Thank you for your prayers: both Ministers’ Conferences (East and West) were meaningful times! Worship times were rich, our speaker was engaging and challenging, and of our course we prayed and had communion together. Dr. Andrew Root discussed our current “secular” reality and some of its complexity. Our pastors now have the task of bringing this conversation home to their leadership teams to discuss the implications for our church lives and mission. Ask your pastor about Andrew Root.
This weekend I was with our Kingscourt FM church family in Kingston. They are in transition but have maintained a weekly food outreach, Bible study and prayer. Pray for Kingscourt and the several churches in transition.
One of our pastors spent his professional development week at The Cove, a ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The speaker for the week did some Q&A at one point. The last question or perhaps rebuke (questions were submitted ahead of time) was worded something like this: “why do you arrive at the last minute, and leave as soon as you finish speaking, rather than spend time with us – this does not reflect well on you?”
The speaker explained that he had recently gone through back surgery, and was still in pain. He could not sit or stand very long, and the speaking commitment he had made to The Cove was one that he wanted to fulfill, despite the discomfort. He came and left all in accordance to the pain. The speaker then said, “and this is one of the biggest problems in the church: assumptions”.
He explained that we make assumptions and draw conclusions about people and situations which pull us apart rather than make us stronger. Had the questioner simply asked rather than add a commentary (“does not reflect well on you”) there would be no bad feelings, and better still, opportunity to surround him with prayer.
I have seen and experienced (and probably have been guilty of) wrong conclusions, that are based on assumptions and that lack the pertinent information or story. We have all seen this in some of the national discussions we have had as a movement. The questioner (or perhaps, ‘rebuk-er’) concluded that the speaker was arrogant or rude. The questioner even demonized somehow the speaker’s motives and actions. I’m sure when the questioner heard the full story, or finally had more information, he or she felt pretty shameful (I hope anyway).
Questions are always good.
Conversations are better (conversations can build relationships).
Waiting for answers and hearing truth and one’s heart is best of all!
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Rev. Cathleen Getchell – resigned as Church Planting Coach and conference status changed from “In Transition” to “Withdrawn from Conference and Denomination”, effective September 8
October 15 at 4:00 pm ET – Pastor Sabrina Hinds, Kingsview FMC, Etobicoke, ON
April 14, 2024 at 2:00 pm ET – Pastor Yves Anthonuel, Eglise Evangelique des Mille-Iles, Laval, QC
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*
November 3-5 – Holt Free Methodist Church, Mount Albert, ON
- 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 (next session start date: Oct. 16)
- 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.
PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE DATE: 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.”
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.
PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE DATE: 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.
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
Brampton, ON – Bramalea FM Church
Madoc, ON – Madoc Free Methodist/Wesleyan Church
Mississauga, ON – Grace Methodist 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]
None this week
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
Brantford, ON – The Open Door Church
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)
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
Sombra, ON – Zion FM Church
Tillsonburg, ON – Open Arms Church
Wallaceburg, ON – Charlemont FM Church