Toronto Alliance Church exists to develop a missional movement of hundreds of faith-filled people working together to rebuild passionate faith in God in unreached communities in Toronto and other urban centres in Canada and around the world. As a community of faithful followers of Jesus Christ, it is our desire to be:
- A Worshipping Community that is “becoming restored and made fully alive as we encounter Jesus, experience community and extend God’s love” (our Mission Statement)
- A Missional Hub for partnered church planting in downtown Toronto
- An Urban Ministry Catalyst for access to frontline work among the poor
- A Training Centre for ministry workers of marketplace and urban outreach
The Re-build Centre
The Re-build Centre is a function of Toronto Alliance Church that provides yearly training opportunities for students and interns to receive assistance with their spiritual and ministry formation, placing them into an environment in which to learn how to love, serve, witness and experience lives being transformed through the power of the Gospel.
Mission and Objectives
The mandate of The Re-build Centre is to help Christian leaders encounter Jesus, learn to integrate His life into their work activities, and learn to extend His love in a way that brings the spiritual transformation of those they serve. The main objectives are:
- To encourage leaders’ relationships with Christ – to become characterized by spiritual intimacy, emotional strength, and the ability to hear God’s voice in their lives and leadership
- To equip church-based and marketplace-based leaders – to develop ministry competencies, to understand the Lord’s purpose and calling, to find freedom from the things that hold them back, and to reach the unreached for Christ
In summary, the mission of The Re-build Centre is to encourage the spiritual and ministry formation of those God is calling into ministry among the unreached.
Location and History
Toronto Alliance Church in the downtown Queen West is the base of our ministry and outreach focus and has shaped a frontline outreach culture like few others. The development of missions and evangelistic workers has become the natural result of Toronto Alliance Church’s culture. For example, over the previous years, a cross section of interns, students and ministry workers have been developed through the mentoring of our ministry leaders. These interns have been individuals preparing for missions roles in Asia and Latin America, Bible college students preparing for urban ministry around the world, youth workers, children’s outreach workers, and church planters to Hungary and Central Asia.
The church has also developed valuable partnerships with 25+ churches over the years, all partnered in ministry among urban dwellers. The church has also hosted 100s of young people, countless youth groups and their leaders on weekend “Urban Plunges”, and other ministry experiences to provide an environment for short-term outreach and a taste of inner city ministry. Consequently, the neighboring communities, the culture and ethos, and the mission of Toronto Alliance Church all make it an ideal environment for a ministry training centre.
In order to deliver the learning and equipping needed to establish a multi-layered vision of multiple ministry launches and church planting in downtown Toronto and beyond, the following services are provided by The Re-build Centre that will facilitate for the development of ministry leaders:
|Internships||Ministry experience and supervised learning||Personal spiritual and ministry skills formation|
|Mentor-Coaching||Reflection, self-awareness, accountability||Excellent decisions, personal growth|
|Principles and practices||Church-based, and peer-to-peer learning|
|Ministry Consulting||Counsel, design, strategy, plans, delivery||Excellent planning, strategies|
|Venture Hub||Ministry and workspace hub for collaboration among like-minded people||Incubation of new ministry ventures|
The Re-build Centre Internship Program is designed to give participants ministry experience, while providing mentor-coaching and training from key Toronto Alliance Church ministry leaders and other urban ministry specialists. To provide a learning environment for those engaged in formal studies, or in fulfillment of requirements of a ministry placement, or for personal development, the following internships are provided along with a mentor-coach and internship coordinator.
