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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

Impact Winnipeg 2018 Launches

“Great Things Are About to Happen” – Impact Winnipeg 2018
The Holy Spirit is moving in Winnipeg. You could sense it among the crowd at the Mennonite Brethren Church on February 11, 2017. The church was full of Seventh-day Adventists, from churches all across Winnipeg. They had closed their respective churches for that Sabbath and united […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Impact Winnipeg 2018, 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

Saskatoon School Offering

On February 25, there will be a conference-wide offering for the building expansion of the Seventh-day Adventist Christian School (SDACS) in Saskatoon. You may be wondering though… why do they need to expand?
Why Expand?
Corrine Lindberg, Principal

“When I first came to the school in 1999, there were six students. By God’s grace […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Institutions, ManSask Conference, News, Schools|0 Comments

Leadership Changes

February 1 is significant date for our leadership team in the Man-Sask Conference. It’s an official transition date for many of our leaders as we say farewell to some dear friends and partners in ministry  while welcoming new members to the Man-Sask team.
Manitoba
Oliphants to Brandon & Portage la Prairie | Maxi’s to Silver Heights in […]

By |February 1st, 2017|Employment, ManSask Conference, 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

New Education and Youth Directors

Richard Williams has accepted the unanimous invitation of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan (Man-Sask) Conference Board of Directors to become its next Education Director. He will replace Shad Lehmann who has accepted a call to serve as Associate Education Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada

Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and has served short term […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Employment, ManSask Conference, 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

Reducing Crisis at Christmas

The Victoria Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church held their annual Christmas concert this Friday, December 16. It was a special fundraiser for the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery which is only 4 doors down from the church. Over 140 attendees, the majority of whom were community members enjoyed an exceptional Christmas concert, mixing new arrangements, traditional favourites and […]

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

10 Years of LIGHT and HOPE

Lighthouse of Hope celebrated its 10-year anniversary last Sabbath, December 17th 2016. More than 120 people joined us for the special event; former members, friends and family. We were blessed by the presence of Pastor Jeff Potts, the founder of Lighthouse of Hope Seventh-day Adventist church, who is also the Man-Sask Conference Executive Secretary. He reminded […]

By |December 21st, 2016|ManSask Conference, 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

Lehmanns Moving to Oshawa

Shad Lehmann has accepted a call to be the Associate Education Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada (SDACC) in Oshawa, ON. He has served as Education Director for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference since August 2012. His wife Tara had recently started a a volunteer position as Family Ministries Director. While we are very sorry […]

By |November 23rd, 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

Mobilized for Mission in Moose Jaw

Moose Jaw Church Hosts Total Member Involvement Weekend Series
On November 11-13, the Moose Jaw Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted a Total Member Involvement Weekend discipleship series. Frances Wright, the church personal ministries leader facilitated the weekend as an initiative to strengthen the outreach focus of their congregation. It was a follow up to a spiritual gifts […]

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

EQUIP Regina A Success

Over 80 people from Regina and area churches attended the inaugural EQUIP event from Total Member Involvement. It was hosted by the Hill Avenue Church and Curtis-Horne Christian School (CHCS) on Oct 22. EQUIP Regina was designed to provide training and resources for a wide variety of outreach, all in service of the new Man-Sask […]

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