EFCC Conference 2016: Conference Camp

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Hey Parents!

We are so excited about EFCC Conference Camp coming up in just under 2 months. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve each of you as you attend conference; by ministering to, getting to know and enjoying your children. Many of you are new and we extend a hearty west coast welcome! We trust you will be refreshed and encouraged to continue on your journey as you spend time at Conference.

We have a fun and exciting Conference Camp planned for children and youth ages 1-18. We will begin each morning with a devotional or bible study to have a Godly start to the day. And the rest of the day will be filled with age appropriate activities that we trust will give children and youth fond memories of church and being part of God’s family. From splash parks, to farm animals, to crafts, to music, games, exploring, carnival fun, beach days and more, we ensure that your kids will have a wonderful experience here in beautiful British Columbia!

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
The EFCC Conference Camp Staff

E4H (Equip for Harvest) Update

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This reflection of the recent E4H is from Neil Bassingthwaighte. Neil is the new National Mission Director, and will begin officially in August.


A Fresh Perspective

NMDI recently had the privilege of attending E4H, which was held this year at ACTS. Equip For Harvest (E4H) is a training event for church planters, which has been referred to in the past as a church planting boot camp. I’m not sure what previous E4Hs were like, since I have never attended before; but I have to say, after attending this one, I am anticipating God doing some great things in the future.

Although we probably shouldn’t, we often evaluate training events such as E4H based on attendance or the personality of the instructor. It would be easy to do that with this E4H. There were close to 30 people in attendance, including instructors. There were people from various Evangelical Free Churches, a Baptist or two, a couple of Anglicans and even an entire church planting team of 9 people from Williams Lake, BC. The instructors were great. We were lead by Charlie Worley and his teaching team of Chris Yu, Phil Yung, Steve Sharpe, Lorin Bergen and Bill Taylor.

A Continuing Legacy of Church Planter Training

The content of the teaching was excellent, and was enhanced by the instructors being able to share out of both their triumphs and failures as church planters. A key component of the training was a visit to a church plant, on the Sunday morning, to observe and analyze the effectiveness of the church plant. As good as all those things were; they are not the primary reasons why I am anticipating God doing great things after this E4H.

For me a couple other things stood out as the key highlights. First was the prominent emphasis on disciple making. E4H started with the underlying foundation that we are called to be making disciples who make disciples. Over and over again, we were brought back to this. In fact, one of our instructors even mentioned that we were never called to plant churches, but to make disciples. I deeply appreciated this emphasis, especially as I anticipate my new role as National Mission Director with the EFCC.

One of the things that I believe is imperative for us as the Free Church is to once again be a mission movement that makes disciples who make disciples. At E4H we saw God raising up men and women to be disciple making missionaries in North America. That makes me excited.

Memorable Moment

But the most powerful E4H highlight, for me, came on the final day. Each church planter or team presented their church plant proposal. It became apparent that God had been at work. At the start of the weekend some of the teams didn’t have a clearly defined idea of what God was calling them to.

They just had an interest in church planting.

By the time the final day came, each and every presenter clearly outlined who God was calling them to reach and how they believed God wanted them to accomplish that. The passion and heart that they presented with left everyone with goose bumps. It was clear that the Holy Spirit had been at work, using what had been taught to help shape and mold servants of his.

If this E4H is any indication, the future is bright.

God is up to something. One of the best ways we can join God in what he is doing is to pray for the workers God has and will continue to raise up for the harvest.

EFCC Conference 2016: Creation Care Lunch Invitation

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EFCC and Creation Care

A small, enthusiastic team has formed to develop a written resource for the EFCC on the subject of Creation Care. Rather than creating an opinion piece in a vacuum, this team hopes to initiate an important dialogue that will continue and grow throughout our movement. They want to get a sense of the concerns and priorities within environmentally-sensitive EFCCers.

If you’re coming to the Conference, you’re invited to a special focus Lunch.

