Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here…I’m just getting ready to fly to Halifax this week for our Fellowship Atlantic Regional Conference, and then I’m off to our AÉBÉQ Regional Conference in Gatineau, QC next week.
I thought I’d give you a very brief update on the Regional Conferences I have already attended in recent weeks:
FEB Central Regional Conference in Cambridge, ON (April 8-9)
Hugh Halter, the founder of “Missio”, spoke powerfully and candidly about pastoral leaders living missionally in their own communities. He pulled no punches. The most significant thing at this year’s conference was the approval of FEB Central’s “Stronger Together” document (receiving an 81% vote). This document gives tracks for all FEB Central churches to live and minister interdependently.
Fellowship Pacific Regional Conference in Abbotsford, BC (April 24-25)
Alan Hirsh was the speaker at the Fellowship Pacific’s Regional Conference. He spoke to church leaders on discipleship and mission in an increasingly post-Christian society. His messages were thoughtful—he challenged our typical notions of the local church’s mission.The Pacific delegates also had two important discussions on the subjects of:
* Membership and Baptism modes. What are the essentials?
* A conversation regarding the need for a common “code of conduct”.
I found the dialogue stimulating, graceful and generous despite these topics being very sensitive.
Our own Fellowship national luncheon was very well attended. We were able to announce that BC’s Fellowship International missionaries, Raj and Kim Vannadil, had reached their deputation goal and would be leaving for southern India later in 2014. PTL!
Fellowship Prairies Regional Conference in Edmonton, AB (May 2-3)
Mark Clark, founding pastor of Village Church (Surrey, BC), a Fellowship church that has grown from 16 to 3,400 in four years, spoke at the conference. He addressed “intentional evangelism” and how Village Church seeks to be missional in its own community. Merv Lowen spoke on leadership and Gord Baptist also spoke on preparing for retirement.
The big news at this conference was Laurie Kennedy, Fellowship Prairies Regional Director, announcing his resignation, effective October 31, 2014, after 11 amazing years of ministry. Laurie and Char will be greatly missed. This region ends their conference each year with two to three hours of sharing and praying for one another. It is always a precious time of joy, tears and laughter.
I love attending our Regional Conferences. It’s a great time to hear about what God is doing in our Fellowship.
Have a blessed week,
P.S. Check out our most recent edition of "Thrive" magazine online
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 (NLT)