january 2013 update
I hope you all had a good Christmas and New Year. Winter is here with a vengence in Montreal, with all its excitements as well as its challenges. I am looking forward to an exciting year of engaging with becoming a church shaped by and for God’s mission in the world.
Two great conferences
Fresh Expressions Canada along with the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism and the Dioceses of Toronto and Edmonton, are co-sponsing two conferences in the next month. Both conferences will have a focus on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus today. The Toronto conference is titled Making Disciples while the Edmonton conference is called Being Disciples.
Both conferences will feature Bishop Graham Cray, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York’s missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions in England. Fresh Expressions Canada team members John Bowen and Nick Brotherwood will be at both conferences, while Sue & Andy Kalbfleisch, Jenny Andison, Karen Pitt and Ryan Sim will be at the Toronto event. It would be great to see as many of you as possible at the events, take some time to talk and to find out what God is up to where you live. Find out more about the Toronto conference here, and the Edmonton event here.
A new book!
“Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a new future for the church in Canada” is the title and sub-title of a forthcoming book edited by John Bowen and to be published by Wipf and Stock. Seventeen authors with experience in such areas as church revitalisation, innovative ministry, evangelisation, and church planting, reflect on what they are seeing and how the lessons they have learned can guide us into ways of health and vitality. Scattered throughout the book are ten exciting stories of new ministries and new churches, from different traditions and different parts of the country, all seeking to engage their communities with the Gospel.
Looking for a way to kick-start the mission shaping conversation where you live?
Reimagining Church: shaped for mission – a free, downloadable, five session course is now available!
Reimagining Church: shaped for mission -What is the future of the church? How should the church respond to the changes in our culture? Many people are talking about the need to become more “missional”—but what does that mean, and how would we do it anyway?
Reimagining Church: shaped for mission is for those who realise that the church is facing serious challenges ans who want to play a part in its re-shaping. The first three 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.
To find out more and to download the course materials for free, click here.
Messy Church News
The Messy Church team is excited about a number of prospective events in the Spring of 2013 – an April ‘Messy Fiesta’ (to introduce Messy Church to newcomers) and something new – a ‘Messy Check-Up’ (for those folks running a Messy Church for a year or more looking to share stories and ideas).
Check out the Messy Church courses page in the next week or so for details!
Watch for the Messy Church article in the Canada Lutheran’s January/February issue!