CliffsNotes – October 3, 2017

This past weekend Karlene and I celebrated the 50th anniversary of Queensway FM, in Niagara Falls – 50 years in their current building. Many past members came to visit and of course enjoy a potluck party after the service.  Pastor Marty and Chelsea Misener have been with Queensway for just over a year and Marty […]

CliffsNotes – September 26, 2017

This past weekend I was with 33 other FMCIC leaders who love you and are all about making us stronger as a movement: National Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement (MEGaP) Committee. We recognized that our role as a committee is to “discern” God’s will with churches and leaders – no small responsibility. We prayed. We […]

CliffsNotes – September 19, 2017

Karlene and I were with the Kingston West FM family this weekend. It’s a warm church family and especially fun was the opportunity to meet several first time visitors / guests. Two families came because they were friends of Pastor Stephen and Bev and found their way to their church. One young mom and her […]

CliffsNotes – September 12, 2017

I have a few things to tell you about today… On Saturday I was with the Markham Free Methodist Church for a “Blessing Walk and Carnival” – they raised $100,000 for their community youth center. They already run a community center that has dance classes, music, ESL, badminton, ping pong, a computer training lab, etc. […]

CliffsNotes – September 5, 2017

One of you pastor-types asked me if the August BOA meeting (my first official BOA since taking office) was “productive”. I asked Darryl to give you a teaser and now let me fill you in on some of the discussions and decisions we made. I’ll let you decide if the meeting was productive… As it […]

CliffsNotes – August 29, 2017

Dan and I spent all of our time in the capital city Colombo, so I didn’t get to see much of Sri Lanka. I did however meet pastors from all over at the Annual Meeting. They greeted us warmly and I feel like I’m leaving with many new friends. There is an ongoing court case […]

CliffsNotes – August 22, 2017

I’m feeling very French today! This weekend Karlene and I met with most of our pastors and their spouses from Quebec (I was really proud of Karlene for dusting off her one year of high school French for the weekend: she met with all the pastors’ wives, and then taught a worship seminar the next […]

CliffsNotes – August 15, 2017

This past Sunday Karlene and I enjoyed the opportunity to be with our Pine Orchard Camp family. The camp chose to invite an anointed young adult worship team to lead the family camp. What a God-moment when I realized that I was using the Bible passage immediately following the passage that Thomas Eng had used […]

CliffsNotes – August 8, 2017

A few years back Terry and Cindy (our pastoral family in Newmarket, ON) contacted me to extend an invitation to use a cottage designated for pastors. “It’ll cost you $100 for the week Cliff,” he said, “and that’s only to pay for the cleaner to prepare the cottage for the next guests.” Karlene and I […]

CliffsNotes – August 1, 2017

I have been asked very good questions about my first trip out west, like “what did you learn?” and “is there a common thread in the how we all do church?” I don’t yet think I am fully aware of everything that I learned, but I did experience a lot: warmth, love, and anticipation of […]