FXCA may update
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 in the same way as he was sent. People called to live Jesus-shaped lives. Quite a challenge isn’t it?
I guess that’s why Jesus immediately follows this startling news, by breathing on them and saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit…” There is no way we can be Jesus’ people without Jesus’ Spirit living in us. We need the Spirit to open our eyes, direct our attention, reveal to us what God is up to in the world and how we might join in.
May is going to be a busy month for those of us involved in the mission-shaped conversation here in Canada. Two Vital Church Planting conferences, in Edmonton and in Toronto, bringing together practioners as well as interested people to energise one another sharing stories of what God is doing where we live. All the members of the Fresh Expressions Canada team will be at one or other of these conferences, (some of us will be at both!) Please come up and say “Hello.” We would love to meet you and hear your story.
Canadian, Beth Fellinger, CRC Church Planter is one of our main speakers. Watch a video featuring Beth here.
Bishop Steven Croft, from Sheffield, England, is our other main speaker. Watch an interview with Steven here.
If you possibly can, register for one or other of these excellent conferences.
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Sandwiched between these two conferences there will be a Fresh Expressions Canada Consultation in Toronto, May 30-31. Please pray that God will lead and guide us as we meet, to see where we are, to find out where God may want to take us, and to discover how we might get there! Especially, that we would pay attention, and act obediently.
msm Canada 2010-11
The first mission shaped ministry course to run outside the UK finished at the end of March, with over forty students in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Niagara, Toronto, St. John, and Barbados taking part! The second msm Canada starts in Septemember, with planning already well under way. Find complete information including dates for 2011-’12 here. Contact msm coordinator John Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org
mission shaped intro courses continue to be offered in a variety of locations. Work is ongoing, both in the UK and here in Canada, on reviewing and revising the course. Field testing and refining of a Canadian prototype continues. We will keep you up to date with developments! Email email@example.com for more information or to give your feedback of your experience with the course.
Thanks for reading this far!
God bless, Nick Brotherwood, team leader Fresh Expressions Canada
Fresh Expressions Canada (FXCA) is an initiative of the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism with the Anglican Bishop of Montreal.