Multiplication Strategies: The Meeting House

by Cailey Morgan

Last October, I wrote an article posing the question, “what could multiplication look like?” I shared my personal understanding of church growth from my upbringing at Southside Community Church, a small multi-congregational church in Greater Vancouver.

4857950460_b8c1c03ea4_bThis time, I want to share another way to see through the multi-site lens, from the other side of the country at a large church called The Meeting House. I hope you are as inspired as I am by their story of multiplication:

Back in 1985, Craig and Laura Sider moved to Oakville, Ontario to start Upper Oaks Community Church with a dream to reach people who had given up on religion.  Strongly supported by the Brethren in Christ (BIC) denomination—an awesome 200-year-old movement rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan heritage with a passion for innovative church planting—they launched on Easter Sunday 1986 and began building a vibrant community radically committed to living and sharing the message of Jesus.

In 1996, after many years of service in Oakville, Craig and Laura decided to accept a leadership position with the BIC in Pennsylvania. That’s when Bruxy Cavey stepped in as Teaching Pastor and a few years later, Tim Day joined him as Senior Pastor… During those years, the church found new clarity of vision, expanded its Home Church network, re-engineered its Sunday morning programming, and changed its name to The Meeting House.

In 2002, The Meeting House launched its first regional site in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where they gathered weekly, initially in a school and later in a movie theatre, to watch The Meeting House teaching on DVD.  As we caught a vision for what God could do through a multi-site church, we set to work on some goals that helped us focus on what God was calling us to do…

We are what you call a multi-site church. That means that we have one main production site in a secret underground bunker in the desert…okay not really…it’s in Oakville, Ontario, and we have multiple regional sites in other locations. From this central site we roll out our teaching and other resources to multiple regional sites in other geographical locations all over the place. It’s kind of like our “head office” if you are into that kind of corporate lingo but really it’s a converted warehouse that we use for our offices, video production facilities, supply center and Sunday morning services for people in the local area.

Our regional sites mostly meet in movie theatres that we rent in various local communities. Each week, we transport our trailers full of sound equipment, program supplies and other stuff to various locations and set up our sites for a church service led by a Lead Pastor whose job is to connect with people. Here people gather weekly to watch the teaching that is delivered on the big screen by means of high-def video files and generally hang out as a larger community.  When we are done, we pack up and go home or to the local chicken hut just as people are coming in for the afternoon matinee.

But all this is just part of the picture. Our real focus (our hidden agenda) is on what we call Home Church. These are small groups that meet in individual homes each week to talk, become friends and to reach out to their local communities. This is the core of who we are because we feel that only when people connect relationally with people, discuss ideas, serve together, and learn to get along, that they truly function spiritually as God intended…

We believe that church is about more than just coming and hearing someone speak on a Sunday. Home Church is where we get to ask questions, figure out life together, care for one another and discover the unique ways God has created us to help out in our communities.

Sundays are a great time for all of us to get together and learn. But if we leave it at that, we’re missing out on a lot. In fact, we often say if you have to choose between Sunday morning and Home Church – choose Home Church!   (This information and more about The Meeting House can be found at themeetinghouse.com).

What do you find inspiring about The Meeting House’s culture and way of meeting? What do you find challenging or difficult? Why would this style of church planting and multiplication work in your context, or why not? Please share your comments on the blog!

Over the next months we hope to tell more stories of God working through all kinds of frameworks and models. Share your church planting story with us at cmorgan@cbwc.ca.

 

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Nine Bible Texts That Ought to Challenge Leaders

To be a Christian leader is no small calling. Whether you serve as a church pastor, a lay leader, or a Christian who leads in the secular world, you are under obligation to be a strong and faithful witness for Christ. Here are several texts that should challenge you—and provide you a grid through which to evaluate your life today.

1. 1 Timothy 3:2-7

While directed primarily at elders, this passage is not intended to be limited to those in that role. These texts describe a mature Christian whose lifestyle is clearly affected by his beliefs. I fear that we read these verses when first considering leadership, but fail to come back to them as regularly as we should.

An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy—one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s trap. (HCSB)

2. Joshua 1:8

We are to follow the Word of God. No exceptions.

This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it.

