Metro Vancouver has many good churches and, over the years, many good pastors. But few are as widely known as St. Margaret’s Community Church (now West Coast Christian Fellowship), or its leader for 25 years, Pastor Bob Birch. The church has been serving its East Vancouver neighbourhood, just south of the PNE, for 100 years, and the congregation recently celebrated that fact … [Read more...] about Celebrating 100 years of St. Margaret’s / West Coast
A woman walked through the open door of our new church building and stayed for the prayer meeting. While we were studying the Gospel of Luke every night, she was amazed to discover that the baby Jesus was God even from birth. When the revelation struck her, she said, “I’m going to tell all my friends; they won’t believe it!” Then there was a man who also came into our prayer … [Read more...] about Oikos: A trinity of miracles
I am tired of pivoting. I am guessing you are, too. I grow weary of hearing about how these are ‘unprecedented times’. The stress of limping forward into this past Christmas season, where many thought of little to celebrate, weighed on me more than I would care to admit. I need community. I need hope. I need human connection. I need the very real and powerful things that my … [Read more...] about Weathering the global pandemic: Are worship services an essential service?
To say that the Coronavirus has changed the world would be an understatement. In the last 100 years, the world has not seen a global Pandemic. This is a disaster of unimaginable proportions, but it has not robbed us of our ability to communicate with each other. COVID-19 has changed the way we ‘do church’. With the closure of church buildings, and even with the loosening of … [Read more...] about Churches coping with COVID
So what difference will that make for us as churches in Canada? Tim Day, executive director of City Movement, has now completed his tour of 30 Canadian cities – presenting to some 2,000 church leaders along the way. At the end of it all he summarized his three biggest take-aways as, “we are bigger than we realize; we all have different versions of the same fundamental problems; … [Read more...] about The Canadian Christian community is bigger than we realize