Introducing ‘Equip for Harvest’ – East!

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E4H stands for Equip for Harvest.

Equip for Harvest is designed as a learning experience for church planters, seminary students and potential church planting team members. But, our experience over the last 5 years has taught us that E4H training can also be very beneficial for pastors of established churches and their church leadership teams as well.

Through E4H, we want to help equip you and your team for sowing and reaping God’s harvest. To this end, we have designed our training into three sections.

Saturday includes an all-day stand-alone training experience for everyone, but is especially designed for pastors and leadership teams from established churches as well as church planters and students. This one-day training can be experienced as stand-alone training or participants can also register for the full five-day learning experience.

On Sunday, participants in the full five-day E4H share a guided church plant immersion experience in a new church service. This is followed in the evening by a group discussion of the shared learning experience in a church plant and one or two relevant training modules.

The E4H experience continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning with subject modules that are designed to help the church planter move from the dream stage to the launch stage and first steps of a new church.

Both the Saturday-only E4H and the full five-day learning experience are designed so that you and your board or leadership team will come away from this training experience better equipped to serve and lead your church as workers in God’s harvest fields.

E4H can also be taken as a three-hour credit course from Providence Seminary. Contact Providence for more information.

In this training experience you will explore questions like:

  • What is the church? (What is your church?)
  • What are your church’s building blocks? (What needs to be in place for health and growth?)
  • What direction is your church going and who’s driving?
  • How do church planting and the Great Commission in Scripture work in your church?
  • What does a lead church planter look like?
  • How can every church help reach and reap God’s Harvest through church planting?
  • How do you develop a plan for planting from dream to launch?

The Schedule for E4H:

  • Saturday, November 15 – 8:30am – 5:00pm at the Youth for Christ building at 333 King St. in Downtown Winnipeg
  • Sunday, November 16 – attend a recommended church plant; 7:30pm – 10:00pm at the Quality Inns and Suites, 635 Pembina Hwy in Winnipeg
  • Monday-Tuesday, November 17-18 – 8:30am – 5:00pm at the Youth for Christ building at 333 King St. in Downtown Winnipeg
  • Wednesday, November 19 – 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Youth for Christ building at 333 King St. in Downtown Winnipeg

The rest of the details are available in this brochure:E4HbrochurebuttonE4H Brochure

Thanks for your interest in this. We  hope to see a lot of people taking advantage of this highly practical, important training!


Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)

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We have been working hard to try to figure out how this pertains to us as an organisation, and by extension, each of our churches. The only thing we can tell you for sure is that, well, we don’t know for sure. There are lots of organisations that are interpreting this in lots of different ways – in our estimation, from underplaying it to going overboard.

One things we do know is that non-profits are not the primary targets of this. This is designed to give the authorities teeth to go after the larger spam offenders. There will be due process and deliberation as cases are brought to authorities on these matters. However, the reality is that these laws are going into effect, and we are subject to them.

What we all need to be doing is keeping records which show that people have opted-in to our communication. The process where people sign up to Pulse records a date stamp for us, which demonstrates that a reader initiated contact. At this stage, these laws only affect commercial messages. But the definition of a commercial message is broad: it can include any information about an event, service or product that costs money (this is a grey zone).
Curiously, Messages with the express purpose of fundraising have been exempt from this law given that most non-profits would suffer heavily if restricted.

For people who have a relationship with us, we have implied consent to send them messages. This lasts for 2yrs, during which we need to work to migrate our people and our systems to express consent. It means that we need to build consent into the ways that we’re asking for e-mail addresses, whether on contact cards, or online e-mail sign-up pages.

To create effective e-mail protocols, we need:
• To go from implied consent to express consent.
• To quickly identify the sender of each message, and what its purpose is.
• Provide an unsubscribe mechanism for mailing-list type services.

If you’d like to dialogue about this, comments are open, and we can process it together there.

Pulse Winter 2011/12

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After too many delays to count, here is the latest Pulse!

We are so grateful for all of the contributors to this edition of the Pulse, especially Tracy who is responsible for putting it all together. The delay is due to conditions far beyond her control.

Click here to read the Pulse.

As usual, we invite you to add your comments about this edition below, within this post. And please share this with anyone interested!

The Pulse on Creation

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This is the latest Pulse, and the first Pulse of 2011. The main article is a charitable discussion between two different perspectives on creation. And there’s a whole lot more going on in this edition, too.

We invite you to check it out, and please feel free to add your own feedback in the comments section below.

Also, don’t forget to share this with anyone you feel would be interested.

Pastoral Opening (Updated)

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Feeling Called to the Country?
Small Town Flock Needs a Shepherd!

Pastoral position opening in Dorion, ON

We are looking for someone who is eager to strengthen Church Fellowship, Christian Education, Family,
Youth and Adult ministries; who is interested in Member visitation, worship through singing and music;
who has Bible knowledge and knows Christian doctrine to help members lead obedient, victorious
lifestyles, and allow them to develop their own personal ministry skills.

Find out all the details by clicking here.

Begin the application process by clicking here.

**Closing date for all applications is June 30, 2011**