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Are you ready to rethink how you do outreach during this challenging season of church life? Are you uncomfortable with just riding things out until COVID-19 goes away and "normal" life resumes? Learn more here about our Pivot Challenge, a way for you to creatively engage your community and challenge other churches to do the same! 

Let's inspire each other to change the way we reach out

Pivot–the ability to strategically maneuver through the obstacles in front of you. At least that’s what our son says. He has been an avid basketball player since the age of seven. In his thirties now, he plays a different game. Playing horse in the laneway with your mother looks different than playing college ball, and the obstacles are definitely different. 

As I write this, I realize perhaps we, as the church, need to learn to strategically maneuver through the obstacles in front of us. There is the temptation to give up and move inside and wait for the end of this season. It would be easier to “ride the pines” (another term in basketball) right now instead of hitting the court. The time out has ended and it is time to create again.

As we begin to think about Advent and Christmas, how might your church pivot in such a way that you add joy to your community? By committing to this challenge to change your thinking, you not only find fresh ways to engage your community, but you also inspire other churches to do the same! 

-Beth Fellinger, Resonate Region Mission Leader for Eastern Canada 

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Pivot Challenge Details

What is the Pivot Challenge? It's simple: engage in a short missional project or experiment in your community, and inspire your congregation. Then, challenge another church in your classis to take on the challenge!

Who is involved?

Youth/young adult group: creates a short missional project, creates a budget, and presents the plan to your church council. Chooses a scripture verse for church to memorize.

Council: supports the youth group financially and serves alongside them (without leading). 

Congregation: memorizes the scripture verse chosen by the youth/young adult group, prays, and gives to the cause. 

Project Guidelines

The project/experiment:

  1. Should be able to be accomplished within 3 weeks.
  2. Shouldn't cost more than $300 (money can come from your church budget or classis home missions fund).
  3. Should serve members outside your church community and raise additional funds to support the outside cause.

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Resources and Opportunities
Workshop Series
What's God Up to In the Neighborhood?

This past summer and fall, two groups of people journeyed with Resonate Global Mission in Joining God in the Neighbourhood cohorts led by Marian Lensink, a local mission leader. Learn more about what they explored, and learn how you can join a cohort. 

Summer Opportunity for Youth
South Coast Beach Project

The South Coast Beach Project is a Summer 2021 opportunity for young adults to live and work together while learning what it means to live out their faith in beautiful Norfolk County, Ontario. Know someone who might be interested? Send them this link to learn more! 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24)
Stories from Eastern Canada

Here's what's been happening your region

Celebrating Christmas in 2020

How churches in South Huron are changing the way they do community outreach this holiday season.

How Do You Pray?

A newcomer to Canada is inspired by the way members of his new church family talk to God like he is a friend. 

Cultivating Participatory Hope

A reflection on cultivating a different kind of hope in campus ministry students this year. 

Meet John Bouwers

John brings his experience and creativity to equip a generation of leaders planting new communities of faith in Eastern Canada. 

Team Update

To everything there is a season. Marian Lensink has announced that she will conclude her service with Resonate Global Mission at the end of the year. It has been a blessing to serve with Marian for these past 2+ years as an Eastern Canada Regional Team member and Local Mission Leader for classes Hamilton and Niagara. During this time Marian has made deep connections with the classes, churches, and ministry staff in her area, through personal contacts, prayer, and leading the Joining God in the Neighbourhood cohorts. We are grateful for Marian's service and certainly appreciate her desire to have more time for her family. Marian will continue to serve the Coffee Break ministry.

For Classis Hamilton and Niagara, a Local Mission Leader position posting will be forthcoming.

How have you been connecting with your community during COVID-19?
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Thanks for reading our regional newsletter. I would love to talk with you further to explore what mission looks like for you and your congregation!

Best regards,
Beth Fellinger

Regional Mission Leader for Eastern Canada

Our Regional Team
Resonate Global Mission

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