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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!
Story - Tim Dickau: "Transforming a Neighbourhood: Story of Grandview Calvary"
Tim is the Senior Pastor of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver.
2011 Festival Speakers
Tim Dickau (pastors panel)
Tim is the senior pastor of Grandview Calvary Baptist church and author of . Grandview is a community-based church which reflects the diversity of its neighbourhood with people from many different cultural and life situations.
The church seeks to be prophetically connected to the brokenness of the neighbourhood in which it finds itself through various ministries.
Tim also lives as part of the Salsbury Community Society, a charitable organization that provides housing in a supportive community environment for people at crucial turning points in their lives who are struggling with physical, financial, social, or spiritual needs.
Olympic Catalyst for Social Justice â€“ CBM Â« End Homelessness Now
Tim Dickau,senior pastor at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in east Vancouver,has been among the most vocal within our Canadian Baptist denomination about raising social justice concerns around the Olympics,so we would like to share some of his thoughts.
Grandview Calvary is one of the churches at the forefront of efforts in Vancouver to provide immediate relief for our neighbours in need and to seek long term justice on their behalf.
"The concern we have is that the amount of spending on a 2-week event could have been better used,"says Tim
"For example,they are spending $1 billion in security alone - for a 2-week event.
"It shows people have the desire to do something,but I wonder whether the effort can be sustained,"questions Tim
"Why is it we are so eager to open our homes to the wealthy who can afford to come here and buy tickets when we won't even consider opening our homes and churches to the poor who are living right next to us?"
As the fervour and excitement of the Olympics fade away,how can Canadian Baptists - in Vancouver and across Western Canada - sustain their social justice efforts?
According to Tim
,we need to work at four levels:
Tim Dickau has urged ...
Tim Dickau has urged his fellow Baptists to find worship songs that reflect themes of justice.
has urged his
fellow Baptists to find worship songs that reflect themes of justice.
The Justice and Mercy Network of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada (CBWC) has asked their worship leaders for their suggestions "for hymns and songs that include themes relating to the whole shalom of God so that we can sing about justice, mercy, compassion and healing in our broken world during our worship services."
An article in the CBWC's most recent Making Connections newsletter included this portion, highlighting the role of Vancouver pastor Tim Dickau:
has shown thee,
Back in May, Tim Dickau, senior pastor of Grandview Calvary Baptist Church in Vancouver and chair of the CBWC's Justice and Mercy Network, issued a challenge to CBWC church members to "write new songs and recover those classic songs that express God's vision and work among the concrete realities of our world.