Happy 2019! More than 100 adults (pastors and spouses) are registered courtesy of the Atlantic District to arrive in Orlando this week for the 4th offering of The Gathering. This premier quadrennial event from the Division of Education & Clergy Development offers world-class speakers and seminars for Wesleyan pastors and spouses serving in North America. Don’t miss next week’s edition of It’s Monday Again (IMA) as it will include several highlights from this high-level investment in our front-line Kingdom servants. #raisingleaders #strongertogether
For those in attendance, don’t forget about the Ice Cream Reception featuring updates on The Wesleyan Church of Canada with National Superintendent Stephen Elliott @ 9:30 p.m. on Friday night in Boca III & IV at the Caribe Convention Center.
This Friday marked the acknowledgement of two significant milestones. Those involved in senior leadership of Atlantic District Camp Ministry gathered to celebrate the impact of Executive Director Andrea Gunter. She is to be commended for a job well done and for finishing with excellence as Andrea will conclude her service in February as she prepares to assume a full-time role as Vice President of Enrolment at Kingswood University.
In addition, this night also marked 20 years (to the day!) of service to the Atlantic District by our Executive Administrator Karrilee Bremner. Karrilee is truly the “secret sauce” of our district leadership corps and a special focus to honour her double-decade of ministry will occur during Beulah Camp & District Conference this July.
As was already announced, the DBA approved an 18-month Interim Overseer model of leadership for Camp Ministry which has already commenced with Brian Murray serving Caton’s Island and Steve Bradley serving Beulah Camp & Conference Center.
And speaking of Beulah Family Camp, return Evangelist Lenny Luchetti for 2019 has recently added several resources to assist in honing the craft of preaching in your ministry. It will be another exciting Beulah Family Camp as Lenny tag-teams with Moe Diggs who is also returning this year (July 5-14).
Youth Pastors/Leaders: Our Co-District Youth Presidents Drew Donovan (Moncton) and Martin Stehouwer (SJ1) are coordinating an opportunity for travel to FUEL. FUEL is an annual student ministry training conference (more details in Upcoming Events) held this year in Cincinatti, Ohio. Martin writes, “We are hoping for a group to go together of youth pastors and leaders from the district. If you are interested in joining us you need to email firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, January 14th. We are looking forward to our district growing for the better because of this!”
Children’s Ministry Pastors and Lay Leaders: The NEXT registration is now open at: http://cbacyf.ca/next The first 100 participants to register through their Wesleyan Church using the code “NEXT2019” will receive a $20 scholarship from the Atlantic District. More details below in Upcoming Events.
Special thanks to Linda Lamos (Kings) who serves as District Children’s Ministry Director for her frequent and helpful posts to the Atlantic District Children’s Ministry Facebook Page. This recent link from “Relevant” was posted and is worthy of consideration in light of the New Year.
The Buckingham Leadership Institute (Kingswood University) is offering a new leadership opportunity for “Express Mentorship” the end of February. Details regarding this two-day event are offered with online registration for this excellent opportunity to deepen the effectiveness of your leadership in the local church.
New Year’s THOT: If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look ‘little’ or ‘big’. (Elisabeth Elliot)
Fuel 2019 Next Gen Leaders Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bring your team of Next Gen workers, leaders & volunteers for breakouts, sessions and connection with other Next Gen leaders. This two-day conference is for both Student and Kid’s ministry leaders, pastors and volunteers. Join us for time to refuel our souls, build deep relationships and learn together! For more information please contact District Youth Co-Presidents, Drew Donovan (Moncton) or Martin Stehouwer (Saint John First).
In EFC’s Canada Watch (Oct/Nov), the lead article by David Guretzhi deals with the question “How do Christians live out our witness in this new context?” It is both inspiring and challenging—well worth reading.
The Oct/Nov Canada Watch edition also contains an article on Renegotiating Faith. CCD Pastor Rick Hiemstra explains the research in a 25 minute interview or watch the 45-minute webinar recorded in early October featuring key members of the research team.
Another valuable resource from EFC is the Palliative Care Toolkit. View the booklet online or request your own copies at 1-866-302-3362 (toll-free). EFC is requesting prayer for their submission against Expanding Access to Assisted Suicide. Read the background story.
Keep up with what the EFC is doing as they seek to be a positive influence and to apply biblical principles to contemporary issues.