Vital Church Planting Conference 2016

Vital Church Planting Conference 2016

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016

Learn from church planters and pioneering ministers and make connections across the country at VCP 2016. David Fitch, academic, church planter and prolific writer, will be our plenary speaker. Speakers will tell the stories of their successes and challenges in TED style talks and workshops, and Team Day returns on Saturday with an all-day workshop […]

march 2014 update

march 2014 update

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014

Boy, it’s been a long winter! March brings with it the promise of spring, but usually not the reality. But it definitely does bring us St. Patrick’s Day. Along with all the usual shenanigans, the day offers us the reminder that the person who provides the excuse for all that, is best known as the […]

january 2014 update

january 2014 update

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014

Hello! I do hope you had a wonderful celebration of Jesus’ birth, and that you welcomed in the New Year in appropriate fashion. It seems that more and more people are interested in their churches becoming more and more shaped by and for God’s mission. Conferences in Toronto, Halifax and Kingston in the upcoming weeks […]

november 2013 update

november 2013 update

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013

Hello, it’s been a while! Yes, that’s right, there was no update in October, sorry about that. There wasn’t any lack of fresh-expressions related activity going on, it’s just that I didn’t find time to write about it. My short trip to British Columbia went well, and I enjoyed meetings with friends old and new, […]

june 2013 update

june 2013 update

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013

        Welcome to our June update! We’ve got lots we want to tell you about. Announcing the winners of our Video Competition; telling you about exciting learning opportunities for those of you wanting to get active in developing fresh expressions of church; and giving you a glimpse of the first major review […]

may 2013 update

may 2013 update

Posted by on May 16, 2013

Hello!   Welcome to the mid-May edition of the Fresh Expressions Canada update. Ascension Day is behind us and we find ourselves edging rapidly towards Pentecost. Many of us find it to be a time when we need to have our engagement with God’s mission reignited and reinvigorated by recalling the impact of the outpouring […]

april 2013 update

april 2013 update

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013

Hi There! I hope you had a wonderful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Easter is indeed a wonderful time. In a very real way as followers of Jesus we lead our lives in the reality of the resurrection, whether or not we are actively aware of the fact. Jesus is risen and continues to be so! […]

february 2013 update

february 2013 update

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013

Green Shoots out of dry ground Growing a New Future for the Church in Canada is a new book of essays about the future of the church and its mission in Canada in the 21st century and John Bowen is the editor.Here are three things that John thinks make it distinctively Canadian: “First, I thought […]

january 2013 update

january 2013 update

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013

We’re back! I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. Winter is here with a vengence in Montreal, with all its excitements as well as its challenges. I am looking forward to an exciting year of engaging with becoming a church shaped by and for God’s mission in the world. Two great […]

december 2012 update

december 2012 update

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

news from the mission-shaping conversation, plus some exciting upcoming events. Two Vital conferences! Vital Church Planting, Toronto, Jan. 31- Feb. 2 Vital Church, Edmonton, Feb. 5-7 Keep Up With Us Facebook Twitter It’s not often that an institutional leader, more often than not regarded as a figurehead, takes a bold, visionary risk which appears to […]

fresh expressions canada november 2012 update

fresh expressions canada november 2012 update

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Hi there!The Fresh Expressions Canada team is very excited about the things that have happened this October. New website design, new update design, and best of all, our first all Canadian resource is launched (see below). It is certainly an exciting time as we seek to become a church both Jesus-centred and mission-shaped! We hope […]

Fresh Expressions Canada October 2012 update

Fresh Expressions Canada October 2012 update

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012

october 2012 Hello there!   It’s been far too long since I wrote one of these updates. My apologies! Summer is often a time for travelling and I’ve been doing a little myself recently. The recent Break Out Pioneer Gathering, in Swanwick, England, last month, drew pioneering people from a range of denominations, Anglican, Methodist, […]

