Dear Colleagues,Last week was a great week! On Monday I attended the Wesley Ministry Conference at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto along with just over 200 pastors and Christian leaders from the five denominations that together sponsor the Chair of Wesley Studies at Tyndale – the Brethren in Christ, the Free Methodists, the Nazarenes, the Salvation Army, and the Wesleyans. In addition to the meaty and thought-provoking presentations by Dr. Timothy Tennent and Dr. Howard Snyder on the issues of ministry in a pluralistic context, it was good to see pastors from the participating denominations in conversation with each other and enjoying fellowship during the lunch and break times. We hope that arrangements can be made for all to have access to these presentations.
On Saturday, delegations from the churches in Manitoba and Saskatchewan met for the Arlington Beach Regional Gathering. It was a nasty, wet and cold day (one delegation was not able to get there because of driving conditions), but the fellowship in the gathering was very warm and the conversations energized. As I moved from group to group, I was moved as I listened in as group members earnestly prayed for God’s blessings on the ministries of other churches in their group.
Yesterday morning, I preached at First FMC in Moose Jaw and at the conclusion of the service Chad Vankoughnett was ordained to the ministry of the Word, Sacrament and Leadership. Every time that I lead ordinands in taking their vows, I am struck with the awesome opportunity that is given to ministers of the gospel to give leadership in Christ’s church to “proclaim His Word, declare His forgiveness, celebrate the sacraments, care for and lead God’s people.”
Some months back when Chad submitted his reflection paper on ordination to MEGaP, he asked a very good question. He pointed out that ordinands make important and serious promises to the Church when they take their vows and he wondered why there was no reciprocal vow made by the Church to an ordinand. SCOD took this good question and developed a response to the ordinand that was used for the first time yesterday. On your behalf, I said to Chad:
“Let the Church, represented by those present here as ordained ministers and the congregation, support you as you participate in the opportunities it provides for you to continue to grow and develop as a minister of the gospel.”
I’m glad for this addition to the ordination ritual and it is my prayer that as God’s people, we will do our very best to fulfill this promise to help our pastors to continue to grow as healthy, godly, competent leaders.
There are pics from each of these events in the Photo Gallery this week. The Prayer Guide for May 6-7 is also attached.
Last evening, it was good to have an opportunity to spend some time encouraging and doing some leadership teaching with the members of the Board and ministry leaders at Lakeview FMC in Saskatoon. Good things are happening there.
There is one announcement this week. Tom Gurnick has been appointed to Queensway FMC – see below for details. Please remember to pray for the N.W. Ontario Regional Gathering that meets in Dryden, ON next weekend.
Have a great week serving Jesus.
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: http://sheffield.typepad.com
Tom Gurnick – Intentional Interim Pastor at Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON, effective May 1.
CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
St Joseph Island Free Methodist Church, Hilton Beach, ON
Profiles available / Director of Personnel receiving resumes
Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC – DOP receiving resumes until April 30
Wawota FMC, Wawota, SK – DoP receiving resumes’ until May 31
Arlington Woods FMC, Ottawa, ON
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Alan Adams, Interim)
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea, SK
Barrie FMC, Barrie, ON
Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON
Charlemont FMC, Wallaceburg, ON
Eastern Koinonia, Toronto, ON
Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON (Tom Gurnick, Interim)
Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON
Functioning with approved local arrangements
Butternut Creek, Kingston, ON
Campbell‘s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
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
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON
PASTORS IN TRANSITION
2010 Regional Gatherings
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)