Intercultural Training

What We Do

The face of Canada is changing. According to Statistics Canada, by 2031 nearly one half of Canadians aged 15 and over will be a first generation immigrant or will have at least one parent who is a first generation immigrant. What does that mean for the Canadian church?
It means that Christians will need to know how to embrace Christians of other cultures, and how to interact with people of different faiths.
TIM Centre provides Intercultural assessment, coaching and training for individuals, churches and mission agencies. TIM Centre facilitators bring knowledge and experience to train participants to engage effectively in intercultural ministry and global missions.


The TIM Centre provides unique intercultural assessment coaching and training for Christians engaged in local and global missions.
The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI) is an assessment tool to help individuals and teams assess and reflect on where they are on their intercultural development journey. The IDI®, through its qualified administrators, helps participants to evaluate where they are on a six-stage intercultural development continuum.

“In this TIM Centre course, we changed because we went through this process [of growth]. Our hearts changed and
now we are more open, more ready for cross cultural mission.”  -Robert Zhao, Bridletown Park Church

A coaching plan generated by the IDI® assessment assists participants to intentionally develop intercultural self- awareness, knowledge and skills for effective ministry. One-on-one coaching is available upon request. (

TRAINING (Seminars and Courses)

TIM Centre provides a number of training seminars and courses to equip Christians for effective intercultural ministry and global mission.

The Missional Church: Becoming Intentionally Intercultural

This 10-hour seminar is designed to help Christians and Churches reflect on what it means to be “missional” in our urban multi-cultural context. You will have an opportunity to reflect on how you have been shaped by culture and how that impacts how you view and relate to others. You will gain insights, knowledge and develop skills on how to build effective relationships with the goal of sharing the gospel through word and deed in our multicultural context.
TIM Centre facilitators can tailor-make a training seminar to meet the needs of your church and ministry context. To arrange a consultation contact

Short-Term Mission Training

The TIM Centre equips Christians not only for Short-Term Missions (STM), but also for a lifetime of intercultural ministry from their doorstep to the ends of the earth. STM trips create a direct encounter with different cultures.
We often limit STM to an overseas experience to sharing the Gospel. However, STM is not just about going two weeks overseas. It is also an opportunity for global discipleship. Intentional intercultural training for your STM experience will help you in developing the cultural self-awareness, knowledge and skills which are essential to navigating our multicultural context at home and abroad.
TIM Centre facilitators will tailor-make a training seminar for your STM team. Below are some of the core outcomes for STM training.

Learning Outcomes
Code of Best PracticeA biblical basis for STM
Building a support teamCross-cultural perspectives
Developing an intercultural teamBuilding healthy global partnerships
Debriefing your STM experienceHow to maximize your STM experience for ministry at home
Communicating the Gospel in different cultural contexts 

Equipping Churches for Immigrant & Refugee Ministry

TIM Centre has completed extensive research on how the Canadian Church is welcoming new immigrants. Take some time to consider our research “Beyond the Welcome.” TIM Centre was a leader in a government sponsored research project looking at how the Canadian Church is assisting in the settlement of new immigrants in our "Role of Churches" project.
Building on this research base TIM Centre provides consultation and tailor made training modules to equip leaders for ministry to new immigrants and refugees. Below are some resources that will assist your church in engaging more effectively with new immigrants and refugees.
To learn more about TIM Centre’s Intercultural training down load our “Intercultural Journey” brochure.


“Finding Our Way”

The Finding Our Way resource is a practical, interdenominational resource for congregational leaders in Canada developed from the Role of Churches Research Guide to Action. It features eleven key strategies (described as "Wayfinding Actions") that Church leaders can use in working with - and learning from - immigrants and refugees. The Guide also encourages individuals and groups to balance the "doing" of settlement and integration ministry with the "being" of a cultivated spirit of love, friendship and welcome. Click here for “Finding Our Way”

“Mapping Your Community”

In order to serve effectively individuals and churches must take the time to map their community to understand the changes taking place around them. This “Neighbourhood Mapping Resource” provides helpful information on how to map your community.

“The Intercultural Journey” (Assessment and Development)

Click here for "The Intercultural Journey" assessment and development brochure!