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 […]

CliffsNotes – March 17, 2020

Canceled Sundays, General Conference and Kingdom Work in a Ghost-town! Many of you had to cancel Sunday morning service. I see that several of you live-streamed your service. Praise God for that type of technology. The question that I find myself asking is one that a dear friend asked me, “if the Sunday morning service […]

CliffsNotes – March 10, 2020

Pandemic Preparedness, General Conference & A Musical Idea Is it our responsibility as a Church to be prepared for a pandemic? Your local church is committed to “accept responsibility for their community.” This is a community threat which is both a medical issue and a mental health issue. There is fear of the physical consequences […]

CliffsNotes – March 3, 2020

Another General Conference Resolution & Strategic Planning in Balmy SK! Is your church readying for “General Conference 2020: Be Free!”? Are you praying for our time together? Are you reading, and prayerfully discussing the resolutions? Are you registered for the Prayer Summit? Are you registered for GC? Today our Board of Admin secretary, Dr. Dave […]

CliffsNotes – February 25, 2020

We are in a series in preparation for General Conference (have you registered yet?). I hope that as a church family you are participating in the call to pray for General Conference, and discussing resolutions that are being presented. Most of these are not new to you. They have been discussed at Regional Gatherings, in […]

CliffsNotes – February 18, 2020

Did you know that we have a small committee reviewing how to best prepare our ministers (and their families) for retirement and how to continue to missionally and pastorally engage with them after retirement? Retired missionary Debbie Hogeboom is leading the team. This committee has not come about because I received complaints from our retired […]

CliffsNotes – February 12, 2020

Pulpit supply May long weekend – an idea: just in case you had forgotten, we will all be together this May long weekend for General Conference: Be Free! Pastors, instead of looking for a guest speaker why don’t you plan to live stream the Sunday service? For those in BC, you could either start very […]

CliffsNotes – February 4, 2020

Be Free! And an Ordination The Reverend Todd Stelmach wore a suit (but more on that later). We are in a series of interviews with the Chair of the Board of Administration. Dr. Harold Gonyou is laying out recommendations that we will be discussing at General Conference May 14-17. Remember, BOA (and frankly your FMCiC) […]

CliffsNotes – January 28, 2020

General Conference 2020: Be Free! This is week 2 of my interviews with Harold Gonyou, Chair of the Board of Administration. Remember the goal is that you will have received motions and recommendations months before General Conference so that you can discuss in your local churches. If there are any clarifying questions, you can contact […]

CliffsNotes – January 21, 2020

What kind of church does Canada need? Over the next several weeks I will outline the recommendations that you and I will be discussing and voting on at General Conference 2020: Be Free! You will also be receiving a General Conference package as usual (it will be digital in our continued creation-care efforts). Most of […]