We’re happy to announce the formation of the Scaffold, a library intended to serve as a resource for pastors and ministry leaders – a space in which to work on sermons, vision statements, papers, and other projects, whether individually or together with others. Housed in the TrueCity office here on the second floor at 500 James Street North, the Scaffold is currently open on Monday evenings (7 – 9:30 PM) and Wednesday and Friday mornings (9 AM – 1 PM). The library is comprised primarily of books in missional, theological, and biblical studies, all on extended loan from those who participate in it; we already have more than 900 volumes here, and it will continue to grow as more of us join in!
The Scaffold is managed by Matt Lowe, a member of Dundas Baptist Church, who has spearheaded this project since its inception earlier this year. Matt hopes that the library will complement TrueCity’s vision by enriching the missional commitment of its churches and leaders. For example, the Greater Ontario House of Prayer’s collection of books on intercessory prayer has now been added to the Scaffold’s online library, to facilitate easier browsing. The library as a whole will also be helpful in building annotated bibliographies for the upcoming 2013 TrueCity conference theme and other subjects of interest. And as the library grows, Matt’s goal is to include books relevant to each year’s conference, as well as the books studied in GOHOP’s new prayer internship program.
Social networking and other media play a significant role in the Scaffold’s development: when it hosted a launch party for a new book by Michael Knowles of McMaster Divinity College, the event was publicized on Facebook, which in turn helped to draw in more potential participants and ministry partners. The first issue of Faith Today in 2013 will also feature a short article about the library.
You can learn more about how to get involved on the Scaffold’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/The.Scaffold.book.room; visit its online library profile and catalog at http://www.librarything.com/profile/The_Scaffold and http://www.librarything.com/catalog/The_Scaffold; and contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Matt blogs about this and his other projects at http://lonelyvocations.blogspot.ca/.