Bishop’s Notes – May 30, 2017

Dear Friends,

With just two more days before Bishop Cliff begins his new post, there is a lot of work around the Ministry Centre. The Accounting Department is busily processing expense forms and reconciling all the invoices from conference. The evaluation forms that many of you completed are being inputted so that we can view all the feedback we have received. Next week we will conduct a General Conference Staff Debrief, where we will use the evaluation forms to determine what went well and what things need to be improved upon. We have also received a lot of questions about the videos – we are working on them now and they should be posted to the website in the next day or two.

Bishop Cliff, during his presentation at General Conference, asked the question: “What kind of church does Canada need?” and the answer was, “We need churches that will accept responsibility for their communities!” I believe that responding to that question will take on different shapes and forms for all our Free Methodist Churches. What will it mean for your community?


• The Little Big Picture Blog: A Co-operative Dream in the Dominican Republic: New
Church Health Blog: The Stuff that Doesn’t Get Mentioned:
• the conneXion – a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out:
• New Leaf Podcast: In the Company of Women: New
• Faith and Finances Website:
• Facebook:
•The National Ministry Centre Team video:
LifePlan Study Team Files

2017 General Conference



The next deadline is October 15, 2017 to apply for both the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for the summer and fall semesters of 2017, and for the Special Scholarships. More information is available at this link:

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
30 juin – 2 juillet 2017 – Le cœur du Méthodisme libre Canadien À l’Église Méthodiste Libre de St-Henri, 3453 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC
Nov 3-5, 2017 in Ontario*

Wesleyan Theology:
June 2-4, 2017 at Holt Free Methodist Church, Mount Albert, ON
Nov 3-5, 2017 in western Canada*
(also available online through FMC-USA:

Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – start date TBA

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and Location TBA

(*these locations will be selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)Registration is online for all courses at this link: and now includes PayPal or credit card payment options. Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.



Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule
John-Mark Cockram – Ordination Service – June 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm – Toronto, ON

Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON
Ryde Centennial FMC, Gravenhurst, ON
Trulls Rd FMC, Courtice, ON
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON

Church Profiles available
(Contact Susan DePlanché at the Personnel office to request a church profile – [email protected])

Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 30
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON  – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 20
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 30
Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Fall, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 6
Westdale Park FMC, Napanee, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 20

Preparing Profiles
(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan at the Director of Personnel office [[email protected]] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Carl Bull – Transition Pastor)
Mewassin FMC, Duffield, AB (Trevor Swanson – Transition Pastor)
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON (Ousman Ali)
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON (Laurie Lemke)
Verona FMC, Verona, ON (Kathy Casement)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)


William Crozier
Kim Henderson
Dan Sheffield
Derek Spink

Children and Youth Summer Worker 2017– Westdale park FM Church
Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
Pastor of Worship and Communication– Bramalea FM Church
In-Program Supervisor – Little Blessings Nursery School, Whitby, ON