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Mission Statement

Southern Ontario Cooperative for ESL Ministries

(including the regions of Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Hamilton, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin, Peel, Simcoe, York, Toronto,  Durham, Kawarthra Lakes, Peterborough, and Northumberland)

Our Mission is to facilitate church and community groups across Southern Ontario to meet local language needs among new Canadians and Internationals through effective, spiritually based TESL training.

We Envision Southern Ontario Christians welcoming and verbally equipping newcomers to Canada throughout the region through a network of church-based ESL centres, celebrating our common ministry, empowered by our unique Christ.

Therefore, we will mutually equip Christians to teach ESL and develop ESL ministries of excellence. The Cooperative is committed to nurturing the highest ethical and professional TESL standards while promoting the teaching of ESL as a Biblical ministry. We will mutually support Southern Ontario churches in their efforts to meet their new neighbours' felt needs:

  • improvement of English language skills
  • connection with members of the community
  • acceptance, being valued, friendship and affirmation
  • assistance in understanding the Canadian culture & environment
  • referrals to other helping agencies

Our highest calling as teachers is to build students in effective English skills and cultural-adaptation for confident daily life in Canada.

Our motivation is that through the enablement of God’s Spirit we would live in the unity of Christ's Body; reflect Christ in our being, thinking, and expression; abolish barriers; be bearers of good news; build stronger, integrated communities and demonstrate His love of the nations.

References: Lev. 19:33,34.  Deut. 10:17-19.  Gal. 3:28.  John 17:21. Eph. 2:14