Tim Long (Live Well) had an awesome Saturday night of worship with total attendance of 91 (86 LY). This was the annual Blessing of the Fleet service offered in the neighbouring community of Tiverton and involved leaders from three local Baptist churches (a huge step forward in Kingdom unity). In addition to the message from Tim about the importance of living out our faith community together because Jesus prayed for it, another highlight was one man in attendance who had never been to a church before!
Big announcement for Beulah Camp & Conference Center: This weekend, Mike White accepted appointment to succeed Bruce Cheney as Caretaker at Beulah Camp next summer. His role will begin May 1st and Bruce will conclude service the end of July to allow for a three-month overlap as Mike learns the ropes. As previously announced, Nicole Symonds-White has already accepted appointment effective early September as Beulah Conference Coordinator. Bruce & Roxie will be duly celebrated during Beulah Family Camp for their long-time service in camp leadership – we are so grateful for them and have been blessed by their ministry. We are also thrilled with this door that has opened for Mike & Nicki to lead us in the season ahead – congratulations!
Scott Wood, Pastor of Local and Global Impact (Journey
– Matt Maxwell) spearheaded this Sunday’s Cultural Diversity Celebration which included families from 11 different nations. All were welcomed to the table to share fellowship and cultural foods. Scott shared, “We continue to understand that we all have great value simply because we are created by God and we celebrate our uniqueness, and our commonality. WE ALL BLEED THE SAME!” #globalcollective
The Wesleyan Church has become the first denominational strategic partner with the church multiplication ministry Exponential
. This week provided opportunity for all District Superintendents to meet in San Diego for an onsite two-day cohort at Skyline Wesleyan Church
. This was the first of three cohorts with a focus on multiplication and disciple-making and was led by Bill Couchenour
, Bobby Harrington
, and Ralph Moore
. It is deeply encouraging and inspiring to be leading in a denomination that is taking such active steps to create an environment for God to birth a movement of Kingdom multiplication.
Last evening it was a privilege to enjoy an Ethiopian meal at the invitation of Executive Director Russ Gunsalus (Division of Education & Clergy Development) with our General Superintendent, the Board of Trustee Chairs, and Presidents of our five Wesleyan universities. The Wesleyan Educational Council will convene today at Wesleyan Headquarters to address a variety of matters in our shared mission of providing quality Christian Higher Education.
Kingswood University recently announced the launch of the True North Gap Year. This is an 8-month program which is designed to help students establish an internal compass in a world that is spinning around them, drawing on the image of Canada as the True North but pointing them to the One who can direct their paths and point them in the right direction. The program, designed for 18 to 22-year olds, focuses on the student’s development of three areas – heart, mind, and body.
Ellen joins me in expressing sincere condolences on behalf of the Atlantic District to Global Partners Missionaries Rev. Robin & Yoko White
on the passing of her father, Tatsuro Katsuyama. The celebration of his life took place in Japan this past week and we thank God that Yoko was able to arrive back to be with her family before he went home to be with Jesus.
- If Level 3 leaders are not intentional about multiplying (Level 4&5), they may unintentionally replace the target of making biblical disciples with the goal of addition-growth. (Todd Wilson)
- Our commitment to “send” measures our impact beyond the church, not just in the church. (Dave Ferguson)
- There exists in every church something that sooner or later works against the very purpose for which it came into existence. So, we must strive very hard, by the grace of God to keep the church focused on the mission that Christ originally gave to it. (C. S. Lewis)
Full details for how your church can take advantage of this National Church initiative can be accessed online HERE
. This will be an excellent addition to local discipleship efforts as one of the greatest predictors of spiritual growth is spending time in His Word.