FXCA october update



fxca october 2011 update

Hello there!

September, with its warm daytime temperatures, (especially if you were in Saskatchewan,) shorter days and cooler nights, has come and gone. The 2011 msm course got off to a good start in Toronto and eight distance sites in four provinces. A new season of ministry is off and running. Question is, where is the energy for all this activity going to come from? Isaiah has an answer for us.

God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind. ” (Isa. 40. 28b-31; The Message)

Trouble is, I’ve never been very good at waiting, at least not the kind of waiting you do in “waiting rooms”. Still I’m not sure that that is the only kind of waiting Isaiah is talking about. There is the “waiting on tables” kind. That kind of waiting requires an active attentiveness, and willing responsiveness; it is more about service than passivity. I think I need to work on getting better at both kinds!
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! See the latest one here. 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 are the podcasts featuring plenary speaker Steven Croft.


My recent travels

I had a great time visiting Saskatchewan for the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in late September. The visit included giving two presentations to their Clergy Conference in Lumsden (popn. 1500+) on the 28th & 29th. The weather was beautiful, and they have very generously invited me back for a Vision Day at the end of next February!

In November I will be participating in 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. Later that month I will visit the Diocese of Fredericton for a day with clergy on Friday Nov. 25th and a Vision Day on the Saturday. I am already beginning to get excited about next year’s Vital Church Planting East conference in Toronto February 2-4 2012, with it’s focus on training teams.


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 started September 17th in Toronto.  Once again we invited clusters of three or more people to form “distance learning sites” to follow this course “where you live.” People in the distance sites of Moncton, NB; St. Albert, AB; Gatineau & Montreal, QC; Burlington, Constance Lake, New Hamburg, & Tyendinaga, ON;   watch the recordings of the session during the week following the Toronto sessions, and then have a conference phone call with a teacher  during which they are able to discuss and ask their questions. We went through the first round of this in the last ten days, and things seem to have gone pretty well. We still have a few minor glitches to iron out, but we are several light years ahead of where we were this time last year, thanks be to God!

To find out what last year’s participants thought of the course click here. Watch a video of one of those particpants here.

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


A number of Messy Fiestas (Messy Church workshops) are being planned for the fall

Kanata (Ottawa) Ontario, on Saturday, October 29th from 10-2:45 with two tracks: one for inquirers and one for practitioners. Click here for information and to register.

New Hamburg Ontario on Saturday, November 12th from 10-3.  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 November, until then to keep up to date with FXCA follow us on the website or our FXCA Facebook page.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Nick Brotherwood

team Leader-Fresh expressions Canada



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