LECTURER

Joel Thiessen, PhD, MA, BA

Professor, Sociology
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute

I am a sociologist passionate about learning and excellence, from the classroom instructing students to the research field gathering data to consulting settings bridging sociological knowledge with ‘real world’ concerns. Since joining the Ambrose faculty in 2008 I have used teaching, research, and speaking opportunities to demonstrate how the sociological perspective enables us to think carefully, critically, and scientifically about human attitudes and behaviours, often challenging ‘common sense’ myths with sound empirical data. In the classroom, I stress the sociological imagination, critical thinking and communication skills, various teaching and assessment methods, and the integration of faith and learning. As a researcher, I actively gather new data and publish research in my main area of interest, the sociology of religion and especially religion and culture in Canada.

I am married to Helen and we have a dog, Shadow. I am an avid sports fan, a drummer, and I enjoy reading biographies and exercising.

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Lecture 1: None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada

Lecture 2: Evangelism in Canada: From the Pulpit to the Pew

Lecture 3: Flourishing Congregations in Canada: Signs of Life and Vitality

Panel: Evangelism and the Changing Canadian Culture
Dr. Anna Robbins and Dr. Stephen McMullin

Workshop: Practical Evangelism Strategies
Dr. Stephen McMullin

SCHEDULE

Date Event Time Location Information
Monday
Feb 11
2019
Panel

Evangelism and the Changing Canadian Culture

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Anna Robbins

Dr. Steve McMullin

Lecture #1

“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada”

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Joel Thiessen
Tuesday
Feb 12
2019
Prayer Breakfast 8:30 am – 10:30 am Manning Memorial Chapel Speaker: Dr. Spencer Boersma

Worship Leader: Chris Diotte

Informal Discussion Session 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Joel Thiessen
Workshop

“Lead Fresh & Flourish: Being More Intentional Spiritual Leaders”

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Cheryl Ann Beals
What does it mean to be flourishing pastors who are intentional about our spiritual formation and wellness? What difference does it make for the people we lead and the kingdom of God?  It will be an interactive workshop with an opportunity for experiential learning.”
Workshop

“Practical Evangelism Strategies.”

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Steve McMullin
We will consider together ways that local congregations can effectively reach their changing communities through ministries of hospitality, by thinking intentionally about media, and by understanding how society is changing.
Lecture #2

“Evangelism in Canada: From the Pulpit to the Pew”

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Joel Thiessen
Wednesday
Feb 13
2019
Informal Discussion Session
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
10:00 am – 11:00 am Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dr. Joel Thiessen
Worship Service
JOIN US FOR A LIVE STREAM
(Service on Campus cancelled due to weather)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm LIVE STREAM ONLY Preacher: Rev. Phil Woodworth 
  Community Lunch
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Manning Memorial Chapel $4 suggested donation
  Workshop
“Leading Flourishing Congregations.”
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Rev. Carolyn Steeves, Rev. Thelma McLeod
  Workshop

“What Mission-Edge Churches can learn from Chaplaincy”
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons Dorothy Hunse
  ADC Friends and Alumni Supper
CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
5:00 pm – 6:30 Wolfville Baptist Church All Welcome
There will be an opportunity to give a gift in support of the College
  Lecture #3
“Flourishing Congregations in Canada: Signs of Life and Vitality”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm LIVE STREAM ONLY Dr. Joel Thiessen

Note:
All times listed in Atlantic Standard Time (AST -0400)