3. Mark 9:35

Contrary to the world’s idea of leadership, Christian leadership equals servanthood.

Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”

Photo Cred Bobby McKay

4. John 3:30

John the Baptist’s words about Jesus must ring true from our lips as well. The work of Christian leadership is always about Christ and never about us.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

5. Philippians 2:3

Christian leadership has no room for arrogance. Period.

Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.  

6. Matthew 12:36

As Christian leaders whose work is so connected to our words, we have a high level of accountability for our speech.

“I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak.”

7. 1 Corinthians 11:1

We must live like the Apostle Paul – in such a way that if others imitated our lives fully, they would thus be imitating Christ. That’s a lofty calling.

“Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.”

8. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Though these verses particularly address Paul’s life, the theme echoes throughout Scripture: we lead best not in our strength, but in our weakness.

Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

9. 2 Timothy 3:12

Following Jesus is costly. Christian leadership might, in fact, bring victory in a way most leaders seldom consider: through persecution and death.

 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Use these texts today to assess your walk with God. If you need to confess and repent, do so (and if you determine that you have no room for improvement, you might want to go back and review #5 above).

What other texts would you add to this list?

 

This article was originally published at ThomRainer.com on August, 2015. Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam,  Art, and Jess; and nine grandchildren. Dr. Rainer can be found on Twitter @ThomRainer and at facebook.com/Thom.S.Rainer.

Musqueam Church Plant Begins

This article is from CBWC’s monthly newsletter Making Connections. 

When Tad Inboden moved from Ohio to Vancouver so he and his wife Nicole could study at Regent College, he had no idea what God would have in store for him.

They’ve now both completed their Master’s Degrees, but Tad would tell you it’s not just what you study but who meet along the way that can direct your path for the future.

One person Tad met at school is Jonathan Lee, a driven businessman and marketplace pastor.

“I met Jonathan for the first time at Regent,” says Tad. “During that time, Jonathan was pastoring and running several businesses, one of which was a golf shop located in the Musqueam Golf & Learning Academy. As our relationship developed, Jonathan expressed to me his desire to initiate innovative ways to bring about Gospel renewal on the Musqueam First Nations reserve. The initial simmering of this brief conversation eventually boiled over into several meetings wherein Jonathan articulated his dreams for a church plant.”

Over 650 members of the Musqueam people group live on a small portion of traditional territory in southern Vancouver, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve. Jonathan knows many members of the Musqueam community through his work at the golf course, and has a heart to be and see the active love of Jesus visibly and tangibly in the community.

Tad caught the contagious vision, and he and some other Regent friends, James Lim from Singapore, Rajan Mathew from India and Austin Stevenson from the United States, gathered together for forty days of pre-dawn prayer to hear God’s heart and voice for the community, as well as joining in with regular worship and prayer nights already present and led by Musqueam followers of Jesus.

Leadership Team

During this time, God broke each of them of their preconceived notions and clearly called them to be with the people: work with them, worship with them, learn from them.

Says Tad: “In this community, we are called to be an irreplaceable agent for drawing people into an encounter with Jesus Christ by embodying a reconciled and redeemed community.”

April held their first gathering–a Sunday evening meal and worship time. In early May, Tad and his team met with the BC-Yukon Regional Advisory Team as a step towards joining the CBWC as a Church Community in Process, under the working name Southlands Church.

Since then, the team have been processing how to best express themselves as a church in the midst of the complex social history between the Christianity and First Nations people in Canada. Pray for Tad, Nicole, and the whole team as they listen to God and discern how to share His love in this neighborhood. And watch and listen for God stories to come as they discover with the Musqueam people’s team where God is already at work and looking for them all to join Him!

To learn more about this new work or to support a Church Plant through a Venture Partnership, contact Church Planting Director Shannon Youell at syouell@cbwc.ca.

Listen to Seminars from Church Planting Canada

by Cailey Morgan

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Montreal at Night

Shannon and I were thrilled to take part in the Church Planting Canada Congress that took place last October in Montreal. We felt encouraged as we swapped stories with pioneers across Canada who listened to God’s call to start a new work, and were seeing God at work in their neighbourhoods and hearts. And we were challenged by each of the speakers we heard.

