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!

General Council July 21-28th 2018 - Awesome Opportunity for Youth from BC!

Deadline for applications: November 1/2017.

Contact: Doris Kizinna
Call 1.800.934.0434 in BC, ext. 303 or 604.341.2724 (mobile) or dkizinna [at] bc [dot] united-church [dot] ca (email).

Apply to attend Winter Retreat: February 16-19th, Five Oaks Conference Centre in Ontario. They will also attend the General Council in Oshawa, July 21-28/2018. This Retreat will help to prepare and form the Youth attending Youth Forum at GC 43. At this Retreat, the five youth from BC will gather with five youth from all the other Conferences in Canada.

 

 

 

Evolve 2017: The World needs your True Self

Start Date: 
Nov 10 2017 (All day) - Nov 13 2017 (All day)

Evolve is an annual gathering of BC Conference United Church Youth, Young Adults and Leaders
to form community, explore our faith and have fun!

Evolve 2017: The World Needs your True Self. Our world is in great need of hope, inspiration, the passion of people willing to share their gifts and change things. Finding our true selves in a world full of false selves can be tough. Experience how our true selves are the ones created by God who transforms and works with us in the world and when we live from our true selves we feel alive, we have energy, we are peaceful and inspired to share what we have and are with others.

 

The Sussex Redevelopment - Building Jubilee United's New Congregational Home

Jubilee United Church breaks ground on its new development!

It’s been a long and winding road, but this summer the Redevelopment Project at Sussex achieved a huge milestone – the Rezoning Application was approved by the City of Burnaby and we are finally in the position to begin construction. To mark this occasion, several members of Jubilee United – and its antecedent congregations, South Burnaby and West Burnaby United – gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony at 6050 Sussex Avenue on July 31st. Dave English and Charlotte Au, the Project Manager and Project Coordinator from Townline, participated in the event led by Rev. Graham Brownmiller, along with Terry Harrison and Doug Goodwin from BC Conference (who took the pictures).

Pictured: REDEVELOPOMENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS – PAST AND PRESENT: LEN, BARBARA, GRAHAM, TERRY, DAVE, BILL, BARBARA, CHARLOTTE AND KEN (MISSING: BRIAN AND LINDA)

More details and photos available in this update.

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).

Archives are moving!

July 25th - Archives update

In June, the Conference Archives announced that we will be moving to 312 Main Street in Vancouver. We continue to look forward to it with great anticipation!

The 312 Main project team has recently notified us of a delay in the building renovations. This means that our move has been postponed by at least a couple of months.

Therefore, the Archives will remain open to the public until further notice. Full story of the move below.

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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