Two loaves of fresh, locally baked bread were delivered to 175 homes – one to eat and one to share. Dale MacDonald & Neil Horner (Woodstock) share in the link below about this innovative and effective church-wide campaign leading up to Easter. Pass the Breadconnected with every church family and equipped each home with a delicious gift to pass on to anyone they chose. A brilliant plan, well executed with many stories of celebrated impact.
This impactful idea – or a similar one you develop for your context – could be used to engage with your church family and inspire them to reach out to others in the weeks or months ahead. CLICK HERE for a full overview with Dale & Neil in this 20+ minute interview. Why not share this in a staff or board meeting in the next few days? #contextualeffectiveness
- Congratulations to Jacob Ebbett on receiving a unanimous congregational vote yesterday for a four-year Pastoral Recall at Lower Brighton!
- Crosspoint announced yesterday that, pending the continued need for an Interim Lead Pastor in July, Tim Guptill will succeed John Symonds in this capacity following the TBD dedication of the new worship facility at The Lighthouse this summer.Tim & Gayla were onsite in Fredericton for the good news – this transition is likely to occur in late June or early July! Thank you for your continued prayers for the Crosspoint LBA (and John Symonds’ Pastoral Staff for ongoing service) as God’s provision is sought for the right leader at the right time to conclude this lengthy pastoral search.
- Welcome to Samuel Prime as he joined the Deep Water (AJ Thomas) Pastoral Staff this month as Youth Pastor.
The Local Church Statistical Report (LCSR) email will go out directly from HQ to all Lead Pastors on May 1st. Note to Lead Pastors: Keep in mind there is a separate box to record online attendance which we look forward to celebrating at unprecedented levels in this pandemic year of ministry. Please kindly resist the temptation to include ANY virtual stats in the Primary Worship Average for in-person attendance.
ATTN Children Ministry Workers: Registration in still open for NEXT Conference. This will feature a Keynote Presentation by Natalie Frisk (Curriculum Pastor @ The Meeting House).Timothy Dalrymple Points to Ponder (CEO/Editor of Christianity Today)
- The longer we give ourselves to media gluttony, skimping on the deeper nourishment that cultivates Christ within us, the less we will have in common.
- We [must] turn from a culture of celebrity to a culture of sanctification, where leadership is less about building a platform and more about carrying the cross of Christ.
- The church should model what it means to care for one another in spite of our differences on social and political matters and affirm the incomparably deeper rootedness of our identity in Christ.
- Churches don’t have to worry about unintentionally hurting individuals who have not been able to be mothers or fathers
- This project saves the church time (and often money) because no shopping or preparations are needed to honour mothers and fathers
- This year, a financial gift in honour of mothers and fathers will relieve some of the pressure from COVID regulations of giving items to people
- The church as a whole gives a gift to help mothers and fathers who are vulnerable and hurting around the world
- The church promotes an outward need that is global in nature while honouring the parents (whether biological or heart) in their congregation.
The Future is Bright: An online gala event!
- Sermons: We’ve recorded two sermons which churches can use to provide a respite for those preaching. We plan to provide more sermons in the coming weeks.
- Greeting and update: We have included a brief video update on how God has been working at Kingswood University during the past 10 months. Churches deserve to know how we’re stewarding their investment.
- Free classes: Pastors may welcome the opportunity to sit in on a virtual class session to learn more about a topic of interest. The care package contains a list of classes and syllabi for those classes. Anyone interested can contact our Registrar for more information or to register (email@example.com or 506-432-4406).
- Seminar on Personal Wellness: We’ve provided a video file to a seminar presented by Dr. Allen Lee, Professor of Christian Counselling at Kingswood University.
- Youth group: Seasoned youth speakers, Shaun Miller and Zach Painter, are happy to lead a virtual youth service for an evening. If COVID-related restrictions allow, this could be done in-person. Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The six-day camp will begin with an evening service on Tuesday, July 6 and concluding with a morning service on Sunday, July 11.
- A full four-day program for kids and youth will be scheduled during the mornings of Wednesday – Saturday and each of these days will offer a morning and evening service in the Tabernacle.
- District Conference will be held on Thursday, July 8.
- Ordination will be held for the Class of 2020 & 2021 on Friday, July 9 with President Lennox preaching and National Superintendent Steve Elliott presiding.
- Save-A-Seat online registration has been purchased and will be used to preregister all services, programs, and dining hall meals which will be limited based on physical distancing regulations.
- Our Camp Evangelist will be Rev. Jon Wiest (pending border/quarantine restrictions)
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