Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Every year in June, after our five Fellowship Regional Conferences are complete, I share with you the current number of local churches that make up the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada. The most recent data is as follows:
· Fellowship Pacific: 96 churches
· Fellowship Prairies: 28 churches
· FEB Central: 276 churches
· AÉBÉQ: 85 churches
· Fellowship Atlantic: 20 churches
· Total: 505 churches
Regional Conference Reports
I asked our Regional Directors to give a brief recap of our Fellowship Regional Conferences this past spring (2016). They are as follows:
FEB Central Regional Conference (April 4-5 2016)
Regional Director Bob Flemming writes:
“Our FEB Central Churches met at Morningstar Christian Fellowship Church in Scarborough, Ontario for our Conference “Recharge”. Our speaker, Dr. Don Carson, carried the conference theme in a study of the parables called, “Why Does Jesus Tell Stories.” His messages were very insightful, inspiring and well-received.
“Ministry reports were done through video presentations by and large. We welcomed 12 new church plants into our Region this past year.
“The Membership-Baptism Issue was addressed in a spot called ‘The Exchange’. Our Fellowship National Council Chair Rev. Doug Blair hosted this time, which included two presentations from Stan Fowler and Réne Frey, and was followed by a Q & A period. This was a very informative time with a good, gracious exchange.”
Fellowship Pacific Conference (April 21-22)
Regional Director David Horita writes:
“Our Fellowship Pacific ‘Impact’ 2016 conference, representing the 96 churches of BC and Yukon was held in beautiful Parksville Baptist Church on Vancouver Island. This was a critical meeting in the history of our Region, as our member churches made a final determination on whether or not to continue with our Partnership 2016 initiative. The initiative was started five years ago as a pilot project to ‘leverage the collective strength of our churches in order to make a God-honouring impact’ in the region. We celebrate the strong 96% vote of affirmation, entrenching a cooperative ministry for the name of Jesus and the growth of His Kingdom.”
Fellowship Prairies Conference (May 5-6)
Regional Director, Mark Breitkreuz writes:
“Our time with pastoral staff from our Fort McMurray church was a real blessing. Four of the five NorthLife Fellowship Baptist Church staff had arrived at our Regional Conference just having fled the wildfires engulfing their city. To see a peace that passes understanding among them was a real gift. A classic case of us feeling more ministered to as we ministered to them.
“Mark Wollenberg from IJM spoke powerfully about our need to come alongside the poor. It was an encouraging reminder and he and his talk were a gift to us.
“The spirit of our Membership-Baptism dialogue was of the Lord. I was humbled to see Jesus on display the way I did through our interaction together. Differences of opinion were present, but we were one in the Lord and committed to not let this divide us.”
Fellowship Atlantic Conference (May 13-14)
Regional Director, Glenn Goode writes:
“Our recent annual conference “The Regional”, was hosted by our Lake Echo congregation. Our leaders’ forum was encouraging and thought-provoking as three of our leaders described their ministry blessings, mission strategies as it relates to discipleship and some of the challenges they are facing in their unique communities.
“Our theme was Disciple Dynamics, with messages related to the practical requirements of the discipleship processes.
“Approximately 75% of our congregations were represented, including our three church plants. The updates from these plants are encouraging – they talked of consistent fruit and the need to expand meeting spaces. Our total number of congregations is now 20.
“A new congregation was voted into the Region, Parker’s Cove Baptist Church, which is located in the lower valley region of Nova Scotia. They are currently in search of a lead pastor.
“Our bi-vocational Regional Director is beginning to transition away from his role due to a change in geography with his other work. This transition will continue until a replacement is named.”
AÉBÉQ (Québec) Conference (June 9-10)
New Regional Director, Louis Bourque writes:
“The theme of our 2016 convention was From Dream to Action. This was my first conference since beginning in my role as AÉBÉQ’s Regional Director. This conference was carefully prepared by a wonderful support team. Two years ago we adopted the new “Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.” We use every opportunity to communicate the vision and encourage our churches with it. As we continue to incorporate this vision into all we do as a Fellowship Region, there has been a unanimous feeling of synchronized action and direction.
“Quebec is the largest missionary field in the northern hemisphere. There is a tremendous and increasing need for the Word of God. While we would like to be able to report that we are winning this territory for Christ, we are encountering hardened hearts and there is a significant battle for the souls of the lost. Despite this reality, our faith grows and we increasingly put our trust in God to move in hearts to bring about change. This is why we dream—we believe that God is infinitely more powerful than the enemy. This is why we incorporate, as part of our vision, the bold prayer made by our forefathers 60 years ago: “May God send His divine rain on the Quebec region”. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers before the throne of Grace.”
Thank the Lord for our Fellowship of churches. We are 505 churches strong… and we’re stronger together!
Have a blessed week,