Resources that have been valuable in the work of the Task Force include:

The Hamilton Mountain Ministry story. We have studied this story through the Ven. Dr. Rick Jones' doctoral thesis entitled: New Structures for Mission: A Regional Redevelopment Intervention. Rick Jones was a guest at Clergy Day on September 14.

Dr. Kennon Callahan's book Twelve Keys to an Effective Church, Jossey-Bass, 1983, 127 pp.

Get Fit/Keep Fit: Building Healthy Ministry. A diocesan-produced resource, available on-line at "Appreciative Inquiry" is the underlying theory behind Get Fit/Keep Fit.

Church of Scotland's work on "Church Without Walls." More information can be found at:

Work of other Dioceses in Canada in developing frameworks for assessment of parish health and viability, including Diocese of Ottawa (, Diocese of Toronto (, and Diocese of British Columbia (

The story of East London Anglican Ministries (ELAM) has been written up in a short booklet called Good News For a Change:

The Story of a Church Amalgamation. It is available through Task Force members, or by writing directly to the Rev. Michael Johnson at

Emerging Spirit, an initiative of the General Council of the United Church of Canada focused on developing and nurturing relationships with Canadians aged 30-45. Their research with Terra Nova Discovery Workshops and Environics is of particular interest:

More information on any of these resources is available through the Synod office. Phone 604 684-6306, the Rev. Paul Borthistle (ext. 219) or Paige Dampier (ext. 227).