Bishop’s Notes – May 19, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

It has been a real pleasure to share fellowship with local church leaders during the six regional gatherings that have been held so far and I’m looking forward to the remaining three in Northwestern Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.  It has been interesting to listen in on the conversation circles and to read the evaluations and the comments of those who have facilitated conversations.

At the April BOA meeting, I pulled together a list of the top eight themes that were being reported by the group facilitators and I think you might be interested in what they said they were hearing as major themes as the local church leaders talked about life where they live and serve.  Here’s the list in order of priority from greatest to least:  

We’re engaged in revisioning our ministry.  Life Plan/Min. Map are useful tools.

Community engagement is important to us

Finances –some encouraged by positive trends /some discouraged by challenges

We need help to reach youth

We’re seeing breakthroughs to new hope and viability

We need help to develop “Beyond Canada” ministries

We laypeople need to encourage our pastors

The necessity of lay and bi-vocational pastors is on the increase

What encourages me as I read this list is that these local church leaders are focused on what is important to the seeing the work of God go ahead.  It seems to me that the missional mindset of outward focus that we talked about at General Conference last May is beginning to get traction in our movement.

I took the weekend off and so there are no new pics for the Photo Gallery, but there is one new announcement to make this week.  St Joseph Island FMC, Hilton Beach, ON has gone into transition, effective Sept 15.

Have a great week serving Jesus.  Remember that Pentecost is coming.  Remember what it celebrates!!

Blessings,

Bishop Keith

P.S.  Remember.  If you are wondering about something related to the FMCIC and its ministry, please send your question to ministrycentre@fmc-canada.org.

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