New Features You Should See

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The scope of this website is becoming larger all the time. Some of the new additions and improvements don’t instantly appear on the front page, and we want to make sure you’re aware of them.

This post is just to alert you to a few of them.

1. The Church Resource Manual
You can download our Church Resource Manual and print it off for your own reference. This is crammed full of practical information on the details of running a local church. Find it by clicking here.

2. Welcome to the Family
Welcome to the Family is our membership manual for Evangelical Free Churches. You can find it by clicking here.

3. Church Directory
As noticed by a few, the Church Directory was put up and then suddenly removed. We needed to do some major updating of the info on there, and we have changed the format to make it much easier for us to modify. Arranged by district, you can get that by clicking here.

PulseTV Episode 5

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Here is Pulse TV Episode 5. If you’d like to share it with your church, family, friends or pets, you may want to use a downloadable version (simply right click on either of the following and select “save as”):

PulseTV_Episode005.wmv (approx. 26MB)
PulseTV_Episode005.m4v (approx. 43MB)

As per usual, your comments are welcome in the space below.

Home Office Sunday (Details)

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If you’d like to download your own copy of this video clip, I’m providing in two file formats:

HomeOfficeSunday.wmv (~21MB)

HomeOfficeSunday.m4v (~33MB)

Also, if you’d like to download your own copy of the materials that we’re sending out about Home Office Sunday, check out the following:

Letter of explanation from Bill (the Executive Director) (~100KB)

Bulletin insert to be used by churches (~3MB)

Home Office Sunday (Intro)

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“The ones who do the planting or watering aren’t important, but God is important because he is the one who makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work as a team with the same purpose. Yet they will be rewarded individually, according to their own hard work. We work together as partners who belong to God. You are God’s field, God’s building – not ours.” (I Corinthians 3:7-9)

ExDirPaul reminded the Corinthians that it takes a diverse team to carry out the ministry of the gospel, that the members of that team are merely partners who belong to our God, and that the fruit of our ministry belongs to God, not us. Hence, while some of us plant and some of us water – it is God who causes growth and should receive the glory. It is an all too human response when we give glory to those who minister “up front”. While God should receive the glory, it behoves us to not forget those who serve behind the scenes.

I see the reality of this every day as I work with the tremendous team we have at the EFCC Home Office. It labours tirelessly to help Free Churches, pastors, missionaries, and leaders succeed in doing the mission to which God has called them. They pray for and cheer on our leaders and go above and beyond the call of duty – in short, they are part of the “team” that work together as partners to build God’s building and kingdom. These men and women partner with our churches in ways they do not see – they are part of the invisible support structure that we all depend on as we carry out the mission of God.

None of us is as self-sufficient or as indispensable as we may think. Our God has placed us in his body and it is our responsibility to affirm and support the other parts as we work together as God’s team. And it is our privilege to give the only one who truly deserves it, all the glory!

Serving with you,

The Pulse for April 2010

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It’s done! It’s up! And it’s available now!

Following our new debate model for the Pulse, this time our big question is

Money or Missionaries: Which should we send?

The latest edition of the Pulse is available by clicking here (this is the second in this online format — the first is available here).

We invite you to read the authors’ perspectives, and then you’re welcome to share your own thoughts here in the comments (please give us a little context for which article or thought you’re addressing). The invitation to comment applies to the whole site — each post offers a place to comment. As usual, the Pulse also contains news and updates from many of our ministries across Canada and around the world.

You can even download a pdf version of the Pulse, to print and keep for yourself.

See all of the Pulse-related content on this blog, including PulseTV, by clicking here.