Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Each year in June, after all our Fellowship Regional Conferences are complete, I seek to discover the exact number of churches that make up our Fellowship family. The following is a report on the number of churches in the various Regions that comprise the Fellowship, along with a word from each of our Regional Directors concerning their Regional Conferences.
FEB Central Regional Conference in Cambridge, ON (March 23 – 24)
· FEB Central is currently made up of 269 churches.
· Regional Director Bob Flemming had this to say:
“Our 2015 FEB Central regional conference was a combination of inspiration, celebration, and connection. Attendance was over 300 people, with many commenting about how they came away ‘challenged and refreshed’. Dr. Jerry Gillis from The Chapel in Buffalo, NY, did an excellent job in preaching on the theme of ‘Resurrection Vision’ (messages posted on www.febcentral.ca). Six workshops were offered in a variety of ministry tracks, including women’s, men’s, children’s, youth, worship, and small groups.
“We praised God for the impact of our region’s ministries and churches, which saw many salvations and effective equipping events. We also celebrated the positive response to our ‘Stronger Together’ vision and the fact that our incoming donations are up by $92,000 (34%) from the previous year — and still growing!
“Church planting was another highlight. We prayed for Dr. Darryl Dash, who is part-time director of the new Advance Church Planting Institute — an urban church planting training center in Toronto — and thanked the Lord for our two new church plants (Compass in Shelburne and Jesus Light of the World Arabic Evangelical in Ottawa) and the 12 additional plants in various stages of pre-launch preparation. Truly we realized we are ‘Stronger Together’!”
Fellowship Pacific Regional Conference in Maple Ridge, BC (April 23 – 24)
· Fellowship Pacific is currently made up of 98 churches, including some satellites or multi-sites.
· Regional Director David Horita had this to say of their recent gathering:
“Impact 2015 was a positive time of celebrating what God has been doing over the past few years. We are enjoying some of the fruit of many years of hard work as we heard stories of people giving their lives to Jesus, new churches being planted, churches growing, and new partnerships being established. For the first time in decades, our churches out-gave our last year’s budget income, allowing us to plan a future with extended ministry and church-planting. It waswonderful to focus on Christ together, remembering why we continue to strive in ministry together.”
Fellowship Prairies Regional Conference in Edmonton, AB (May 1 – 2)
· Fellowship Prairies is currently made up of 31 churches.
· Regional Director Mark Breitkreuz had this to say of their recent gathering:
“Equip 2015 was a time to honour God’s blessing in the past and look with continued anticipation to His leading with an adjusted future. This was my first conference as the new Regional Director, along with the first for other staff members. As such, we had a time of sharing our hearts and laying out what God had for us in the days ahead. Great National representation is always so valued, and the feeling of being a part of something bigger than ourselves is always energizing. Good dialogue and times of sharing what God has been up to collectively for us through our churches was also encouraging.”
Winnipeg Associational Gathering (May 3)
Dave Marttunen (Fellowship International Director), Laurie Kennedy (Fellowship National Western Coordinator) and Steven Jones (Fellowship President) spent a day with our Manitoba churches following their Prairies Regional Conference.
We celebrated together the 10th anniversary of the Mabuhay Baptist Christian Church (Winnipeg, MB) along with praise, prayer, and preaching.
Fellowship Atlantic Regional Conference in Sackville, NB (May 8 – 9)
· Fellowship Atlantic is currently made up of 16 churches.
· Regional Director Glenn Goode had this to say of their recent gathering:
“The Regional was a great weekend together with 75% of our congregations represented. The host congregation (Main Street, Sackville, NB) and the Regional team did an excellent job of planning and executing time for meaningful fellowship, important dialogue, blessed worship, and good fun. The messages and reflection time helped to focus us on the evidence of the Gospel properly lived out ‘in a manner worthy of the Lord’, as in Colossians 1.”
I would also like to add that the Atlantic Regional delegates had an important time to discuss the current membership/baptism issue. It was a good, frank and insightful conversation. Two Atlantic members of National Council (Brad Somers and Matt Rice) and an Atlantic member of the Study Team (Jeff Eastwood) led the conversation and answered questions.
I thought this was a helpful addition to their Regional Conference.
AÉBÉQ (Quebec) Regional Conference in Trois-Rivières, QC (June 4 – 5)
· The AÉBÉQ Region is currently made up of 86 churches
· Interim Regional Director Dominique Guichard had this to say of their recent gathering:
“Our Regional Conference was a great success, we had good participation from our churches. The theme of the Conference was on social justice, looking at the theological basis for social justice and examples of social justice ministry in the church. The highlight of the Conference was sharing our vision to 2020, to plant 30 new churches. To do this we will raise up 200 new pastors/church planters, 200 elders and 200 women in training. Our vision is to ‘Equip, Strengthen, Plan, Influence’ by mobilizing our collective strengths as a Region.”
How Many Churches in the Fellowship?
You do the math. Our five regions total 500 churches from sea to sea to sea — as far west as Vancouver Island, BC, as far east as Sidney, NS, as far north as Whitehorse, YK, and as far south as Amherstburg, ON. On any given Sunday over a dozen languages will be preached from our pulpits. Our oldest church is in Sackville, NB, at 252 years old, and our newest… I’m not sure, but over 40 church plants have begun in the last five years. God is good! He is so good to His people. We are all part of something much bigger than ourselves!
Have a blessed week,