Final reminder – not too late…..
Warm congratulations to Allan and Sheri Stevens, our missionaries to Albania, on the safe arrival of John Douglas. He arrived on October 9th and as you can tell from the picture below, mum, dad and JD are all doing well. We thank the Master for this new life.
Great day at Maple Ridge today. Gloria and I were there to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of their present building. There was high energy and a real sense of optimism in the air as they look to the future. There were 205 present, 3 were baptized and the worship centre was full. PTL and congrats to Pastor Nick Graham and the crew on the Ridge.
It’s Monday Again (IMA) continues to be well received. We have had 96 new subscriptions since June and last week’s edition (Oct 21) had more “opens” than any week to date. Thanks for your growing interest in the life of our district.
Had a very good meeting during the week with Shawn Branch, National Director of Threshold Ministries. They were formerly the Church Army of Canada, a ministry of the Anglican Church. Their “Street Hope” ministry touches various Canadian cities including Saint John.
The Canadian Wesleyan Retirement Plan Webinar was held last week for members of the plan and will occur again on November 12th. If you missed last week, you may want to sign in for the November session which will be a repeat of the earlier event. I was a part of the crew on last week’s event and I recommend it to you. Meeting sign-in details will reach you this week. The Webinar is offered by Great West Life, our plan administrators.
As mentioned last week, Kings Valley launched KVEast last Sunday. There were 139 in attendance and we applaud Pastor Brent and crew for this initiative that has great potential not only for KVEast but as a model that other churches on our district may be inspired to consider.
The Global Leadership Summit (Hybels) has held at the Rock Church in Lower Sackville, NS this week and was co-hosted by our own Hillside Wesleyan. I was privileged to be there and the district was honoured to assist in partially sponsoring 25 members of our tribe to attend as we had also done in Moncton in August. That investment in those 50 people will bring eternal results and serves as a great morale builder. Onward and upward.
REPEAT NOTE: The Prayer and Soul Care Days earlier announced for 4 locations in November are being rescheduled for the spring of 2014.
THOT: Thom Rainer’s Three Changing Trends
- Entry Point or New Member Classes – now pervasive. Over 80% of churches over 250 have some type of required entry point class as a requisite for membership.
- Churches with Multiple Venues – rapidly growing. He will issue a report in the next few months reflecting his study of this phenomenon.
- Growth of Executive Pastor Role – becoming much more common. The Executive Pastor is becoming the second full time pastor to join the staff in many churches.