About BC Conference

BC Conference is an administrative and service-delivery body of The United Church of Canada. We provide staff, finances, advice, advocacy and programming resources to 10 presbyteries, 200+ congregations, hundreds of ministry personnel and numerous ministries in British Columbia including camps, social service agencies, housing and care facilities, chaplaincies, hospitals and educational centres.

Read about our mission and vision and read what's happening in our part of the church below. Then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Holy Shift: Innovation and Our Story

Start Date: 
Oct 20 2017 - 7:00pm - Oct 22 2017 - 1:00pm

What is the future of Church in the 21st century and how do we tell the story of our faith in this context?

Holy Shift is a dynamic learning conference for congregation members, staff and clergy to share ideas, connect and dream about the unfolding of Spirit in their communities.

Held in Parksville at Knox United on Oct 20-22, this year’s event features Beth Ann Estock, author of Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, and Kelli Walker-Jones, author of Know Your Story and Lead with It: The Power of Narrative in Clergy Leadership. Beth Ann’s book meshes spiral dynamics with analysis and examples of new expressions of faith communities in the 21st century.

A must-read for anyone daring to innovate!

Full details are on the Leadershift website. Read the poster!

Registration is now open and available here.

Mission-focused Performance management with Susan Beaumont

Start Date: 
Nov 15 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

At the heart of any faith community is mission, not tasks. Yet so often we aren’t sure how to tie the performance of staff and volunteers to mission instead of output. In this one day workshop get the tools and vision to lead staff and volunteers in a way that supports mission and generates excitement and passion.

Author, Alban consultant and spiritual director Susan Beaumont brings decades of experience working with churches of all sizes to create teams that understand their purpose and how they will be evaluated for their work. Help your team reach its full potential so it can best serve God’s mission in your community.

Northwood United Church, 8855-156th Street, Surrey, BC

COST: $150 for one day, or $225 for both this workshop and the Adaptive Change workshop.

See the Leadershift website for information about all workshops.

To register, click here.

Questions? Contact leadershiftinfo [at] gmail [dot] com (Rhian Walker).

Adaptive Change: Leading through change with Susan Beaumont

Start Date: 
Nov 14 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Have you have ever struggled with a problem that will not go away? The solutions may often seem obvious, such as the need for a new approach or tool, a different process, or better communication. Yet you seem to face unexpected resistance to these seemingly “obvious” fixes or the problem stubbornly persists. You may be facing an adaptive challenge.

Back by popular demand, this introductory course helps you identify and make progress on a leadership challenge in your own life. Author, Alban Institute consultant and spiritual director Susan Beaumont works with church leaders to evolve to a new model of leadership that better responds to the changing context of our time.

Northwood United Church, 8855-156th Street, Surrey, BC

COST: $150 for one day, $225 if you take Adaptive Change AND Mission-based team performance

To register, click here. 

Questions? Contact leadershiftinfo [at] gmail [dot] com (Rhian Walker).

Pastoral letter regarding summer 2017 wildfires in BC

BC Conference President Cari Copeman-Haynes writes to all of those in BC Conference:

This weekend has marked the most extraordinary set of circumstances with regard to fires in the interior of our province for more than a decade. Hot weather, dry lightning, high winds, and human activity have all conspired to endanger many people in many parts of our province due to the huge spread of fire through dry tinder.

Many of our congregations are ministering right in the heart of the threatened and enflamed territory. Some of our people are among those evacuated from their homes, and others are among those who seek to support and house those who have been evacuated. And meanwhile, the fires keep on starting (97 new fires on Saturday alone) and spreading.

At a time like this, when fear, anxiety, loss and dislocation trouble the hearts of many of our neighbours (and ourselves) in BC Conference, we turn to prayer, we turn to Scripture, and we turn to each other.

Continue reading.

The United Church of Canada sends this prayer to all.

Archives are moving!

On June 7, 2017, BC Conference entered an agreement with the City of Vancouver to lease office space for the Conference Archives at a location known as “312 Main”.  This is the former site of the Vancouver Police headquarters, at the corner of Cordova and Main.  The facility is currently under renovation, and will offer 1800 square feet of office and storage space for the Archives.  The space will include full environmental controls, and security and reception services will be shared with other tenants.  We will be able to house our entire holdings onsite once again, with some room to grow.

Assuming plans proceed on schedule, the Archives will move to the new location in early September.  The Archives will be closed between July 17th and late September/early October to accomplish the move.

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Sunday

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Sunday

Fourth Sunday of September:  September 24.2017         
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We invite you as communities of Faith to gather for worship on this Sunday or another in 2017, to celebrate and engage with Young People.  If you have youth in your congregation or you don’t, if you are seeking ways to connect and share with them, if you are seeking ways to bring awareness and honor to this ministry, then this service is created for you. 

Discernment Retreat

Start Date: 
Sep 21 2017 (All day) - Sep 23 2017 (All day)

Join BC Conference for a Discernment Retreat at Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo from September 21 - 23, 2017

You will have an opportunity to explore your call to ministry in community. To learn about the different streams of ministry and to understand the denominational process of the United Church of Canada.

To request an application, contact Brenda Wolff by bwolff [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (subject: Discernment%20retreat) (email) or by calling the office, 604-431-0434 or 1-800-934-0434 ext. 308.

Online applications available here https://form.jotform.ca/BCConf/cab-dis-application

This event is open to BC residents only.

 

 

 

2017 BC Conference General Meeting

Start Date: 
May 25 2017 (All day) - May 28 2017 (All day)

 

The 2017 BC Conference General Meeting was held May 25-28, 2017 at The Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. (6133 Univeristy Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1) The theme for the General Meeting was "How Big is Our Tent?"

The Celebration of Ministry service was held on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The General Meeting was livestreamed via Facebook Live. Click here to view the BC Conference Facebook Page.

To view the session from Thursday night, please click here. 

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