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18/02 February 2018

Hidden & Hard Work – Local stories of peacemaking

By Marion Van Driel   Hidden & Hard Work – stories of peacemaking in BC’s Lower Mainland, is all about building peace in the midst of a messy world. Editors Matt Balcarras and Katie Gorrie present eight inspiring stories about local people who seek, with great intentionality, to usher peace into places of unrest and […]

18/02 February 2018

Dealing with abuse: the journey towards healing

by Marion Van Driel   Churches have traditionally been considered safe places – sanctuaries. Sadly that is not always the case. Sexual misconduct and other abuses occur all too often. How does real ‘sanctuary’ look for someone suffering  the wounds of abuse? Life-altering trauma Abuse occurs within trusted relationships or through violent assault – both […]

18/01 January 2018

Sexual misconduct: making church a safe place

by Marion Van Driel   Allegations of Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct unleashed a spate of long-held, shameful secrets in the world of entertainment and politics. Given the prevalent guilt and embarrassment victims typically experience, one can only guess how many other women have hidden their pain away. Sadly, the Church has been far from immune […]

18/01 January 2018

Discipleship – an urgent concern

OTHER MINISTRIES by Peter Biggs 12 MONTHS – 12 MINISTRIES Each month will focus on one of these 12 areas of church ministry: •DISCIPLESHIP  •WORSHIP  •PREACHING   •OUTREACH  •SERVING the community  •SERVING the poor  •HEALING & DELIVERANCE •CHILDRENS Ministry   •YOUTH MINISTRY   •SENIORS Ministry   •MENS & WOMENS Ministries    • CHURCH ADMINISTRATION We […]

17/08 August 2017

Faith under fire

by Keri Vermeulen   The congregation of Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship (CCLF) in 108 Mile, BC, had been so excited about the month of July. The church had planned to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday all month long, with music, parties, Friday night gatherings and special Sunday sermons where Lead Pastor Rick Barker would preach through […]

17/08 August 2017

Building community, transforming lives

by Adrian Prasad David Morgan, pastor of the newly founded church plant, Eden Whalley, calls Whalley “Greater Vancouver’s forgotten child.” The City of Surrey has worked hard in the last few years to create a new image for its infamous town center by building the new city hall and beautiful apartments within Whalley’s core. Though […]

17/08 August 2017

Compelling reasons for church plants

by Jack Taylor   When it comes to restaurants, we hardly stop to examine whether our cities have reached a saturation point with the number and variety of cuisine offerings. New generations and new ethnicities long for something fresh, familiar or different. The establishments catering to the tastes of a critical mass survive – others […]

17/08 August 2017

52% factor for why new churches and campuses grow

People who attend churches or multisite campuses started in the last 5 years are 52 per cent more likely to invite friends and family to “consider faith in Jesus Christ” than at any other time in the life of the church. “This news, which we call the ‘52 per cent factor,’ offers a compelling reason […]