EFCC Conference 2016: Invitation to the LeadBeyond Reception

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Dan & June NicholsonAs EFCC Leadership Catalyst, Dan Nicholson heads up LeadBeyond.

There is much to share about how LeadBeyond started, what it has accomplished, and the plans it is laying for the future.

Biblical servant leadership is moving people to God’s preferred future while addressing their felt needs. LeadBeyond is the EFCC initiative for developing servant leaders among us.

We want our leaders to be known for their:

  • commitment to mutual trust
  • Spirit-motivated dissatisfaction with the status quo
  • investment into a culture of coaching
  • belief in movement-wide inter-dependence
  • personal involvement in evangelism
  • love for the glory of God
  • unity

John Quincy Adams said:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

Many of you are this kind of person. We want to fan the flame of your dreams and assist you in the role God has called you to!

On the Friday (Aug 5th) of EFCC Conference 2016, LeadBeyond will host a dessert reception after the evening plenary.

We hope that you will join us and give consideration to supporting the dream of a more intentional leadership development among our pastors and lay leaders.

EFCC Sunday 2016

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EFCC Sunday is an invitation to your congregation consider the broader family you are a part of. This year, we’re featuring LeadBeyond.

We have provided an EFCC Sunday video to give a brief summary of what LeadBeyond is all about.

EFCC Sunday Video

You can view or download the video from Vimeo — just click through on the Vimeo link in the player above, and look for the download button under the video.

EFCC Sunday Half-page Description!

This is the way to get the EFCC Sunday information out to your people. You can either print these out, or distribute them by e-mail.

3 Giving Options!

There is a fundraising component to this. We need help specifically to raise money to provide the resources and materials

Option 1:
Your church can collect the money, and submit one combined cheque.

Option 2:
Your church can have a collection and send in all of the individual donations. (Cheques can be made out to “EFCC”.)

Option 3:
You can direct people to give on their own. (You can tell them to visit give.efccm.ca/EFCCSunday.)

A Time for Transition — Culture of Coaching

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I recently had IMGP9030the privilege of attending the coaching seminar at the Lower Pacific District’s Conference, headed by Daniel Beutler from L2LNet.

One of the interesting things about our envisioned transition to a “Culture of Coaching” is that we’re already part of the way there.

When LeadBeyond began its exploration of the needs and opportunities in the EFCC, we came to realise that to some extent at least, this is happening already. It’s happening in all of the natural ways that new leaders are engaged in church decision-making. In some cases, these are formal internships. In some cases, it’s more casual and less defined.

Several months ago, LeadBeyond started developing an extensive plan which would launch a sophisticated apprenticeship program. We quickly discovered that that was overkill – we’re backing away from that plan. We don’t need a complicated process, with a multitude of application forms and supporting paraphernalia.

We need something simple!

We need something that churches can deploy in their contexts with minimum extra work, but with maximum impact.

We need something now!

One of the most important aspect of coaching is the process of discovery. Telling people answers isn’t nearly as powerful as asking the kind of questions that help people to get to the answers on their own.

As we initiate a Culture of Coaching, it’s important to clarify our terms for ourselves. In the broad strokes, mentoring is the practice of close direction and providing answers. Coaching means empowering people to discover their own answers. (These are not hard-and-fast rules. Rather it’s the introduction of a new mindset.)

Some of the inherent advantages of an asking vs. telling model are:

  • Gets more ideas on the table
  • Gets more buy-in (which makes accountability easier)
  • Empowers people
  • Builds relationships (and therefore trust)
  • Helps people listen to the Spirit and their intuition better
  • Gives people chances to check their own self-narrative


LeadBeyond has completed work on an Internship Handbook, which is a resource to help churches process leadership training. This is available to all EFCC churches!

We also have modular training events which help people apprehend the greater intentions of coaching, and which can make this real in our churches. (This is the kind of session that was just completed at the LPD Conference, and the Prairie District is engaging this too!) Contact us directly for inquiries into hosting those events.

Whether this presents a full-scale change to you, or merely a tweak, we hope that your church will be blessed by encountering the EFCC’s Culture of Coaching. Together we can engage in fresh ideas of discipleship means in this new era!

Big Problems Need Better Thinking (Coaching Clinic)

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In case you weren’t aware, the EFCC has a massive problem. Huge! The second largest in the world, actually. I mean, it’s basic geography: our country is simply enormous! Now, we’ve looked into it, and everyone we’ve talked to has told us that shrinking Canada isn’t really feasible. Certainly not now. Maybe not ever.


We’ve been wrestling with the question:

How do we facilitate meaningful, vibrant relationships between churches and leaders to enhance the EFCC’s spirit of community?

We want everything we do to have the most reach, but our ability to do national-scale events is limited. The two biggest priorities are the EFCC Conference and the Theological Summit, which alternate. This means we have EFCC-wide get-togethers each year. As a movement (not to mention as Home Office staff), we simply do not have the capacity to add more events at that scale.

We believe the way forward for us is to create distributed events.

These will achieve two things:

  1. attract and connect people of like minds, and
  2. resource people with specific insights and instruction to improve their ministry.

We are also thinking through how to leverage technology to augment our solutions. But technology cannot do it all. In-person, shared experiences are still the best path to start and strengthen relationships.


The first distributed event of its kind is our Culture of Coaching Clinic, happening in Okotoks, AB April 22nd.

This isn’t another new program to fill your busy schedule with. It’s an approach to doing ministry.

The ministry your church is already doing.

With the people who are already involved!

You can see all the details in this pdf:
Culture of Coaching Clinic (web resolution)
Culture of Coaching Clinic (print resolution)

If you would like to register, click here:
Culture of Coaching Clinic registration

A Brief Glance at LeadBeyond

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Perhaps you’ve heard of the EFCC’s Growing 3:

  • Growing Churches
  • Growing Leaders
  • Growing Family

This has been the EFCC’s strategic focus for a few years now, and has been gaining momentum as our ministry partners see a consistent vision that they can get behind.

LeadBeyond is the initiative of Dan Nicholson, our Leadership Catalyst, to address the Growing Leaders component. LeadBeyond has a team behind it, made up of people from a variety of walks of life, who all share a commitment to Jesus, to his church and to promoting and developing healthy leadership within it. The team’s efforts were kicked off with research to take stock  of where we’re at as a movement, and to seek alignment in where we want to go.

From developing resources to establishing an Apprenticeship model for church leaders, LeadBeyond is a flurry of activity. To catch up with some of LeadBeyond’s broader intentions and beginning operations, we’ve created a landing page.

You can see all the LeadBeyond promotional materials by clicking here!