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June 9-11, 2022
Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church + Online Experience

CBOQ is a family of churches, transformed by Christ, revealing God’s kingdom. Part of being that family means gathering together at our annual family reunion, a time for Canadian Baptists from across Ontario and Quebec to gather, worship together, pray for one another, make decisions together and grow as a family of churches. At CBOQ Assembly, we welcome engaging speakers, thoughtful and talented worship leaders and—most of all—delegates and members from our churches.

Please note: Delegates must attend in-person to vote at the AGM.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

– Isaiah 43:19 –

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With special guests:

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Gordon T. Smith
Plenary Speaker
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Sanctus Worship
Worship Leaders

Join us for 21 Days of Prayer leading up to CBOQ Assembly 2022.
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Attendee Registration

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Church Delegate Appointment

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Association-appointed Delegate Appointment

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As guests to Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, we will be abiding by the Health and Safety protocols they have in place. Physical distancing, screening, sanitizing and/or masking may be required.

Schedule

3:00 PM Check-in Opens
7:00 PM Plenary Session #1 – Welcoming One Another
9:00 PM Youth Leaders Late Night hosted by CBOQ Youth
8:00 AM Guided Prayer for AGM
9:00 AM Annual General Meeting, Part 1
12:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Annual General Meeting, Part 2
5:00 PM Supper


Children and Family Leaders Dinner (Pre-registration required on registration form)

7:00 PM Plenary Session #2 – Welcoming the Stranger
9:00 PM Pastors’ Late Night hosted by the Church Life and Leadership Team
8:00 AM Guided Prayer for Churches and Pastors
9:00 AM Learning Sessions
11:00 AM Plenary Session #3 – Welcoming the Holy Spirit

Learning Sessions

Leader:
Sam Chaise - Executive Director, Christie Refugee Welcome Centre; Past CBM Director  

Description of Session:  
Even before COVID, governance and board leadership in churches too often focused on problem-solving, resource-allocation, and management. While these are important, too little energy was given to Spirit-filled imagining of the future, and to entirely new ministry patterns into which God may be calling us. Often our structures and patterns of meeting stifle the vibrant joyful work of God. The COVID experience has battered us and sucked the energy out of us. What would it look like to NOT return to what we used to do, but to let the pain of the COVID experience re-shape and re-form us so that we face the future – God’s future – with a new posture that is stewarded in and through our structures and meeting patterns? This Learning Session is designed to prompt us in these new directions, while giving us freedom to contextualize to our particular situations.   

Target Audience: Board members, ministry leaders, congregational staff  

Leader:
Stanley E. Porter - President and Dean, McMaster Divinity College

Description of Session:
This session will be a study of Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Paul wrote this letter that contains moments of exceeding joy and deep reflection while he was in lockdown. Paul’s lockdown was not caused by a pandemic so that he had merely to try to wait it out. Paul was in the custody of the Romans, in chains as he says in the letter, with his future uncertain. In these adverse circumstances, Paul focuses on what is important for the Christian life. He weighs serious ideas about himself, about others, about this life and the next, and mostly about who Jesus is. Paul provides a model in his response to his own lockdown how we as followers of Jesus should respond in our own lives, whether we are living in a pandemic, an endemic, or simply in the midst of normality.

Target Audience: Church leaders and pastors; Those who want a fast yet challenging trip through a Pauline letter that speaks in the midst of crisis.

Leader:
Gordon T. Smith - President, Ambrose College  

Description of Session:
The seminar will see to do three things. First, to speak to the ancient principle–how wisdom and blessing is passed on from generation to generation. Then second, to observe that congregations are increasingly stratified. And then, third, a call or invitation to cultivate how old and young are called to worship, learn and serve together and that this is essential to the what it means to be the church.

Target Audience: Church/Ministry Leaders and Pastors

Leader:
Anna Robbins - President, Acadia Divinity College    

Description of Session:
In this session we will identify key issues emerging in church life in Canada; explore their nature and origins; and trace alternative futures as we read the signs together. We will then seek to discern what sorts of actions will disrupt negative patterns and enable a flexible response for the church today….and tomorrow.   

