THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.08.11
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EFC WEBINAR AUGUST 27
The Canadian Church is changing. What does it mean for leaders and those who attend regularly? What affect will aging members and rising rates of immigration have 20 years from now? Rick Hiemstra, director of research for the EFC, will share recent statistics and fresh research that will give pause – and a much needed perspective on what it means to be the Church in Canada today. Your questions and insights will be welcome during the webinar. Register today at theEFC.ca/webinars.
B.C. COURT CASE COMING UP
The EFC recently filed its legal arguments for the next case about a proposed law school at Trinity Western University, to be heard August 24 in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Details at theEFC.ca/TWUlaw.
NOW HIRING: EFC AMBASSADORS
The EFC is now accepting applications for several casual speaking positions. EFC Ambassadors represent the EFC by making local presentations and participation at gatherings such as ministerials. Details at theEFC.ca/jobs.
REMEMBER THE “BOAT PEOPLE”?
A number of Canadian denominations, including many EFC affiliates, are responding to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, which some are comparing in importance to the late 1970s era of welcoming “boat people” from Southeast Asia. More details on how to join this initiative and the EFC’s support for it at theEFC.ca/MiddleEastRefugees.
NEED A GUEST SPEAKER?
Consider inviting an EFC speaker to your event or church. Experts available to offer congregational preaching or to address many topics. Details at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Unmasking the Jesus Myth Webinar, August 12
→Women on the Frontlines, Toronto, August 13-15
→Gideons Convention, Toronto, August 14-15
→International Adoption Course, Edmonton, August 15
→Ellel Married Couples Retreat, Westport, August 16-22
→Ministry Leadership Summit, Richmond, August 20
→We Are Christians Festival, Toronto, August 21-23
THE RISE, FALL AND RISE AGAIN OF RELIGION IN CANADA
Reg Bibby, an expert on social and religious trends, is sometimes affectionately known as “Bad News Bibby” for charting the decline of religion in Canada over recent decades. In the latest issue of Faith Today the University of Lethbridge sociologist explains how Canada hasn’t abandoned religion as much as we thought, what churches could be doing – and the epiphany he had in the shower. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.
FAITH TODAY, RISK-FREE
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LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→All the Reasons to Care: After the Massacre in Kenya
→Announcing Our “Send a Student to Urbana” Contest Winner
SUMMER CAMP IS A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE
Leaping bunnies, falling stars, soaring eagles and curious chipmunks. Author Lynda MacGibbon says she saw all of these in a week of summer camp. Everyone should have the chance to go at least once in his or her life, she writes at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.