- There was also an exciting point of celebration announced yesterday at Journey(Matt Maxwell). The recent sale of land has allowed for the church to become debt free with a mortgage burning ceremony planned for May 15th – stay tuned!
Encouraging reports of increased in-person attendance are beginning to trickle in from around the district. Framework (Bud Fancy) had its third consecutive weekend with 500+ onsite for services.
Kingswood University celebrated Baccalaureate and Commencement Services this weekend for the Class of 2022. Rev. Dr. Ken Gavel presented the Baccalaureate address. The Commencement address was given by the Rev. Dr. David Wells, General Superintendent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.
Several Atlantic ministers received graduate degrees this weekend. Rebecca Perry (Saint John First) was conferred the degree of Master in Ministry in Youth, Children, & Family from Wesley Seminary (pictured above left). Rebecca was also honoured at the Kingswood Commencement with her induction into the Delta Epsilon Chi Honour Society.
- Timothy Andrews (Deep Water – pictured above right) and Andrew Ross (Houlton) were both conferred the degree of Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology.
This week also marked two days of DBMD interviews with Ministerial Students, Licenced Ministers, and potential Ordinands. Special thanks to our DBMD members who provide this critical investment in raising leaders for Kingdom service. Pictured above was a special time of prayer by Jay Guptill for David & Melissa Tysick (currently at Live Well and joining the staff of New Hope this summer) at the conclusion of their successful Ordination Interviews. They will be another celebrated addition of the many Ordained Atlantic couples pending their approval at District Conference. There will be a total of six Ordinands ready to join our ministerial tribe on Friday, July 8th in the Beulah Tabernacle and many of those Ordained in 2020 & 2021 on Zoom will elect to take part in this service as well – you won’t want to miss this highlight during Beulah Family Camp!
World Hope International (Canada) convened the spring session of its Board of Directors this past Thursday. God is meeting needs in very significant ways through our partnership with World Hope and CEO Tanya Nace reported encouraging growth in donor relationships over the past two years. When comparing 2021 donor indicators with 2020 there had been a 7.1% increase in total number of donors, a 172% increase in the number of donations of $25 or less, and an 80% increase in donations of $5K – $10K.
And our celebrated CEO and her team are willing to go to extreme lengths to engage us in making a difference. You really need to CLICK HERE and watch this polar dip taken last Friday to challenge us to take part in the upcoming virtual Spring Gala! Every dollar donated will be matched up to the first $25K – don’t miss out on this 30-minute inspirational update…
World Hope International’s 9th Annual Spring Gala
Canal: A Story of Resilience and Hope
Friday, May 13th @ 7:00 p.m. EST | 8:00 p.m. AST
Justin Bradbury is in the process of recruiting for the Church Planter Residency program that he hopes to launch this September in Western Canada. Justin has prepared a short video and a one page Word doc that I have attached to this email. CLICK HERE for this short video introduction. CLICK HERE to download a PDF with more information about how to get involved in supporting this initiative.
Looking for a steady diet of thoughtful inspiration from a trusted Kingdom leader? Open Mike is a guaranteed way to stay connected with cutting edge conversations to sharpen the saw of your leadership. CLICK HERE to enjoy a recent interview Mike MacNeil conducted with our General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt.
As we approach General Conference we have been called by our General Superintendent to engage together in reading the book of Acts for 28 days in preparation. CLICK HERE first to open the website where you can sign up and then CLICK HERE to meet Curtis and get a five-minute overview of this cool way for us to make this happen. The Carry Bible app will allow us to read the same passage together each day, comment on the passage to one another, share prayer requests and praise reports, and engage in large group conversation. We are praying God moves in a powerful way over these 28 days!
CLICK HERE to access more great podcast options provided by Deep Water (AJ Thomas). The most recent episode of Same Table invites an important conversation about Indigenous reconciliation. CLICK HERE to hear from an Indigenous perspective about what systemic racism looks like in Canada, and how followers of Jesus can grow in biblical justice.
- Love is the diamond and all the other virtues are facets of it. (Ken Gavel)
- Without a deep feeling of self-respect, you cannot forgive and will always feel anger, resentment, and revenge. Loving one another means forgiving one another over and over again. (Henri Nouwen)
- Great leadership isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the courage to push through it. (Carey Nieuwhof)
One Conference was formed out of the desire to see churches in our region united in their pursuit of Jesus. Over the last few years, we’ve gone from being in ONE arena with massive crowds and energy, to being exclusively online during the pandemic. This year, we are excited to take a step toward having everyone together again soon! One Conference will be hosted at three sites throughout the region this year in Halifax, Moncton, and Saint John! Combined, these three sites will be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend, and we’re thrilled to make this transition toward being together in ONE room once again in 2023. CLICK HERE for more information about how to register your youth group for your preferred location.
By action of the Atlantic DBA this week – Beulah Family Camp is back for the summer of 2022!!! CLICK HERE for the Camp Evangelists’ bios. CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF version of this poster to print off for your church bulletin board. CLICK HERE for a JPG download of the poster for announcement loops and social media promotion. We can’t wait to see you all again as we pack into the Tabernacle to praise our God and to be challenged with a fresh call to holiness through the theme: Now Is the Time for Renewal!
- CLICK HERE to watch the recording of our conversation about having a Rule of Life (Feb 24th Zoom).
- CLICK HERE to review why Emotionally Healthy Leader is so different from just any book on pastoral leadership (Feb 10th Zoom).
- For those of you just getting started, CLICK HERE for an excellent resourceprovided by Dave Zigler to walk you step-by-step through the creation of your own Rule of Life.
- CLICK HERE for access to additional materials that will help guide you through the prayerful creation of your own Rule of Life.