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- Religion, Christian Ministry, Discipleship
- Religion, Christian Life, Spiritual Growth
- Religion, Christian Life, Family
Menno Simons Centre, Christian Residence in Vancouver, Intentional Christian Community, Student Ministry, Emerging Adults, Discipleship, Home as Sacred Space
Student Ministry at the Menno Simons Centre
Emerging adults today feel homeless and alone. How can the church share the good news of a God who offers home and togetherness?
Home Together gives a compelling account of a Christian student residence that has shared this good news by engaging emerging adults in a community of discipleship and belonging. For over thirty years, the Menno Simons Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia has supported university students and helped them to grow together in their faith.
Using the metaphor of home to describe this community, Thomas Bergen outlines a practical theology of ministry among emerging adults as a shared home construction project. He explores six aspects of the Menno Simons Centre as home—spiritual, supportive, sabbatical, safe, spurring, and sending—combining theological reflection, cultural analysis, personal testimonies, and practical wisdom.
Set against the backdrop of postmodern challenges, Home Together offers an inspiring model of ministry among university students that might well be adapted for other contexts.
"The early Anabaptists were animated by a vision of following Christ in supportive communities. Using the theme of home, Thomas Bergen has described how university students have experienced such community at the Menno Simons Center in Vancouver, B.C. Others engaged in student ministry will benefit from studying the life within this community as creatively described in this book."
—Ardys Becker (Residence Coordinator 1989-1991) and Palmer Becker (Author of Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith)
"The Menno Simons Centre is to be commended for their legacy of more than thirty years of student ministry. Thomas Bergen draws on this legacy to make an important contribution to the practical and spiritual wisdom needed to grow Christian community among student populations."
—David Janzen (Author of The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus)
Thomas Bergen is a former Menno Simons Centre resident and residence coordinator. His love for this place and his dedication to the work that has been accomplished there is evident throughout this book. Thomas holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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