For that reason, I’m so glad that Church Planting Canada has shared the audio files for all of the seminars so that you too can learn and grow through them. The files are available by clicking here.

I’d encourage you to find a workshop or two from the list that sound interesting, and take some notes on what you learn!

Booster Cables and New Churches

I had an old car in high school–a Mercury Meteor–that had a bad habit of not starting. I had booster cables at the ready and had resigned myself to either leaving it running all the time or parking in such a fashion as to ensure easy access to the battery.

One day after school, to my great surprise, it started. I was so excited that I threw it into reverse to get out of my spot and promptly ran into a Chevette parked behind me. The Meteor had a broken tail light. The Chevette was almost a write off with a huge dent in the hood and front bumper.

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Church planting in the Heartland, this past year, has felt like that old Meteor. We just can’t seem to get new things started. We’ve got some wonderful works in progress and some church plants that are moving to full independence after their initial plantings.  However, some new opportunities have not been able to start. Even with booster cables.

Shalom in Winnipeg under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Shadrack Mutabazi is our only official church plant at the moment. They are graciously hosted by Broadway-First Baptist in Winnipeg.

Many congregations in the Heartland are considering being involved in church planting either directly through starting another congregation in an area nearby, or by joining the Venture program to directly support a new or ongoing church planting work. Either way is wonderful!

Contact me with questions or suggestions!

Blessings.

Joell Haugan, Heartland Church Planting Director
jhaugan@cbwc.ca

A New Leaf

 By Shannon Youell, CBWC’s Church Plant Director/Coordinator. This article originally posted in CBWC’s enewsletter Making Connections.

Ed Stetzer, missiologist, pastor, and researcher, is in the process of studying Canadian trends in church planting and is seeing that Canadian church plants are more likely to succeed and grow when they have more lay leadership, bi-vocational pastors, strategic stewardship plans, and prayer walking, as well as new believers’ discipleship classes and outreach Bible studies.

In other words, every believer has the possibility and Holy Spirit-empowered potential of starting or participating in something!

In church planting and church renewal we have been exploring how to be catalysts of culture, context and the shifting landscape through innovation, entrepreneurism, faith, prayer, perseverance and a gracious permission to fail. To encourage exploration of organic growth in communities requires us to be more comfortable with the concept of “startups.”

noun: startup

the action or process of setting something in motion

In the realm of new faith communities we are seeing enthusiasm emerging both within existing communities to multiply outwards and in conversations, and in skunkworks-type dreaming which eventually leads to putting legs on that dream and seeing where it might take us. Just like in traditional church, not all experimental ideas actually gain momentum, but what the startup concept does is expand the possibilities and horizons of formal step-by-step programmatic processes to include fluid rhythms of planting right into the places we find ourselves day to day.

One of the vehicles we are introducing to those who sense a calling of God to explore/begin new churches and communities are Church Plant Design Shops from New Leaf Network.

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Jared at a Design Shop

New Leaf coordinator Jared Seibert explains: “A Church Plant Design Shop is a 3 day interactive gathering of Church Planters from all stages (ie – thinking about considering, working toward a plant, about to plant, planted, etc…). This is not your mother’s cookie cutter “10 Easy Steps to Planting a Church” kind of event. These events are action packed and uniquely Canadian. They encourage contextual thinking, culturally responsiveness, and mission adaptability. If you are looking for help, a chance to think out your plan, and to hear life saving advice for the road ahead these Design Shops are for you!”

CBWC Church Planting is hosting our first Church Plant Design Shop at our Carey Centre Campus February 2-4, 2016. Register now for this exciting opportunity to discover how God is inviting you to participate in kingdom work.

