We are the People of God committed to the Purpose of God believing in the Providence of God and relying on the Power of God.
The Festival on Preaching was held at Kingswood last week. It was a time of instruction and inspiration; of listening and learning; of message and methods. Steve DeNeff and Lenny Luchetti were our keynote speakers and presented powerfully. In addition to our tribe pictured above, the Atlantic Baptists were well represented and their Executive Minister Peter Reid was one of the presenters. Other groups were also represented at this exceptional event. Thanks to Kingswood for hosting the Festival. Visit the Kingswood website to find the notes and presentations from the Festival.
A few choice quotes from the Festival:
- Authority in preaching is not a home run. It is a batting average.
- Nothing succeeds like content in a sermon. There is no good way to say nothing.
- Novelty is not what is needed. Depth is what is needed.
- If ego is not crucified, your ministry will be.
- How do we reach out to this present age without selling out to this present age?
- Sermons are not microwaveable – they are crockpots.
- Pity the one who speaks magnificently about the meaningless.
Met last week with Rob Trafton to discuss various matters relative to Beulah and Caton’s for this summer. There will be a follow up meeting this week also involving Scott Rhyno. Watch IMA for more detail coming soon.
2014 Beulah Overview – PDF
Don Ingersoll will be candidating for the Lead Pastor position in Sussex next Sunday, the 13th. Watch for a report soon.
I was on an assignment for two days last week in the US with former General Superintendent Dr. Harry Wood. He and I were first involved in ministry together in Wesleyan Youth leadership in the 70’s. What tremendous value there is in long- term shared ministry with a trusted colleague.
Yesterday there was a guest from Swaziland at Saint John First for a World Hope presentation; a baptism at Moncton; a new attenders luncheon at Crosspoint; new sermon series at Sussex; a sermon on submission at Deep Water; positive reinforcement of volunteers at KVEast. How do I know these things? Twitter. Pastors, if you are not tweeting, sign up and share praise notes that I can then share in IMA. Inspiring all round. Onward and upward!
THOT: Three things the leader must not delegate from Eric Geiger:
- Clarity of Identity – are our beliefs and values explicitly clear and understood by the people?
- Clarity of Direction – without a defining direction, many directions are invented and directionless chaos can ensue.
- Building the Team – the health and culture of the ministry is connected to the health and culture of the leaders.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s that time of year! Rally in the Valley 2014 is coming up May 2-3, and we want you to be a part of it! Featuring Pastor Kelly Jay and KV Worship with Kingswood student and KVEast Worship Leader Josiah Swim. Guest artist and up-and-coming rapper NF, recently signed to Capitol Records, will be tearing it up on Friday night. Our speaker is Chris Durso, pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York, and leader of Misfits NYC. More info is available at rallyinthevally.ca. We also have a ton of activities and missions initiatives lined up for you and your group. Hotels will book fast as there are some big concerts in town that weekend, so make sure to get your reservations today!