CliffsNotes – June 16, 2020

Good Morning,

Bishop Cliff is away today.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join the National Check in that took place on Saturday. It was a good time to be able to meet together on a national level. If you were not able to join the meeting, there will be more opportunities in the near future.

At the meeting on Saturday, there was a raffle put on by Kerith Retreats and the lucky winner of a One-Week Ministry Leaders and Spouses Retreat at Focus on the Family’s Kerith Retreat Centre is…
Rev. Ian Isaak, pastor at Weyburn FM Church.
Congratulations Ian!!!

Sunday, June 28 – “The World’s Yoke, versus Jesus’ Yoke. Navigating this New Reality”
Many of you have contacted members of the Ministry Centre staff to ask how the June 28 service will be made available. So here are a few ways that you will be able to access the video:

  1. The service will be uploaded to Vimeo ( – there is currently a placeholder video uploaded.
  2. It will also be posted to the FMCIC Facebook ( page by 10:00 am on Sunday, June 28 EST.
  3. You will also be able to locate the link to the service on this page: (

We will upload the service as soon as we have it completed (sometime next week.) Please give the above details to your congregations regarding how they can access the service.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We thank God for each of you and how you are interacting with, praying for and reaching out to your communities with the love of Christ. We pray that our Lord will continue to give you strength, a sanctified imagination and a continued passion to reach your community for God.

Blessings on you for the rest of this week!


Church Health Thursdays – Timely Questions:
News & Stories Blog – Valleyview FM Church Delivers:
the conneXion – a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out:
New Leaf Network: The 2019 New Leaf Advent Reader – :


  • Rev. Aaron Birtch – appointed as Lead Pastor at Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Falls, ON, effective July 1, 2020
  • Rev. David Griggs, transitioning to retirement, effective August 14
  • Dunnville FM Church, Dunnville, ON in transition, effective August 14



Leonard Bruce – Warkworth, ON – ordination service date TBA

Dani Harris – The Corner Church, Oshawa, ON – ordination service date TBA

Douglas Smith – Fellowship of Joy, St. Williams, ON – ordination service date TBA


Register online through the link above

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 6-8, 2020 –  location TBA*

Wesleyan Theology:
November 6-8, 2020 –   Ontario location TBA*
(also available online through FMC-USA:

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:
Course starts October 13 (deadline to register – October 5)
Part One: Oct 13-Nov 5 – advance online engagement
Part Two: Nov 6-7 – two-day in-person class – Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON

Personal and Church Stewardship: (NOTE:  TUITION WAIVED FOR THIS ONLINE COURSE)
5-week online course (ENGLISH) – Fall 2020-date TBA

(* These course locations are selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!  Note:  Tuition payment is not required when registering for a course.  Payment is due 10 days before the course begins.)



October 15 is the deadline to apply for the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for any courses taken during the summer and/or fall semesters of 2020. The 2020 application forms and instructions are now available to download from the link above.

October 15 is the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships for courses taken during 2020 – apply online from the link above.



Ordained and Commissioned Ministers (except retirees) are to annually report Continuing Education Units (CEUs) acquired during each year.  Check the link above for information on CEUs, the report form and a list of examples of many different types of life-long learning that can be applied as CEUs.
Note:  For those who attend the fall Minister’s Conferences or the spring Regional Gatherings, add 6 hours of CEU credit for each event when you send in your annual CEU report.



Queensway FMC, Niagara Falls, ON


Church Profiles available
Contact Davika Dotson in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 416-240-7845   (deadline to apply in brackets)

Lakeland Community Church, Spiritwood, SK (July 14)


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.)

Campbellford FMC, Campbellford, ON
Cedar Street Community Church, Simcoe, ON
Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK
Dunnville FMC, Dunnville, ON
First FM Church, New Westminster, BC (Rev. Vern Frudd – Transition Pastor)
New Hope FMC, Bracebridge, ON
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Richmond Hill Chinese & English FM Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (Rev. Louis Leung – Interim Pastor)
Trinity Christian Centre, Dresden, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON (Rev. Vic Stonehouse-Transition Pastor)


Youth and Worship Pastor – Weyburn FM Church
Ministry Intern – Maple Grove Christian Retreat