 3 parts to a group in Muskoka called Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore. Understanding a Changing Canada and Ideas About How to be Vibrant Churches in a New Age. The workshop drew from research about cultural trends in Canada since World War 2 and offered ideas about being vibrant churches in light of this new age, again drawing from research and from my own experience.
October 8, 2013 — A presentation to the presbytery of Barrie (a collection of church elders and ministers from the area of Simcoe and Muskoka) on using technology in the church. The presentation was called Using Technology in the Church to Welcome, Connect and Engage. It mostly focused on the use of websites, group email and Facebook, supplemented by information on internet use and trends in Canada.
September 2013 — A talk to seminary students at Knox College in Toronto (Crieff Hills Retreat Centre), about my learnings from the first 5 years of ministry. (List of recommended resources no longer available online.)
June 2, 2013 — I gave a presentation to the national annual meeting of the Presbyterian Church in Canada (called a General Assembly). It was part of an initiative called Good News Stories in the Church “Vibrant Connections.”