Happy Summer! Still more summer to enjoy! I received this good news report and thought that you would like to hear good news too! It is from Perth, Ontario. A small town church, about an hour west of Ottawa. Pastor Brent wrote:
“We had our VBS last week. We averaged around 60 kids, mostly from the community. There were some kids who had never been inside a church before. We had 40 volunteers. Our senior youth especially stepped up to lead.
There were 7 kids who raised their hands to receive Jesus. We had a VBS Sunday and four families that we had not seen before came to church.
P.S. Here is a picture of the set. They changed downstairs every day to reflect the Bible Story.
Pastor Bryce Clements (Ministerial Candidate) – appointed Church Planter Pastor, Chapel House Community Church (a new church plant), Calgary, AB, effective July 28
Rev. Dennis Ball – released from appointment as Pastor at Bramalea FMC, Brampton, ON, and as a FMCiC Regional Coach, effective September 30
Rev. Brandon Shillington – released from appointment as Pastor at Madoc Free Methodist/Wesleyan Church, Madoc, ON, effective October 31
October 16 (time TBA) – Nathaniel Prakash – Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC
FOUNDATIONAL COURSES http://www.fmcic.ca/
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:
November 4-6, 2022, – location TBA*
November 4-6, 2022, – location TBA*
- Tyndale University: https://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/course/theo-0629
- FMC-USA http://fmcusa.org/leadership/courses/
- as a 7-week intensive online course: Wesleyan Theology [#74W] Dr. Robert Vaughan – start dates: Sep 13, Nov 1
- as a correspondence course (8 months to complete): Wesleyan Theology (#74C), Dr. Allen Wachter
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 and Church 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!)
2022 SCHOLARSHIPS http://www.fmcic.ca/scholarships/
LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PLAN (LSP):
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 deadline to apply for LSP for any courses taken during the summer and/or fall semesters of 2022. The 2022 application forms and instructions are now available to download from the link above. Please use the application forms marked “rev 2022.”
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 2022 calendar year – apply online anytime from the link above. Special Scholarships are awarded in late November/early December each year.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs) https://www.fmcic.ca/
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.
You can now send a report online anytime you have hours to submit for CEUs. Here is the link: 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.
For those who took courses and/or did in-depth research and learning about how to make the changes required during the pandemic (ie how to live-stream services), add the number of those hours to your annual CEU report.
CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Hamilton, ON – Rymal Road Community Church
New Westminster, BC – First FMC
Salmon Arm BC – Lakeside 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 (full time) [Sept 6]
Sarnia, ON – New Horizons Community Church (full time) [Sept 13]
Thornbury, ON – Blue Mountain Community Church (full time) [Sept 13]
Warkworth, ON – Warkworth FMC (full time) [Sept 6]
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.
Bracebridge, ON – New Hope FMC
Brampton, ON – Bramalea FMC
Campbellford, ON – Campbellford FMC
Cloyne, ON – Pineview FMC
Dunnville, ON – Dunnville FMC (Rev. Neale Robb – Interim Pastor)
Frankford, ON – Frankford Community Church
Kingston, ON – Polson Park FMC
Madoc, ON – Madoc Free Methodist/Wesleyan Church
Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Associate Pastor of Youth & Outreach – Trulls Road FMC
Office Administrator – Arlington Woods FMC
Tearfund has a number of current openings for interns and students. You can access their list of available positions here