It’s Monday Again

He is Risen! Churches may have been empty yesterday, but the CHURCH was engaged and deployed. And like no Easter in living memory, the Gospel was proclaimed across the Atlantic region with RECORD online engagement. Seeds of eternal harvest were sown, many bearing fruit this weekend.

As John Symonds (Crosspoint) passionately declared, “One day made all the difference!” This service included an original Easter song written and performed by Blaire Webber which was entitled “If I Had Been There” (click here – timestamp 7:45). It was a gripping and soul-searching reflection well worth four minutes of your time as you continue to meditate on the personal impact of His Easter resurrection. On Saturday, she and her fiancé will become Mr. & Mrs. Jon Nicholle – congratulations!

The innovation of the Church during Holy Week has included online daily devotionals, personal testimonies, special messages for kids, online Communion services on Maundy Thursday & Good Friday, and of course, celebrating the apex of history while proclaiming our Risen Lord on Easter – both through live stream and prerecorded services. While physical distancing remains the law of the land, Churches found ways to reach out to those in need and to share Jesus.
Vince Robertson (West Head) challenged church families to create an Easter-themed window decoration for the community to enjoy. In lieu of a welcome time, a special presentation of pictures of the church families dressed up for Easter was played in their online service.

“What if [Church] leaders started thinking of themselves as a digital organization with a physical presence, instead of a physical organization with a digital presence?” (Carey Nieuwhof) This past week two of our local church pastors provided workshops (pictured above) for a Beginners Online Service (Tom Cann – Yarmouth) and an Intermediate Online Service (Shane Grant – Moncton). Thanks Tom & Shane!

Also, a friendly reminder that your local church CCLI License does not cover streaming your worship songs. However, you can check out their CCLI Streaming License info HERE.

Four Groundswell Discipleship Pathway cohorts (three are pictured above) met on Wednesday this week for the third of six sessions. Special thanks to the Facilitators of all six cohorts as we have adapted during the unique weeks of disruption.

In a way that could not have been anticipated, this pandemic season provides greater margin of opportunity for our district churches to meaningfully engage the core question of our existence, “Are we making disciples who are making disciples?” What is the contextual pathway for our own church in making disciples? And in the coming months, how might that pathway be adjusted to account for the abundance of caution required in this season?

The mid-week Zoom with our General Superintendent and DS colleagues continues to be a deeply meaningful time for refining perspectives and sharing resources in how we can best serve the front line of Local Church leadership.

The pandemic sprint to Easter is now behind us as we pivot into the marathon ahead in this new day of the physically-distanced, digital Church. Whether our primary worship experience is high tech, low tech, or no tech – we must now engage in virtual solutions for community, discipleship, and especially evangelism.

We will continue to innovate with tools like ONLINE ALPHA, free virtual giving aids like Kindrid (for our Maine churches), and steep discounts on great evangelism resources like the Kindle version of James Emery White’s new 2019 book, “Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions” – ONLY 99 cents (pictured above).

The challenges of this global pandemic are real and complex but there is little doubt this seismic disruption has freed many around us from the moorings of lesser things. And it is an opportunity for spiritual mobilization and harvest we may never see again in our lifetime.

Special thanks to our District Director of Global Partners Denn Guptill (Cornerstone) for reaching out over the past few days to make contact with all our missionaries and to encourage them during this challenging time. Click HERE for a more detailed update.
Weekly Meeting Option with the DS. On Thursday, I met by Zoom with some of our Atlantic Ministers to discuss best practices in these unique days of ministry. We share perspectives on specific challenges/questions/resources and have opportunity to pray for each other. I would welcome any pastor to join me for this optional Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 14th @ 2:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. (This time/date changes weekly based on my schedule, just email me for the link if you are interested.)
Points to Ponder
  • God is too good to be unkind, And He is too wise to be confused. If I cannot trace His hand, I can always trust His heart. (Charles Spurgeon)
  • The true measure of a successful leader is not getting people to work. The true measure of a successful leader is getting people to work hard together. (John Maxwell)
  • What is your sense of urgency when it comes to making disciples in your church? (Jon Wiest)

ATTN: Lead Pastors, Staff Pastors and Ministerial Students (Deadline: May 31st)

It is that time of year to start thinking about filling out your Annual Service Report (ASR).  You should have gotten an email from Headquarters with your login username.   Below is a link to help you with the process.  Please go to this link before calling the office: https://www.wesleyan.org/asr-and-lcsr-instructions – Please call the District Office if you have problems getting logged in or have questions about the process. Also let the District Office know if you didn’t receive an email with your username.



COVID-19 Resources

There is little doubt we are in a season of testing and refinement…
not only for the Church, but for her leaders.

What about Beulah Family Camp & Caton’s Island for 2020?
The DBA will meet on April 23rd and will determine the best timeline for decisions to postpone or cancel camps and/or summer ministry events. It would be premature to make decisions at this point, so we are asking all those leading and participating to prepare for the possibility of a normal camp season this summer. In the event of postponement or cancellation, any registrations for rooms or camps will be credited for future use or refunded upon request. This Facebook announcement provides clarity regarding access of Beulah Camp & Conference Center for those who are not year-round residents.

World Hope International – Annual Spring Gala 

This inspiring annual event is now rescheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020
at Wesley Hall (Kingswood University). Save the date – registration details above!

World Hope International has created an online platform, Get-Support, to help communities and churches stay connected and provide support to one another.  This is a platform where users can submit and respond to requests for assistance from one another. Five churches in the Atlantic District are registered to use Get-Support. If you are interested in using this tool in your church, watch this Webinar that explains how the system works. For more information and to register, https://get-support.ca/



Psychologist Dr. David Clark and Sociologist Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark invested their expertise and experience with about 25 Atlantic Ministers in March who joined by Zoom for a session entitled, “Leading in Anxious Times.” David & Nancy graciously agreed to re-record a 45 minute version of this session which is available HERE for your leadership team. Dr. Clark references resources worthy of note including www.anxietycanada.comand the offer by Dr. Clark to add any pastor to his distribution list (email clark@unb.ca) for new resources in development to address “continuous traumatic stress” factors.

The national office of The Wesleyan Church of Canada is pleased to provide access to some helpful documents for the pastors in our Canadian churches. Included in those documents are:
Additional forms, such as ‘Sexual Harassment Avoidance’ policy are available at:   www.wesleyan.ca (click: Menu : Ministries : Resources)

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