Rally in the Valley – RITV – took place over the weekend at Kings Church with speaker Steve Norman from Kensington Community Church in Detroit. Illusionist Harris brought the house down on Friday night. There were 572 students registered (highest ever) with over 100 volunteers from the church helping out. The attendance overall exceeded 750 and we thank the Master for the powerful worship and significant spiritual impact. Thanks to Andy Broad and the whole crew for a job well done.
The General Superintendent has recently sent along stats for the last four years reflecting attendance, conversions and baptisms for each year. Every year has seen increases in all three categories – a real note of praise and a very positive optic. These numbers are from North America only and do not include any stats from Global Partners or from the conferences in the Philippines and the Caribbean.
– Attendance: 355,872
– Conversions: 5,877
– Baptisms: 599
– Attendance: 374,607
– Conversions: 6,086
– Baptisms: 617
– Attendance: 380,645
– Conversions: 6,708
– Baptisms: 804
– Attendance: 397,180
– Conversions: 7,304
– Baptisms: 902
- More than135 ministers and spouses from across the district were present for Lindsay Ingersoll’s funeral in Sussex on Friday. This was a powerful statement of support for Don, Janet and Brad and another evidence of the amazing culture of our tribe. Please continue to uphold the Ingersolls in prayer as they cope with the untimely passing of their daughter.
- Kings Church has been in a capital campaign to fund a variety of ministry initiatives with a goal of 2 million dollars. Last Sunday, the commitments topped the 2 million mark – congrats – onward and upward.
- Prodigal Church, our UTR church plant, held their first public preview service yesterday as they look toward their official launch in the fall. Thirty one people were present including new adults and children. C2C, the Mennonite Brethren church planting thrust across Canada, has made an $8,000 commitment to Prodigal Church for this year – amazing Kingdom generosity for which we are sincerely grateful.
- Please be in prayer for Kathy Shanks who was involved in an accident on Saturday evening. She was not injured but there were fatalities and our prayer support will be of great value going forward.
Peter has done an amazing job in organizing and operating our first THRIVE event, held last week at Beulah. Excellent work! His report follows…..
For many years there have been ongoing conversations in our DBMD about how we can provide a developmental investment in the new ministers in our tribe. It seems a common experience that once a minister is ordained, they are left on their own to contextualize their ministerial training in their early years of service. THRIVE is an intentional attempt to address this gap in our ministerial development. This year the DBA approved a four-year pilot of the THRIVE DBMD Workshops which launched this past week at Beulah Camp. Eleven coaches were trained over two days under the leadership of Rev. Chris Williams (College Wesleyan Church) who spearheaded the creation of the Wesleyan Coach Network. They were joined by 21 licensed or recently ordained ministers from our district to take part in the first of four 24 hour THRIVE DBMD Workshops. This workshop was skillfully led by Dr. Dan Poff (Terry T. Munday Endowed Chair of Life Calling @ IWU) and provided a deep dive into the understanding of vocational calling and how spiritual gifts and leadership style are embraced through unique personality traits in ministry. The Grip-Birkman Inventory provided a personalized 75 page report for each participant and was the basis for the majority of the workshop material. Each participant will be coached for six one-hour sessions over the coming months as they seek to understand and apply insights gleaned during this time together. Approximately 50% of the cost of this pilot is being heavily subsidized by the Division of Education & Clergy Development and the Atlantic District. Each year new licensed ministers will join this cohort of learners and enter a four year rotation to begin prior to ordination with completion 2-3 years after. A great step forward for our Atlantic Tribe which may in time become a template used by other districts as we grow stronger together.
THOT: Actually a cluster of thots from Nick Saban, the Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach from a speech given last week at Leadercast.
- You need to execute work ethic and discipline every day to be successful.
- I’m not interested in what you feel like doing.
- Do your job.
- You have to have the ability to overcome adversity.
- Leadership is your willingness to help someone else for their benefit. Leading people for your benefit is manipulation.
- There can be no great victories in life unless you can overcome tremendous adversity.
- What sacrifices am I willing to make? What skills am I willing to develop?
Friday, May 13, 2016
Journey Wesleyan Church
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Business Leaders Dinner with Brian Trottier – May 27
2016 Kingswood Golf Classic – May 28
In celebration of our Kingswood’s 20th Golf Classic on May 28, seven time Stanley Cup Champion, Bryan Trottier, will be our special guest. Join us for dinner and golf the next day in support of Kingswood. To buy tickets or for more information please visit www.kingswoodclassic.ca
NS Children’s Ministry Huddle
Saturday, May 28 – 9 am – 3pm
New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS.
Pack your van and bring your Children’s Ministry Team!
Refreshments, breakouts, resources, training and equipping!
Only $25/person (5 or more from your church for $100)
To register your team contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch God’s heart for your ministry! Explore fresh insights & gain practical ideas as Mark Buchanan helps you cast a fresh – even daring vision for doing church in your community. His down-to-earth experience and perspective will intrigue and inspire you to new heights in ministry, especially among the most neglected.