I enjoyed a visit with the Deep Water (AJ Thomas) pastoral team last week (pictured above). A video announcement was sent to the Deep Water family over the weekend that AJ & Kelly will be on a leave of absence until the end of 2020 with plans to return in the New Year. AJ is to be commended for building an incredibly strong team and board. During this time Matthew Thomas will be serving as Acting Lead Pastor.District Clergy Care Coordinator, Dr. Allen Lee (Kingswood University), recently recommended this excellent article for pastors and lay leaders as we head into the fall pandemic realities of ministry. Thanks so much, Allen, for all the ways you serve our ministerial tribe – your heart and skill are a great gift!
Surge Youth (Blacks Harbour – Ken Banks) hosted a movie and board games night Friday night with 21 teens present along with several adult helpers. This was their first time back in the building since the pandemic began. Youth Pastor Bradford Jordan shared a report from one parent, “Kids came in the room this morning just beaming and talking fast about last night. They both had a GREAT time. There is a real spirit of excitement as we prepare to offer our regular youth program this fall while observing public health guidelines.”Zach Coffin, Director of Next Gen Multiplication & Discipleship, is offering several cohorts for shared learning and support beginning in September in the areas of youth, children, and pastor-care ministry. Click on the picture below for more information about how to get involved.
- Hero making is always a downward path to raising up others. Jesus raised a towel as the flag of His Kingdom. (Larry Walkemeyer)
- Do we focus more on what we can get from our community or on who we can bring to our community? (Rebecca Perry)
- My fruit grows on other people’s trees. (Bob Buford)
A trophy will be given to the church with the most teams and raising the most funds!
for leaders to think more strategically
about doing church?
- Check out these great resource above at www.wesleyan.org – we are blessed by the many ways our denominational leadership serves the front lines of the local church.
- Many churches are preparing for an unexpected summer of in-person services alongside an online option. This resource from Matt Steen provides a helpful rubric in self-evaluation for five possible approaches (old-normal, simul-service, building-feeder, campus-launcher, and digital-disciple). Which one best informs your strategy as you return to weekly onsite services?
Attention Church Treasurers/Bookkeepers: When your Canadian church has new staff members, the church MUST contact Helen Parker (519-703-9048; firstname.lastname@example.org) for enrollment in the Wesleyan Retirement Plan BEFORE any contributions are sent for this employee.