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Hurlburt Hall (Room 136), McMaster Divinity College,
1280 Main St W
Hamilton , Ontario
Wed, March 06, 2024
Start: 01:00 PM
End: 01:50 PM

At this week’s Theological Research Seminar, Greg Harris will be presenting, “A Wounded Healer Paradigm: Henri Nouwen and Mutualistic Ministry in the Local Church.” Read the abstract and Greg’s bio below.

All are welcome to attend in Camelford Hall (Room 226) at McMaster Divinity College at 1:00pm or via livestream at the link below:

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One critical implication of Henri Nouwen’s pastoral theology is his mutualistic paradigm of ministry within Christian communities. Unlike the typical top-down North American Evangelical paradigm of ministry, Nouwen understood that each person within a Christian community needs to give and receive. This paper will explore this mutualistic paradigm of ministry in three main sections. The first section will link Nouwen’s paradigm of mutualistic ministry with his self-professed identity as a wounded healer. The second section will discuss two critical relationships within Henri’s life and their influence on Nouwen’s mutualistic paradigm of ministry. The final section will present contemporary implications for the pastoral praxes of a mutualistic paradigm of ministry in Canadian local churches.



Greg is married to Sarah and the father to Benji, Emily, and Oliver. He has been in pastoral ministry for over a decade and currently serves as Discipleship Pastor at SouthRidge Fellowship in Langley BC. Part of his role oversees a ministry dedicated to persons with disabilities, and he is pursuing a doctorate of practical theology with his research focusing on the intersection of disability and discipleship in the local church

About TRS

The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) is a bimonthly gathering for all MDC students and faculty. TRS meets over the lunch hour on Wednesdays, and includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.

All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.

This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Francis PangDr. Phil Zylla, and Dr. Gord Heath. To submit a paper, contact a member of the organizing committee.