Course Dates

  • [French] Date:  30 juin – 2 juillet 2017
  • Location:  Eglise Methodiste Libre de St-Henri, 3453 Notre-dame Ouest, Montreal, QC
  • Start time:  9:00 am each day
  • Instructor:  Rev. Nathan Umazekabiri
  • Date:  November 3-5, 2017
  • Location:  Trulls Road Free Methodist Church, 2301 Trulls Road S, Courtice, ON
  • Start time:  9:00 am each day
  • Instructor:  Rev. Greg Pulham
  • Date:  TBA*
  • Location:  Western Canada
  • Start time:  9:00 am each day
  • Instructor:  Rev. Greg Pulham

(*locations are based on where the majority of the participants live, so please register early!)

There are three goals of this course:

  1. Understand our roots: To provide a clear sense of our roots in the historic Methodist movement, rooted in orthodox Christianity and its development over the centuries to the present day. The focus will be on how our roots shape our present behaviours and passions for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Our call as a movement today: To provide a description of The Free Methodist Church in Canada™ as a growing movement of God carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ within the context of our distinctives as Methodists today. We are thoroughly evangelical with distinctives that God has called us to offer to the Church. You will receive a description of how we are functioning today using the best research and tools available to the wider Christian community and the culture we want to reach, but used by us to fulfill our distinctive call.
  3. Discover if our hearts share the same passion: To provide sufficient information and communicate our passion for impacting the world with the claims of Christ through our movement that will determine if you will be able to assent to live in harmony with the call of our movement.

Some things you should know:

  • Email Communication: The teacher and a representative from the Personnel Office will communicate with you through email to provide a syllabus and the requirements for completing the course.
  • Attendance required at all sessions: The schedule for all 3 days is inclusive; there are no optional sections to the course that you may choose to ignore or not attend. There are planned segments which make this foundational course unique. The experience of who we are as a connected people is essential to informing who we are intellectually.
  • Late registration will make inconveniences on you: You will receive complete instructions regarding logistical arrangements, food, transportation, and housing options for the weekend. Early registration will assure you of the best arrangements. Late registration will make inconveniences on you and those trying to serve you to make this weekend enjoyable and attractive.
  • If possible, a representative from the Personnel Office, will plan to attend part of the course and be available to meet with each person individually who wishes discuss “tracking” for credentialed ministry in The Free Methodist Church in Canada™.

Text Books

  1. The Manual of the Free Methodist Church in Canada (Available from the Ministry Centre in hard copy at a cost of $15.  The Manual is also available on CD at no cost or it may be downloaded from the FMCIC website.  Contact Kalesha the Ministry Centre at 905-848-2600 if you wish to order a hard copy or request the CD.  You must have the most fully updated and revised version with you during the sessions.)
  2. Snyder, Howard A., The Radical Wesley and Patterns for Church Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 1996) [If you can get your hands on the earlier publication of this book, that is acceptable.]
  3. Snyder, Howard A., [abridged by Daniel Runyon], B.T. and Ellen Roberts and the First Free Methodists (Light & Life Communications, 2011)
  4. Weems, Lovett H., Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit.  (Abingdon Press, 1999)
  5. Caswell-Bratton, Amy, Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism  (Clements Academic, 2014)

(These texts should be available through your local Christian book store, at Chapters or online at  or or .  If you have trouble obtaining a text, try to borrow from someone who has previously taken the course or contact the instructor for further assistance.)

You will find other helpful information on this website regarding ministry in The Free Methodist Church in Canada™ under the “Leadership Development” section.


To register by phone or for more information, please contact:

Susan DePlanché – Leadership Development Office
Telephone:  289-228-1225 (cell) or 905-848-2600 ext 405   Fax:  905-848-2603