This will happen during the lunch break on Thursday August 4th at the Fort Langley church (the Conference venue). There will be three parts in the hour-long event:

  • While we eat, an introduction to who we are, and to purpose and plan of the initial project we are working on
  • An interesting perspective on the lunch we just ate, presented by John Wood, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, The King’s University, Edmonton
  • A dialogue on the project and the topic of Creation Care in EFCC.

Your part has 5 simple steps:

  1. Register for Conference and opt-in for the lunch provided by the FLEFC caterers
  2. At the same time, register your intention to come to the Creation Care focus lunch with laniefung@gmail.com
  3. On Aug. 4, get and bring your lunch as quickly as possible to the Upper Room
  4. Upon arrival, receive a $5 cash rebate on your lunch price; yes, you read that right: we are so keen about this lunch that we are paying the first 30 people who show up!
  5. Enjoy the company and engage with the discussion.

 

Prayer: From BHAGs to BHARs

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Dave Acree is the EFCC’s Prayer and Spiritual Life Catalyst. This regular column on prayer is designed to accompany the Prayer Calendar.


Those who are familiar with the writings of Jim Collins on leadership and business know what a BHAG is. In his book, Built to Last, he introduces a BHAG as a powerful mechanism to stimulate progress in a company or corporation. BHAGs (pronounced bee-hags) are “Big Hairy Audacious Goals.”

If I were currently writing a book on prayer, I would entitle the book Built to Ask and change the “G” to “R” turning BHAGs into BHARs (pronounced bee-hars): Big Hairy Audacious Requests.

Even in my 70th year of life I’m still learning about prayer. Margaret Feinberg in her book The Sacred Echo, writes:

“If his son asks for bread, what I am asking God for? In all honesty, a lot of crumby prayers. I’d like to think it’s because I’m maturing in my prayer life. I’m offering God more reasonable requests . . . . Or am I just praying it safe?” (page 81)

I have to admit that the phrase “praying it safe” struck home. That’s me, the safe prayer. But there’s even more to it than that. My belief in the sovereignty of God limits my asking. God is going to do what he is going to do no matter what I ask him to do. I don’t really believe that but I pray like I do. I realized that I am hardly asking at all.

So I’m learning to ask. Here are some guiding principles I’m working from.

You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-3, NIV 2011)

After a parable on shameless audacity Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you.” (Luke 11:9, NIV 2011)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV 2011)

I have two BHARs going right now. I am praying for two recently met individuals God has laid on my heart, one in Turkey and one in Australia, that God will reveal himself to them and that they will come to know him personally. These BHARs seem to be impossible to me. So I am undergirding them with this incident from the life of Jesus (Mark 10:17-27) and in particular this verse:

“With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God. “ (Mark 10:27)

I challenge you to a BHAR!!

Now for a shameless commercial. Come to Ft. Langley in August to the EFCC National Conference and attend my seminar on “Praying It Risky” to delve more deeply into BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS REQUESTS.

EFCC Conference 2016: Invitation to the LeadBeyond Reception

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Dan & June NicholsonAs EFCC Leadership Catalyst, Dan Nicholson heads up LeadBeyond.

There is much to share about how LeadBeyond started, what it has accomplished, and the plans it is laying for the future.


Biblical servant leadership is moving people to God’s preferred future while addressing their felt needs. LeadBeyond is the EFCC initiative for developing servant leaders among us.

We want our leaders to be known for their:

  • commitment to mutual trust
  • Spirit-motivated dissatisfaction with the status quo
  • investment into a culture of coaching
  • belief in movement-wide inter-dependence
  • personal involvement in evangelism
  • love for the glory of God
  • unity

John Quincy Adams said:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

Many of you are this kind of person. We want to fan the flame of your dreams and assist you in the role God has called you to!

On the Friday (Aug 5th) of EFCC Conference 2016, LeadBeyond will host a dessert reception after the evening plenary.

We hope that you will join us and give consideration to supporting the dream of a more intentional leadership development among our pastors and lay leaders.