The response to last week’s announcement concerning my nomination to serve as your DS for the coming term has been over-the-top and both surprising and humbling. Within 48 hours, I received, by actual count, over 100 contacts – emails, personal visits, tweets, text messages and phone calls – offering congratulations and amazing affirmation. I was overwhelmed by the volume and nature of the responses and felt unworthy and grateful for the support all at the same time. Your amazing response deepens my resolve to serve you to the absolute best of my capability. But not alone.
With the support of the GS and our DBA, we will be recommending to the district conference that the Assistant District Superintendent position become a full-time appointment. The district conference would create the position and the DBA would fill it based on my recommendation as DS.
In positive anticipation of this action and with GS and DBA support, I have asked Rev. Peter Moore to accept this position and he has agreed – PTL! I cannot express to you how positive this development is for our district and for the Kingdom. Peter and I worked closely together here on the district in times past and for 5 years he served with great skill as Director of Operations at Global Partners during my tenure as General Director.
This development gives a new thrust and powerful dynamic to our moving onward and upward! Like a teenager waiting for months to pass so they will be able to get a drivers license, I can hardly wait for summer to arrive and the ministry future that will follow. And now a word from Peter..
Ellen joins me in expressing how honoured we feel regarding our potential return to the Atlantic District pending action by the District Conference this July. My subsequent acceptance of Dr. HC’s offer to serve as your Assistant District Superintendent will open the door for us to return home with our three girls (Mallory – 16, Julia – 13, & Shorey – 7) after serving the International Wesleyan Church through Global Partners for the past seven years. After watching our family grow in faith and friendship in the heartland of this great country, we find ourselves on the verge of coming back home with a deep sense of peace in God’s timing and direction. Home, as they say, is where the heart is – and while our daughters identify deeply with the Hoosier midwest, our hearts as parents have never strayed far from our Canadian roots and family. Serving once again alongside Dr. HC & Gloria provides an unexpected blessing for our family and we look forward to sharing in the very best days of God’s plan for the Atlantic District with each of you in the years ahead.
With His hope,
Last Saturday, Dr David Smith from KU taught at a men’s breakfast at the university attended by more than 50 men. These men represented several denominations and a number of our area churches. Extremely positive response and more similar events to follow.
Great week last week as I met with local leaders in a number of churches where the pastoral arrangement is up for review or where there is a pastoral transition. Lots of kilometres but what excellent people to work with for the sake of the Kingdom.
Along the way, I also broke bread (or drank coffee) with John Symonds, Charles and Ruby Bain, Ben Medal, Mel Norton, Steve Sinclair, Andrew Maves and David and Laura Zigler and their charming daughters.
Sussex – unanimous vote to interview a potential candidate this week.
Digby – unanimous renewal of Andrew Maves extended call.
Crosspoint – unanimous recommendation that Mark Brewer be given an extended call.
Coastal – unanimous recommendation that David Zigler be given an extended call.
Deep Water – unanimous vote to interview a potential candidate this week.
Yesterday I was privileged to install Jamin Melanson as the new pastor in Fort Fairfield. It has taken him some time to obtain US Immigration clearance, hence the out-of-pattern timing of his installation. We also shared communion together and had a meeting of the Advisory Committee. There is a sense of new life at the Fort – PTL.
Moncton held an Alpha Weekend over the last few days. A solid program that builds both disciples and faith communities. Have you had Alpha in your church yet?
IMA hit another new record for number of opens the week of Feb 10th. Since New Years, 47 new readers have subscribed.
DBMD (District Board of Ministerial Development) will be interviewing ministerial students and ordination candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at KU. Prayer requested for this vital task.
THOT: What we don’t need in this world is more politics, spirituality, morality, or religion. We don’t need more sinners trying to act like a saviour. We need a Saviour. – Mark Driscoll
ON SECOND THOT: Everyone who follows Jesus biblically will fish for men globally. – David Platt