FXCA update may 2012

Posted by on May 7, 2012

  Hello! In the past few weeks small Monarch butterflies have been visiting florets on the burgeoning Maple trees here in Montreal. They are not so large as they will hopefully become in the summer, but their arrival is more than welcome, full as it is of the promise of warmer days ahead. Signs of […]

FXCA update april 2012

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        april 2012 update   Hello!   Before April slides all too quickly into May, let me wish you a joyful Easter season. The reality of the risen Jesus with us always, is not easy to keep in the forefront of our minds. If you are like me, you will need frequent reminders of […]

FXCA update march 2012

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012

Hello! I hope you are well and continuing to enjoy this winter. Hello especially if you are receiving this update for the first time after asking to be subscribed to it either at the recent Regina Vision Day! It’s good to have you with us. Seems like changes in the weather patterns are threatening some […]

FXCA update february 2012

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012

FXCA update february 2012 Hello! I hope you are well and enjoying winter. Hello especially if you are receiving this update for the first time after asking to be subscribed to it either at the recent Vital Church Planting Conference or a recent Messy Fiesta! It’s good to have you with us. The first two […]

FXCA update january 2012

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012

  FXCA update january 2012 Happy New Year everyone! The Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) Team, is a team of committed volunteers, who in addition to each following their chosen careers, also lend their significant gifts to our shared goal, “to encourage the development of fresh expressions of church alongside more traditional expressions, with the aim […]

FXCA december 2011 update

Posted by on Dec 9, 2011

  december 2012  update Hello there! December already. I am sitting down to write the last Fresh Expressions Canada update for 2011. There is a very light dusting of snow outside. Amazing! Where did those eleven months go? Some of you  will be reading this update for the first time especially those who were at […]

FXCA november update

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011

  fxca november 2011 update Hello there! Becoming a more Jesus-centred and mission-shaped church (or person) is not something which typically happens particularly quickly or easily. It is going to take time, and therefore we need to be in this for the long haul. Of course this goes against the grain of our instant, just […]

FXCA october update

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011

                                                                   fxca october 2011 update Hello there! September, with its warm daytime temperatures, (especially if you were in Saskatchewan,) shorter days and cooler nights, has come and gone. The 2011 msm course got off to a good start in Toronto and eight distance sites in four provinces. A new season of ministry is off […]

FXCA september update

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011

                                                                   fxca september 2011 update Late last month the Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) team had a conference call to update each other about fresh expressions related things we are aware of going on in our respective necks of the woods. This is my first opportunity to share some of that with you. Edmonton, AB, […]

FXCA June update

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011

fxca june update In the time between Ascension and Pentecost the church waits and prays. A time for making sense of what has happened, of anticipating what is still to come. A time for remembering that it is God who sets the time frame not us. A time for giving thanks for all God has […]

FXCA may update

Posted by on May 5, 2011

    may2011 update Easter greetings! Jesus’ words to the disciples on the evening of the first Easter day, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you,” ring down the ages and provide a template for our lives as his followers today. We are sent people. People sent by the risen Jesus. Sent […]

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 11, 2011

january 2011 update Happy New Year! Just last Friday, members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team and some friends, met via an internet enabled audio conference call on Skype. We were in Edmonton, AB; Ancaster, Hamilton, Toronto, & Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; and New Wes Valley, NL! We spent two hours talking and planning for […]

FXCA december update

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010

december 2010 update hi there! I am awestruck by the natural beauty of the aurora captured by photographer Stan Richards over some fields in Iowa some Decembers ago. I have never seen these “northern lights” in such startling colours, and can only imagine the feelings of those who observed it themselves. God has privileged us […]

FXCA november update

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010

november 2010 update hi there! Well, October proved to be just as busy as I thought it was going to be! Trips to Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, saw me racking up the Aeroplan miles, and, more importantly, having the opportunity to meet many wonderful people actively  involved in God’s mission where they live. As […]

FXCA october update

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010

october 2010 update hi there! Wow! The events seem to be coming thicker and faster than leaves off the trees at this time of year. It’s a wonderful time but often an exhausting time. Time to remember that is those who wait upon the Lord who are the ones who find their strength renewed. (Isa. […]

