Becoming Irrelevant?

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Becoming Irrelevant?

Rediscovering our vital place in an ever-changing culture

Joel Thiessen is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. In these sessions he guides us in understanding the cultural and societal changes we wrestle with as pastors and leaders.

Joel is a researcher and has written an important book for the church. It is called “The Meaning of Sunday”. We pray for greater insight for each of us as we listen to these seminars.

Joel speaks on:

    1. The state of religion and culture in Canada;
    2. Why people leave the church and will they ever come back;
    3. Practical and theological responses for churches in twenty-first century Canada.

Recording Date: May 4th, 2018

Recoding Location: The Meeting House

Event Speaker:
Joel Thiessen

Joel Thiessen is a researcher, teacher and speaker. As a sociologist of religion who specializes in religion in Canada.

Event Reading

"The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age"
by Joel Thiessen

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Pre-Event Reading:

Watch the Sessions:

  • Session 1: 
    “The State of Religion and Culture in Canada” – Joel Thiessen

  • Session 1: 
    “Q&A” – Joel Thiessen

  • Session 2: 
    “Why People Leave the Church and Will They Ever Come Back?” – Joel Thiessen

  • Session 2: 
    “Q&A” – Joel Thiessen

  • Session 3: 
    “Practical and Theological Responses for Churches in 21st Century Canada” – Joel Thiessen

  • Session 3: 
    “Q&A” – Joel Thiessen

  • Extra: 
    “Ending Comments” – Doug Sider

Event Handout

Download the Handout Booklet PDF for this event here.


  1. Hi
    I was registering for the theological study day and am not sure if my registration was completed. I will be planning to pay that day when I arrive. Could you let me know if you received my registration?

    Thanks so much.

    1. Author

      Thanks Heather, we will make sure that you are properly registered for the event and look forward to seeing you tomorrow. – Alex

  2. I may be registered twice. The first time through I did not finish my Paypal transaction so I registered again.

  3. Author

    Thank you Rod, we’ll look into it and make sure you are registered properly. – Alex

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