CliffsNotes – June 20, 2017

I worshipped with the Athens FM congregation this weekend. I especially appreciated that though the service officially starts at 11:00, they begin to prepare their hearts in worship BEFORE with worship songs. In fact the sanctuary was already filled before 11 with people already engaged in worship! Thank you Athens for that experience. Would you be surprised if I told you that after the service, we ate? Apparently they do this every week (and so do I).

I also met with Paul Millar from Westport FM. He and his leaders decided a couple of years ago to visit with each member of the congregation in their homes to ask each person four questions:
1. What has been your experience in church(es)?
2. What are we doing/not doing well?
3. What have you seen other churches do that you found inspiring?
4. What are your dreams for our church family?

Out of this came conversations about accepting responsibility for their community – including a storefront Thrift store that has been running for a couple of weeks. They also pay for 20 hot lunches for students in a local school, and fund a breakfast club in another school. Paul and his leaders decided not to tell parents who is paying for this – the principal was surprised and wondered why not (“isn’t this good publicity?”)? Paul explained that it makes no sense that there is a church in a community and there are children going hungry.  That math equation didn’t make sense. The teachers and principal loved this answer I’m sure – in fact they have told people about this, thus becoming evangelists!

Another project is the Westport Community Action Fund, wherein WFMC seeded the fund with $40,000. The Community Action Fund’s purpose to find courageous new ways to meet unmet needs in the Westport area.  The committee includes the mayor, other Westportians, Paul and a couple others from WFMC. Thank you Westport for accepting responsibility for your community… BTW Paul and I ate breakfast together!


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Church Health Blog: When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can « Bring in Young Families »: New
• the conneXion – a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out:
• New Leaf Podcast: Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit for mission – Jeremy Barham and Mike Temple: New
• Faith and Finances Website:
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•The National Ministry Centre Team video:
LifePlan Study Team Files

John-Mark Cockram’s Ordination

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Paul Millar/Westport FM Church


The next deadline is October 15, 2017 to apply for both the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for the summer and fall semesters of 2017, and for the Special Scholarships. More information is available at this link:

Heart of Canadian Free Methodism:
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Nov 3-5, 2017 in Ontario*

Wesleyan Theology:
Nov 3-5, 2017 in western Canada*
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Personal and Church Stewardship
6-week online course – start date TBA

Culture and the Missional Church:
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Rev. Linda Dixon – appointment changed from “Transition Pastor” to “Lead Pastor” at Crossroads Free Methodist Church, Salmon Arm, BC, effective July 1, 2017
Rev. Jonathan Grant – appointment changed from “Associate Pastor” to “Lead Pastor” at Trulls Road Free Methodist Church, Courtice, ON, effective July 1, 2017

Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule


Blue Mountain Community Church, Thornbury, ON
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON
Pineview FMC, Cloyne, ON
Ryde Centennial FMC, Gravenhurst, ON
Smiths Falls FMC, Smiths Falls, ON
Warkworth FMC, Warkworth, ON
Whitby FMC, Whitby, ON

Church Profiles available
(Contact Susan DePlanché at the Personnel office to request a church profile – [email protected])

Cornerstone FMC, Prince Albert, SK – Personnel Office receiving resumes until May 30
Frankford Community FMC, Frankford, ON  – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 20
Westdale Park FMC, Napanee, ON – Personnel Office receiving resumes until June 20

Preparing Profiles
(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan at the Director of Personnel office [[email protected]] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON (Mary Lee DeWitt-Transition Pastor)
Harrowsmith FMC, Harrowsmith, ON (Carl Bull – Transition Pastor)
Tabernacle de la Grace, Montreal QC

Functioning with approved local arrangements
Avonlea FMC, Avonlea SK
Campbell’s Bay FMC, Campbell’s Bay, QC (Orville White)
Church On The Hill, Orillia ON (Ousman Ali)
Cordova Mines FM Fellowship, Cordova Mines, ON
Eglise Chrétienne Méthodiste Libre de Le Gardeur, QC (Duplan Auguste Lython)
Enterprise FMC, Enterprise, ON
Killarney FMC, Killarney, MB (Raymond Riglin)
Markham FMC, ON (K.K. Leung)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON (K.K. Leung)
Roblin FMC, Roblin, MB (Heath Butler)
Surrey FMC, Surrey BC (Nathaniel Prakash)
theStory, Sarnia, ON
Timmins FMC, Timmins, ON (Lewis Byer)
Vennachar FMC, Vennachar, ON (Laurie Lemke)
Verona FMC, Verona, ON (Kathy Casement)
Wesley Chapel Japanese FM Church, Toronto, ON (Misa Mochinaga)
Wyevale FMC, Wyevale, ON
Yarker FMC, Yarker, ON (Ken Babcock)


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Kim Henderson
Dan Sheffield
Derek Spink

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Associate Pastor – Barrie FM Church
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