For more information (and encouragement!) contact me at syouell@cbwc.ca

Book Review: Family Ministry Field Guide

Book Title: Family Ministry Field Guide: How your church can equip parents to make disciples
Author: Timothy Paul Jones
Publishing Info: Wesleyan Publishing House, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2011

Reviewed by: Eric West, Pastor to Families at Gateway Baptist Church on Vancouver Island

Quick Blurb of Overall Thoughts: Timothy Paul Jones’s book Family Ministry Field Guide is a text that stays true to its’ aim to help churches equip parents to disciple their children. Jones makes it clear that this is not a “how-to” book but desires to lay a set of foundations that any church can apply to their context. The details and expressions of the presented foundations can therefore be as diverse as the church in North America is today. For any church wanting to equip the families in their congregation to make disciples of their children this book is a “must-read.” Family Ministy Field Guide

The author: is a best-selling and award-winning author of books, magazine articles, and reference materials. He is senior editor of The Journal of Family Ministry and professor of leadership and church ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Overview of Content: Jones organizes his text in five basic foundations to establish in the local church.

Foundation 1: Map the Gap

  • What Families In Your Church Are Doing—And Not Doing—When You’re Not Looking
    “When it comes to the process of discipling their progeny, most Christian parents—especially fathers—have abandoned the field. If you as a parent are personally engaged in a process to transform the contours of your child’s soul, you are a minority.” pg. 25
  • What Family Ministry Is And Why It’s Worth It
    “Here’s what I mean by family ministry: The process of intentionally and persistently coordinating a ministry’s proclamation and practices so that parents are acknowledged, trained, and held accountable as primary disciple-makers in their children’s lives.” pg. 33

Foundation 2: Rethink Your Goal

  • Why Not To Do Family Ministry
    Jones takes on the validity of the infamous “drop out rate” for youth transitioning out of High School to College. He writes, “Retention rates aren’t the launching pad or the end point of God’s plan; Jesus is (Rev. 22:13).” pg. 52
  • How To Find The Right Motivation
    “Yes, growth is part of God’s good design for his cosmos and for his church. And yes, the proclamation of God’s Word does result in growth and the fulfillment of God’s purposes…Godly growth is sometimes slow, often hidden, and frequently frustrates our dreams and designs. But it is always centered on Jesus and the gospel.” pg. 57

Foundation 3: Frame Your Ministry in God’s Story Line

  • Discover Who Your Children Really Are
    “When the whole story of God frames every part of a family’s existence, parents don’t just see their children as son and daughters. They also see their children as potential or actual brothers and sisters in Christ. When parents see their children not only as their children but also as their brothers and sisters, it changes everything.” pg. 71
  • The Split In God’s Story Line
    “The unspoken message has been that the task of discipleship is best left to trained professionals. Churches have presented moms and dads with the impression that active participation in the discipleship of children is optional for parents.” pg. 83

Foundation 4: Give Parents the Guidance They Need

  • Give Parents The Guidance They Need
    “So what are these two top factors in parents’ failure to disciple their children? The primary point of resistance was that churches weren’t training the parents. The secondary reason was that parents weren’t making the time. It was a matter of training and a matter of time.” pg. 100
  • A Matter Of Training And A Matter of Time
    “…the issue seems to be not so much that parents have resigned their role as primary disciple-makers. It isn’t even that parents don’t desire to disciple their children. In most cases, the problem is that churches are neither expecting nor equipping parents to disciple their children.” pg. 108
  • Providing What Parents Really Need
    “What parents really need: telling, training, and time.” pg. 111

Foundation 5: Transition to Family-Equipping

  • Killing The One-Eared Mickey Mouse
    “Conceived the late nineteenth century and professionalized at the height of the baby boom, the one-eared Mickey Mouse turned out to be an attractive option for churches in the twentieth century. By segmenting the generations, churches didn’t have to directly deal with the emerging generation gap. Youth had their own activities for themselves and their peers, separate from other generations.” pg. 125
  • Family Equipping Transition 1: Be
  • Family Equipping Transition 2a: Equip Families for Faith Talks
  • Family Equipping Transition 2a: Equip Families for Faith Walks and Faith Processes
  • Family Equipping Transition 3: Acknowledge
  • Family Equipping Transition 4: Synchronize

Audience: For leaders in the trenches who see parents disengaging from their children’s spiritual development, see too many students leave for college and drop out of church, or are frustrated with programmed ministries that fail to produce results.

Strengths: This author is experienced in articulating his findings and proving his theories in the trenches of ministry. His biblical usage is academically solid while his conclusions are practically accessible and hands on. Jones presents the material in a format that makes it easy to learn and to re-teach to volunteers, parents and to the whole church.

