Transforming Through Transition

“In times of change learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully prepared for a world that no longer exists.”  -Eric Hoffer Dana Hanna knows a lot about transition. To hear her and her husband Michael’s story, their lives have been little else for many years now. It began during a season when everything was going well. And they were really uncomfortable about it. In 2012 they were both pastoring at Gateway City…

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Transforming Toronto: Rebuilding The Heart Of Downtown


By Jim Foster, Marketplace Minister, Toronto Alliance Church God has placed a call on our hearts to reach downtown Toronto, what we call His ‘Re-Build Vision’ for our church, Toronto Alliance Church.  Like he did in Jerusalem through Ezra, Nehemiah and the people of Israel, God is now doing through us, and that is to rebuild the city on God’s terms. And just as they did in building a wall against invasion, we’ve started by building up security…

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Thinking Outside of the Box

Think outside the box

By Bruce Mann, TC Executive Director “Social facts are the values, cultural norms, and social structures which transcend the individual and are capable of exercising social control.  French sociologist Émile Durkheim defined the term, proposing that social facts ‘consist of manners of acting, thinking and feeling external to the individual,  which are invested with a coercive power by virtue of which they exercise control over the person’. Closely related to the idea of social facts…

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Transforming Toronto starting with unified vision

Canada’s largest city. More than 2.6 million people living among 140 different neighbourhoods, spread over 630 square kilometres along the shores of Lake Ontario. A city recognized as one of the most diverse and multicultural centres in the world. And God wants to release his kingdom in a new, dynamic way into this bustling metropolis. Where would you start? Thankfully, it’s not up to us. Since God is already blanketing this tremendous city with his…

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How much will you ask God for?

Guest article by: Eric Ames, Transformation Canada Partner I remember the day I first met Derk Maat.  After making a presentation to pastors in 2012 about the new legislation for schools called Bill 13, with my friend and former boss Phil Lees (he’ll laugh at that), I met Pastor Patty Wallace.  She said we should meet this person from an organization called Transformation Canada.  We agreed, and met for lunch at Williams Cafe on the…

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Social Facts: Putting new thinking in old mindsets

By: Bruce Mann, TC Executive Director When you and I read the Word of God, we read a lot about change, particularly of our thinking. Thinking differently provides new motivation, expands vision and changes behaviour. It’s all part of our transformation into the likeness of Christ. By definition transformation involves change, and change is hard. In particular, changing the way an individual or a group of people think is incredibly challenging because it goes beyond…

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