Pulse Podcast 011: World of Hope 2017-2018

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Christmas decorations are sharing shelf space with Halloween candy — it must be time to launch another World of Hope!

The video below is an invitation and description of what World of Hope is, and what we hope it will accomplish for the EFCCM and its projects.

We also offer a shorter preview version that we hope is useful to share with your church, your small group or wherever else time is precious.

World of Hope impact giving catalogues will be arriving in churches and mailboxes around Thanksgiving. We’re grateful for our generous supporters, and are excited to see what this year will bring.

Overarching Strategy: Growing 3

The Growing 3

The Evangelical Free Church of Canada began as a gospel movement of pioneering believers and churches 100 years ago. As we move forward in a new century, we are praying that God will grow us in three areas: we call this our “Growing 3”.

Growing Family

The EFCC is an “association of autonomous churches”. We value the fact that every church can govern its own affairs and carry out its God given mission without denominational control. However, what it means to be “Free Church” goes far beyond mere autonomy.  Our churches share a common Statement of Faith and Character and Calling. Our motto of “In Essentials unity, in non-essentials charity, in all things Jesus Christ” reminds us that we unite as family around an ethos that agree on gospel essentials, acts charitably towards other believers that hold differing opinions regarding non-essentials and place Jesus at the centre of everything we do and believe. We desire to unite around our identity as Free Church Christ followers and collaborate in the mission He has called us to.

Growing Leaders

The apostle Paul coached a plethora of younger leaders who would serve the Lord and His church. As we move forward as a mission movement, we recognise that we need to coach lay leaders, pastors and missionaries to help them be successful in their callings. We desire to build a culture of coaching where everyone is intentionally seeking out someone to coach and be coached. Additionally we are working to give strategic teams such as church boards the resources and training they need to successfully serve and lead their churches.

Growing Churches

The EFCC is a mission movement that has a history of planting churches in North America and around the globe. We are focused on helping our churches be vibrant, healthy congregations that reach out with the gospel, multiplying believers and churches. We have established the systems of assessment, training (Equip for Harvest, aka E4H) and coaching to help church planters succeed in making disciples and planting churches that will plant other churches. We are seeking to resource and network our churches and believers as they carry out the Great Commandment and Great Commission!

Prayer Calendar: The Long and the Short of Prayer

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If you are looking for a prayer mentor, allow me to suggest Nehemiah as a candidate. I know he’s known for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its walls, but if you overlook his prayer life, you’ll miss the secret of his success. He just didn’t know about prayer, he prayed.

I am not technologically savvy, functional but far from genius status. Even talking about it in the next few sentences will reveal just how limited I am, but bear with me. I am not on Twitter; I barely understand it. My main electronic communication tool is email. I know that in communicating today, less is best. Long emails might not even be read, let alone merit response. Twitter is limited to 140 characters.

In its most basic idea, prayer is communicating with God.

Our lives are so full and we have been so conditioned by culture and society to value brevity, I believe most of our praying has become “twitter-like.” Less is best.

Not that that’s inherently wrong. Nehemiah prayed in twitter prayers at times. “Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king.” (2:4-5) That meets the twitter limit. But what if most of our praying is 140 characters or less? Is that a good thing?

Nehemiah also prayed long and deep, working up prayer sweat. “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.” (1:4) Nehemiah knew both the long and the short of prayer. His twitter prayers were outcomes of his long prayers not a replacement for them.

This is not about the length of our prayers but the character of our praying.

The short of prayer is more about need and asking God to do something. The long of prayer is more about relationship. Both happen, both are needed; but if one is to eclipse the other, let it be the long over the short.