CliffsNotes – May 26, 2020

A gift for our pastors, “Parking Lot” services & a note from Karlene Our leadership team is actively contacting local leaders across Canada. We’ve heard good stories, and despite the current circumstances, many of our leaders are shining. We find their faithfulness, creativity and adaptability inspiring. However, we’ve also heard that some of our pastors […]

CliffsNotes – May 19, 2020

This past weekend was supposed to be our General Conference. We would have been together to discuss, vote, elect, be inspired and enjoy each other. We would have prayed and practiced being in His presence for the duration of the time together. Instead we are having to plan for an event next year that may […]

CliffsNotes – May 12, 2020

I rediscovered lectio divina last week. Oh, it is not a long-lost friend, as it has been a part of my Bible reading discipline but in the past few years, much less. It’s been less because it requires time and quiet listening. Busy-ness is not conducive to “time and quiet listening”. Lectio divina is an […]

CliffsNotes – May 5, 2020

Re-Entry We tried our first National check-in this past Saturday. It was definitely a learning experience and this, in some ways, is what is defining this season: try, see, be flexible and learn. Part of what it means to be Free Methodist is summed up well in one of the new proposed Guiding Principles: “Free […]

CliffsNotes – April 28, 2020

“According to Your steadfast love refresh me and give me life, so that I may keep and obey the testimony of Your mouth.” Psalm 119:88 (AMP) I read this today. I stopped and parked at “according to Your steadfast love refresh me and give me life”. By “parking” of course I mean meditating, which Scripturally […]

CliffsNotes – April 21, 2020

What about General Conference??  The National Leadership Team and General Conference Planning Committee met to map out a plan. We brought our recommendation to the Board of Administration for approval and today I am introducing the plan to you!  The most current forecasts about our socio-economic state one year from now are, at best, ambiguous. The truth is […]

CliffsNotes – April 14, 2020

Christ is Risen! I thought maybe you would appreciate some non-Covid19 talk. Before the pandemic I had interviewed Joel Martin, a member of one of our churches. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Joel as he is a member of the National Prayer Team. I have found him to be a man of God with important […]

CliffsNotes – April 7, 2020

Let me start with giving you pastors some permission and love. It seems that we will not be gathering in person on Sundays in the month of April anywhere in Canada. This means another month (or more) of virtual meetings. Thank you for leaning into the technology, I know that it excites some of you, […]

CliffsNotes – March 31, 2020

Taking Responsibility & Meeting With You This Week I had to cancel a field trip to a youth center in Ingersol, Ontario. I had invited some pastors who had spoken to me about some of their sanctified dreams, and I thought that a walk thru of the Fusion Youth Center would generate exciting conversation. This is a You […]

CliffsNotes – March 24, 2020

National Prayer Time on the 28th & Lessons from a Tornado Let me start with a thank you to our churches who are finding ways to meet needs in your community. Practical needs like groceries, toilet paper, prayer and counselling support – I was reminded that homes that already experience abuse, will be especially dangerous […]