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April 2017

01
April
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 1 – Biblical Foundations of Ministries with the Aging

Course 1: Biblical Foundations of Ministries with the Aging (a.m.); Demographic Realities of Ministries with the Aging…with a Missional Action Plan (p.m.) Description: Is old age a blessing…or a curse? Is it to be honored and respected…or pitied and feared? Is it a time of relaxation and disengagement…or of opportunities and responsibilities? And what about others in the church; are there privileges, responsibilities and opportunities we are all called to bear and enjoy? This course will introduce and explore biblical…

September 2017

16
September
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 2 – Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors I

Course 2: Principles & Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors: Part 1 Description: A look at ‘getting off on the right foot’ as we prepare ourselves to practically respond to & with seniors. “The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright” (Psalm 92). Facilitators: Facilitators: Dr. Tom McCormick, Chaplain: LTC; Retirement Home. Lorna Beatty, Chaplain LTC,…

December 2017

02
December
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Covenant Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 3 – Joy in Aging

Course 3: Joy in Aging Description: Aging has unique challenges and joys. Many think of aging with a sense of dread. And yet, mature Christian authors suggest Finishing Our Course with Joy (J.I. Packer) and Aging Joyfully (Timothy Starr). The Bible promises a flourishing life in old age (Psalm 92), even counting all our various trials as joy (James 1; Romans 5). In this course we will consider the promises and possibilities of joyful aging, along with the fears, challenges,…

March 2018

03
March
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 4 -Aging; Stages of Human Development and Spirituality

Course 4: Aging, Stages of Human Development and Spirituality Description: We naturally recognize youth and adolescence as special periods of our lives, each with unique challenges, responsibilities and opportunities. Whether we consider the second half of life or the last third, there are further unique challenge for each of us. Aging presents ambiguities and tensions: between fruition and decline; between satisfactions and losses; between failures, regrets, “could have been”s, and unlived dreams…and the glorious fulfillment of the Promises of God…

May 2018

19
May
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 5 – Reaching out: The Church and the Community

Course 5: Reaching out: The Church and the Community Description: How might your church enrich its outreach to its own seniors and to those in it communities? How might we support families and caregivers as a church community? “The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright” (Psalm 92). Facilitators: Dr. Tom McCormick This course is the…

September 2018

15
September
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Covenant Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 6 – Reaching out: The Church and the Community

Course 6: Reaching out: The Church and the Community Description: How might your church enrich its outreach to its own seniors and to those in it communities? How might we support families and caregivers as a church community? “The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright” (Psalm 92). This course is the sixth course out of…

November 2018

03
November
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 7 – Principles & Practices of Spiritual Care II

Course 7: Principles & Practices of Spiritual Care: Part 2 ‘special cases’: Dementia {a.m.}; Death & Dying {p.m.} Description: Perhaps those with dementia are the most challenging for many, as is the reality of death and dying. Learn to understand and overcome barriers to joyful involvement. “The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright” (Psalm 92).…

February 2019

02
February
9:00 am — 4:00 pm
@ Bethel Canadian Reformed Church
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Certificate program in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING: Course 8 – Cultural, Gender, & Religious Diversity; Global Aging

POSTPONED: THIS COURSE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 19!!! The course has been rescheduled: February 2, 2019 at Bethel church. Course 8: Cultural, Gender, & Religious Diversity; Global Aging Description: Learn about the cultural and religious components of ageing, family care (giving and receiving), ministry, death and dying. The GTA is ‘global’, opening opportunities here and abroad. “The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap…

March 2019

30
March
8:15 am — 3:30 pm
@ 105Gibson Centre
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Aging: The Final Frontier

Aging: The Final Frontier is a one-day conference about Aging. It attempts to bring together a wide spectrum of concerns from looking at one’s own aging, the church’s roles in looking after the elderly, to perspectives and models in ministering to the elderly. Ultimately, we are looking at discipleship in Christ and the goal is spiritual maturity. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Paul T. P. Wong and he will be talking about Spirituality and Successful Aging. The workshops cover 6…

October 2019

19
October
All Day
@ TBD
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Ministry for the aging Session II / one-day/evening conferences

In 2019, a new session of the program “Ministry for the Aging will be started for new students and students who missed courses, can complete these courses at that time. We hope to be able to start the program after the summer again, however, as of now, the date for the start of this program is tentative as of yet. The program will start when enough students are enrolled. Those who have shown interest will receive an email in due…

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