By Shannon Youell and Cailey Morgan
We’re writing live from CBWC’s 2019 Assembly, The Gathering, hosted by High River Baptist Church in High River, Alberta. What a blessing to worship, laugh, learn, and engage in family business with friends from across Western Canada.
Keynote speaker Tim Schroeder has been sharing with us on resilience, and we had the privilege of facilitating a workshop on resilience in mission as local missionary disciples and what barriers to being resilient and faithfully present we encounter where we “live among.” Next week we’ll be sharing more thoughts that emerged from our discussion.
Thursday night, we celebrated welcoming 4 churches into full affiliation with the CBWC with a Showers of Blessing party.
As we gathered these faithful groups together in enthusiastic welcome, joy welled up within us on the shared work of enlarging the kingdom of God here all around us.
Each of these churches have embedded themselves in their communities and are growing already and new believers as missionary disciples who make disciples that make disciples.
It was a beautiful time of hearing from these new congregations and providing opportunities for the family of churches to come around our most recent new congregations and upcoming church plants.
As we celebrate these churches, we also celebrate the planters/churches that CBWC are in conversation with and in process with. Each of these new works needs all of us, all of you, to be their “helping” churches, so that we can continue to gather together just like this and celebrate them in the years to come.
It took a village to raise these 4 churches to flourishing expressions in their communities and it takes a village (aka All of You!) to sow into and support the plants that are in various stages of growth.
Showers of Blessings is our new Church Planting Trust to do just this very thing and without all our churches participating in support of taking the Good News of Jesus to those who have yet to encounter him, they will not flourish.
Contact Shannon, or Louanne Haugan, our Director of Development, on how you and your church join God at work in these places and spaces.