march 2014 update

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marchnews1Boy, 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 missionary and evangelist to the people of Ireland; someone who left the land of his birth, braved many setbacks and much opposition in living out the good news of Jesus. It reminds us that Jesus called his disciples not only, “that they might be with him” but also “that he might send them out.” (Mark 3.14) “Where is Jesus sending us and to whom?” is a question that comes to mind, and with the eventual onset of spring, together with the arrival of Lent with the opportunities for reflection it encourages, it seems particularly appropriate for this time of year.

 

The end of January and the beginning of February was a busy time for people interested in fresh expressions-related conferences. Both the Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference in Toronto, and the Vital Church Maritimes conference outside Halifax, were co-sponsored by the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism  and the respective local Anglican dioceses.

Michael Moynagh was a speaker at both conferences

Michael Moynagh was a speaker at both conferences

Writing for the Anglican Journal, Diana Swift wrote,

“With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.

After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.” – Read Diana’s complete report here. Notes, podcasts, and HD videos of the talks will be posted on the VCP website over the next few weeks.

With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpufWith its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf

With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf

With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf

With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf

With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf
With its theme of “Church for Every Context,” the annual Vital Church Planting (VCP) conference launched on January 30 at St. Paul’s, Bloor Street, in Toronto. Sponsored by the Anglican diocese of Toronto and Wycliffe College’s Institute of Evangelism, the conference brings inspirational speakers and how-to workshop leaders together each year to explore new directions for the missional church.After greetings from Archbishop Colin Johnson of Toronto, Wycliffe College’s Dr. John Bowen introduced the opening plenary speaker, the Rev. Dr. Mike Moynagh of Fresh Expressions U.K. The author of several books, one whose title provided the conference with its theme, Moynagh outlined the explosion of fresh expressions of church in Britain’s 42 Anglican dioceses.- See more at: http://www.anglicanjournal.com/articles/church-at-the-epicentre-of-life#sthash.suaEz3oc.dpuf

Carl Fraser, writing in the March edition of the Diocesan Times (Nova Scotia & P.E.I.), commented,

“I rejoice in the ministry and work of Rev. Lisa Vaughn and the team that brought the Vital Church Maritimes 2014 Conference to fruition in February. I rejoice in the affirmations and challenges received through the presentations and workshops. I rejoice in what was made clear to and through the almost 80 people who gathered – that the Holy Spirit is moving powerfully and wonderfully in our midst; that our leaders, clergy and lay, are listening to their communities and are experimenting with a variety of new initiatives to reach people with the gospel message; and, that our church has a future and we have much work to do. So again, I rejoice.”

 

“Carol’s Story,”

from VCP 2014 & VC Maritimes speaker Mike Moynagh

Mike was one of the speakers at two recent conferences the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism co-sponsored. In a recent post he talked about research showing that innovators often start with where they are and what they know.

 “I can see many examples of something similar among pioneers of fresh expressions of church in the UK. Take Carol, for example (not her real name). She works as a nurse in a medical practice. That is part of who she is.

 What does she know? She knows that an unusually high proportion of the new mothers seen by the doctors she works with have postpartum depression. She also knows that mothers suffering from postpartum depression are greatly helped if they meet with other new moms.

 Who does she know? A minister and his wife who live in the neighborhood where many of these mothers also reside. So she asked the minister if he and his wife would host a weekly support group for new mothers. He agreed, and the group began to meet.”

Read more of Carol’s story here.

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Messy Meet Up – Sat. March 8, 2014 Winnipeg MB

This is a day to network, learn, & share ideas as you meet up with other Messy Church Leaders

 

Messy Fiesta – Sat. March 29, 2014 – London ON from 10:30-3:30

At a Messy Fiesta you will have an opportunity to experience what Messy Church can offer your church.

 

Judy Paulsen

Judy Paulsen

“Messy Church Theology” contributor to speak at annual dinner

Judy Paulsen, who wrote the chapter “Does Messy Church make disciples?” in the book “Messy Church Theology“, will be the guest speaker at the 11th annual Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism Dinner, an Thursday March 27th, 6.30pm, to be held at the college at 5, Hoskin Ave. Toronto. Judy, Wycliffe’s new Professor of Evangelism, will speak to the title, “Conversion stories: inspiring lessons for local churches.” Don’t be surprised if Messy Church gets quite a few mentions! Click here for more information.

Fresh Expressions Canada resources

If you are wanting to find out about how churches might respond to the rapid changes in society that are going on around us, you might like to check out “Reimagining Church,” our free, downloadable, five session, resource for groups.

If you want to know how a group of people might investigate starting a fresh expressions of church, take a look at The Mission Shaped Ministry Online course.

If you are looking for inspiration for the church in Canada today you might enjoy reading “Green Shoots out of Dry Ground.”

Fresh Expressions Canada wants to continue to offer you useful resources and support you as you use them. Please let us know how we can help you, by emailing us at contact@freshexpressions.ca

The Fresh Expressions Canada team

 

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