THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.07.21
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MIDDLE EAST REFUGEE INITIATIVE GAINS TRACTION
A significant number of Canadian denominations (including many EFC affiliates) are responding to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, according to a recent article in ChristianWeek. The EFC supports this initiative by facilitating conversations among denominations, refugee agencies, sponsorship agreement holders and government leadership. More details 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.

HIRING: ADDITIONAL EFC AMBASSADORS
The EFC is now accepting applications for several paid, part-time positions as EFC Ambassador. Ambassadors represent the EFC through public speaking, presentations and participation at gatherings such as ministerials. Details at theEFC.ca/ambassador.

COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Intensive Course, Burnaby, July 24-31
→Praise Fest, Surrey, August 1
→Voices of the Nations Festival, Toronto, August 1
→Global Leadership Summit simulcast, August 6-7

THE JOY OF MISSING OUT ON TECHNOLOGY
How do we push back against technology’s hold on our lives? Christina Crook, author of the new book The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, suggests how we should take a break this summer for our spirit’s sake in the Jul/Aug issue of Faith Today. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.

FAITH TODAY, RISK-FREE
Sign up for Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, and you can now get two free issues before you need to decide whether or not to subscribe. Get the national magazine of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada to be better equipped, informed and connected. Details at FaithToday.ca/RiskFree or toll-free 1-866-302-3362.

LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→The joy of a webinar, by Karen Stiller
→Is it true? Is it beautiful? Questions to ask about our art, by Carolyn Arends

IMPROVING PASTORAL PERFORMANCE
Pastors and church board members are invited to participate in a survey by Heather Card, a seminary student studying how evangelical denominations approach pastoral performance evaluation. Survey results will be written up as a thesis and potentially as articles and seminars to assist the Canadian Christian community. The survey is open to pastors and those who evaluate them (elders, deacons, overseers, etc.). Find out more or take the survey (before the end of July).

BE STILL. DON"T JUST DO SOMETHING! SIT THERE!
Rev. Nick Overduin had been trying unsuccessfully to develop a chaplaincy ministry at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., for almost a year. He was discouraged. He tells the story of how God stepped in at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.