Great meeting of the KU board last week. We received the incredible news that the debt on the Irving Saunders Chapel has been paid in full! While many contributed to the project across the years, the amazing generosity of JK and Jean Irving was such a blessing that made retirement of the debt possible. As well, President Gorveatte, who is completing his initial four-year term, was unanimously reelected to a new four-year term. It was a meeting of high praise and celebration… and we were given new KU scarves as you can see above.
- Sussex held an interview with a potential candidate last week – more news soon.
- Halifax Deep Water had Jon and Erin Stephens as special guests over this past weekend.
- Ben Medel has accepted a full time position as Student Ministries Pastor at Hammonds Plains Cornerstone.
- David Zigler received a unanimous extended call last Sunday at Scarborough Coastal.
- Dartmouth Hillside has a mission team in Haiti and Fredericton Crosspoint has a mission team in Bolivia.
- Yarmouth extended a near-unanimous call to John Symonds for a two-year term as Lead Pastor which he has accepted.
- Liz Hoyt has accepted a full time position as Childrens Pastor at Moncton.
- I met with the LBA at Grand Bay River Valley last week to review Pastor Dave McElhinney’s extended call. The board voted unanimously to renew the call.
- Office renos are nearly complete. Waiting on some furniture items. Should be back to “normal” by week’s end.
The Buckingham Leadership Institute is off to an amazing start and promises to fill a very significant role in leadership development and local church health. The advisory board on which I am honoured to serve met last Friday evening. The members present included leaders who are Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal Assemblies and Wesleyan. Great synergy and network building. Onward and upward.
I was privileged last week to spend a day of consultation chaired by our General Superintendent and involving two other DS’s – Paul James from Eastern New York/New England and Wayne Wager from Central New York.
Our District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) spent last Monday interviewing candidates from NS as we met at Cornerstone. These are always highlight days for me as we interface with the rising leaders of our tribe. The DBMD meets again today in Woodstock to spend time with candidates from the “north.”
I mentioned a few weeks ago that Dartmouth Hillside is considering the acquisition of a second facility. Last week I had opportunity with Pastor Jay and Joe Sollows, a layman at Hillside and an old friend since childhood, to view the facility. Many hurdles still ahead, but great Kingdom possibility.
Great idea for fiscal reporting and openness from KV. Check out the KV Financial – Spring 2014. Thanks to Greg Hanson for his good work on this item.
David LeRoy has received confirmation from the VGH that he has been approved for a stem cell transplant and the procedure is scheduled for mid-April. This is great news and we rejoice with the LeRoys. Thanks for keeping Dave and Joanne in your focused prayers.
THOT: “My life and my whole eternity belongs to God. All this stuff is temporary. Money, fame, success…temporary. Even life is temporary. Jesus…that’s eternal.” God is not Dead – the movie.
Save the Date – April 1 and 2 at Kingswood. Rev. Steve DeNeff and Dr. Lenny Lucetti will be leading a “Festival on Preaching.” This two-day event will feature seminars from them and several other preaching experts. Additionally, several Emerging Young Preachers will receive personal coaching to help develop their homiletical skills. For more information and to register see the Kingswood website.
Moncton will be hosting an Alpha Jump Start for the pastors and key leaders from churches considering launching Alpha or who have already had Alpha in their fellowship. Great info in a condensed time frame with affordable cost. Check it out on the alpa Canada website.
Pack the vans and send your Children Ministry team to The Huddle, a Wesleyan children ministry worker training event. One-day, affordable event for your entire children’s worker team. Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children church leaders and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas they can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers. Get ready for a time of growth, renewal, and fun! Join us at a location near you.
NB Children’s Ministry Huddle – April 12- Journey Wesleyan Church, Fredericton NB
9am – 3pm ($25/person-4 or more $100)
NS Children’s Ministry Huddle – May 24 New Hope Wesleyan Church, Kentville NS
9am –12:30 pm ($20/person-5 or more $100)
Register your team for either Huddle at email@example.com
An open invitation to an evening of delicious food and celebration as we hear how God is working and blessing World Hope Canada’s work in Swaziland.
Special guest speaker: Mrs. Thabsile Thwala, Director of The Fortress Ministry and Children’s Home, in Manzini, Swaziland.
Friday April 4th, 6:00pm, (dinner served at 6:30pm), Wesley Hall, Kingswood University.
An offering will be gratefully received to support the ministries of World Hope Canada.
Seating is limited. Call 1-877-482-1499 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat.