Cultivating a Church Culture of Goodness

We were avidly discussing the state of the church and lamenting our experiences of the church in our usual hangout in a chachaanteng (Hong Kong-style café) one summer. Around the table with us were other female seminarians, and while gender parity was visible at our seminary, we all had stories of encounters of leadership from […]

Where Do We Find Hope?

6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when […]

Starting in a Pandemic

The very first New Leaf Learning Centre we hosted was to invite a Canadian Epidemiologist/Pastor, Michael Garner, to speak to us. It was very early on in the pandemic and having our very own expert that we could ask questions of was incredibly helpful in those early days. For me as a Canadian church leader […]

Be Free: The Best Invitation

Freedom is a gift that was given to us first by God. Through the work of Jesus we have been freed from the slavery of sin dead lives, adopted into God’s family, raised to be royalty, and employed in God’s family business. Do you know what the family business is? As it turns out, it […]

The Lasting Value of Church Planting

Church planting has been a thing for almost 2,000 years. The New Testament’s Book of Acts describes the first Christ followers preaching in public areas and gathering together in homes. It was through these first churches that the gospel spread from Jerusalem to the rest of the Roman Empire. None of these church plants still […]

The New Kind of Church Planter

In the mid 1990s our denomination began to put structures behind a church planting impulse that had been growing among us for years.  We called this structure the Church Growth Department.  In order to get that department going we started gathering money through a Giving Stream and began working inter-denominationally through Church Planting Canada (CPC).  […]

It’s Not Easy But It’s Worth It: The Story of a Church Accepting Responsibility For Their Community

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Greg Elford and his team at New Heights church.  They have been undergoing some significant changes as they take active steps toward accepting responsibility for their neighbourhood.  Their efforts have been daring and exciting.  What they have built points to what is […]

That’s What We Really Need!

Dallas Willard once wrote, “Since making disciples is the main task of the church, every church ought to be able to answer two questions: 1) What is our plan for making disciples of Jesus? 2) Is our plan working?” I love simple and direct words like these.  Willard gets right to the point.  In these […]

What I hope for in 2018

I love how a new calendar year can often feel like a blank canvas.  In 2018, there are several things that I hope we choose to paint on our collective calendar together.  The first item I would like to work together on is deepening our collective understanding of ministry in Canada.  After all, how can […]