Greetings Pastors! I trust that you are finding some time to refresh in the Lord this summer. I am excited at what God is doing among us. A couple projects have made my summer busier than normal. First, we continue to investigate the feasibility of building a Home Office addition to the Fosmark Centre building here on TWU campus. This fall we will see if we have enough donor support to go public with the project – so stay tuned for further details! Additionally, in response to lay leaders reaching out to us, we are launching a new initiative focused on helping laity live out their faith and calling in this rapidly changing world: Lay Leader Training!
The training is designed to help followers of Jesus carry out their calling of making disciples, both inside and outside the church. Increasing numbers of laity are asking us how they can share the gospel more effectively in this changing culture. They also wish to be further equipped and affirmed for ministry in the church. We are answering that call and will be providing a series of modules with in-class sessions on a variety of key topics. They are as follows:
1. EFCC History & Ethos
2. Canada’s Changing Culture
3. How to Share the Gospel
4. How to Make a Disciple
1. EFCC Theology
2. Spiritual Formation
3. Christian Leadership
In addition, we will offer an optional Module #3. This is an opportunity for a pastor to help lay leaders (selected by your church) to complete the requirements that lead to an EFCC Ministry Credential.
A key feature of the training will be the opportunity for participants to learn to mentor and coach others to be disciples and disciple-makers. We will also network participants with other lay leaders for support and continued learning.
For those of you in the BC Lower Mainland, our very FIRST Lay Leader Training is taking place soon! And near you!
Location……………………Fosmark Centre at Trinity Western University, in Langley BC
When………………………..Friday evening and all day Saturday, September 20-21, 2019
Cost………………………….$50/person (includes food & beverages for breaks, and lunch on Saturday)
Teachers…………………..Bill Taylor, Dave Penner, and Neil Bassingthwaighte from EFCC Home Office
Deadline for Registrations is SEPTEMBER 13. There are a limited number of seats so register early!
PS: If those of you in the Lower Mainland would like posters or bulletin inserts for this first event, please contact EFCC Home Office and we will send those out to you.
For our friends outside the Lower Mainland, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 604-513-2183 if you have further questions, or if you would like to host training in your area.
Thanks for your continued partnership in the gospel!
Serving with you,