Tim Dickau, pastor of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, showed me a condemned house on a piece of property the church bought for $80,000 decades ago.
Some of that attitude is displayed by Tim Dickau
at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
grew up among quite conservative Baptists on the Alberta prairie.
For him, attending Regent
, the evangelical seminary in Vancouver, was a stretch to the left.
At Regent he
developed a love for
N. T. Wright's biblical scholarship and for Catholic spiritual traditions.
found that he
was indeed a Baptist.
"I've always said that if you combined Anabaptists' stance over against the world with a Reformed desire to transform society and Catholic spiritual practice, you'd have a church."
ministry in Vancouver began when he
was asked to explore new options for ministry at a long-established church.
found a congregation that had quit.
The Sunday school rooms had garbage in them.
Members commuted in from the suburbs, and they had already decided to close the church but hadn't told the new pastor.
got to work interviewing neighbors for six months.
What was missing in their lives? he
And what would they wish for from a church like GCBC?
Most had no idea the church existed, but they told him that they needed space for community events.
So the church opened its doors for everything from salsa dancing to a hip-hop opera.
One woman Dickau
met at the park lamented her
, "Want to be in a new small group?"
"I remember reading that it would take ten years to get the church healthy," he
says, looking back.
doesn't align the church with the culture.
critiques Canadian consumerism and individuality.
That emphasis led to the creation of an intentional Christian community.
The church owns some 17 houses in which members live in community-some with refugees, some with addicts.
The church has also raised some $9 million to build affordable housing in a city in desperate need of it.
Units will go up this spring to house some 20 families in need, and families from the church will be involved to help foster community.
explains this ministry with a quote from Jean Vanier: "In the past, Christians
who wanted to follow Jesus opened hospitals and schools.
acknowledged one key asset: a wealthy family in the church that knows how to give money away creatively.
was ticketed for DUI a few years ago.
Some leaders at the church wanted to keep it quiet, but he
needed to confess publicly at a Sunday service.
processed to the center of the church, where church members laid hands on him and prayed for him.
Then others started to confess their own sins.
can do it, I can too," they said.
Revival broke out where there could have been a cover-up or a scripted confession.
"For those of you not normally here, we don't do this every week!