THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.07.07
Together for influence, impact and identity
ONTARIO COURT DECISION ON TWU LAW SCHOOL
In a post released earlier today, EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger reflects on a disappointing court decision in Ontario. Trinity Western University, an EFC affiliate, has said it will appeal Friday’s decision, which affirmed an Ontario law society could refuse to accredit TWU’s proposed law school. See theEFC.ca/TWUlaw.
EFC NEWSLETTER: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOWING UP
The June/July issue of Canada Watch is now available at theEFC.ca/CanadaWatch. It includes an interview with EFC lawyer Geoffrey Trotter on “The Importance of Showing Up” and a helpful article on “What You Need to Know About Praying in Public and the Saguenay Case,” plus lots more, all in four short pages.
Request a speaker for your event or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Cdn Chinese Alliance Churches Ass’n Joint Missions Convention, Surrey, July 8-12
→Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration, Red Deer, July 9-11
→Building a Family Through International Adoption Course, Calgary, July 11
→Prayer Retreat on the Psalms, Vancouver, July 11
→Chalk Your Sidewalk With 0.7% AID, July 13
→B.C. Christian Ashram Retreat, Abbotsford, July 17-19
SURVEY TO IMPROVE PASTORAL PERFORMANCE REVIEWS
Pastors and church board members are invited to participate in a survey by Heather Card, a seminary student at McMaster Divinity College, who is studying how Canadian pastors and church boards within evangelical denominations approach the pastoral performance evaluation process. Information from this survey will be written up as a thesis and potentially as articles and seminars to assist the Canadian Christian evangelical community. The survey is open to both pastors and those who evaluate them (elders, deacons, overseers, etc.). Find out more about the survey. Take the survey. Deadline to participate is end of July.
HOW TO HANDLE CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS
Have you ever offered your pastor feedback on how to improve his or her sermons? How about asking a Sunday school teacher or a worship leader to do their work differently? Many of us say as little as possible in such situations or avoid them entirely (even when they happen between parents and teens or between spouses and in-laws). But the new Jul/Aug issue of Faith Today shows us how to develop skills in this area, for the betterment of our churches, families and other relationships. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.
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FOOD IS ALWAYS AN EXPERIENCE OF THE DIVINE
“We must develop an appreciation for the spiritual implications of food. Food is a gift, a mystery, a delight, and always an experience of the divine,” writes Ryan O'Dowd at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.