We just concluded our 2016 General Conference* in Montreal under the theme Vitality. We still get excellent feedback about this time spent together. The Lord’s presence, reflected in unity, joy of living, fellowship and a family spirit, was very real. The Conference had been intentionally prepared so that, together, we might experience a time of vitality by the Spirit, in truth and in our commitment to our mission. But the best thing I can do is to let our pastors speak for themselves:
One of our district Pastoral College small groups meets regularly in Quebec City. But on Thursday, June 9th, we chose to meet in the Centre Vie Abondante in Montmagny where François Labelle is pastor. It was a way to underline and acknowledge that the Kingdom of God is not just at work in our large cities.
It is with great joy that we are welcoming Stéphane and Brigitte back on our pastoral staff. We have seen God’s signature in the process leading to their return among us as of August, Sunday 28th. We believe God will propel them towards their destiny and that many lives will be impacted for eternity through them and their ministry.*
Young men and women are sensing a call to a mission field, and it is important that they know there is one right here in Canada. Whether one wants to serve as a traditional pastor or with new/emerging ministry outreaches, there is room for all. Even though Quebec has its own history and culture, it also shares a lot in common with the rest of Canada, which helps English-speaking workers for the kingdom connect and identify more easily with the people here than on a distant mission field.
We encourage you to listen to a podcast on an overview of the history of Pentecostalism that our general superintendent David Wells shared at St. Clements Church in Toronto on February 14, 2016, as part of their Streams of Christianity series. You will certainly find it instructive and refreshing.
As we move towards Canada’s 149th birthday on Friday, July 1, 2016, we want to spread the word about the Government Prayer Sunday (GPS) being encouraged on Sunday June 26 by the National House of Prayer. We are encouraging churches to designate a portion of your morning service(s) to pray for our government, uniting with Christians across Canada and seeking God for our nation. Read more of this message by David Wells
If the word “coaching” has become a part of our vocabulary, we could easily underestimate how this approach could be a real asset in our ministry. During three seminars – brief, very practical and participative – John Caplin, an experienced pastor-coach, brings the participants to discover how to help those around them to serve better and reach their objectives.
Our General Conference just ended. It will certainly have been a powerful time for all participants. The least that can be said is that it was a amazingly encouraging time, challenging us to be ever more audacious as we face today’s realities.
“When the Spirit came at Pentecost, He hurled the Church toward God’s global target across national, cultural and racial boundaries, all the way to the ends of the earth.” David Bryant The unreached peoples are too often unknown by the Church, and yet the Lord has given us the mandate to reach them to the ends of the earth.
Don’t miss this brief video review of our 2016 IBQ Graduation. Quite inspiring and stimulating. If you do not speak any French, two sections are bilingual with Kevin Johnson and David Wells. Certainly a day to celebrate and rejoice about. May God make the seeds of this labour grow and bear much fruit for His glory!