Intervention in Nepal

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The level of disruption the earthquake in Nepal has caused is both horrible and sad.

Our partner humanitarian organisation, World Relief Canada, has already begun mobilising to intervene with emergency relief operations and supplies.

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We invite you to direct your giving to this worthy organisation, assisting its personnel to ministry grace and comfort to the survivors of the devastation.

We also request you to pray for the country as its continues its rescue and salvage operation, and contemplates the massive tasks of clean-up and rebuilding.

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Often Forgotten, Ever Crucial

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Each month, we point attention to the EFCC Prayer Calendar (details here). This is a compilation of small praise reports and prayer requests from throughout the EFCC and EFCCM; every day there’s something specific to pray for. We’ve asked Dave Acree, the EFCC Prayer Catalyst, to accompany each Prayer Calendar with a short devotional to better help us all focus on the meanings and intentions of prayer.

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LDCatBehind every prayer request a need lurks, and needs come in all shapes and sizes across a spectrum from mellow desire to anxious desperation.

In Philippians 4 Paul reveals a prayer process that moves us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God” (vs 6). Oops! Left something out, didn’t we? It’s almost an afterthought and easy to forget: “with thanksgiving.” Way too often our needs become so urgent and large they overshadow the only one that can really do anything about them!

Thanksgiving brings perspective. When we are thankful to and for God, who He is and what He has already done, and what He might and will do, anxiety has a better chance of melting into peace.

Philippians 4 is not a “one-off.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “pray continually” and then in the same breath to “give thanks in all circumstances.” How’s that for a seemingly impossible assignment?

Paul practiced what he preached. “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you” (Romans 1:8). Check out 1 Corinthians 1:4; Ephesians 1:16; Philippians 1:3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Timothy 1:3; Philemon 4 and note the context to identify Paul’s thanksgiving. Now, practice what Paul preached.

Partner each request with thanksgiving!

EFCC Sunday 2015

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We invite you to celebrate EFCC Sunday with us this year. This is a somewhat different focus than we’ve had in previous years (eg Home Office Sunday). We’re highlighting an initiative that we believe is important to the whole EFCC family!

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Introducing LeadBeyond

LeadBeyond is a leadership development effort that is already underway. As I write this, we’re currently in the research stage, surveying pastors and dialoguing with leaders throughout the movement to get a better sense of what the needs and opportunities are. The initial idea was borne at a recent annual Leadership Retreat, which is a 30for30smconversation among leaders from all levels of the EFCC. In those sessions, and subsequent connections, leadership development has been identified as the single greatest need facing the EFCC.

LeadBeyond has a strong team of dreamers and pragmatists behind it headed up by Dan Nicholson, now serving as the EFCC’s Leadership Catalyst. It is being funded by the 30 for 30 campaign announced at Conference 2014. 30 for 30 is named for its aim to raise $30 for each attender to celebrate 30 years of ministry in Canada.

Some of the ideas being pondered now:

  • facilitating ministry internships
  • orientation and training activities
  • promoting and sharing resources

To help your church partner with us for EFCC Sunday featuring 30 for 30 and LeadBeyond, we’ve prepared a printed handout (that can be e-mailed as a pdf, or distributed with your church’s bulletin) and a video clip. You can either play it live, or you can download it and play it from a computer.

Handout (right-click to download the version you prefer):

EFCC Sunday Handout (web resolution) ~410KB
EFCC Sunday Handout (print resolution, double-sided) ~10.5MB

Slide (Right-Click to download for PowerPoint, etc.)

EFCC Sunday Slide ~310KB

Video (click through to Vimeo to find the download button beneath the clip):

EFCC AGM Announcement

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This year we are holding our first ever Annual General Meeting in an off-Conference year!

OkotoksThe meeting will take place at Okotoks EFC in Okotoks, Alberta, on May 26, 2015, starting at 4pm. This coincides with Day 1 of EFCC Theological Summit 2015. Your church will be entitled to send delegates to Okotoks or to have those delegates join via live video streaming. We will send details regarding this live-streaming option in a few weeks’ time.

Click here for all the Theological Summit 2015 details!

The agenda for this AGM will be brief yet important: a report from the Executive Director, a financial report and a video update regarding what is going on in the movement as a whole. We invite you to elect your delegates for this AGM in the same way as you do for the biennial EFCC Conference.

Agenda of the AGM Business Meeting

A delegate form explaining how many delegates each church may “send” to the AGM (whether in person or virtually, via live-streaming)

Other reports will be sent out to the churches and delegates prior to the AGM. Please plan to choose your delegates and email your delegate forms to us with the information requested (especially if they are joining the AGM via live streaming). Please also note that the Business Meeting requires a quorum (25%) of member churches, so even if there are none from your fellowship planning to attend EFCC Theological Conference, you can still attend, in person or virtually, the Business Meeting.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Okotoks!