Four years ago the Atlantic District DBA initiated a “Thrive” pilot to enhance the development of Licensed and newly Ordained Ministers as an addition to the DBMD process. Dr. Dan Poff has been onsite to teach the four distinct workshops each year for which he has written the curriculum. The final workshop at Beulah this week was entitled, “Leading from Who You Are” and included the completion of the Hirsch APEST Assessment and led participants and coaches to understand how to better equip the Church for ministry out of their God-given gifts. Each participant is assigned a six-month coach annually with experienced clergy to assist them in contextualizing the application of each workshop’s material.
The Atlantic District is grateful for Dr. Poff’s expertise and leadership which would not have been possible without a generous grant from Education & Clergy Development (Russ Gunsalus). Jay Guptill (Hillside) serves as the Thrive Coordinator and is a member of the DBMD Executive.
On Thursday, Jon Wiest met by Zoom with pastoral leadership from 10 Atlantic churches in preparation for the District Conference launch of our initial district focus in a 5-year values-driven vision. My DS Report will include more detail about how your church can get involved.
The 2019 Camp Evangelists, Lenny Luchetti and Moe Diggs, will serve alongside another inspiring year of worship ministry under the leadership of Kelly Jay. Check out this line up for Super Saturday kick-off for Beulah Family Camp on July 6th – don’t miss the opportunity to have your family and friends enjoy this packed day. Feel free to print this poster for your church bulletin board. To download the 2019 Camp Handbook click HERE – all online event registration is now open.
SUMMER RELOCATION: The District Office is now at Beulah Camp (229 Beulah Road) and will move back to Moncton after Labour Day.
National Superintendent Stephen Elliott convened the Canadian Superintendents this week in preparation for our District Conferences and National Conference (see in Upcoming Events). Eric Hallett (lower right) is the sole nominee slated for election to succeed Peter Rigby as Central Canada DS this Friday. Peter Rigby has served since 2013 and I am pleased to be present this Friday in Trenton, ON to express honour for and appreciation of his leadership on behalf of the Atlantic District.
Looking for some great local church resources to enhance your Wesleyan membership classes? Aaron Reimer (Island) has produced a series of videos for our Prince Edward Island church family that he is pleased to share with any church leader who may find them a helpful resource.
Click on the picture above to preview the intro video. The total run-time covering a Wesleyan overview, articles of religion, elementary principles, and guides and helps to holy living is about 1 hour and 55 minutes and can be accessed HERE.
Pastors, leaders and volunteers, don’t miss a District Children’s Ministry Huddle at Beulah Camp on Tuesday, July 9 (1:00-2:30 p.m.) in the Upper Room of the Dining Hall with Marilyn Mansvelt (Cornerstone) & Linda Lamos (Kings). Receive free resources and ministry encouragement! No registration is required for this event – email Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Kingswood’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology (MAPT) degree is now fully online! The first class of the next cohort begins July 1st, 2019 (The Bible as Christian Scripture). However, it is possible to join the program at any point throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kenneth Gavel (email@example.com), or Angela Flewelling (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHEELCHAIR LIFT DONATION: The Forestry Director of Corporate Relations for JDI would like to donate a wheelchair lift for a vehicle as a blessing to a worthy organization serving the disabled. Please reply to It’s Monday Again if you have interest in receiving photos of this equipment and contact information for JDI.
Congratulations to Shawn & Michelle Craven (Havelock) on the wedding of their daughter Alexa to Scott Hankinson this June!
- Because God believes in you, you also have the power to believe in someone else. Not everybody is ready to change and grow. You can’t help everybody, but you can help somebody. (Joel Gorveatte)
- Never let an unmoved mountain keep you from worshipping God. (Chad MacCallum)
- The future church will be filled with Christians who realize they’re called to make disciples, not just be disciples. (Carey Nieuwhof)
Director Dean Stephenson reports that as of May 31, Caton’s Island is up 139 registrations from this time last year online. Make sure to register early to guarantee availability at your preferred camp option.
One of the many highlights of Beulah Family Camp is our Wednesday Evening-on-the-Boulevard. This year will offer expanded opportunities to be involved to raise funds for worthy ministry projects. If your church or group is interested please contact Rob Trafton for more information (506.434.1445 or email@example.com). Some new delights would be greatly appreciated to enhance this time of fellowship for our district family.
The 2019 Camp Evangelists, Lenny Luchetti and Moe Diggs, will serve alongside another inspiring year of worship ministry under the leadership of Kelly Jay (July 5-14). Check out this line up for Super Saturday kick-off for Beulah Family Camp on July 6th – don’t miss the opportunity to have your family and friends enjoy this packed day. Feel free to print this poster for your church bulletin board. To download the 2019 Camp Handbook click HERE – all online event registration is now open.
Every weekend between Beulah Family Camp and Labour Day has scheduled family activities to enjoy for those who have a cottage / RV site. Download this schedule HERE.
A call to carpenters and those handy with tools! Caton’s Island has become a shining light on our district. Throughout the years, hundreds of young people have received Christ as their Saviour and have continued on to become great leaders of this ministry.Caton’s Island is now preparing to embark on its largest and most ambitious project; to extend the present kitchen and dining room to seat 400+ people and to make a fully equipped restaurant quality kitchen. The Choate Dining Hall Expansion has already begun!We ask our pastors to present this project to the congregation and to set up teams that will coordinate with Brian Murray (Caton’s Island Overseer) who is project manager for this effort. Formal plans for all required equipment, electrical, plumbing, and other materials are now completed and we have presently raised $232K+ towards the total cost of $250K for Phase ONE which will be completed this summer. We do not wish to go into debt for this project, therefore we shall build in phases beginning with the structure this year. Then trusting those who see the great potential of Caton’s – to pray and donate time, expertise and finances. We have presently hired on-site manager and he will be developing and planning the work schedule along with Brian as project manager and Caton’s Overseer.
Pastors, if you would, please share this good news with your church family! Send your people and their questions for how to get involved to Brian Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org, 506.375.4330). Detailed plans and financial projections are available upon request.
Dr. Lenny Luchetti serves as Professor of Proclamation at Wesley Seminary. He is known as an “insightful professor with a pastor’s heart.” Lenny is the author of Abingdon’s Preaching with Empathy: Crafting Sermons in a Callous Culture (Fall 2018) as well as Preaching Essentials: A Practical Guide, which has been nationally recognized by Outreach and Preaching magazines as one of the best books on preaching in its publication year.
This summer at Beulah Family Camp, Lenny will serve as our first Evangelist. In addition to preaching Sunday through Wednesday, he will be offering an afternoon workshop on Wednesday, July 10th, entitled Practices for Preaching with Empathy in a Culture of Apathy. The first 50 pastors to register by clicking HERE will receive a complementary copy of his book courtesy of the Atlantic District.
THE GATHERING RESOURCES are online and include full videos of General Sessions and all Seminars. We thank God for being in a denomination which cares so deeply about investing in our leadership.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: The 877-REVCARE helpline has changed. Beginning June 1, the new number to is 800-53PASTOR. Also, the new service provider is Full Strength Network. FSN is one of our key premiere ministry partners whose sole purpose is to strengthen pastors and their families. They have access to a growing national network of vetted counselors, caregivers and service providers and are passionate about helping pastors and their families thrive in ministry life.
- It’s completely confidential with a coast-to-coast network of professional counselors and clergy care providers with coverage across all time zones
- 24/7 secure voicemail with confidential call back