CliffsNotes – July 16, 2019

Good Morning, Bishop Cliff and Karlene are in Florida this week for the FMCUSA General Conference.   “I pray for a refreshing summer for you. Let me challenge you to two Bible disciplines: meditation and memorization. These two ingredients in good Bible study are often neglected because of our busy-ness. Maybe in the next few […]

CliffsNotes – July 9, 2019

Women in Leadership: Not Just Another Position Paper (though our position papers are foundational readings, maybe on your summer reading list!)… Seems I’m on a role with interviews! This time it’s with our leader for the “Engaging Women in Leadership” Team, Jan Kupez who is a member of the Kemptville FM Church. This is both […]

CliffsNotes – July 2, 2019

Social Media isn’t always the best way to have an important conversation… Some of you might have heard or read about the controversy in Picton, Ontario. I’ve asked our own Kevin Stenhouse, Lead pastor of Picton FM to tell you the story… Cliff: Kevin, a priest serving in your town wrote in his church bulletin […]

CliffsNotes – June 25, 2019

Jared’s Sabbatical… Cliff: Jared, you are eligible to take a sabbatical according to our policy, therefore you recently applied for one to our Personnel Team. Why is a sabbatical important to you? Jared: Sabbaticals are important because they allow for two very important things: rest and perspective. Ministry, especially if you love what you do, […]

CliffsNotes – June 18, 2019

A Little more about the FREES! As you know the BOA has introduced a new “Page 1” to our Manual and to the “FMCiC Ministry Plan”. Page 2 and beyond continues to include our Core Values, Articles of Religion, and a more detailed account of Free Methodism. But Page 1 should be an inspiring, compelling […]

CliffsNotes – June 11, 2019

Who evaluates the Board: Part 4 Week 1 in this series about healthy local organizations we discussed board evaluations. Week 2 was about Nominating Committee. Week 3 was about board covenant. I have been pointing you to The Manual, and have pointed out that our Manual wisely offers you opportunity to contextualize your organizational structure […]

CliffsNotes – May 28, 2019

Who evaluates the Board? Part 3 The Board of Administration of the FMCiC is exploring what it looks like to become a healthy board. We are discussing the “culture” of the BOA and of the FMCiC and creating an organizational structure that would help us move toward what we believe is a healthy leadership culture. […]

CliffsNotes – May 21, 2019

Who evaluates the Board? Part 2 Great question, but we began answering it last week. The board in a healthy church is elected to prayerfully ask 3 important questions: Do we have the right vision? Do we have the right people on the bus? Are we financially healthy (“The goal is not a balanced budget, […]

CliffsNotes – May 14, 2019

Who evaluates the Board? Great question! I mean, the board in a healthy church is elected to prayerfully ask 3 important questions: Do we have the right vision? Do we have the right people on the bus? Are we financially healthy (“The goal is not a balanced budget, but a budget that delivers the mission… […]

CliffsNotes – May 7, 2019

Pastors, an offer you should consider… Part 2 Last week I had Paul Millar, our pastor from the happening church in Westport, tell you about his experience with Church Renewal out of Steinbach MB. I also mentioned in my notes last week that I had the opportunity to visit with Pastor Ray Duerksen, who is […]