Cliffs Notes: May 23, 2023


Maybe we were unusually blessed, but my family’s experience in the pastorate was very positive. The church families we were welcomed into, loved our kids, and they extended to Karlene and I life-giving and life-long friendships. Yes, I believe deeply that as a pastor I am called to lead a church family, serve the church family, and befriend. The leadership skill I am referring to is to be able to socialize and still create a corporate experience or culture, where no one is feeling left out, or outside of the clique or popular kids. I believe the pastoral calling includes being able to play, laugh or cry in such a way as to model Christ in all situations – even in a tense church baseball league! Admittedly this can be a difficult thing, but Jesus called His followers “friends” and they were family.

The pastor’s spouse is one of the most difficult and thankless positions in the church. It can be beautiful, nurturing, satisfying and encouraging. It can also be lonely, heart-breaking, confusing, frustrating, and downright discouraging. Here are some suggestions on how you might pray for and support your pastor’s spouse:
Pray for their spiritual protection. There is real spiritual warfare surrounding the pastor and their family. If the enemy can discourage the pastor’s spouse, he can effectively impact the ministry. Ask God to shield them from the attacks of the evil one. 
Psalm 3:3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one
Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Pray for their relationships with their children. Ask God to give them wisdom and insight as they seek to raise their children in a Christ-honoring way. 
Pray for their emotional and physical well-being. Ask God to provide special sources of joy, creative ways to express their unique personality, and fulfilling ways to remain physically active. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray that God will surround them with loyal and meaningful friendships.
Pray about how you will minister and love the pastor family.
Pray that God will supply all their needs
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Pray that God will give them wisdom and insight as they counsel othersColossians 1:9-11 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience
Pray that God will show them how to use their spiritual gifts in the church. The pastor’s spouse should be encouraged to serve in places that allow them to use their unique giftedness. They should not be expected to fill every role that is traditionally held by “the pastor’s spouse”.
Pray that they will know the love of God, experience the peace of God, and walk in the grace of God. 
Pray that they will learn to live as a new creation of great worth, deeply loved, completely forgiven, fully pleasing to the Father, totally accepted by God and absolutely complete in Christ. 



CRESTVIEW PARK FMC REGIONAL GATHERING (MB) – being held on Saturday, June 3 – deadline to register is TODAY

ARLINGTON BEACH CAMP REGIONAL GATHERING (SK) – being held on Saturday, June 10 – deadline to register is JUNE 1

ARLINGTON WOODS FMC REGIONAL GATHERING (ON) – being held on Wednesday, June 14 – deadline to register is JUNE 4

Rev. Brandon Shillington – status change from “In Transition” to “Located Ordained Minister-Centennial FM Church, Belleville, ON” effective May 16, 2023.
Rev. Dr. Neale E. Robb – Retired Ordained Minister, Smithville, ON – died on May 16, 2023  (click here for obituary)

None scheduled

Register online through the link above (Tuition payment is not required when registering for a course.  Payment is due 10 days before the course begins.)

Lay Ministers tracking for credentialed ministry and those transferring ordination credentials into the FMCIC need to take the following two courses for full credit – and if possible, the Heart course first and then Wesleyan Theology.

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
*CANCELLED* – July 14-16 – West Springs FMC, Calgary, AB 
Date and location TBA*

Wesleyan Theology:
November 3-5, 2023 – location TBA*

Also available:

    • Self-paced, up to 8 months to complete
    • 16-week intensive version, select Instructor Vaughan (session start dates: June 26, Aug. 21, Oct. 16)
  • Central Christian College online, 6 weeks, asynchronous  deadline to apply: Sept 18 (start dates Oct 2 and Nov 12)
  • Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan University

Ministerial Candidates tracking for Commissioned or Ordained Minister are required to take the following two courses for full credit.  Those who are already commissioned or ordained are required to either audit these two courses for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) each or take the two courses and complete the assignments for 3 CEUs each.

Culture and the Missional Church:
Date and location TBA*

Personal Stewardship:
5-week online course – Start Date TBA  

(* These course locations are selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)



[PLEASE NOTE:  The FMCiC preference for LSP is for students to attend one of the approved schools on this list. However, if you decide to apply to a non-approved school, you must first send a request to the Credentialing Coordinator to determine whether the committee will approve funding for you to study at a non-approved school. Along with your request, please include a written explanation as to why you are choosing to study at a non-approved institution. It is strongly recommended that you do this before paying tuition, and well in advance of the LSP deadline. The Credentialing Coordinator, along with the LSP committee, will consider each request individually and according to LSP policy.]

The Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) provides financial assistance to candidates who are studying to meet the educational requirements for credentialed ministry, or for members of conference pursuing continuing education.

October 15 is the next deadline to apply for LSP for any courses taken during the spring, summer and/or fall semesters of 2023. The 2023 application forms and instructions are now available to download from the link above.  Please use the application forms marked “rev 2023.”

The Special Scholarships provide financial assistance to those who are members of a Free Methodist church pursuing post-secondary education to grow in their Christian faith, to those who are pursuing credentialed ministry, and to members of conference pursuing continuing education.

October 15 is the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships for courses taken during the 2023 calendar year – apply online anytime from the link above.  Special Scholarships are awarded in late November/early December each year.

Ordained and Commissioned Ministers (except retirees) are to annually report hours acquired during each year for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Check the link above for information on CEUs, and a list of examples of many different types of life-long learning that can be applied as CEUs.

Send a report online anytime you have hours to submit for CEUs:

Note:  For those who attend the fall Minister’s Conferences or the spring Regional Gatherings, attendance is now taken at these events so 6 hours of CEU credit for each event will automatically be recorded.


Bracebridge, ON – New Hope FM Church
Brampton, ON – Bramalea FM Church
Kingston, ON – Polson Park FM Church
Madoc, ON – Madoc Free Methodist/Wesleyan Church
Sault Ste Marie, ON – Hillside FM Church

Thornbury, ON – Blue Mountain Community Church

Church Profiles Available
Contact Davika Dotson in the Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] (deadline to apply in brackets)

Hilton Beach, ON – St. Joseph Island FM Church (full-time) [May 23]

Preparing Profiles
If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Davika in the Leadership Development Office [see above] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.

Brantford, ON – The Open Door Church
Campbellford, ON – Campbellford FM Church (Rev. Leonard Bruce – Interim Pastor)
Cloyne, ON – Pineview FM Church
Dunnville, ON – Dunnville FM Church
Frankford, ON – Frankford Community Church
Godfrey, ON – Cole Lake FM Church
Kingston, ON – Kingscourt FM Church

Marmora, ON – Marmora FM Church (Pastor Keith Deyo – Interim Pastor) 

Mississauga, ON – Grace Methodist Church
Orillia, ON – Church on the Hill (Pastor Velma Shewfelt – Interim Pastor)

Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Salmon Arm, BC – Lakeside Community Church
Seeley’s Bay, ON – Pine Grove Community Church

Tillsonburg, ON – Open Arms Church
Wallaceburg, ON – Charlemont FM Church
Warkworth, ON – Warkworth FM Church


Youth Ministry Director – Trulls Road FMC

Associate Pastor of Worship Ministry – Northview Community Church