As we wrap up 2016 and look ahead to the new year, I want to share four important thoughts with you. 1) One another. “One another” shows up over and over again in the Scriptures. It is often used in the context of how Christ followers are to live together. We were created for community. […]
Thanks to my friend Tanya, whose heartfelt conversation with me helped stir and focus these thoughts. Scripture talks about God’s church being like a body. And when it talks about the body, it talks about a lot of different parts needing to work together. It talks about all these parts needing each other. So eyes […]
This past September I sat down with nine people involved in student ministries across Canada to talk about about young people and the Free Methodist Church in Canada. I wanted to start a conversation about student ministry and how to develop Godly competent leaders for the church. It was quite a day. There were all […]
We here at the Free Methodist Church in Canada hope that our pastors, leaders and church folk are lifelong learners. I know lots of people who love reading books, articles and blogs or listening to podcasts. And that’s great. That’s how thinking gets stimulated and imagination gets stirred up. That’s how ideas grow and dreams […]
The other day I found myself sitting on the 401 during morning rush hour. Traffic was crawling on both sides of the highway with cars bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see. I was living what was once my worst nightmare. I never really wanted to live in or near a big […]
I have recently been reading a lot about revitalising churches. It’s a big topic with lots of thoughts to sift through. There are thoughts you would expect to find like how prayer is essential, discipleship is key and always be ready for change. But I kept bumping into things I didn’t expect to see. Things […]
So it’s a Monday. And I’m writing this because I’m glad I went to church yesterday. The truth is, I didn’t feel like going. I might have even said that out loud. See, I was not looking forward to the day. The church I attend had its VBS all week and Sunday was Kids/VBS Sunday […]
Church folk talk a lot about being or building community. In Four Everyday Disciplines You Must Have to Experience Community, Karina Kreminski challenges us to think about what we need to be doing if we really want to build God honouring community.
“I’m increasingly convinced many churches simply don’t grow because they suffer from conflict and that many teams never thrive because there’s simply too much tension.” Carey Nieuwhof explores how to resolve conflict in, 7 Healthy Ways To Resolve Conflict at Church or Work.
There has been lots written about the church’s involvement in the community. And rightly so. Call it being missional. Call it outward focus. Call it whatever other label you have picked up on. It’s important that we be thinking and talking about these issues. But it’s important that we do more than talk. We need […]
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