The District Board of Administration gathered on Tuesday for a very full day. The highlight of this work gave direction to the ongoing district dialog concerning core values for our Atlantic leadership culture. Robust conversation and debate provided an excellent foundation for the values determined and unanimously agreed upon as preparation continues for the rollout of this important step forward during Beulah Family Camp and District Conference. The five huddles in November which included more than 80 local church pastors provided nearly 20 pages of distilled feedback from exercises exploring both actual and aspirational values of a district that is bearing much fruit. This was further refined through a collaborative process to provide the DBA with the raw materials to determine what must truly matter most for the season of Kingdom impact ahead.
- It was my privilege to serve on Thursday evening and all day Friday as a member of the Board of Trustees for Kingswood University. In light of the weather front impacting travel for several Trustees, this meeting marked the inaugural use of virtual participation – including Board Secretary Robert Strum. President Stephen Lennox and his team are providing admirable leadership during these important days as the recommendations of Credo (a consulting firm in higher education) are applied. This is also a critical time as Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Janet Starks, capably leads KU through its decadal ABHE accreditation process in the weeks ahead. Two new degrees were approved by the BOT in addition to celebrating the early impact of Kingswood Extended. Friday was highlighted with the formal dedication of the Clubhouse completed this winter for the Benson Athletic Complex with inspiring words shared by several including Pete Benson.
- IMA subscribers are encouraged to be in focused prayer this Holy Week as churches all across our region will have opportunity to share the Gospel with many who respond to Easter invitations.
- Dale MacDonald (Woodstock) serves with excellence as Chair of the DBMD (District Board of Ministerial Development). This leadership board is divided into three segments (North, Central, & South). The DBMD Executive serves at all three locations as well and includes myself, Dale MacDonald as Chair, Greg Hanson (Kings) as Secretary, and Jay Guptill (Hillside) as Thrive Director. The Central DBMD convened on Wednesday and conducted 31 interviews for our district prophets-in-process. This involves a tremendous amount of preparation on the part of the DBMD members and their service is deeply appreciated.
- Head of Millstream candidated Kathy Jeffries yesterday morning resulting in a unanimous vote of confidence and my subsequent appointment as the next Lead Pastor beginning at the usual time of pastoral transition this July.
- Dave McElhinney (River Valley) received unanimous renewal of his extended call at the conclusion of my meeting with their LBA on Tuesday evening.
- Joey & Lauren Millington resigned last week from their respective staff positions as Youth Pastor and Children’s Pastor at New Hope (Scott Prime). They will be returning later this summer to Lauren’s home in New Zealand and have accepted a position on staff at East City Wesleyan in Auckland and will be serving with Richard Waugh (National Superintendent and Lead Pastor).
- Don’t miss making use of these Local Church Membership resources as helpful tools for your LBA to determine the best contextual approach for annual reaffirmation in the weeks ahead.
- Lead Pastors will be receiving a note from my desk this week informing them of DBA action with regard to the Canada Summer Jobs matter voted down in the House of Commons last week. This will include information/options for your local church response as well.
- It was a personal highlight this week to reconnect on Wednesday evening with Dave and Dina Horne (Global Partners Europe Area Director) as they were the guest speakers at INCITE, the annual Global Missions conference at Kingswood University.
Thot: They’re not going to remember you anyway, so you might as well get over yourself. (Mick Veach @ KU Friday Chapel #dyingtoself)
On Second Thot: Bearing the cross does not in the first place refer to the trials which we call crosses, but to that daily giving up of life, of dying to self, which must mark us as much as it did Jesus, which we need in times of prosperity almost more than in adversity. (Andrew Murray)
Pastor’s reserve your leaders a spot at the NEXT CONFERENCE for 50% off on April 14. This is a full day conference, including lunch, for all Children’s Ministry Volunteers and Leaders. The first 100 Registrations from Wesleyan Churches get 50% off the conference fee! Contact Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org. for the DISCOUNT CODE and get your leaders registered soon.
Moncton, New Brunswick. These 24 hour worship intensives begin with a Worship Night on Friday and a day of instruction on Saturday. The workshop will cover both the heart of worship, as well as address the importance of working on your primary skills as a musician, vocalist, or audio tech.
All of the general sessions and workshops are designed to:
- Encourage and equip your entire worship team
- Deepen the spiritual life of each team member
- Be interactive, up-close and personal with each presenter
- Increase your passion for leading others in your local church
I encourage you to bring your entire worship team and take advantage of our group discount. Consider this event a 24-hour worship retreat that will inspire and strengthen your team and impact the congregations you serve. We’ve kept the registration affordable to allow for maximum participation. For groups of 4 or more, registration is only $45 (USD) per person. Individual registration is $53(USD). Please pass this information on to others who are involved in worship ministry. I hope you can join us for a transformational weekend.
Tickets Available Here:
MAY 11-12,2018 | MONCTON, NB
The ONE CONFERENCE is a regional event that inspires and equips students to unite as one body, under one God, for one mission. It’s more challenging than ever for students to live out their faith boldly. By coming together in worship and in mission, we all can build a network of faith-fueled students who are not only willing, but equipped to live and love like Jesus in their schools and neighborhoods.