It’s Monday Again

On Wednesday the North Session of the DBMD convened for a full day of interviews with “prophets-in-process” – including three for Ordination. The diligence, hard work, and wisdom of this group cannot be overstated as they serve the point of our district spear in raising leaders. Deep appreciation to DBMD Chair Dale MacDonald (Woodstock) and all those who serve to guard the gate and guide the called.

As you respond to the challenges of your context, how are you as a Kingdom leader who has been raised up and deployed taking care of your soul? This Barna Report on
“The Mental & Emotional Health of Pastors and Their Congregants Amid COVID-19” will give you insight to take a confident step in the right direction.

The Board of 20+ Trustees for Kingswood University convened on Friday, beginning with an excellent devotional, “Finding the Pace of Grace,” offered by Kevin Johnson, District Superintendent of Maritimes PAOC. These are days of unique and unprecedented challenge for President Steve Lennox and the Administrative Cabinet, Faculty, Staff, and Student Body.While the somber reality of impact due to the pandemic was directly addressed, the BOT was encouraged by the excellence in leadership of President Lennox and the steps being taken to position this next chapter of KU to leverage the unique opportunities which are emerging.

One great highlight of the day included celebrating the life of Mrs. Jean Irving with the announcement of the Irving family honouring her memory with a $1,000,000 endowment for scholarships. These will be awarded beginning the fall of 2021 to deserving students who foster the values of this great and godly lady and friend of Kingswood University. Please remember the family in prayer as today (April 20th) marks Mrs. Irving’s first birthday in heaven.

Worship Leader Paul Baloche was featured in the livestream worship of Moncton (Joel Gorveatte) yesterday morning for one song with Worship & Creative Arts Pastor Marc Jolicoeur and his team. His warm greeting to the Maritimes included speaking of his family connection and annual visit to Nova Scotia.Special thanks to Marc Jolicoeur (Moncton) for providing the following opportunity for worship leaders across our region…

Atlantic District Worship Leaders Connect
When: Wednesday, Apr 22nd @10:00 a.m. Atlantic Time
Where: https://zoom.us/j/94466438225 Meeting ID: 944 6643 8225 // Password: Please contact the District Office
Who: Worship leaders everywhere
What: In preparation for the session – 1. Consider some of the unexpected benefits / blessings of this time… Might you have a story of encouragement to share? 2. Consider some of the hurdles that you thought you would have crossed by now, or that you hoped would be a non-issue by this point… Might the group be able to help?
Hillside (Jay Guptill) began Alpha Online this past Monday. This class included a couple from Ontario who would have not been able to join in person and several other people who are attending that might have struggled to come to a church building. This is a great season to offer Alpha Online – seize the day!

National Superintendent Stephen Elliott convened the National Board on Thursday this past week. The Wesleyan Church of Canada continues to lay a strong foundation for the future ahead as both districts work together.Does it sometimes feel that everything about COVID-19 is bad news? Think again. This article from Thom Rainer shares some of the good news being reported around North America from Churches during the pandemic. Item #2 is a bit shocking and unexpected and item #7 seems a worthy point of exploration for every church family during this season.

So, what next? How do we prepare for the next phases of ministry in the pandemic and how do we prepare for the “new normal” after we can return to a life not disrupted by the need for social distancing? What if this is a golden opportunity to relaunch with a new sense of purse in a post-quarantine world?Check out the details for this free RESET webinar on Wednesday, April 22nd @ 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. To join in by Zoom directly use this link: https://zoom.us/j/95988184940?pwd=UURnT2hlcGVnRlljS2U0dERoNnM2Zz09

  • What: An Online Pentecost Prayer Event (click above for the video greeting)
  • When: Pentecost Sunday, May 31st (7:00 p.m. EST, 8:00 p.m. AST, 8:30 p.m. NLT)
  • Who: The Wesleyan Church across North America and beyond
  • How: Graphics and social media messages are available to promote this call to prayer – just visit https://www.wesleyan.org/event/together for more information for you and your church family to participate
AD COVID-Check-In with the DS. On Tuesday, I met by Zoom with some of our Atlantic Pastors. In this weekly meeting, 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 COVID Check-In on Friday, April 24th @ 2:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. The time/date changes weekly based on my schedule. Please cut and paste this Zoom link into your calendar now to make plans to join in this week!
Pastoral Transitions
  • John (Willo Ann) Symonds has been re-appointed by the DBA at the unanimous request of the LBA to continue as Interim Lead Pastor of Crosspoint through the summer of 2021.
  • Braden (Avery) Corliss has been invited by the LBA to candidate for Lead Pastor at The River with a congregational vote on Friday, May 1st. They currently reside in Indiana and all interviews & interaction (including Braden’s candidating message) will continue with the congregation in a virtual format during the remaining days of April.
Ellen joins me in expressing sincere condolences on behalf of the Atlantic District to Rev. John & Cindy den Hollander and their extended family on Friday’s passing of his mother, Gerrie. Mrs. den Hollander has been one of our Ministerial widows since the passing of her husband, Rev. John den Hollander, Sr. in early January 2015. The leadership they offered for our Wesleyan church families in Lower Brighton & Digby continues today as an expression of their Kingdom legacy in our tribe. There will be a private committal with her children on Tuesday afternoon. Her full obituary with opportunity for condolences is posted by White Family Funeral Home.
Points to Ponder
  • The creative potential for hope and vision is unparalleled right now – but paradoxically this creativity will only be fully available to us if we also make space for grief and lament. (Andy Crouch)
  • God wants to use this season to totally transform your life and turn you around. “… we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (Prayer of Jehoshaphat via Joel Gorveatte, 2 Chronicles 20:12)
  • By helping others, we helped ourselves. We got through it. We shared what we had with other people who hadn’t anything. (George Allen, 107-year-old NS Retired Minister on remembering the Spanish Flu pandemic)

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!

Want some good news to experience and share? Check out this recent newsletter from Executive Director Tanya Nace – we are grateful for her stellar leadership during these days!

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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