I have discovered that in the ordinary, everyday moments, great acts of mission happen. A cup of coffee with a neighbor, a text or phone call with encouragement, or just being present have paved the way for conversations of faith. Someone recently reminded me of such an incident.
On a steep rise above Lake Erie on the southern coast of Ontario is a cluster of cottages with views across the bay from downtown Port Dover to Turkey Point. Seven young adults from Ontario and British Columbia shared two of these cottages this summer as participants in the launch season of the South Coast (SoCo) Beach Project.
Are you interested in learning how to be present in your neighbourhood? Do you want to see how God works through your small acts of kindness? Those are some of the things we explore in Go Local. We'll be starting another cohort soon. Learn more and sign up to join here. Or send an email to Martin Spoelstra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Emphasis Week starts on Sunday! From September 12-19, many CRC congregations will be celebrating and learning more about mission. We have resources—including videos, bulletin covers, and more—to support you. Find resources here.
Church Planting Canada's conference is October 26-28, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta. This will be a great time of networking, collaborating, learning, and encouragement. If you're attending, we'll be having a Resonate and CRC gathering on October 25. Learn more about and register for the conference here. If you have questions or want to attend the pre-conference gathering with us, email Liz Busuttill at email@example.com
Do you long to offer a word of hope to family, friends, and neighbours? Do you look for ways to share your faith, but hesitate for fear of saying the wrong thing? Our friends at Global Coffee Break are hosting a four-session evangelism workshop. Learn more and register here.
"I wonder what it looks like for both individuals and churches to embrace the little things that lead to conversations of faith."
Are you a leader in need of support?
What if you had the tools, the mentor, and a learning community to build something new or multiply your ministry? Do you want to start something but you’re not sure how? Do you have a young leader who needs some mentoring to enlarge their ministry?
For the second year, Resonate and the Church Planting Institute are partnering to provide GREATER, a nine-month mentoring cohort to mentor and help leaders identify where and how to build something new or multiply a ministry opportunity in your context.
GREATER is a nine-month (one meeting per month) mentoring cohort that takes you through three sections: spiritual formation, leadership development, and multiplying skills. The goal is to bring students to a place where they implement a new ministry or expand an existing ministry.
"GREATER was a tremendous blessing in my life. It gave me encouragement and practical tools to be an effective leader in my church and community. I appreciated that the new ideas I learned were backed by Scripture with a focus on the growth of God's kingdom." -Jake Calvert
To learn more, join us for the initial webinar on Saturday, October 16, at 10am EST. Have questions or want to register? Contact Martin Spoelstra at firstname.lastname@example.org
My team and I would love to talk with you further to explore what mission looks like for you and your congregation!