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Camp Whitesand Registration Open

By |April 8th, 2019|ManSask Conference, News|0 Comments

Creating a Welcoming Culture

By |August 15th, 2017|ManSask Conference, News, Total Member Involvement|0 Comments

Doubling Attendance: Clearing the Air for Worship

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

Let’s look at the 2nd of the 7 areas we will explore to increase attendance. Remember the reason we are eager to double our attendance; it is because we will be connecting twice as many people on a weekly basis to Jesus!
Atmosphere/Programming
Have you ever visited […]

By |April 12th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Doubling Attendance: Infrastructure

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

Let’s look at the first of the seven areas we will explore to increase attendance. Remember the reason we are eager to double our attendance; it is because we will be connecting twice as many people on a weekly basis to Jesus!
What Would […]

By |April 12th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

The Worst Reason to Grow Your Church

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

For the next few Mission notes we will explore the potentially best way to grow the church.  Untapped in so many ways!
A “Lightless Lighthouse”
One time in a conference far, far away from Central Canada I was visiting with a small church. In the […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Small Church Network

The Conference Board of Directors voted on Mar 11 to initiate a new “Small Church Network” to to better serve smaller, isolated, lay-led congregations in Man-Sask.
The idea is to assign a pastor to coordinate and provide pastoral support for congregations in the Small Church Network. We envision this would involve sharing sermons and many other […]

Why Does Attendance Matter?

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

For the next few Mission notes we will explore the potentially best way to grow the church.  Untapped in so many ways!

The Big Event
Smiles are everywhere! You look around where you are seated and you see that everyone is excited to attend this […]

By |March 1st, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

In the Books or in the Pews?

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

For the next few Mission notes we will explore the potentially best way to grow the church.  Untapped in so many ways!
In the Books
Over three decades ago when I first started pastoral ministry the conference where I was serving leaned hard on pastors […]

By |February 15th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

The Power of Planting

Vision Statement #8
“Double the number of churches in our mission territory, double attendance.”

 

What Does Evangelism Mean to You?
As Adventists, we certainly hear the word “evangelism” a lot. The word evangelism means so many different things to different people.

To some it may bring memories of a large tent with sawdust floors, and lively gospel songs.
To others […]

By |February 1st, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Expect Growth

 

Vision Statement #7
“Evaluate our territory to strategically accelerate church and school planting initiatives.”

 
The Excuses
When I urge churches that they should grow, I often hear a host of reasons why this cannot happen.

“Our community is so small!”
“Everyone already has a church!”
“If only our members were not so liberal and worldly!”
“We need to grow our members in […]

By |January 26th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

You Only Get Once Chance

Vision Statement #6
“Cultivate a worship and guest care consciousness that builds relationships between unchurched people and God.”

 
First Impressions
A few years ago Lynn and I moved to a new city to begin pastoring a church. After the hard work of moving, we looked for the nearest Tex-Mex restaurant for supper. We were a little hesitant because […]

By |January 11th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Fulfilling Worship

Vision Statement #6
“Cultivate a worship and guest care consciousness that builds relationships between unchurched people and God.”

 
Running on Empty
I remember times when I was in a hurry as I left the house. Then — beep, beep, beep! Low on gas! I would be so nervous, but if I stopped I would be late for my […]

By |January 5th, 2017|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Small Groups that Grow Big Churches

Vision Statement #5
“God’s Vision for us is to: Develop small groups in every church as a major source of relationship building for the community to become integrated into the church family .”

 

What if I told you how to increase your ability as a church to reach your community for Christ by 300%?  Would you be interested? […]

By |December 21st, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Your Church As A Prism

Vision Statement #4
“God’s Vision for us is to: Provide area training for broad spectrum community service including health ministries”
Beauty and Light
I have always been fascinated by prisms. Taking what appears to be simple, one colour, white light and breaking it into a rainbow of colours is wonderful! It is a feast for the eyes. It draws […]

By |December 7th, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

A Total Member Involvement Culture

Vision Statement #3
“God’s Vision for us is to: Implement a Total Member Involvement culture and community consciousness in all our churches”
The General Conference Web page defines Total Member Involvement as,

“a full-scale, world-church evangelistic thrust that involves every member, every church, every administrative entity, every type of public outreach ministry, personal and institutional outreach.”
Jesus’ Culture vs […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Righteousness by Faith…on Adrenaline

Vision Statement #2
“God’s Vision for us is to: Uplift the importance of the preaching of a Righteousness by Faith in all the churches”
Several years ago while I was Secretary of the Minnesota Conference I was visiting with a struggling pastor who was being criticized by his church for preaching too much grace and not enough […]

By |November 10th, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

The Power of United Prayer

The past several weeks we have been looking closely at our new Man-Sask Mission. Now we turn our attention to the 12 part Vision Statements.

Vision Statement #1
Foster a United Prayer emphasis for all our churches to strengthen the urgency of our mission for God
Learning About the Holy Spirit
A few years ago I determined to understand the […]

By |October 25th, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Ministry Expands In Nunavut

By |October 20th, 2016|ManSask Conference, News, Nunavut Mission|0 Comments

The Prayer Question

The past several weeks we have been looking closely at our Man-Sask Mission. Now we turn our attention to the 12 part Vision Statement.
Vision Statement #1
Foster a United Prayer emphasis for all our churches to strengthen the urgency of our mission for God
As a pastor I remember that we were expected to have answers to […]

By |October 20th, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments

Connecting to Our Communities

Another very important component of our mission statement is to “actively connect the people in our communities to Jesus.”
When arriving at a new church to serve as the pastor I would always ask the clerk for the meeting minutes so I could learn from the history of the church. This was a big task for […]

By |October 14th, 2016|ManSask Conference, Mission & Vision, News|0 Comments