Overall Assessment/recommendation: I highly recommend reading this book if you are a church desiring to do family ministry. I would recommend reading this book as a team of ministry leaders. It was written to be done in this context and will require dialogue to fully flesh out in the local church context.

Share your thoughts on Jones’ book or this review by commenting on the blog or emailing Cailey at cmorgan@cbwc.ca. For more resources and inspiration about children and families ministry, contact Sherry Bennett, CBWC’s Director of Children and Families, at sbennett@cbwc.ca.

Mission is Slow

This article by Preston Pouteaux is reposted from Forge Canada’s Missional Voice newsletter, December 2015.

As a pastor I’ve made it a practice of mine to write letters to people. I used to write cards by hand, but that changed when I bought a used Lettera 22 typewriter. It’s old, and a bit finicky, but oddly satisfying.

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When I meet new people, or want to encourage a friend, there is something good that happens when I pull down my typewriter and take it out of the case. It takes a few minutes to set up, find a nice sheet of small typewriter paper, and adjust the ribbon. I take that time to think about what I want to write, how I want to convey my thoughts. Then, clack, clack, clack, I write. It’s nothing like writing a column, email, tweet, or essay. It’s slow, methodical, and strangely raw. Typewriters have no “backspace” or way of correcting mistakes. If I make an error, it stays on the sheet, perhaps crossed out, but there nonetheless. Typing takes time and I find myself getting to the point of what I want to say. Maybe, “thanks for being my neighbour” is all I need to say sometimes.

The real magic comes from sending the letter in the mail. In a world of emails and junk mail, a personally written letter sent with intentionality is a powerful and countercultural gesture. My typewriter, a stack of paper, and some stamps have transformed relationships and conversations. Sending letters or cards might seem like a grandmotherly kind of activity, right there along with crochet or 1000-piece puzzles. Yet I’ve found that a moment spent sending a letter, expressing my thoughts in simple and kind ways, can shape the way I see others, and allow God space to speak.

Years ago I painted portraits of people in our church congregation. It’s a project that turned into something larger. But at the time I would simply sit down with some watercolour paints and a blank piece of paper and create. It was slow work, each painting would take days or weeks. But as I would sit and paint I would find myself praying. Almost like sitting with the person in real life; I was asking God to bless them, I would wonder what God was doing in their lives, and I would just be present to God’s nudging in my own heart. It was a unique experience in my life and I don’t think I’ve ever prayed so much for other people as I had when I was painting their portraits. It was a function, I believe, of simply being present and patient with them, before God.

When I’m in my office clacking away on my little blue typewriter I find myself entering a similar place of prayer for the people I am writing to. The slow work of writing this way allows me a moment to listen, reflect, and allow God space to speak. My Lettera 22 typewriter is a little altar of prayer.

A few years ago I wrote to Eugene Peterson. He is a voice of wisdom for pastors and his books have taught me to reflect about the pace and posture of my life as a pastor and neighbour. By slowing down and living intentionally with the people and place where God has brought me, I’m more likely to see and participate in what God is already doing all around me. Eugene Peterson has long since been retired and I heard he was living somewhat off the grid. Or at the very least, he wasn’t checking his Twitter or Facebook feeds like the rest of us. So I pulled out my typewriter and wrote him the old fashioned way. I had been thinking a lot about what it means to love my neighbours, slowly, patiently, and attentively. I asked for his advice, and surprisingly, received a letter back. He wrote two pieces of wisdom in his letter that I think about often: “being a pastor is the most context-specific work there is” and “the most dangerous thing is impatience…keep it slow.”

Writing letters to people is deeply contextual. Social media and sharing articles go out into the world and can be read across contextual lines, and there is a place for that. But letters bring us back to the local places where God is working among us. They are written to a particular person, in a particular place. They are hyper-contextual and that makes them deeply powerful. Personal letters declare that the small, the unseen, the personal, and the kind are values we hold dear. From God’s perspective, these activities are never done in vain, in fact, they may be the most life transforming activities we can engage in. Never underestimate the potency and beauty of deeply context specific work, like being a pastor with a typewriter.

