CliffsNotes – February 19, 2019

Missions, Missionaries, Mission-ful, Missional: Intercultural Engagement Team – A New Chapter in FMCiC I am excited to tell you about some developments in the Intercultural Engagement Team. I am hoping that by now you have read the “FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan” which explains in detail the mandate and goals of this team. At the […]

CliffsNotes – February 12, 2019

Nazarenes, Tattoos & Board Meetings This past weekend Karlene and I worshiped with The Corner Church in Oshawa. This is a beautiful new story that the FMCiC could fully support and celebrate because of our freedom to collaborate (“Catholic spirit”). The local Nazarene church had a building and no pastor, and The FreeWay FM had […]

CliffsNotes – February 5, 2019

The FMCiC 3 Year Ministry Plan Proverbs 29:18 says that without “revelation from God”, or “vision” people will “cast off restraint”, “perish” or my favourite version of this passage, “stumble” all over each other”. A prayerfully discerned, and clearly articulated vision, helps a group of individuals rally around the mission as they contribute with their […]

CliffsNotes – January 29, 2019

Is Membership Important? Part 2 Pastors and leaders, membership should not be a peripheral element of church life. It should not be something that is addressed apologetically to new people. It should not be only for those who want to be on the board. Membership / partnership should be celebrated. We were created to belong! […]

CliffsNotes – January 15, 2019

Strategic Prayer Planning 2019 What’s your plan for prayer this year as a church family? “To pray more” or “To do a 3 week prayer series” or something else? Is the plan for the whole year? Is it inspired by the Holy Spirit? The truth is, if there is no plan then you’ll default to […]

December 18, 2018

PARTNERING & MERRY CHRISTMAS I’ve been outlining weekly initiatives included in the FMCiC’s 3 Year Ministry Plan. Let’s take a holiday from the 3 Year Plan and allow me to tell you a little about two energizing meetings I’ve recently been in… and then wish you Merry Christmas! One week ago Karlene and I met […]

CliffsNotes – December 11, 2018

Every FM local church in Canada is prayerfully asking, “How do I accept responsibility for my community?” Lakeside Community Church sent me this video, and I asked Pastor Ken Dryden (“Yes THE Ken Dryden, but not the hockey player… the FM pastor Ken Dryden”) to tell me more about the initiative. His response is below […]

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 […]