Target Audience: Pastors, Church Leaders, Thinkers, Innovators

Leader:
Rachel Turner - Founder, Parenting for Faith  

Description of Session:
Churches are ready to re-open – what we going to do about Children’s Ministry?  Where have all the experts gone?  Why aren’t the children coming back?
What’s next for us to consider when we look at the ministry to children?

Target Audience: Pastors, Church Leaders, Next Gen, Parents/Grandparents

A Family of Churches, Transformed by Christ, Revealing God’s Kingdom.

FAQs

When is the meeting and how long will it last?

Assembly will take place from Thursday, June 9 – Saturday, June 11. The business portion of Assembly is on Friday, June 10 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

How is the meeting being held?

The meeting is being held in person at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. You will be required to attend in person if you are a delegate for your church/association in order to participate and cast your vote. For non-delegates, there will be a view-only option, similar to how a Sunday service would be streamed online. You will require a computer with sound and internet capabilities, if you wish to view online. Access via email link will be granted to the email address you provide on the registration form.

Why are we having this 2022 Assembly in this format?

Every year, we are required to have an AGM (Assembly) in order to gather the membership of CBOQ to discuss the business of the organization over the last year. We are moving back to an in-person meeting for ease of participation and voting for delegates, as well as to gather together as a family of churches. Those who are not delegates for their church/association will have a view-only option available to them to view the proceedings of the business meeting.   

What will this meeting look like in terms of technology?

For those viewing online, the link will be sent to the email provided during registration and you will be attending a view-only experience. Please ensure you have stable Wi-Fi/internet and sound capabilities.  

Voting delegates will be able to vote in person only.   

What will be discussed at this meeting?

We will discuss the business of CBOQ over the last year, including, but not limited to, a Board Report, Executive Minister’s Report and Treasurer’s Report. Please see the Agenda in the Assembly 2022 Book of Business for more details.  

Will there be a time for Q&A this year?

We have created an AGM Q&A time on Monday, June 6 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom webinar for you to ask questions about any portion of the AGM. You can use the Zoom Q&A function on Monday evening to submit questions, or you can also choose to submit questions prior to Monday evening to questions@baptist.ca (you may submit questions through this email up until Friday, June 3 at 12:00 pm). All questions will be collected in preparation for this Q&A time, and any similar questions will be collated in order to allow time for as many questions as possible during the allotted time.

 

What are the rules for submitting a motion?

In order to maintain compliance with The Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) and CBOQ’s Bylaw, we are required to provide all formal Motions (with a few regular exceptions) to our Members in the Formal Notice of Meeting. Motions will be included in the Assembly package. Per section 163 of the Act, members can submit a proposal for items to be discussed at an annual meeting, which would be included in the notice of the meeting. To include a proposal, a member must have submitted the proposal between January 13 and March 14, 2022. This date has now passed, and new motions can no longer be accepted for the 2022 Assembly.  

How do I get into the plenary sessions?

The link to the plenary sessions can be found on our website at baptist.ca/assembly. If you are not attending in-person, you can click the available link and it will take you into the session.

How do I get into the learning sessions?

There will be 5 options for in person learning session attendance available during Assembly. Two of these 5 will be live and in person, and three will be available for live viewing at Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. For those attending in person, you will have the option to choose 1 learning session. There will be 1 option for online attendance. Following Assembly, these 5 learning sessions in addition to a few others will be available for viewing and can be accessed through our website at baptist.ca/assembly.

Where can I stay while attending Assembly?

Here are a few of the hotels in the area, with their distance from the church: 

  • Best Western Parkway (18 min)
  • Hampton Inn and Suites (14 min)
  • Hilton Garden Inn (16 min)
  • Hilton Toronto/Markham (13 min) 
  • Homewood suites by Hilton (13 min)
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott (11 min) 

Will there be a children's program offered at Assembly?

Yes! CBOQ Kids will be hosting a Children’s Assembly Program this year for kids ages 18 months-11 years old. (Nursery is available for parent use of younger babies) The program will run during the Thursday and Friday night Plenary sessions, the Friday morning and afternoon business sessions and Saturday morning Learning Session. Contact Tanya at tyuen@baptist.ca for full details and registration.

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for making CBOQ Assembly 2022 possible!
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