September 2021

September 2021 – UPDATE Dear Friends of Artizo, “Be present, O merciful God, and protect us… so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest in your eternal changelessness.” With the world swirling about us, we can find great solace in the constancy of God. During COVID, […]

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June 2021 Update from the Director of Training

June 2021 – UPDATE Dear Friends, This May marks my third full year as the director of training for the Artizo Institute, and the move to refresh and refocus our training program. We’ve pursued this by consolidating our training within St. John’s Vancouver while developing and strengthening our curriculum. After three fantastic years of growth, […]

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Meet the New Artizo Apprentices

MEET THE 2020 NEW APPRENTICES VIVIAN LEE Hello there! My name is Vivian Lee. I was born and raised on the Prairies in Calgary, Alberta. I love reading, painting, and marvelling at mountains – especially the ones you can hike up! 🙂 Over a year ago, I left my job as a lawyer, moved to […]

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Updates from the Director of Training

November 2020 – UPDATES We’ve had a fantastic year of training and growth despite the challenges and disruptions of COVID-19. So far, we’ve been able to meet together in-person every week (with appropriate physical distancing measures) which has been invaluable for our cohesion as a cohort and ease of feedback and training exercises. From a […]

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Artizo Residency – Going Deeper

Artizo Residency – Going Deeper Artizo is committed to church growth. The Artizo Institute Residency Program equips Artizo graduates in a supportive environment at a participating church. ‘Growth’, in this context, is threefold: growth of the graduate as they hone their abilities in leadership, growth of the church in their scriptural role of supporting and […]

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Evangelism in Japan – Andrew Buchanan

MINISTRY IN JAPAN Insight from Andrew Buchanan, Artizo Graduate There is great potential for the Gospel to take root in Japan, even as there are also great obstacles. The Japanese are a refined society with a strong national identity. Being a collectivist culture, it is difficult to step out of line. While the Japanese will […]

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Artizo Adapts

ARTIZO ADAPTS With the pandemic changing seemingly every aspect of our lives as we search for a “new normal”, how is Artizo affected? We asked four Artizo interns how their ministry has changed over the past year, what gains or losses there have been as a result of changes in ministry formats, and how this […]

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Trinity Anglican Church Plant

“OUR CHURCH LAUNCHED ON EPIPHANY OF 2019 WITH 175 ADULTS AND 80 CHILDREN Artizo profile: Rev. Tripp Prince Years at Artizo: 2008-2010 Status: Pastor, Trinity Anglican Church (Northside), Brookhaven, GA REV. TRIPP PRINCE “There’s an old Greek proverb that says, ‘A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall […]

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Ben Robert’s Updates

In our training, we continue to train for growth in conviction, character, and competency. Over the last month, the competency we’ve focused on is our apprentices’ rhetorical skills. Practically, this means giving them weekly communication challenges to do in front of our group, speaking both with prepared materials and off-the-cuff. It may sound silly to […]

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In Memory of Harold (Merv) Hanson

September 16, 1937 – September 17, 2019 Merv Hanson, a long-time Director of The Artizo Institute, supported Artizo’s vision whole-heartedly and faithfully. Merv was an amazing mentor to Artizo’s young apprentices and believed strongly in supporting their apprenticeships at St. John’s Vancouver and other ANIC Churches. We will miss Merv’s infectious and constant sense of […]

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Trainer Susan Norman – On prayer

ARE YOU A PERSON OF PRAYER? Recently, I attended a small church where I knew very few people. As the service ended, I turned to introduce myself to a woman with whom I had just passed the peace. I expected to engage in one of the usual conversation topics among strangers. Instead she looked me […]

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Message from the Chair

Dear Artizo family, If you are like me, since the beginning of COVID-19 you’ve heard from almost every organization, business and individual you have ever had contact with. Everyone seemed to want to tell me how they were managing COVID-19. While this note from Artizo may seem a little late, I hope it won’t get […]

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Parachute church plant – Vintage Church

Vintage Church: 1 + 8 = 1,500

“WE’RE NOW 1,500 PEOPLE ON SUNDAYS, WITH FOUR CAMPUSES ACROSS LOS ANGELES – JUST EIGHT YEARS AFTER THAT FIRST EASTER SUNDAY Artizo profile: Rev. Ger Jones Years at Artizo: 2004-2006 Status: Rector, Vintage Church, Santa Monica, CA REV. GER JONES I attended Regent College with the aim of doing general pastoral ministry. Part of the […]

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5TH GENERATION

THE NEW TESTAMENT IMPERATIVE Artizo profile: Canon David Short Executive Director, The Artizo Institute Near the end of the New Testament era the Apostles wrote to local churches shaping them as incubators and greenhouses for growing Christian believers in all kinds of ministry. The foundation for the flourishing of spiritual gifts and growth into the […]

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If a church is not a training church, it is a dying church

The Training Church

IF A CHURCH IS NOT A TRAINING CHURCH, IT IS A DYING CHURCH. IF WE DO NOT EMPOWER THE NEXT GENERATION TO CONTINUE IN GOSPEL MINISTRY, THEN THE MESSAGE DIES WITH US. An Artizo apprentice receives training and mentorship from Artizo Trainers as well as from the rector of the training church. In this article, […]

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Artizo Hires New Director of Training

Dear Friends of Artizo, I would like to share with you some exciting news, The Artizo Institute and St. John’s Vancouver wish to announce the appointment of a new Director of Training, Ben Roberts.  This comes after extensive review, consultation and prayer and it represents a strategic fresh start for the Artizo programme.  Ben will […]

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By Grace – Allan Tan

Before I began Artizo, it would be fair to say that I was lost in many ways. I didn’t know it at the time, and neither did those around me. On paper, things looked great. I was 32 years old when I began Artizo, and had received a call to full time ministry at the […]

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Eric Thurston – 13 years at Artizo

Eric Thurston has been Director of Training at The Artizo Institute from 2004 – 2017. While a lot has changed in thirteen years, Eric gives four reason for Artizo Canada. Why does anyone do anything? We all have our reasons, but thirteen years ago, I decided it was time to return to Canada from Australia […]

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Director of Training Update

Dear Friends of Artizo, I am writing to you to update you on what is happening with The Artizo Institute. First of all, I am happy to report that we had a very successful “Meet the Interns” Fundraising evening November 6th with twelve of our Artizo Interns in attendance.  We also heard how Artizo is […]

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