march 2013 update




march 2013 update

“Green Shoots out of Dry Ground: Growing a New Future for the Church in Canada”

this exciting new all-Canadian book is beginning to make an impact. Find out what prompted editor John Bowen to to begin work on this project here.


msmcake-300online will go live on Thursday April 4th!

mission shaped ministry is a gem of a resource for anyone involved in reaching beyond the church walls with the good news. With great content, creatively presented, it is an almost-essential tool for anyone engaged in pioneering ministry or thinking about fresh ways of being church. I’ve done the course myself and regularly recommend it to others.” Ian Bell, coordinator, VentureFX

For the first time anywhere MSM is being offered in Canada as an entirely online course. Groups of two or more people meeting together in real time with other groups and experienced practioners around the country, forming an online learning community, to explore and prepare for planting new contextual churches.

For more details and to register for MSM Online click here



Messy Church Newsmc_logo_s
Two Messy Church events are coming up in April as follows:
  • April 20 in Kettleby ON (near Aurora just north of Toronto) from 10am-3pm – a Messy Fiesta for newcomers to the Messy Church concept – click here for registration and information.
  • April 27 in Innerkip ON (near Woodstock) from 10am-3pm – our first Messy Meet Up for Messy Church practitioners.  This is a new kind of event designed for folks to network, share ideas and particularly to discuss disciple making in Messy Church – click here for registration and information.
The cover article of the Canada Lutheran magazine (January/February 2013 edition) focused specifically on Messy Church and highlighted three Lutheran churches engaged in running their Messy Church.  The full article is “repoduced with permission from Canada Lutheran. Jan/Feb 2013 issue ” here.

Messy  Videos

At St. John the Evangelist, Locke St. in Hamilton, we started our Messy Church in September 2012. By December we were ready to introduce a Messy Baptism into our Sunday contemporary service so the Sunday congregation could get a sense of how “hands on” Messy Church really is!

Sue and Andy Kalbfleisch talk about “Messy Church” at this workshop given at the 2012 Conference given by The Centre for Excellence in Christian Education in Toronto

Video ContestCamera

A reminder, the Fresh Expressions Canada Video Contest closes on May 31, 2013… Have you considered submitting a video of a fresh expression of church, a church plant, or innovative ministry initiative? Click here for more information.




WC_INSTITUTE_LOGO_RGBThe 10th Annual Institute of Evangelism Dinner

john with Dr. John Bowen

March 21, 2013
Reception 6:30pm Dinner 7:00pm

 “A healthy future for the church lies not in five-year plans, cost-cutting measures, or expensive programs, but in the recovery of our conviction that the Gospel really is amazingly Good News.” This year, John Bowen will talk about the roots which have nourished the work of the Institute, and what the future holds for the church and its mission: “Roots and Wings: How the Past is Shaping the Future” More information here.

Leave a Reply