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!

BC Conference searching for additional Conference Minister

BC Conference is searching for a new, full time Conference Minister for Fraser and Westminster Presbyteries. This is a new job working parallel to Marc Coulombe, who will continue to work in the Vancouver-Burrard and Vancouver South Presbyteries.

We are seeking a person with personnel and congregational planning experience.

The full job description is here on the BC Conference website. Application deadline
is February 25, 2016.

Seasoning Your Faith: Using Stewardship to spice up your congregation

Start Date: 
Apr 23 2016 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Registration open! Register here.

What’s being presented:

Guest Speakers

♦  Cheryl Curtis  - National contact for Mission and Service

♦  Jane Harding – BC Conference Financial Development

“Called to be The Church” – Congregational Giving Resource which includes everything you need, all in one place.

♦  First Year (2015-16) – this resource is available online

♦  Second Year (2016-17) – “Salt and Light” is being prepared now.

These are stand-alone resources to help you focus your congregation on good use of time, talents and treasures.

Discernment weekend May 12 - 14, 2016

Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo, BC

You will have the 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. Open to all BC Residents.

Cost: $100
To request an application, please email bwolff [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (subject: Discernment%20weekend%20May%2014-16%2C%202016) (Brenda Wolff) at BC Conference United Church of Canada or call her at 604.431.0434 or 1.800.934.0434 Ext 308

INSPIRE Conference - March 4-6, 2016

The Conference will be an epic gathering of Leaders of Children, Youth, Young Adults, and Families from a wonderful collection of main-line protestant denominations, however we are welcome to anyone and everyone from anywhere coming and being part of this event!  We encourage participants to attend the whole conference, but if that is not possible we welcome you to attend as much of the Conference as you can.  This event is subsidized by BC Conference of The United Church of Canada and The Vancouver School of Theology.

Inspire will include international keynote speakers, workshops, inspire groups, community, learning and faith. Hosted in downtown Vancouver, BC at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.

Pray, Write and Act for Syrian Refugees

September 10, 2015 - Keith Simmonds
Dear friends in Christ,

In Corner Brook, at General Council 42, we learned that we were all dear. Dear to the heart of the greeter, dear to the folk we met, m’dear and m’darling to just about anyone who claims ‘The Rock’ that is Newfoundland, as home.

Each day we’d be asked “How’s she cuttin’, b’y?” and each day we’d respond “Best kind, b’y, best kind”. It was true enough. There among so many church folk, surrounded by so much love and so much care, it was ‘best kind.’

This past week, though, I’d have said “The bottom’s gone right out of her.”

42nd General Council

The 42nd General Council of The United Church of Canada took place August 8-14, 2015 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University and the Corner Brook Civic Centre.

What is General Council?

The General Council is a national gathering of 356 delegates called commissioners. Close to 200 guests, observers, youth, children, global partners, staff and volunteers will also be present for the week-long gathering.

Why does General Council happen?

The General Council meets every three years to elect a new Moderator, to pray and worship together, and to approve new church policies. All General Council business reflects the church's deep commitment to concerns of peace and justice, and to God's call to mend the world.

2015 BC Conference General Meeting

The 2015 BC Conference General Meeting was hosted May 28-31, 2015 at the Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler, BC. The theme was "Leading from the Heart". Review the event agenda.

Read minutes from the 2015 General Meeting.

Live stream coverage 

Watch recorded event coverage. A live stream service with four camera angles was available for anyone with an Internet connection for the duration of the General Meeting. Recorded coverage is now available on the BC Conference YouTube channel.

 

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