Cliffs Notes: Summer Edition – July 5, 2022

Hello Friends,

CliffsNotes will return in September! In the meantime, we will continue to keep you updated on a weekly basis with announcements and “What Happens When.”

Stay tuned and have a great week faithfully serving Jesus in your communities and praying that we see a healthy church within the reach of all people in Canada and beyond!

But I will sing of Your strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.

                                                                                                                     Psalm 59:16

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN

Tuesdays: Cliff’s Notes
2nd Tuesday of each month: What’s Got You Thinking?
4th Thursday of each month: Church Health Thursday
 
New Website Tour Video:
https://vimeo.com/702077871

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Rev. J. Bernard (Bernie) McGale – approved to transfer into the FMCiC and appointed as Associate Pastor, Rice Road Community Church, Welland, ON, effective June 8

Pastor Paul Morgun – employed as Lead Pastor at Lakeview FMC, Saskatoon, SK, effective August 15

ORDINATION SERVICES
October 16 (time TBA) – Nathaniel Prakash – Surrey FMC, Surrey, BC

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:
November 4-6, 2022, – location TBA*

Wesleyan Theology:
November 4-6, 2022, – location TBA*

Also available:

    • as a 7-week intensive online course: Wesleyan Theology [#74W] Dr. Robert Vaughan – start dates: Jul 26, 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.”


SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS:
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/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.

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.

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CHURCHES IN TRANSITION
Interviewing

Hamilton, ON – Rymal Road Community Church
Harrowsmith, ON – Harrowsmith FMC
New Westminster, BC – First FMC
Sarnia, ON – New Horizons Community Church

Thornbury, ON – Blue Mountain Community Church
Warkworth, ON – Warkworth FMC

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

Salmon Arm BC – Lakeside Community Church (full time) [Aug 2]


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.

Bracebridge, ON – New Hope FMC
Campbellford, ON – Campbellford FMC
Cloyne, ON – Pineview FMC
Dunnville, ON – Dunnville FMC (Rev. Neale Robb – Interim Pastor)
Frankford, ON – Frankford Community Church
Hilton Beach – St. Joseph Island FMC (Rev. David Griggs – Interim Pastor)
Richmond Hill, ON – Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Associate Pastor of Youth & Outreach – Trulls Road FMC

Communications Content Developer – FMCiC Ministry Centre

Office Administrator – Arlington Woods FMC

Chief Operating Officer (COO) – nightlight Canada

*NEW Assistant Pastor – Whitby Free Methodist Church

*NEW Associate Pastor of Worship Ministry – Northview Community Church

Tearfund has a number of current openings for interns and students.  You can access their list of available positions here.

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