Church Planting

Where Do We Find Hope?

6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in …

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Starting in a Pandemic

The very first New Leaf Learning Centre we hosted was to invite a Canadian Epidemiologist/Pastor, Michael Garner, to speak to us. It was very early on in the pandemic and having our very own expert that we could ask questions of was incredibly helpful in those early days. For me …

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Be Free: The Best Invitation

Freedom is a gift that was given to us first by God. Through the work of Jesus we have been freed from the slavery of sin dead lives, adopted into God’s family, raised to be royalty, and employed in God’s family business. Do you know what the family business is? …

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The New Kind of Church Planter

In the mid 1990s our denomination began to put structures behind a church planting impulse that had been growing among us for years.  We called this structure the Church Growth Department.  In order to get that department going we started gathering money through a Giving Stream and began working inter-denominationally …

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It’s Not Easy But It’s Worth It: The Story of a Church Accepting Responsibility For Their Community

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Greg Elford and his team at New Heights church.  They have been undergoing some significant changes as they take active steps toward accepting responsibility for their neighbourhood.  Their efforts have been daring and exciting.  What they have …

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That’s What We Really Need!

Dallas Willard once wrote, “Since making disciples is the main task of the church, every church ought to be able to answer two questions: 1) What is our plan for making disciples of Jesus? 2) Is our plan working?” I love simple and direct words like these.  Willard gets right …

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What I hope for in 2018

I love how a new calendar year can often feel like a blank canvas.  In 2018, there are several things that I hope we choose to paint on our collective calendar together.  The first item I would like to work together on is deepening our collective understanding of ministry in …

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Finding My Bearings

Matthew 11:30 has often been a kind of “North Star” for me in my ministry. According to Jesus, life with Him should look something like this: “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Whenever I find that my life doesn’t match that description I know that I am …

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