This past weekend the National Ministerial of Education, Guidance and Placement Committee (MEGaP) met at Mount Carmel. These pastors and lay persons from across Canada invested a weekend to pray, discuss, and develop policy about LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT in the FMCIC. MEGaP does not take its job lightly – this was clear as we moved through a very full agenda.
We asked very good questions about our current process and future steps:
- What does leadership development look like for the FMCIC?
- What does a process look like for bi-vocational pastors, transfers, new leaders, etc?
- How do we help local churches identify and develop leaders?
- What about non-compliant pastors (those who do not complete their required Continuing Education Units, or fill in annual reports, or do not participate in Networks, or lead their churches to full engagement in CORE, etc)? Should there be more “teeth” or penalties?
We agreed that we would pursue the development of a FMCIC culture that is positive, vision-ful, inviting and healthy where leaders and churches are excited to be full participants [compliant] in the FMCIC family / movement; rather than focus on a system of penalties for pastors who step out of line.
Your MEGaP committee is a very good team. They are you and I heard no power-talk or gate-keeping talk or even negative talk about our leaders. I heard a heart to develop leaders for the Kingdom!
One very important discussion was about the role and relationship of the new Regional Coaches to MEGaP. Let me remind you again of this important new development…
Our hunch is that if we can come alongside our pastors supporting them, equipping them and inspiring them, then our churches will be healthier (well, those church families who want to do Kingdom work). So our pastors now have: accountability partners, [tools to develop] healthy boards, a NETWORK (that is now focused on being a “safe, intimate space for pastors to connect with each other and the movement”), funding for counseling, a Regional Coach to help with church health, National Leadership Team, Minister’s Conference to inspire, professional development requirements (CEU’s) and a National Prayer Team stepping up to surround our leaders and churches. Church plants can also add a Church planting coach to the list!
Each Regional Coach is on contract to work one day per week. We will monitor this closely (is this enough time?). Having six part time Regional Coaches nationally increases our capacity to be available faster and offer more contact! BTW in case you have not read elsewhere our new Regional Coaches are: Vern Frudd, Seth Freeman, Roxanne Goodyear, Mary Lee Dewitt, Steve Cylka and Philippe Reichenbach.
These coaches will be making contact with our pastors very soon. They have church health tools in their tool belt, will be trained in conflict mediation, and will be rolling out a plan for a church to experience a focused health weekend… but I’ll leave this for the Director of Leadership Development to tell you more about…
ANNUAL REPORT 2017
Please submit your Annual Report and Network Leader Evaluation on or before February 20, 2018.
SAVE THE DATE – 2018 REGIONAL GATHERINGS
Church Health Thursdays -The Value of Good Conversation: https://www.fmcic.ca/the-value-of-good-conversation/New
News & Stories Blog – A Church with Mission in mind – Interview with Greg Elford :https://www.fmcic.ca/a-church-with-mission-in-mind-interview-with-greg-elford/
the conneXion – a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out: http://www.fmcic.ca/3-minute-theology-2-5-knowing-the-bible-inside-out/
New Leaf Podcast: Anna Spray -Table Church: https://www.newleafnetwork.ca/podcast/ep-51-anna-spray-table-church/ New
Faith and Finances Website: http://faithandfinances.ca
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Pastor Tyler Lane – released from appointment as Associate Pastor at The FreeWay Free Methodist Church, Oshawa, ON, effective February 11, 2018, and appointed as Associate Pastor at Trulls Road Free Methodist Church, Courtice, ON, effective February 12, 2018.
Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule
The next deadline is February 15, 2018 to apply for the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for the winter semester of 2018. More information is available at this link:http://www.fmcic.ca/scholarships/
Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
June 1-3, 2018 in Western Canada (location TBA*)
June 1-3, 2018 in Ontario (location TBA*)
(also available online through FMC-USA: http://fmcusa.org/leadership/courses/)
Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – begins January 29, 2018
Culture and the Missional Church:
Next course date and location TBA*
(*these locations will be selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)
Registration is online for all courses at this link: http://www.fmcic.ca/foundational-courses/. Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.
CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Sault Ste Marie FMC, Sault Ste Marie, ON
Church Profiles available
Contact Susan DePlanché in the Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 289-228-1225.
Melfort FMC, Melfort, SK (deadline February 20)
(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan in the Leadership Development Office [[email protected] or 289-228-1225] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)
Athens FMC, Athens, ON (Angel Valentin-Transition Pastor)
Asbury FMC, Perth, ON (Hanford Branscombe-Interim Pastor)
Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON
Centennial Chapel FMC, Kamloops, BC (Vern Frudd-retiring May 31, 2018)
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON
Grapeview FMC, St. Catharines, ON (Dan Sheffield – Transition Pastor)
Madoc Free Methodist/ Wesleyan Church
Marmora FMC, Marmora, ON (Adam Kline- Interim Pastor)
Odessa FMC, Odessa, ON
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC
Thunder Bay FMC, Thunder Bay, ON (Andre Korstanje retiring July 2018)
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
West Springs FMC, Calgary, AB
Weyburn FMC, Weyburn, SK
Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Robert Boutilier)
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)
PASTORS IN TRANSITION