Fresh Expressions Canada October 2012 update

Chill October, John Millais

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, Salvation Army, United Reform Church, Baptist, as well as a from range of countries, England mainly, but also Scotland, Wales, Australia and Canada. All of us were actively involved in pioneering ministries, either in frontline work, or in support, training, and resourcing roles.

The thing that brought us together was a passion for seeing Christians connecting with those with no existing church connection. The unifying factor was a shared commitment to engaging with God’s mission in a variety of very different contexts. The event gave me a window on what seems to be happening not just in Britain but in Canada and throughout the world too. Our shared commitment to God’s mission, seems to be more important than which denomination we are a member of.

I had already experienced something of this when we planted the emerge community in Montreal in the first decade of this century. Collegial support and fellowship came principally from a disparate group of fellow church planters from an assortment of denominations. In this increasingly post- Christendom environment it seems that denominational difference is becoming less of a barrier to cooperation in God’s mission. As some of God’s people we have a mixture of experience, resources, insights that can help in the work we have been called to do. We have much to learn from other members of the body of Christ, but also something to share. As we enter further into to this challenging era, we will need to find ways to support and encourage one another locally, regionally and nationally, irrespective of our differing denominational affiliations. Doing this I believe will lead us to become a more Jesus-centred and mission-shaped church from coast, to coast, to coast.

 A new resource from Fresh Expressions Canada

Re-imagining Church: shaped for mission is a freely downloadably, five session course for those who know something is wrong and want to understand what can be done about it. Sessions look at changes in our culture, the spiritual resources the church has to respond to the challenges, and what it means these days to be a “Christian.” Then participants explore some of the ways churches are already changing and adapting in order to be more effective. Finally, we consider what this might mean in our own situations.

The course has been rigorously road-tested, in a variety of locations across the country, by a variety of people, including three bishops! The course will be available for free download soon. For more information please email

Reimagining Church: shaped for mission is a Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism Resource ©2012


Happy October from Messy Church Canada! Lots of things happening this month – check out the following links to conferences and workshops etc:
Messy Fiesta on October 20 in West Toronto
Rural Symposium in Jackson Point ON October 22-24th (Messy Church Workshop)
and Nov 3rd Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference coming up.
More new Messy Churches:
  • Trinity Anglican Church, Simcoe ON – meet third Thursday each month
  • St Paul’s Anglican Church, South Porcupine ON
  • Brigden United Church in Brigden ON – first MC Sept 25th
  • The Anglican Church of St. Timothy, North Toronto – first Messy Church on October 19th

For those in the Norwich ON area, please note that Norwich United Church Messy Church is inviting you October 2 starting @ 4:30 pm.
For more Messy information checkout their Facebook page.









We had hoped to be able to offer the mission shaped ministry course in two distinct modes this fall. Unfortunately due to low registration the classroom course to be held at Wycliffe College, TO, has had to be cancelled. We hope to be able to offer an entirely online course to be called, appropriately enough, MSM online! Running this course again depends on registrations. So if you are interested in participating in the online course please email

The mission shaped ministry course takes participants on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for ministry in fresh expressions of church.


Vital Church Planting Conferences 2013

Two cities: two conferences

A main speaker at both conferences will  be Bishop Graham Cray,  Team Leader for Fresh Expressions UK

Vital Church Planting Toronto: Thursday January 31 to Saturday February 2
Vital Church  Edmonton: Tuesday February 5 to Thursday February 7

The Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism and Fresh Expressions Canada are co-sponsors of both conferences.



That’s about it for now! Check  our website for the latest news.

Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless,


Nick Brotherwood

team leader on behalf of the Fresh Expressions Canada team

Ryan Sim-web manager
Connie denBok-msm course leader
John Bowen-msm coordinator
Sue Kalbfleisch- Messy Church regional oordinator
             Jenny Andison-Ontario contact
Karen Pitt-vision day coordinator
Andy Kalbfleisch
Andy Kalbfleisch-video producer

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