Bishop’s Notes – March 8, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Last week I wrote to you about my long-standing relationship with the North Shore pastors network and what a blessing it has been to me over the years.  This past week, I was invited to spend the day at St John’s Convent in Toronto with Hilkka Aavasalmi’s network (Muskoka region).  They were spending a couple days in retreat, talking about how to be healthy pastoral leaders; and my assignment was to lead a conversation on how to develop a good working relationship as a pastor with the official board.  It was good to be with these pastors and I really enjoyed the lively conversation and the serious discussion, as well as the moments of laughter.  It was clear to me that these pastors really care for each other.

I came away from that experience even more deeply convinced that the approach we are taking in our pastoral networks is absolutely essential.  While some networks work better than others, I got to see firsthand why networks are so important to the health and encouragement of our pastors.  It was very encouraging to hear the way they talked with each other and encouraged each other in the group settings.  I also observed them in one to one conversations – in one case where there were tears because of the depth of what they were sharing. 

Perhaps the most memorable moment from this experience was when Hilkka talked about the meaningful ways in which her colleagues in the network have supported her during her journey of dealing with cancer.  As God would have it, about 9 months ago, Hilkka was with the network on the day that she received a telephone call from the doctor telling her that there were suspicions of cancer.  The day before we met last Tuesday was her last day of chemotherapy and her prognosis is very positive.  It was very moving to be with them as they celebrated this moment and shared in prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord.

This past weekend I was with the National Ministerial Education, Guidance and Placement Committee (made up of the three regional MEGaP committees) in their annual training and policy development conference at Mount Carmel Retreat Centre in Niagara Falls.  This is a group of pastors and lay people that take very seriously the importance of developing godly, competent pastoral leaders for The Free Methodist Church in Canada.  Their discussions dealt with both major and minor topics, but all have to do with how to become more effective in preparing pastors for our church and working effectively with the churches in the appointment of pastors.

On Sunday, as a group we worshipped at Grapeview Free Methodist Church in St Catharines.

There are pictures from all these experiences in the Photo Gallery this week.

We have received just over 100 Annual Reports.  If you haven’t filed yours yet, please do so this week!  See below for instructions on how to do this.

Have a great week serving Jesus.

Bishop Keith

P.S.  Remember.  If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to [email protected]

Have a look at Dan Sheffield’s blog:

Muskoka Region Network (Hilkka) – March 2
NMEGaP meetings in Niagara Falls – March 5-7
Grapeview FMC, St. Catharines – Sunday, March 7


Chad Vankoughnett – May 2, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at First FM Church, Moose Jaw, SK.

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Network Leader Evaluation – all who attend Network meetings regularly should file (The Lead Pastor’s evaluation will be included with the Annual Report; all others can file through this link.)


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Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK

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Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON
Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON
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Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB
Mainstreet Community Church, Kelowna, BC
Malvern Chinese, Toronto, ON
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON
Mississippi FMC, Mississippi, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB
The FreeWay, Oshawa, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON     
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON

Ousman Ali
Jennifer Anderson
Dean Babcock
Glenn Dixon
Linda Dixon
Harold Fox
Tom Gurnick
Larry Hart
Dale Hawley
Kevin Kay
Steve Lougheed
Doug McLeod
Samson Mehari
Paul Millar
Jim Peetoom
Pierre Sanambe
Barry Taylor
Jennifer Wagar
Scott Woolhead
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2010 Regional Gatherings
March 20 – Montreal – Rosemont
March 27 – Wesley Chapel
April 17 – Brantford – Freedom Christian Community
May 1 – Arlington Beach Camp
May 8 – Dryden
May 15 – Athens
May 29 – Sault Ste Marie
June 5 – Ellice
June 12 – Merritt

2010 FMCIC Ministers Conferences
September 28-30 – Wesley Acres
October 5-7 – Entheos Retreat Centre (near Calgary)