Church Health

The vision of the Free Methodist Church is to see a healthy church within the reach of every Canadian and beyond. Here are some of the ways that we are currently working to make that happen.


 

There are Still Good Stories

For the most of my adult life I have lived at least two provinces away from my folks, so, like any good son, I check in with them at least every couple of weeks. Back in olden times, those check-ins were full conversations with lots of stories and catching up, …

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Look Out, Not In

I recently participated in a webinar about church health measures for the local church hosted by an international ministry. The idea was to take a look at the things churches and leaders needed to pay attention to in a post pandemic landscape. I am not here to rag on the …

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Questions to Wrestle With

The other day,  I was talking with some leaders about basic discipleship stuff, and one of them caught me.  They said, “You are talking like we are going to be able to do all the things we used to be able to do before the pandemic.”  They weren’t being mean. …

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This Advent Season

I’m going to start this blog post with a couple of reminders. I hope that’s okay. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility, regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  …

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I Went to Church

The other day, I went to church, in a building with other people church.   How was it you ask? Well, thanks for asking. It was different and I don’t mean good or bad different, just different. How could it not be? We were all appropriately distanced and had our masks …

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Like You

Like you, I’m tired of this pandemic and want it to end. I’m tired of hearing the slogans “a new normal” or “a new reality.” I understand why people use these slogans because, like me, no one knows what to do next. No one has been able to give us …

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The Act of Noticing

A couple years ago, I walked downstairs into my basement to take a shower. On the last step, before I reached for the light switch, I stepped into an inch of water. The water heater had blown a hole and flooded the basement. After shutting off the water, draining what …

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Be a Big Influence

Earlier this year, I had an unusual experience that has caused me to do quite a bit of thinking and reflecting. It was sweet and touching but caught me off guard, and I wasn’t sure what to do about it at first. I was mentioned in the obituary of somebody …

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