CliffsNotes – October 2, 2018

Hello Friends,

Bishop Cliff, Marc and Jared are in Saskatoon, SK for the next few days for the Western Ministers Conference that will be held at Queen’s House Retreat and Renewal Centre. Please keep the pastors in your prayers as they travel, slow down from really busy schedules to meet with God and to meet with other pastors.

Last week, the Eastern Ministers Conference was held at Wesley Acres Retreat Centre and it was a great time as pastors met with, prayed with and fellowshipped with each other.  Ben Platz, Associate Pastor at Next Church, Kingston ON received his Ministerial Candidate certificate from Bishop Cliff and Rev. Bruce Kellar  joined in for one of the sessions. Please keep Pastor Bruce and Joan in your prayers as he continues to recover.
There are pictures from the conference in the photo gallery.

Also, for the churches that have not yet appointed someone to be the prayer point person, please do so. Pastors, if you need to be the prayer point person to get things started in your church that is perfectly fine, but please sign up. This is an important initiative and we need everyone’s participation. You can contact Ken Roth with the name of your prayer point person at: [email protected] or follow the link for the job description:

Enjoy the rest of your week!








Find out more about the Fall Ministers Conference

Eastern Ministers Conference


Church Health Thursdays – Are Our Small Groups Effective?:
News & Stories Blog – Is There Anything More Contagious Than Hope?
the conneXion
– a Free Methodist theology blog: 3 Minute Theology 2.5: Knowing the Bible Inside Out:
New Leaf Podcast: Jeff and Jan Steckley – Contemplative practice, second half of life & the art of starting:
Faith and Finances Website:


Pastor Benjamin Platz – approved as a Ministerial Candidate and appointed as Associate Pastor at Next Free Methodist Church in Kingston, ON

Ordination and Commissioning Services Schedule

Dave Moriarity, Almonte, Ontario – ordination service on October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Cornerstone Community Church, Almonte, ON
Pierre Zidor, Montreal, Quebec – ordination service on November 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm,  Eglise Methodiste Libre de Rosemont, Montreal, QC


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 2-4 at Trulls Road FMC, Courtice, ON

Wesleyan Theology:
June 7-9, 2019 – 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 9 (deadline to register – October 4)
Oct 9-Nov 1 – Advance online engagement:  Oct 9-Nov 1

Nov 2-3 – two-day class in-person at Barrie FM Church, Barrie, ON

Personal and Church Stewardship:
5-week online course (FRENCH) – start date – October 15

6-week online course (ENGLISH) – start date – TBA

(*locations are selected based on where the majority of the participants reside – so please register early!)



October 15 is the deadline to apply for the Leadership Scholarship Plan (LSP) for any courses taken during both the Spring/Summer and Fall semesters of 2018.  See instructions and application forms to download from the link above.

October 15 is also the deadline to apply for the annual Special Scholarships for courses taken during 2018 – 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.


Caistor Centre FMC, Caistor Centre, ON
Dryden FMC, Dryden, ON
Melfort FMC, Melfort, SK
West Springs FMC, Calgary, AB

Church Profiles available
Contact Susan DePlanché  in the  Leadership Development Office to request a church profile – [email protected] or 289-228-1225 (deadline to apply in brackets)

Madoc Wesleyan/FMC, Madoc, ON (Oct 16)


Preparing Profiles

(If you are interested in seeing the profile for any of these churches, please contact Susan in the Leadership Development Office [[email protected] or 289-228-1225] and the profile will be emailed to you as soon as it becomes available.)

Athens FMC, Athens, ON (Angel Valentin-Transition Pastor)
New Horizons Community Church – Sarnia, ON (Kim Henderson-Interim Pastor)
Richmond Hill Chinese & English Churches, Richmond Hill, ON
Weyburn FMC, Weyburn, SK


Youth Pastor – Malvern Methodist Church
Associate Pastor – Verona FM Church