FXCA november update


"Photograph courtesy Nigel D Purchon; Mitchell's Elm House, Somerset, UK."

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 in time, society, which finds me moaning  about slow download times and seething with impatience. Too often I forget that God works mainly “behind the scenes” and that fact frustrates me. I want to see what is going on and I get antsy when I cannot.

As we enter the winter season of dormancy, it is easy to be fooled into thinking “nothing is happening”, and to forget that God never stops working. So we do our best to continue what we believe God has called us to do, trusting that, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  Ecclesiastes 3:11  (TNIV)


New video of Bishop Steven Croft

Bishop Steve Croft sat in front of our camera for half an hour last June, and answered twelve of our skill-testing questions! Watch the latest oneIf I am the Rector of a parish, do I have to do all this myself?”. Thanks to Andy & Sue Kalbfleisch for doing such a superb job with the videoing and editing. Thanks to Bishop Steve too for his patience with our incessant questioning.

We will be releasing a new video each week on the FXCA website. So please keep your eyes open for them!

The next two in a series of podcasts featuring all of the  plenary sessions and some of the workshops from this year’s Vital Church Planting Conferences are ready. Each month another set will be posted on this site.

Here is the podcast featuring Duke Vipperman on “Missional Coaching. ”

Jenny Andison

John Bowen

“Teaching the Faith to Beginners,” featuring Jenny Andison and John Bowen can be heard here.






My  travels

Recently I had the privilege of being asked to speak at my own diocese’s annual synod here in Montreal, on the subject of “Mission Shaped Church” (Montreal mission shaped church October 29 2011)

I will be presenting at “BREAKING OUT!/SORTIR DES SENTIERS BATTUS!” A Bilingual Conference on Mission: Nov. 7-9, Montreal. Later in the month I will be at Re:CALL the National Church Planting Congress in Winnipeg, MB. I’ll be co-presenting a workshop and enjoying the stimulating people I always meet up with at these bienniel events. Even later I will visit the Diocese of Fredericton for a day with clergy on Friday Nov. 25th and a Vision Day on the Saturday (see Vision Day section below for more information).

I am already beginning to get excited about next year’s Vital Church Planting East conference

The Missional Roadmap
Where do we go now?                             
February 2-4, 2012

St. Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto, Ontario

Plenary Speaker: Dave Male

Dave is Tutor in Pioneer Mission Training at Ridley Hall and Associate Tutor at Westcott House, both in Cambridge, UK. He is also Fresh Expressions Adviser for the Diocese of Ely. He was for seven years Vicar of the Net Church, Huddersfield, a ‘network type’ church which was one of the pioneers of fresh expressions. He is the author of Church Unplugged: Remodelling Church without losing your soul (2008) and editor of Pioneers 4 Life (2011).



Fredericton, NB are holding their first Vision Day on Saturday, November 26th. the St. John the Evangelist Parish Centre, 75 Main St., Fredericton, NB on Saturday November 26, 2011 from 9:15am to 3:00pm. Cost: $10.00 each (includes lunch). Click here for registration form.

Planning has begun for  a Regina, SK, Vision Day on Saturday 25th February, 2012 at  All Saints Church, Regina. More details soon. Please let your friends in the  area know about this event.

Mission Shaped Intro. This excellent six-session, free to download, course, has been adapted for our Canadian context.

A new four-five session course with the working title “Reimagining Church”, developed in Canada, for Canada, and by Canadians, is undergoing testing in a variety of locations. We will report the results in future updates. For enquiries about Mission Shaped Intro email msi@freshexpressions.ca


Mission Shaped Ministry-2011

In as far as there is such a thing as a “fresh expressions strategy,” it moves from (a) missional discernment: listening to God and to the culture (b) serving whatever needs God draws to our attention (c) forming relationships in community, where a natural kind of evangelism happens (d) forming disciples and (e) shaping a worshipping community (aka a church!). This month  the focus is on (d) Discipleship. MSM coordinator John Bowen asks us to “pray that we will not only learn about discipleship, but be further formed in our own discipleship . . . and in our ability to help others grow in their discipleship. The distance sites, (Moncton, NB; St. Albert, AB; Gatineau & Montreal, QC; Burlington, Constance Lake, New Hamburg, & Tyendinaga, ON;)   as you will remember, will be meeting to watch the recording of the class at some point during the coming week. They need our prayers too!”

Contact John  at msm@freshexpressions.ca for details, or here for more details of this year’s course.


A great Messy Fiesta was held in Kanata, Ontario
(on October 29th) hosted by St. John’s, South March Parish.  Many thanks to the hosts at St. John’s and to Lisa Chisholme-Smith (Anglican Diocese of Ottawa) who co-ordinated the event.  It was great to work with folks new to Messy Church as well as with those who already are running a Messy Church!
The next Messy Fiesta will be held in New Hamburg, Ontario, on Saturday, November 12th from 10-3, at Trinity Lutheran Church .  Click here for information and to register.

If you are interested in holding a Messy Church workshop or wish to receive the monthly MCeNewsletter, please contact Sue Kalbfleisch at Sue.Kalbfleisch@freshexpressions.ca

I trust that you find these FXCA updates helpful. Please let me know if there is any way in which we can help you. Please pray for the team as we continue to work together to a see a more Jesus-centred and mission-shaped emerge from coast to coast to coast.

The next time you should receive one of these updates is in early December, until then to keep up to date with FXCA follow us on the website or our FXCA Facebook page.


As the days shorten, made God’s light continue to shine brightly on your path!

God bless,


Nick Brotherwood

team Leader-Fresh expressions Canada


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