CliffsNotes – July 18, 2018

Had a very nice time away with Karlene. I love when vacations are not busy but are times to catch your breath and be re-energized. Praying for you as you find breathing space with God this summer.

I spoke at Maple Grove Camp this past Sunday. Apparently they had a “wonderful” camp week with speaker Rev. Dr. Kevin Monoia and worship leader Terry Posthumous. Camps offer that breathing space don’t they?!

Question: how do you rest best? What do you do to get re-energized?

In my accountability relationships and in discipleship I use gauges to ask (and be asked) about health (they are adapted from Bill Hybels – I have used these for years): physical, emotional and spiritual. Obviously they overlap, but for the sake of honest and vulnerable discussion I tease them apart. I journal these three circles and fill them in, regularly (i.e. monthly or every other month). In this way I have a marker to measure whether I am moving in the right direction over the course of a couple of months. If I find that the gauge is in the same place on one or all over the course of a few months, or if the gauges are moving in the “empty” direction, then I have covenanted with Karlene to find help (from her, dear friends, etc).

Besides journaling these circles, I ask the small accountability group that I am a part of to gauge themselves, or ourselves in order to have a conversation. In discipleship / mentoring relationships I often draw the circles on a napkin as a discussion starter (“E” = empty, “F” = full):

  • “Emotional” is defined in terms of the health of your personal relationships (i.e. forgiveness, fights, conflicts, passive aggression, etc). Besides relationships, I also include CREATIVITY in the emotional gauge. In terms of creativity I ask about what am I doing to engage my imagination and creativity (i.e. art, building, writing, etc);
  • “Physical” is defined in terms of your personal health (i.e. diet, exercise, medical, etc).
  • “Spiritual” is defined in terms of your relationship with God (i.e. prayer life, Scripture, power, etc).

Find out more about the Fall Ministers Conference



Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule

Dave Moriarity, Almonte, Ontario – ordination service on October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON

Brent Steeves, Sarnia, Ontario – ordination service date and time TBA


Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
November 2-4, 2018 in Ontario (location TBA*)

Wesleyan Theology:
June 7-9, 2019 – location TBA*
(also available online through FMC-USA:

Personal and Church Stewardship 
6-week online course – start date TBA
6-week online course (FRENCH) – Fall 2018

Culture and the Missional Church:
Course starts October 9, 2018
Advance online engagement:  Oct 9-Nov 1 / In-class: Nov 2-3 at Barrie FMC, Barrie ON
(deadline to register – October 4)

(*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: Those tracking for credentialed ministry should take the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology if possible.


The next deadline is October 15, 2018 to apply for the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for courses taken during both the spring/summer and fall semesters of 2018. 

October 15 is also the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships. 

Here is the link for both types of scholarships:


Asbury FMC, Perth, ON
Centennial Chapel FMC, Kamloops, BC
Madoc Wesleyan/FMC, Madoc, ON
Odessa FMC, Odessa, ON

Church Profiles available
Contact Susan DePlanché  in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 289-228-1225 (deadline to apply in brackets)

Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (July 24)
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON (Aug 7)
West Springs FMC, Calgary, AB (Aug 14)

Preparing Profiles

(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)
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON (Tom Gurnick – Interim Pastor)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
Weyburn FMC, Weyburn, SK

Glen Coates
David Greene
Kim Henderson
Jason Johnson
Fred Merritt
Jay Mowchenko
Derek Spink
Randy Williams
Grant Wolfe
Mary-Elsie Wolfe
Wesley Wood

Youth Pastor – Malvern Methodist Church
Associate Pastor – Verona FM Church