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Fri, November 05, 2021
Start: 10:00 AM
End: 12:45 PM

It used to be that a basic diet of biblical studies, theology, and denominational distinctives was sufficient preparation for formal ministry. But culture(s) have shifted in massive ways in just fifty years. The cultural challenges of secularity, power, and ideology are now felt in our daily lives. Daily conflicts regarding racism, sexuality, gender, national politics, socio-economics are experienced as dilemmas to be answered or spaces to be opened for the gospel and the justice of God. If perhaps the theological education of the past is losing relevancy, a theological education that engages the new cultural complexities has never been more of a necessity. Join McMaster Divinity College with special guest David Fitch, at this half-day roundtable event to explore what theological education can look like for the challenges the church faces today.

All sessions will be held virtually using Zoom, click the button below to register. Registration is limited, once the event is full additional registrants will be added to a waiting list. Your registration fee has been covered thanks to a generous grant.


Download the schedule and discussion questions here.



David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in mission, including cultural engagement, leadership, and theology, and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings, and conferences.

David’s latest books are Faithful Presence and The Church of Us vs. Them.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Time Session
10:00 AM Welcome
10:05 AM Theological Education? Doing Theological Reflection for Changing Times by David Fitch
10:50 AM Q&A with David Fitch
11:20 AM Break
11:30 AM Introduction and outline of discussion
11:45 AM Discussion in break out groups
12:30 PM Closing comments
12:45 PM Dismissal