Entries by Alison

Marc’s Annual Advent Blog

Advent is almost upon us.  And it seems like every year I end up writing the same type of article.  So I have been racking my brain trying to figure out something different to write.  Then I got inspired by a couple of my friends on Facebook and wound up back where I always do […]

What is a Transitional Pastor?

When we refer to transitions within the FMCIC, we are talking about a church in need of a lead pastor – but if I were to ask what a transitional pastor does, what would you say? Transitions are bound to happen in the life of a church, and when they do, it provides an opportunity […]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Adrian Collins, pastor at St. Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, recently shared this story on the FMCiC pastor email list.  A member of the congregation, Debbie LaRocque, was healed during a Sunday morning service. Adrian explained, “We’ve had other times where people have been healed, but it has been when the person comes up for […]

The Flying V

Every now and then I will reference the 1992 sports movie The Mighty Ducks when talking about churches. Not because it is my favorite movie (or even a good movie) but because there is a lesson or two in there for those of us who are a part of a local church. Let me refresh our […]

Denominational Collaboration

On September 10th and 11th, pastors and leaders from three denominations, Free Methodist, Wesleyan and Nazarene, gathered together to talk church health. Marc McAlister, Director of Leadership Development, wanted to provide the new regional coaches with some training. “I learned that some of the Wesleyan and Nazarene leaders were interested in a joint training event.  […]

Singing to Jesus

A few weeks ago, Pastor Cliff and Karlene Fletcher spent the morning at New Horizons Free Methodist Church in Sarnia, ON. After the worship team sang a few songs and prior to Pastor Cliff speaking about prayer, Karlene sat down at the grand piano and sang You Say by Lauren Daigle. Lauren Daigle is an […]

Arlington Woods Tornado Clean Up

Arlington Woods, a suburban neighborhood located in the south end of Ottawa, is known for its beautiful, high soaring trees.  On September 21st, this community was hit with a tornado that forever changed its landscape.  The tornado, classified as an EF-2 with wind speeds of up 220 km/h, downed trees, blew out windows, ripped off roofs, […]

Community Market with a Purpose

Is there anything better than homemade donuts, hot coffee, and farm fresh produce? At First Free Methodist Church in Moose Jaw, SK, this dream is a reality! For the last two years, FFMC has been inviting their congregation and neighborhood to share their creations with the community. From local honey to a children’s book to […]

Are our Small Groups Effective?

I recently participated in a men’s retreat, and I left with a nagging question. Let me explain. I do not mean this to be a criticism of the retreat. While I am normally not a retreat kind of guy, I can’t deny that God did work in the lives of some of the men there. We were […]