This weekend I was in Simcoe Ontario. On my way in to the sanctuary I met a young couple new to Canada, who told me how important this church family had become to them. Then two more people pulled me aside separately, to simply tell me about how loved they felt by their church family! What a wonderful thing to experience. We worshiped together, we had a beautiful time of prayer, and then we ate. Thank you, Cedar Street for making sure that your “church” is actually a “church family”!
Your Board of Administration met this weekend. One of our members actually zoomed in though they were on vacation. That’s commitment. BOA members are pastors and lay members who love Jesus, are committed to the FMCiC, and take seriously the opportunity and responsibility to listen to where the Spirit may be leading us as a movement. These individuals are not arm-chair leaders, but have jumped into the deep end of church leadership. The love, conversation, debate, commitment to Scripture, prayer, tears and laughter are real! Thank you, BOA.
The Fall BOA is primarily about budget. Giving is up from last year, so thank you churches for living into our CORE (10% tithe from your church family) COVENANT. Costs are also up, and the significant deficit we are forecasting for next year accounts for increased costs and a General Conference.
Other denominations use “dues” or create a giving plan for each local church based on membership. We, the FMCiC, opted for a covenant. We together, decided many years ago that we would FAITHFULLY trust God to provide for all of our local church needs as each local church TITHED the full amount into a shared account, the Free Methodist Church in Canada. Why do we do this? Would it not be better to be independent so that the 10% stays in the local community?
- It’s never been more important for the Church in Canada to find ways to come together, and have one voice, rather than inconsistent independent voices;
- In a movement we can identify, train and support pastors;
- Together our resources accomplish more missionally;
- Your CORE money provides your church with administrative support (any of our treasures who have worked with our Finance & Operations team will tell you that CORE is worth the services of that team alone!);
- Core money makes it so that your boards and pastors have a Regional Coach very accessible;
- Core money makes it so that you have available to you a Church Health, Leadership Development and Finance & Operations experts to support your church family;
- Core makes it so we can plant new churches;
- Core means that FMCiC gives an offering to the FM World Conference (we give the 2nd or 3rd largest amount) which supports Free Methodism around the world;
- Core means doctrine is protected by national committee and our world connection;
- Core giving is another way to model tithing to your local church, and prove that honouring a covenant, living into the tithe, will mean God’s blessing in your church family needs.
My experience is that churches living into the CORE COVENANT are enjoying financial peace.
General Conference 2024
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None this week
January 27, 2024 at 2:00 pm ET – Pastor Misa Mochinaga, Wesley Chapel Japanese Free Methodist Church, Scarborough, ON
April 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm ET – Pastor Yves Anthonuel, Eglise Evangelique des Mille-Iles, Laval, QC
Date and time TBA – Pastor Josiah Piett, House of Freedom Free Methodist Church Plant, Niagara Falls, ON
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES http://www.fmcic.ca/foundational-courses/
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:
June 7-9, 2024 – location TBA*
June 7-9, 2024 – location TBA*
- Tyndale University – https://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/wesley-studies/courses
- Free Methodist Church-USA Anytime on Pathwright (multiple instructor choices)
- Self-paced, up to 8 months to complete
- 16-week intensive version, select Instructor Vaughan
- Central Christian College online, 6 weeks, asynchronous – deadline to apply: Jan 1 (course runs Jan 9 to Feb 19)
- 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*
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!)
LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PLAN (LSP) [APPLY TWICE PER YEAR]:
[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.
February 15 is the next deadline to apply for LSP for any courses taken during the winter semester of 2024. The 2024 application forms and instructions will be available later this year to download from the link above. Please use the application forms marked “rev 2024.”
SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS [APPLY ONCE PER YEAR]:
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 2024 calendar year – apply online anytime from the link above. Special Scholarships are awarded in late November/early December each year.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU’S) https://www.fmcic.ca/introduction-to-continuing-education/
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: https://fmcic.wufoo.com/forms/continuing-education-unit-ceu-report-form/
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.
CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Bracebridge, ON – New Hope FM Church
Salmon Arm, BC – Lakeside Community Church
Church Profiles Available
To review the church profiles that are available, please go to our website at this link: church profiles or contact Davika Dotson in the Leadership Development Office – [email protected] [deadline to apply in brackets]
Brampton, ON – Bramalea FM Church (part-time) [December 5]
Brantford, ON – The Open Door Church (full-time) [November 28]
Sombra, ON – Zion FM Church (full-time) [November 28]
Once these church profiles become available, they will be listed above as “Church Profiles available” and also on our website at this link: church profiles
Belleville, ON – Belleville Centennial FM Church (Rev. Rodney Peterson retiring Aug 31/24)
Campbellford, ON – Campbellford FM Church (Rev. Leonard Bruce – Interim Pastor)
Cloyne, ON – Pineview FM Church
Dryden, ON – Dryden 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 FM Church
Nepean, ON – Arlington Woods FM Church (Rev. Mike Hogeboom retiring May 31/24)
Newmarket, ON – New Hope Methodist Church (Rev. Terry Gibson retiring Aug 31/24)
Orillia, ON – Church on the Hill (Pastor Velma Shewfelt – Interim Pastor)
Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill FM Church (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Seeley’s Bay, ON – Pine Grove Community Church
Tillsonburg, ON – Open Arms Church
Wallaceburg, ON – Charlemont FM Church