This piece is provided by Martin Perren, the EFCC’s Canadian Pacific District Superintendent. His district is probably the most geographically spread out. You can see more details about it here.
The Canadian Pacific district of the EFCC held its 2013 annual conference in the community of Valemount October 3-6. We were hosted by our newest church plant, Valemount Community Church. The focus of our time together was built around our theme, Anchored-Christ at the Center.
Our weekend began with the pre-conference Pastors Huddle on Thursday. This is often the favorite part of conference for our clergy couples and this year was no exception. Just under 50 individuals descended upon Dr. Ray Markham’s acreage for a wonderful time of food and fellowship. The following morning we spent time in God’s word, mining from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 the character traits of effective biblical leadership.
The meetings were held at the Best Western Hotel. Their conference facilities, comfortable rooms and friendly staff made for an excellent setting for the 70 registered delegates and guests. Able Baker, pastor from the Fort St. James EFC, led us into meaningful times of worship. Our keynote speaker, Terry Kaufman from Emanuel EFC, blessed us with solid biblical teaching.
It was wonderful to have representation from the EFCC national office. Dave and Wendy Penner felt very at home as this district was where they ministered for many years before Dave’s appointment as the EFCCM Director. We also appreciated having Dwight Johnson and Wade Hammond in attendance with their spouses. Our executive director Bill Taylor spoke to our delegates as we worshiped together with the Valemount Community Church in their storefront Sunday morning. Even with Deb in attendance, Bill still managed to give us a reason to laugh.
The business of the district was handled by our outgoing chairman Dan Smith. While leaving this position he will not be leaving the board as he will now become our church planting catalyst. Rob Cave from the Kamloops EFC will be our new chairman. Dan Rogers will be the new Caribou Rep. We officially recognized Bill VanBergyk as our new treasurer and Myron Crown has the new Okanagan/Shuswap Rep. Shaun Wick has stepped down from the CPD board. We appreciate his years of faithful service. Dan Carlaw is the incoming vice chair. Dave and Jane Sager were re-elected to their positions as Northern Rep. and district secretary respectively.
We very much appreciated having Neil Bassingthwaighte from the MSC explain the credentialing proposal that they have been working on. He did an excellent job of illustrating what it does and does not mean.
It was our intent to have our district churches experience the ministry of the church plant in Valemount. The response I’ve heard has been excellent and delegates have returned to their churches encouraged and refreshed and hopefully challenged as to how they can be involved in planting a similar work in a community near them. We are grateful to God’s blessing on this district we continue to look to Him as we do our part in establishing His kingdom.