Churches across the Atlantic District found meaningful ways yesterday to honour the sacrifice of those who have paid the ultimate price to make our freedoms possible. Moncton (Joel Gorveatte) followed Last Post & Reveille with a worshipful rendition of O Canada. May sacred moments of silent remembrance today find us standing with our communities for the fallen soldiers to whom we owe a great debt.
SJ1 (Graham Perry) celebrated the new life yesterday with four baptisms – PTL! Graham reports that attendance has been strong this fall with the past two Sundays over 220 and best of all, “The Spirit of God has really been moving over the past few weeks.”
The Discipleship Facilitator Cohort (pictured above) convened again this week with Jon Wiest. We took peek at a sample discipleship pathway (below) and also explored a deep dive into the 5 discipleship micro-shifts Daniel Im prescribes in No Silver Bullets. Jon defines a discipleship pathway as a strategic, comprehensive, and clear process for making disciples in our church.
After the completion of our October DS Zone Dialogs there are now 82% of Atlantic District Lead Pastors who have committed their church to be represented in a February Discipleship Pathway Cohort with a fall 2020 launch per Phase One of the 2025 Horizon Storyline – Values-Driven Vision.
Missed the Zone meeting and wondering what our values-driven vision is all about? Click here to see a one-page overview of this journey and click here for the 45-minute video 2025 presentationgiven to 88 of our pastors in October. Participation is optional for all churches and remaining churches will have opportunity to consider engagement during District Ministerial in January as Jon Wiest will be our Keynote Speaker.
At the invitation of the Woods Harbour (Jason Parker) LBA, AJ Plaizier & I participated in a town hall meeting on Thursday regarding the strategic partnership of these two churches in the birth of Coastal Church (a satellite of Yarmouth). This new Kingdom expression has averaged over 200 since its launch the end of September. These are exciting days for Kingdom multiplication.
Framework (Bud Fancy) had a full house on Oct 31st. Approximately 600 new people were registered for prizes, a ton of candy, and the message of Christ to church full of kids and adults while they watched a black light puppet show. Just click on the picture above to check out the video of this year’s BTB!Reports from the pastoral staff were encouraging, “It was impossible to keep track of the guest traffic flow, but we realized how much of a community event our annual Big Top Bash has become, as TV cameras came to interview our workers. We had to fill neighboring parking lots because our lawn and parking lot was full!”
- I would rather be in an “ocean” faith rather than a “bathtub” faith. (Ken Nash)
- Discipleship starts with “Go!” (Jon Wiest)
- Life doesn’t make you cynical, YOU make you cynical. Cynicism starts – not because you don’t care – but because you did. The heart of the leader shapes the heart of the church. (Carey Nieuwhof)