CliffsNotes – December 4, 2018

FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan: Initiatives 4, 5, 6 Every church should be working on, or working with a current ministry plan. These plans should come out of a prayerful discernment process (we recommend the Life Plan tool) which is about listening to God and your local church’s unique calling to accept responsibility for your […]

CliffsNotes – November 27, 2018

What About “Missions” Part 2: The Wrights Last week I sent out the third initiative in our 3 Year Ministry Plan: Intercultural Engagement Team. I mentioned that we are hiring (leaders, we’d love to receive recommendations – click here for the link for the job description). Today I’m very happy to let you know about […]

CliffsNotes – November 20, 2018

FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan: A Third Initiative What about “missions”? “Missions” has not been on the “back burner” nor has it been given a lesser priority. This past year we have collected mission endeavours that you are already investing in (prayer, time, finances and with other resources), in fact we are quite active as […]

CliffsNotes – November 13, 2018

FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan: A Second Initiative Over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to the new FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan. Last week I started with the first initiative (though I did note that the initiatives are not in any particular order): Initiative number one: “how will FMCiC encourage and […]

CliffsNotes – November 6, 2018

FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan The first CliffsNotes of 2018 stated that we couldn’t keep doing things the same way and expect different outcomes like conversions, growth in membership, stronger finances, growing mission / outreach “beyond”, and the development of new pastors. Before the end of the year I will send out a “state of […]

CliffsNotes – October 30, 2018

The Reverend Doctor James Pedlar was formally installed as the “Donald N. and Kathleen G. Bastian Chair of Wesley Studies” at Tyndale University College and Seminary, last week. Besides his teaching duties at Tyndale as Associate Professor of Theology, Dr. Pedlar is also an associate pastor at Wesley Chapel FM in Toronto. The Wesley Chair […]

CliffsNotes – October 23, 2018

This past weekend Karlene and I were Valleyview FM, in the Greater Sudbury area. They started an initiative a couple of weeks back that involves board games and fresh baking. It is a community outreach event and as Pastor Jason explained, what better way to have safe face to face time with a new friend. […]

CliffsNotes – October 16, 2018

Everyone needs to spend time with the Study Commission on Doctrine (“SCOD”) – I love my time with them. These very thoughtful (smart) Free Methodists from across Canada met this past Friday and Saturday. You have commissioned these individuals to help us as a movement to deal with current doctrinal, moral, ethical, political issues in […]

CliffsNotes – October 9, 2018

New Horizons FM in Sarnia, Eastern Ministers’ Conference, Pineridge FM (in Calgary), Western Ministers Conference, and then Crestview FM in Winnipeg this past Sunday. I have been with many leaders over the past couple of weeks and most are asking the same essential questions about accepting responsibility for our communities. The big idea at Ministers’ […]

CliffsNotes – October 2, 2018

Hello Friends, Bishop Cliff, Marc and Jared are in Saskatoon, SK for the next few days for the Western Ministers Conference that will be held at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre. Please keep the pastors in your prayers as they travel, slow down from really busy schedules to meet with God and to meet […]