FXCA september 2009 update

fresh expressions canada september update

September 8 2009

Hello there!

Hope you had something of a good summer, despite the work of Mother Nature with forest fires out west, greater-than-average rainfall in the east, and a mixture of weather in the north! Put it all down to climate change!

We are also experiencing culture change at an accelerating pace and in most cases, I speak personally here, struggling to keep up. God has called us to serve him in interesting times!

Someone said you know when a new phrase is entering into the mainstream when people start making humourous references to it. Well, Fr. Tay Moss has done it with the phrase “mission-shaped”, read his amusing article on page 5 of The Anglican here.

There are lots of interesting things happening in the next few months, so without further ado…

Six weeks to rediscover mission and re-imagine church.

New world, new church? Our world and our lives have changed radically in the last twenty years, but has the church adapted to this change? Do we need a changed church for a changing world? Are new forms of church really possible? If so, how can they be developed?

The aim of this course is to explore the ‘why’ of creating fresh expressions of church rather than the ‘how’. The six week course takes us on a journey looking at the ever-changing nature of our social communities and why the church needs to rethink its approach to those communities in meaningful and relevant ways.

The course is designed to present those changes in an informative and interactive way, and is suitable for both clergy and lay alike. The two hour sessions are delivered through verbal presentation, PowerPoint, movie clips, and stories with group participation.

MSI is designed to help groups to consider the ‘mixed economy’ approach to mission, and provides a link from vision days for those who wish to discover more.

Participants in recent MSI courses commented:

‘Worthwhile coming and a challenge – opened my eyes to many things that are possible.’

‘Thank you for being affirmative and challenging my thinking and at times being inspiring and prophetic.’

Mission Shaped Intro will be taught at Wycliffe College on six Wednesday evenings this fall—September 16, 23 and 30, and October 7, 14 and 21, from 7 pm till 9 pm.

The presenters will be Dr. John Bowen and the Rev. Jenny Andison.

The cost will be $60.  Students may take the course free of charge.

To register, please fill out the MSI registration form and email to Judith Purdell-Lewis at judithpl@sympatico.ca

Rev. Jenny Andison has been appointed Bishop’s Officer for Mission, she will continue the promotion of missional ministry and Fresh Expressions of ministry for the Diocese of Toronto. Congratulations Jenny!

Jenny Andison

Jenny Andison

Thomas Brauer

Thomas Brauer

We are delighted to welcome Thomas Brauer to the FXCA Team as our Western Contact. Thomas lives in Edmonton where he is responsible for Church Planting and Fresh Expressions within the Anglican diocese. Contact him at thomas.brauer@freshexpressions.ca

Our Vision Day Coordinator, Sue Kalbfleisch (currently on assignment in England visiting various fresh Expressions contacts) has been hard at work Canadianising the Vision Day Information Pack to make it more useful for those planning a Vision Day in their area. If you are interested in holding one in your area contact Sue at vision@freshexpressions.ca

Those in Eastern Ontario will want to know about the upcoming Vision Day to take place on Saturday November 21st, 9.00 am-3.00pm, at St. Thomas the Apostle, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. For more details and to download the registration form click here.

Just before the Labour Day Weekend, Fresh Expressions Canada sent copies of  on the edge: exploring ordained pioneer ministry in the church of england: (a DVD and booklet featuring 14 ordained pioneer ministers who tell their stories with passion and honesty) to nearly forty of the active Bishops in the Anglican Church of Canada. This was part of our contribution to the ongoing discussion around training for ordained ministry which is underway in Canada, in the hope that insights gained elsewhere can inform our responses to the rapidly changing situation in which we find ourselves.

I will be heading out (God willing) to Sault Ste. Marie, ON, in mid October for the Diocese of Algoma’s Synod to present Fresh Expressions Canada, so if you are going to be in the area please get in touch with me at nick.brotherwood@freshexpressions.ca!

Please pray for all of us involved in encouraging “the development of fresh expressions of church alongside more traditional expressions, with the aim of seeing a more mission-shaped church take shape throughout the country.” Yes, it’s a huge job, but with God nothing is impossible, even though it is seldom easy!

Thanks so much for your interest in Fresh Expressions Canada. If you would like to support the work financially you can do so by clicking here and filling out the form, selecting “Other,” from the “I would like to direct my gift to:” options, and writing Fresh Expressions in the “Please Specify” box.

Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus,


Nick Brotherwood

Team Leader-Fresh Expressions Canada


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