|Children from families living in urban settings
(full-time or part-time)
|A ministry placement to learn and practice effective outreach methods to children in an urban church context, with outreach in multi-faith, intercultural settings||Leslie Shillinglaw||Sept 2017|
|Compassionate Ministry Internship
||Street-involved community, addicts, and First Nations people||8-12 mos
(full-time or part-time)
|A ministry placement to learn effective ministry methods for work among street-involved people, addicts, first nations, and others in compassionate ministry settings||Andrew Hubbard||Sept 2017|
Planting Ministry Internship
|Couples and families in
(full-time or part-time)
|A ministry placement to learn and practice effective outreach methods to adults, couples and young families in a urban city communities||Jeff MacMillan||Sept 2017|
|Asian immigrant individuals and families||12-24 mos
|A ministry placement to learn effective outreach and discipleship methods among Asian peoples.||Bill Dyck||Sept 2017|
|Middle Eastern refugee families||12-24 mos
|A ministry placement to learn effective outreach and discipleship methods among Middle Eastern refugee families.||Jim Foster
|People in your own workplace relationships, professional network||8-12 mos
(full-time or part-time)
|A facilitated learning program
designed to assist integration of faith & work in an environment of business, government, the arts, education, etc.
|Jim Foster||Sept 2017|
A valuable part of the intern’s experience will come from their relationship with the mentor-coach assigned to them. These are ministry veterans in the area they are ministering in. An introductory planning session, bi-weekly meetings, and ongoing evaluations will be guided by your mentor-coach to ensure the experience meets your expectations, the desires of your group, and the Toronto Alliance Church team. The mentor-coaches for this coming season are the following urban ministry veterans:
|Bill Dyck||Over 30 years of experience in church leadership in urban contexts; completing 23 years at Toronto Alliance Church as the Lead Pastor; years of experience in mentoring interns and ministry leaders in spiritual and ministry formation; strengths are in church lead pastoring, preaching, teaching, team leadership, and prayer ministry.|
|Jeff MacMillan||Over 10 years of experience in church ministry leadership; completed 6 years as the Lead Pastor of Trinity Alliance Church, a church planting venture based out of Toronto Alliance Church; has mentored numerous interns in the church venture; strengths are in preaching, teaching, leading, and discipleship.|
|Leslie Shillinglaw||Over 15 years of experience in children’s ministries, leading church children’s programs, and outreach programs among community children and families; Team Lead for Children’s Ministries and for the outreach efforts in Parkdale, Toronto, a low income community being specifically targeted for outreach and church planting; strengths in evangelism, Bible teaching, equipping and mentoring other volunteer workers.|
|Andrew Hubbard||Over 5 years of experience in urban ministry leadership and outreach to urban poor, street-involved people; currently Team Lead for Compassionate Ministries; has mentored many in ministry methods among urban poor; strengths in outreach, Bible study leadership, compassionate ministry.|
|Jim Foster||Over 25 years of experience in church and missions leadership roles; worked as a church planter, business as missions worker, and church leadership developer; currently Re-Build Director and Community Engagement Coordinator; has mentor-coached many ministry leaders in marketplace and church ministry settings; strengths are in cross-cultural outreach, marketplace ministry, business for transformation, leadership coaching and development programs.|
The Rebuild Centre, a training centre of Toronto Alliance Church under which the Internship Program is operated, will provide additional learning opportunities throughout the year. Every year, training workshops and strategy sessions are be delivered to provide a learning environment where principles and practices of ministry are both considered, and where strategies for outreach in urban settings are developed.
Click Here for a list of upcoming Learning Programs.
To bring transformation to the lives of those living and working in our cities, the main targets for spiritual and ministry formation are the following groups:
- Christian ministry students (church planters, youth & children’s workers…)
- Marketplace professionals (business, education, government, arts…)
- International workers and church planters (agencies, churches…)
The programs of The Centre are being promoted among our own volunteers and our 25+ church and business partners.
The bulk of the interns and students for these programs are drawn from key groups who are partners in urban ministry. A few of these are:
- Toronto Alliance Church members (eg. outreach coordinators)
- Partner Church members (eg. outreach interns)
- Missions Organizations (eg. missions apprentices)
- Training Institutions (eg. student interns)
- C&MA Districts (eg. venture apprentices)