FXCA september update

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010

september 2010 update Hi there! It seems a really long time since I last sat down to key in the last Fresh Expressions Canada  FXCA update back in  early June. Lots of interesting things have happened since then, and there are lots more coming up for the Fall. We are really excited about the launch […]

FXCA june update

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

June 2010 update Hi there! The past six weeks  have been pretty busy, with members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team touching down in Kemptville, ON, the Huron Diocesan Synod, the first Vital Church Planting West conference in Edmonton, the MSM National Teams consultation in Northampton, England, and General Synod in Halifax, NS! Thank you […]

FXCA may update

Posted by on May 5, 2010

may 2010 update Hi there! Back in December we told you about the church in Perth, ON, that had welcomed skateboarders into their hall, after initially chasing them away. Well, Andy & Sue Kalbfleisch took their video camera down to Perth recently and shot an excellent video called “Skater Church.” It’s a wonderful story about […]

FXCA april update

Posted by on Apr 8, 2010

april 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a good Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration. I had the privilege of being with all fourteen of our family in Cuba, the first time in 27 years I’d been away from home for Easter! It was a very different experience, celebrating Jesus resurrection in Spanish, […]

FXCA march update

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010

Morraine Lake, AB march 2010 update Hi there! Hope you had a Happy St. David’s Day, or were you like me still recovering from Canada’s nerve-tingling oh-so-close -victory over our southern neighbours in the hockey? The Vital Church Planting East Conference and the  Fresh Expressions  Initiative, are mentioned in the excellent editorial “Don’t touch that […]

FXCA february update

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010

fresh expressions canada update february 15 2010 This is a little late this month partly because I wanted to include reports of the fourth annual Vital Church Planting  East Conference in Toronto, and partly because it’s a little late! Thank you to those who signed up to receive this update at the conference, we hope […]

FXCA january update

Posted by on Jan 14, 2010

fresh expressions canada update january 12 2010 A very Happy New Year to all of you, and especially to those in the Diocese of Ottawa who have recently joined this list following various Fresh Expressions-related events in your diocese. It is already shaping up to be a busy year for Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA), what […]

FXCA december update

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada december update december 2 2009 After being blessed with some beautiful weather throughout November, (did you realise not a single flake of snow fell in Toronto for the first time in 160 years?) the arrival of December has been accompanied by more seasonable weather at least here in Montreal. My major travels […]

November FXCA update

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009

fresh expressions canada november update November 2 2009 The leaves are coming off the trees pretty quickly where I live, and soon we will be into the long, leafless season that persists in many parts of Canada far into May! We trust in the eventual appearance of another spring, but for now we must go […]

October FXCA update

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009

fresh expressions canada october update October 5 2009 Hello there! In the time of shortening days, of lengthening darkness, we are called to live as children of light. Jesus doesn’t force us to walk in his light. He invites us. How do I respond to him when he claims, “I am the world’s Light. No […]

FXCA september 2009 update

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

fresh expressions canada september update September 8 2009 Hello there! Hope you had something of a good summer, despite the work of Mother Nature with forest fires out west, greater-than-average rainfall in the east, and a mixture of weather in the north! Put it all down to climate change! We are also experiencing culture change […]

July-August 2009 FXCA Update

Posted by on Jul 15, 2009

fresh expressions canada update July 14 2009 Hello there! Hope you are enjoying what is passing for a summer in many parts of Canada! We are halfway through  July but it feels more like September, at least here in Montreal! As you might expect things are pretty quiet on the Fresh Expressions Canada front this […]

June 2009 FXca Update

Posted by on Jun 12, 2009

fresh expressions canada update June 2nd 2009 At Pentecost we celebrate the occasion on which the Holy Spirit empowered the church for, and propelled the church into, its part in God’s mission in the world. The theologian Emil Brunner once said: ‘As a fire exists by burning so the Church exists by mission; if there […]