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Andrew Dyck

Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies

Andrew Dyck

Program(s)

Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Email

adyck:@:cmu.ca

Phone

204.487.3300 x627

Office

B326

Andrew grew up in Chilliwack, BC. Under the influence of his parents, Mennonite Brethren church, and inter-Mennonite high school he became a follower of Jesus Christ, marked by his baptism as a teenager. His time at Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg expanded his capacity for studying the Scriptures, and for viewing all of life as service to God. Andrew married Martha in 1984, and worked for eight years as a physiotherapist in Winnipeg. Meanwhile, his volunteer work as a church worship leader, musician, group leader and speaker prompted him to study at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Virginia in the mid-1990s. Afterwards, Andrew's family (Martha and Andrew have three sons) moved to Abbotsford, where he served for 16 years as a pastor: first in King Rd. Mennonite Brethren Church and then in Highland Community Church. Through receiving spiritual direction and being trained as a spiritual director, he experienced a deepening of his life with God. While writing his PhD dissertation, Andrew was invited in 2012 by Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Canada and Canadian Mennonite University to become Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies. In the process of preparing for this role, Andrew identified five themes that have been important to him throughout his adult life: higher education (including teaching), classic music and liturgy, listening prayer, church life, and family life.

 A short video about Andrew's role as a seminary professor:    

 

Bringing Gifts is the personal blog of Andrew Dyck (Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies), where he discusses and reflects on a wide rage of topics relevant to Christians and the church. His posts relating to prayer appear on a monthly basis as part of mbcmBlog, a resource for ministry leaders and church administrators provided by the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba.

Areas of Teaching

Pastoral Ministry

Education

PhD Theology 2017, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (through International Baptist Theological Seminary); MA, Church Leadership (congregational worship and music) 1996, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg; Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) 1986, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Work in Detail

Teaching

Andrew teaches courses that are designed to help students prepare for various kinds of Christian ministries -- whether as pastors or in other roles. Although most of his courses are offered at the graduate level, some of his courses are available to both undergraduates and graduates .

Andrew's courses include Foundations for Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Supervised Ministry Experience, Christian Spirituality, Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care, and Prayer.

Research

Andrew's doctoral research focused on the place of contemplative practices within the spirituality of Canadian Mennonite Brethren. He mapped the spirituality of Mennonite Brethren by studying this denomination's experience of conversion, reading Scripture, and singing together. Each of these three was paired with a contemplative practice that is present among Mennonite Brethren: spiritual direction from the Ignatian tradition, lectio divina from the Benedictine tradition, and songs of the Taizé Community. This research is intended to offer insight into healthy appropriation of spiritual practices between Christian denominations and traditions. 

Andrew's recent publications include:

Community

Andrew enjoys preaching and speaking at community events beyond CMU and MBBS. These events have included a denominational assembly workshop, a retreat for pastors and spouses, Sunday morning worship services, inter-church training day in Ontario, and church retreats. These talks have included "Speaking of Jesus: Bearing Witness to Our Experiences of Jesus Christ," "Stories of God's Provision -- Individually and Through Communities," "Waging Peace: Ephesians 6:10-20," and "Being With God in Stillness and Scripture."

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