january 2014 update
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 (details below), would seem to indicate the presence of a more urgent concern about connecting effectively with an increasingly post-Christendom society. All these conferences will offer great resources that will help us make sense of our situations. The excellent “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a new future for the church in Canada” (edited by John P. Bowen) and the five session, freely downloadable, course “Reimagining Church: shaped for mission” are just two Canadian produced resources that are also available to help individuals and congregations explore the challenges that God is putting before us in these days.
I hope that in 2014 you will look for ways in which to become more engaged in God’s mission, and please, let us know how Fresh Expressions Canada might help you in that pursuit!
Have a great year.
This first online-in-realtime presentation of the classic Mission Shaped Ministry course has been meeting for two hours every two weeks since mid-September. The five participants are experiencing what it means to be part of an online learning community, as we explore together the many facets of helping traditional churches become more mission-shaped as well as starting fresh expressions of church. Spread out over three time zones, the differing contexts of each of us (urban, suburban, rural, northern, southern etc.) have enriched our sharing and deepened our understanding of one another’s lives. We are able to see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices, and this has enabled a real sense of community to develop among us. The content is excellent, whether the powerpoint presentations we go through together, or the downloadable handouts and additional materials which enable further study and reflection.
If you are thinkng about equipping yourself for what God may be calling you to, consider MSM online.
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Our two keynote speakers at the Vital Church Planting Conference this year are Michael Moynagh and Joe Manafo. In our busy and diverse world, one size does not fit all. The church’s mission is to listen, go and proclaim afresh the gospel for every place and people group. This year we’ll be called to consider why and how to become a church for every context.
Join us at St. Paul’s Bloor Street in Toronto for our eighth annual conference.
For more details and to register click here.
The Diocese of Ontario is presenting these events in Kingston. Phil Potter is presently canon missioner in the Diocese of Liverpool and is also familiar with the Canadian context. An experienced minister in growing and fresh expressions of church, and recently appointed archbishops’ missioner, Phil is always well worth hearing!
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I hope to see many of you in Toronto!
Nick Brotherwood on behalf of the Fresh Expressions Canada team.