The 2014 BC Conference General Meeting will take place May 22-25, 2014 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Registration is now available. There will be a pre-conference event with Eric Law on May 21-22, 2014 exploring the topics of Holy Currencies. Cost for the pre-Conference event is by donation through GracEconomics.
This report on the 2013 Mission and Service Givings from David Armour, Director of Philanthropy, The United Church of Canada.
First of all, thank you, each of you for supporting the generosity of the members of the church in 2013. Please take a moment to pause and share gratitude for all that was given.
We are thankful for God's work carried out across Canada and around the world with these gifts in 2013.
From: Doug Goodwin, Executive Secretary
I do not spend a lot of time reading the book of Deuteronomy. But it has come up in my morning devotional time so I am reading through it now. As I do so each morning I am often reminded why I avoid it.
It is sometimes hard to hear ancient wisdom and not dismiss it too quickly, especially those parts that grind up against our present values. At such times I remind myself of what we say in our congregation, that we are “hosting” scripture.
BC Conference is now adding the practice of mentoring as an essential feature of ministry formation and accompaniment. Such a relationship can arise informally or it can be initiated and shaped as a discipline. In this introductory program we will expand our appreciation for the difference a mentoring relationship can make, we will see how personal authority and spiritual grounding form an essential foundation for effective mentoring, and together we will learn the practices of mentoring in communities of faith.
Making the best use of our diverse, leadership resources
The Effective Leadership Project is an initiative of General Council that intends to make best use of our leadership resources. The project is currently being piloted by all Conferences of The United Church of Canada. The premise of this project is to move the more technical aspects of Pastoral Relations work to the Conference from the Presbyteries, to be dealt with by the Conference Personnel staff team.
This workshop will be held June 17-19, 2014 at Northwood United Church (8855 156 Street, Surrey BC).
Susan Neinaber is a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. This Alban event is designed to take participants to the next level in their understanding and response to conflict in congregations. Participants will learn more advanced skills for facilitation and mediation when tensions are high, will have the opportunity work with a difficult case study of their choosing and will learn responses to the most difficult behaviors in congregations.
Thinking About Ministry?
April 3-5, 2014
Bethlehem Retreat Centre, Nanaimo, BC