Public invited to celebrate with ACTS Seminaries

After 17 years of successful partnering, the consortium invites the public to celebrate with them on Sunday, October 24th, 2004, as they celebrate the addition of Canadian Pentecostal Seminary West (CPS), who officially joined earlier this year.

Beginning at 6:30pm, at Broadway church, the “Celebration Service” will feature keynote speaker Randy Frazee, author of “The Connecting Church” and “Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships.”

“I think it's an exciting day for ACTS,” says Phil Zylla, Principal of ACTS. “With the formal change, our constituency includes most of the major evangelical groups in Canada.” Representing 3,000 churches across Canada, ACTS collectively participates in shaping a new generation of leaders for our nation's churches.

Though initially not an official part of the ACTS consortium, CPS has been affiliated with TWU since 1996. “The relationship between ACTS and CPS has worked really well,” says Zylla who also teaches pastoral theology at ACTS. “We've worked cooperatively for several years, providing ministry leadership training for CPS's emerging leaders.” Two years ago, CPS applied for membership, subsequently undergoing careful review and evaluation by the current ACTS members. On February 19, 2004, the Joint Administrative Committee agreed that CPS has met the requirement for membership and approved CPS for ACTS membership

With such a vast cross-section of churches, it's both encouraging, and surprising to many that for 17 years their denominations have been able to integrate, share resources, train future leaders, and still maintain their denominational distinctiveness. This model of seminary training in the context of the largest private university in Canada is a unique model in the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the US, the accrediting agency for ACTS Seminaries.

“The partnership has emerged with trust over time,” explains Zylla. “You don't get denominations to give up the responsibility of shaping their own leadership; rather, you invite them into a conversation of how to do it together. You work to maintain denominational affinities and celebrate your sense of identity and conviction within the context of a broader Christian community.” And this context of identity seems to be working for students, as half of ACTS seminary students don't belong to any of the six denominations.

As Zylla points out, though there are many different denominations, all are a part of one body. “All of the evangelical churches we're talking about have the same mindset with respect to certain fundamental convictions of the church. That allows us to work well together; that's the core of how ACTS emerged.”

Event: TWU's ACTS Seminaries presents “Celebration Service”
Date: Sunday, October 24th, 2004
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Broadway Church (2700 East Broadway, Vancouver)
Contact: Linda Hull (604-513-2044;

Initiated in 1988, the consortium began with three evangelical denominations—Baptist General Conference of Canada, Evangelical Free Church of Canada, Fellowship of Evangelical Baptists in Canada. Five years ago ACTS added two additional partnering denominations: Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada, and the Mennonite Brethren.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

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