At CBOQ Assembly 2019



Thursday, 7:00 pm

The Need for Lament in a Broken World

Lamentations 1:1-3, Jeremiah 29:4-9

In a fallen and broken world, we face the temptation to run away and hide from the challenges around us or to give in to the patterns of the world. In this session we will examine the story of the fall of Jerusalem and the exile of God’s people to explore how God calls his people to a place of lament as an appropriate response to a broken world.

Friday, 7:00 pm

Lamentations and the Way Forward

What aspects of Lamentations do we begin to apply in the complex world we are called to serve? How do systems, narratives, and imagination work towards a dysfunctional environment that we must understand and begin to form a Biblical, theological response.

Saturday, 11:00 AM

What Lament Can Do 

Lamentations 1, 2 and 5

What examples of confronting the broken systems and powers of the world are offered in the Hebrew text of Lamentations? How does the authorship, genre, and form of Lamentations offer us a hope in our complex world?


Friday, June 14
2:00pm to 4:30pm

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding

Blanket Exercise

We will be lead through the KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program which is a participatory history lesson—developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators—that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.  Following the exercise we will break into smaller groups to debrief the experience.

Every Tribe and Tongue

A Conversation on Culture & Diversity

Bernadette Arthur and Timothy Tang

Culture and Diversity are conversations which are central to the Gospel and the Church (Gal 3:28). It is impossible to understand the message about the Bible without addressing culture, diversity and reconciliation. It is easier to be silent about this issue. Though it is difficult, we cannot ignore it. At CBOQ, we would like to create a space for conversation, confession, lament and vulnerability. We will gather in large and small groups. Please join us for this very important conversation on culture and diversity.

“Do you see this woman?”

Taking lessons on how to be human from Jesus

Karen Lowe and Marc Potvin

Jesus has much to teach us about living in a world that is not what it ought to be. Using three stories of people who found themselves at his feet, we will examine how our view of people can be obscured. Using Scripture, stories, songs, discussion, reflection and prayer, we will seek to answer how Jesus calls us to respond to each person we see before us?

Inner-City Realities

The Dale Ministries & Walking with Others

Cid Latty & Erinn Oxford

The Dale Ministries is a church community rooted in Parkdale, a neighbourhood in Toronto’s west-end. The Dale creates a safe welcoming space in which all people, particularly those who know marginalization, are encouraged to participate fully, to the best of their abilities and journey together toward deeper wholeness in Christ. With no building of their own, The Dale has created a nomadic routine, one that utilizes a variety of spaces around Parkdale, including the outdoors. During this experience you will be invited to walk through Parkdale in small groups, keeping your eyes, ears and heart open to witness the presence of Christ, and to notice the impact of gentrification and poverty in a neighbourhood known for its socio-economic diversity. There will be opportunity to discuss what you have observed in a large group format at the end.


Saturday, June 15
9:00 am–10:30 am


Mental Illness in Communities of Faith 
CBOQ Mental Health Working Group

Do you know that one in five people experiences a mental disorder some time in their life? These illnesses of the brain can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity. Mental illness is not “out there.” People with mental illness sit in our congregations. How can we serve them well? The CBOQ Mental Health Working Group will lead this session, including stories, information, a panel and time for discussion.


Leading Women in the Global South
Ruth Munyao, Fiona Kwok, Carla Nelson and Jennifer Lau, CBM

Engage in a dialogue about how women are shaping mission all around the globe. Join a facilitated conversation with strong and gifted servants whose unique skills are helping to meet the needs of a broken world within their own contexts. Find out more about where your own gifts and talents can be used to serve God’s kingdom as you embrace what you believe globally.


You Wake Up Monday Morning and it’s Friday Afternoon
Tanya Yuen, CBOQ

Move from a mindset of “survive” to “thrive” as children and family ministry leaders! This workshop is for anyone, volunteer or staff, serving in children and family ministry that want to determine healthy practices for a sustainable ministry. 


Best Practices for Giving in Churches 
Lori Guenther Reesor, Consultant

This workshop will help your congregation talk about money. Few people carry much cash or a chequebook, and people are attending church less frequently. Younger people give differently than older people. How does the Church respond? Lori tells the story of the fictional Peach Blossom Church and how they embraced stewardship as part of discipleship. Topics include: offering, online giving, planned giving, and narrative budgeting. Questions welcomed and resources suggested.


Developing Intercultural Leadership: “All things to all people…” 
Tim Tang,
East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church

In our day, being inclusive in our diversity is more than just skin colour and more than simply language. And yet, with migration and immigration—both in the past and in the present—has meant a collision of ethnic cultures at the doorsteps of our local neighbourhoods and churches. How do we develop the essential skills to equip our leaders and ourselves to move beyond the welcome to embrace truly “multicultural” communities of faith that are transformative.


Knowing Your Place Who Knows You 
Alvin Lau,
Youth Ministries Associate, CBOQ

A young adult’s place in a church is not always clearly defined. Some still see them as “kids” while others expect them to be fully-contributing members of the church. This workshop is geared for those ages 18-29, understanding who God created you to be and exploring ways to serve in his church.


There Is Hope for Growth… If We Adapt 
Matt Wilkinson,
Director of Next Generations Ministries, CBOQ

The landscape of the Church is rapidly changing and as we know, young people are increasingly disengaged or simply unaware of the Christian faith. Through leaning into findings from “Imaginative Hope” and “Growing Young” we will look at key elements and shifts we need to make to see vitality and life as a whole church occur. This session will resource you and your church to help young people discover and love Jesus & the Church.


Supporting the Pastor: The Joys and Challenges of Being a Ministry Spouse 
Marc & Janice Potvin, Pastoral Leaders Development Associate and Ministry Spouse, CBOQ

If you are the husband or wife of someone in vocational ministry, this panel discussion is for you! We will seek to address issues particular to ministry spouses. If you have topics or questions you would like the panel to address, please email them to Marc Potvin (Pastoral Leaders Development Associate) at mpotvin@baptist.ca by June 1, 2019.


The Coming of the ONCA:  What Your Church Needs to Know  
Jacqueline M. Demczur,
Partner, Carters

This workshop will provide an overview of key provisions set out in the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) currently expected to come into effect in early 2020. If your Church is an existing Ontario not-for-profit corporation or considering incorporation, this workshop will be helpful in reviewing key governance issues to consider in moving through the ONCA transition or incorporation process, as well as related tips on drafting new or amending existing by-laws.


Paul and the Contemporary Church: Learning from the Church’s Most Important Theologian and Church Planter 
Stanley Porter,
President, MDC

Paul was an unusual person by background, education and call to ministry. However, he also went on to become one of the earliest and most authoritative interpreters of the ministry and teaching of Jesus. On the basis of these beliefs, he became a model church planter who founded churches that still provide models for the contemporary church. This session will examine the life and teachings of Paul to see that his relevance today is as great as it has been at any time in the past.