- Congratulations to Austinn Buckley who has joined Brent Ingersoll (Kings) as Assistant Youth Pastor.
- Kenzie Shultz has also joined our ranks as Youth Pastor with Tim Guptill @ Crosspoint.
- It was recently announced that Mark Brewer will be concluding his role on staff at Yarmouth (AJ Plaizier) in the early fall. We are so grateful for the gifting and influence of the Brewers over the past 15+ years and for the incredible support offered to them by Crosspoint and Yarmouth in recent years. We wish them all God’s best in this season of respite from the demands of ministry leadership.
- Congratulations to Melissa Boyd who will officially join AJ Thomas (Deep Water) as Worship Pastor in October.
Our Atlantic District Vision Team convened this week by Zoom for several hours our Auxano Navigator as we continue to prepare for the reboot of our district vision at the January Ministerial. Excellent work in fine tuning our core values was completed. The final session will take place in-person the end of September at the Edgett Boardroom in Moncton. Join us in prayer as we complete this important phase of the process.
This week included another meeting with the Called Journey Advisory Group. The Atlantic District DBMD has approved six candidates to participate in the Beta-Test Pilot of this new competency based approach to ministerial credentialing. This significant transformation of the DBMD process will be presented for approval at General Conference in May 2022. I am grateful for the diligent and tireless efforts of Executive Director Russ Gunsalus and Joel Liechty of the HQ Division of Education and Clergy Care as they serve several dozen candidates in this trial run to provide further clarity and improvements.
Meet Dr. Nii Ayi! He is a retired dentist who is a key lay leader at our church in Calgary. He would prefer you just call him, Brother Nii (pronounced “nee”). He has graciously accepted the offer of the National Board to serve as Conference Coordinator for the next National Conference of The Wesleyan Church of Canada in August 2023. Stay tuned – more details to come!
Yesterday marked the official end of Summer@Beulah for 2021 with a special highlight of appreciation for key staff and volunteers in the Beulah Tabernacle. It was a privilege to bring the final message of this season and to see the Tabernacle full of worshipping families of all ages. And speaking of key leaders…
We are also blessed to be served by our HQ team. Several free cohort opportunities are available this fall including the one pictured above – For the Body (Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Seminary).
This 6-week “can’t miss” cohort will dive into the complexities of today’s sexuality and gender conversation. Tennent provides a theologically sound framework as he reminds us of God’s design for our bodies, as we seek to engage this complex topic with both truth and love. This cohort will meet on Thursdays for 6-weeks, starting September 23rd @ 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
CLICK HERE to register, or to request more information on other cohorts available.
Everything you need is located in this folder: https://bit.ly/3gnm7hU. You can also reach out to Jeremy with any questions or help you’d like with your youth ministry as his organization, the Youth Worker Community, is helping churches across our country better disciple students each week. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Another excellent resource to impact our youth headed into young adulthood is the “Pray for Me Campaign” – CLICK HERE to learn more.
- Every day is not great – but every day can have a greatness in it. (Andy Phillips)
- Your irresponsibility eventually becomes someone else’s responsibility. (Andy Stanley)
- You can grieve but don’t let your grieving become despair. Let hope come in and let hope and grief become good roommates. (Albert Tate)
You are encouraged to take advantage of this free special opportunity to attend the Church Mental Health Summit 21, hosted by Hope Made Strong on September 10, 2021. The Summit is a one-day virtual event equipping the church to support mental health in their communities. (ChurchMentalHealthSummit.com)
There are over 40 speakers with sessions that cover 4 categories:
- Global Health – Addressing cultural impacts and those who serve in missions around the world.
- Community Health – Equipping churches to support those who struggle with mental health in their community.
- Church Health – Building a church culture that supports and serves mental health through programs.
- Leadership Health – Strengthening leaders’ mental health and addressing issues around compassion fatigue and ministry burnout.
Church Mental Health Summit 21 was created with the local pastor and church lay leader in mind by hopemadestrong.org, founder Laura Howe.
SAVE THE DATE: As announced during A Campfire Chat, District Ministerial will convene at the Valley location of Kings (Brent Ingersoll) on January 19-20, 2022 (more details TBA – begins @ 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and concludes with the evening rally on Thursday).
- Our friends at Ministry Architects have a new FREE resource library just for YOU and your Kids’ & Student Ministry leaders. It includes many helpful templates, dashboards and resources for Kids’, Student and Young Adult Ministry. They are excited to share these resources with you and hope this library will come at the right time as you begin looking forward to the next school year. To view this resource library, click here!
NEXT is Global Partners’ mentored cross-cultural immersion experience for young adults. Pass along the NEXT website to anyone in your church who is searching for meaning and their place in God’s kingdom work. Download and share the 2-minute NEXT video in your service or in your church newsletters. The best next step for anyone interested is to fill out the inquiry form, and they will be contacted for a follow-up conversation. The website is constantly updated with the upcoming internship opportunities for spring, summer and fall.
The number one way Christians grow in their faith is through their personal time alone with God in His word. Join National Superintendent Steve Elliott for a 60-day challenge this fall to read and journal through a significant portion of the Old Testament. Cost of the Journals and reading schedule is $7.50/each (includes shipping). Send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the schedule/journals mailed out. Readings begin on Monday, September 13th.