Going slow is never a waste. By being impatient with the people we seek to encourage or comfort with our letters, we rush past what God may be doing. I’ve had people come up to me months after I had written (and forgot that I had written) them a letter.

The slow process of intentional communication doesn’t have a built-in immediate response and gratification mechanism. You can’t click a button to publicly “like” that I sent you a note. You can only engage in the same intentional way. Slow builds trust, friendship, and life.

Living missionally requires that we think differently about many of our practices, and try on new practices that could help us engage in the patient way of Jesus within the places where we live. How we speak, write, or care for others reflect what we value and believe to be true about God’s work in our midst. What does slow and intentional communication look like between you and your neighbours? In what ways can you reflect the Kingdom of God in the way you speak and encourage others?

Preston Pouteaux, DMin. Tyndale Seminary, is a National Team member with Forge Canada, and is a pastor at Lake Ridge Community Church in Chestermere, Alberta. He studied at Briercrest College, Regent College, Tyndale Seminary, and Jerusalem University College in Israel. Preston is the author of Imago Dei to Missio Dei. He’s an avid beekeeper. @prestonpouteaux

Looking Ahead: Carey Seminars in 2016

By Cailey Morgan

If you’re anything like me this Advent, the new year is going to sneak right up on you. I’ve been trying to engage deeply in the present season of anticipation and remembrance of Christ who came to save us and is coming again to make all things new. But that means that every time I look at the calendar I’m shocked by the date!

So I figured I should share some of the upcoming Carey Institute seminars for 2016 while there’s still some time to make room for them in our schedules.

Several of these events are at the Carey Centre in Vancouver, but there are also learning opportunities in Lethbridge, Calgary, Winnipeg and Richmond. And remember, if you are interested in hosting a Carey seminar in your area, talk to Myrna at the Institute (institute@carey-edu.ca).

careyCarey Institute Seminars Jan – Mar 2016
Jan. 18 The Rock on Which We Stand: Where Our Confidence Lies in Preaching with Dr. Darrell Johnson (Day 1 of Why Preaching Transforms Life)

Jan. 30 Discerning God’s Voice: Making Life Decisions with God with Rob Des Cotes (Winnipeg, MB)

Feb. 2-4 CBWC Church Plant Design Shop

Feb. 6 Just Life: A Biblical Framework for Practicing Justice in Everyday Life with Jonathan Bird

Feb. 13 Growing in Faith Through Worship with Robbie Castleman

Feb. 16 Preaching the Gospel of Holy Week with Dr. Darrell Johnson (Calgary, AB)

Feb. 20 Transitions of Life Seminar with Dr. Paul Pearce (Richmond, BC)

Mar. 5 Soulful Wellness for Maturing People (part 1 of 3-part Aging Matters seminar series) with Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Paul Pearce

Mar. 12 Understanding Teens: Issues and Resources with Peter Anderson (Lethbridge,AB)

For any of these courses, you may REGISTER ONLINE or call 604-225-5917 to register or obtain more information over the phone.

Church Plant Design Shop

By Shannon Youell

We are very excited about hosting our first Church Plant Design Workshop at Carey Centre February 2-4. “This is not your mother’s church planting workshop,” says facilitator Jared Siebert.

I, attended this workshop as a guest of our sister denomination Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec in Toronto and found the type of guided exploring and refining process into those who just sense God prompting them to “do something,” whatever that might look like.  Along with a team of Canadian denominational leaders, we are seeing Church Plant Design Workshops as a timely development tool into the changing landscape of new communities of faith.

Whether you are thinking of planting, already planting or joining a core team of dreamers, this workshop will help you formulate and hone your ideas and dreams.

Check out the video and register yourself and/or your core team today!

 

A Church Plant Design Shop is a 3 day interactive gathering of Church Planters from all stages (ie – thinking about considering, working toward a plant, about to plant, planted, etc…). This is not your mother’s cookie cutter “10 Easy Steps to Planting a Church” kind of event. These events are action packed and uniquely Canadian. They encourage contextual thinking, culturally responsiveness, and mission adaptability. If you are looking for help, a chance to think out your plan, and to hear life saving advice for the road ahead these Design Shops are for you!

Email me today for more info about this amazing growth opportunity.