Relief for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

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Dear Friends and Supporters of the EFCCM,

You are probably aware of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Our hearts grieve the loss, and we pray for comfort and peace in this time of sadness and desperation.

We are inviting you to get involved in the following ways:

Option 1:

Jason & Andrea are EFCCM career missionaries serving in Manilla, Philippines. To assist in the relief efforts this family has started a special project to provide much-needed emergency supplies to people in need. They will use their network to distribute these within the disaster area.
If you would like financially support direct relief support through Jason and Andrea, follow the instructions below:

Visit the EFCCM Donation Page then,

Select “Miller, Jason and Andrea” from the drop-down list, and when filling out your donation details, please add “2-2435 Yolanda Relief” in the comments box provided.

Option 2:

World Relief Canada is the relief arm of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), an established partner of the EFCC. This organisation has much experience and expertise in international emergency relief work. Currently donations sent to them will be matched 1-to-1 by the Canadian government.

WRC Typhoon Crisis Response

Additionally, World Relief has also provided resources to help direct prayer and giving:

WRC Church Resources

We know we can count on your prayers for the Philippines as it faces the aftermath of this crisis. May God bring peace and provision to the Filipino people!

Reflections on Exponential West 2013

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You may have seen our announcements and invitations to Exponential West last month. Here is the first report of what happened. We are hoping to grow a core of committed people to dream and pray about church planting, and to get involved personally. Sound like something you want to get involved in? Read on for how to get in touch with Charlie.

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What in the world is Exponential West? Just ask the EFCCers who were there in October on the Saddleback Church campus in California. That would be Tim and Lynn Seim, Dale and Ann Little, Noel Macasaet, and Charlie and Marty Worley.

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We were a small group of some 1,700 people who gathered for four days to experience a very exciting, encouraging and fast-paced conference for church planters, pastors and church planting leaders from across North America.

The theme was “discipleshift,” meaning the shift that has occurred in making disciples over the last few years. Five shifts were highlighted by speakers and workshop leaders.

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Shift number one is from reaching to relating. To do this as churches, we need to define what a disciple is and to focus on growth into Christ’s image. Making disciples is about growing Christians, not just the first step which is evangelism and getting people saved.

Shift number two is from informing to equipping. This shift has to do with the role of the pastor(s) and leaders. Following the pattern spelled out in Ephesians 4, churches need to do more than just help people acquire more spiritual and biblical knowledge. We need to shift to equipping believers to do the work of ministry.

Shift number three is from program to purpose. In our churches, we need to rediscover the biblical purpose which is making disciples and that happens in the context of biblical relationships. Pastors and church leaders begin to cast the vision for the need for relational environments by first being intentional in their own relationships, and then create systems in the church where these relationships occur.

Shift number four is from activity to relationship. Churches need to ask how each ministry in the church leads to discipleship. This shift also means churches that make disciples must emphasize the importance and role of small groups in making disciples.

Shift number five is from accumulating to deploying. In short, we need a new scorecard for ministry success. Church success is not about accumulating more attendees, bigger offerings, larger facilities, or additional programs and staff. It is about making more and better disciples and measuring what that looks like for your church. We value what we count, and count what we value.

Its time we as Free Churches shifted from what is in our heads to what God is putting on our hearts, and then move that from our hearts to our hands and feet. Exponential West was a kick from the Lord on our backsides where we have sat for too long and just soaked up more information. It was also a call from our Lord to renewal of a commission to go and make disciples, first on our knees, then with our hands and feet.

Go to the Exponential Website for links to tons of free resources and podcasts, and much more will added soon from the Exponential West 2013 conference.

Next year’s Exponential West 2014 focuses on evangelism and church planting and will again be at Saddleback Church in LA on Oct. 6-9. Exponential West features 5 pre-conference intensives, over 75 national speakers, 20 tracks and over 100 workshops. The theme is “Seek and Save” – taking a new look at winning people to Christ in the context of disciple-making. Contact Charlie if you are interested in attending or have questions.

We are expecting that many more EFCCers will want to go and join in partnership with our EFCA West District friends at the sold out event. 70 from the EFCA West attended Exponential West 2013. Will you be one of 20-30 from the EFCC next year?

You may get the book Discipleshift by Jim Putman, Bobby Harrington, and Robert Coleman on Amazon.

Fall Edition of the Pulse

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We’re excited to present this Pulse edition dealing with how the gospel propels us to Christ-like living, and how we put forward a witness into the world.

We invite you to read this by clicking the link below:
http://www.efcc.ca/pulse132/

And as usual, we welcome any comments on this edition below.