August 20, 2019

20 August 2019

You saved my life—Outgoing Leprosy Mission director reflects

Effect Hope is a 127-year-old Christian ministry working to free people from tropical diseases in India and west and central Africa. Peter Derrick is retiring after 27 years leading what used to be called The Leprosy Mission Canada, based in Markham, Ont. Faith Today invited him to share some ministry memories on our blog.

New job opportunity

The EFC is hiring a part-time research assistant to work in our Ottawa office. The application deadline is September 13, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. For a job description and how to submit an application to Rick Hiemstra, Director of Research, see

Trend in Canada’s courts worrisome for minority communities, says lawyer

A trend in Canada's courts is worrisome for minority communities such as Evangelicals, according to Geoffrey Trotter, a lawyer known for his work with the EFC, the Christian Legal Fellowship and similar groups. Religious minorities who hold traditional beliefs, for example about gender and personhood, may find those beliefs deemed false and/or harmful by a judge, now that progressive views are becoming so dominant. Recent court decisions, instead of showing judicial restraint and seeking to accommodate various worldviews, are sometimes going so far as to silence the expression of conservative minority views. Believers with traditional views will need to find new ways to communicate in ways that the majority can understand, he writes.

Evangelical essay and video contest for young adults

  The Evangelical Essay and Video Contest is designed to create awareness, spark conversations, inspire creative expression and academic dialogue around the topic of Canadian Evangelicalism. The contest is open to evangelicals 18-35 years of age. Write an essay or create a video about evangelicalism and win great prizes! Full contest details are available at: Deadline is Sept. 20.

Cult or self-help? Making sense of Nxivm

The self-help group Nxivm turned out to be a strange and immoral cult. Our columnist James Beverley writes, “The Nxivm drama and tragedy should remind our society of some crucial realities about bad religion and corrupt spirituality.” 

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→ Pentecostal World Conference, Calgary, Aug. 27-30
→ To Give an Answer (for young adults), Grimsby, Aug. 29-30
→ Biblical Hebrew online course, Tues.+ Thurs. evenings starting Sept. 3
→ Perspectives on the WCM Discipleship Course, Cambridge, Tues. evenings starting Sept. 10
→ Patterns and Practice in Christian Spirituality (online course), Wed. evenings starting Sept. 11
→ Refocus Writers Retreat, Guelph, Sept. 12-14
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, Toronto, Sept. 13-15
→ EFC Speaker in Kemptville, Ont., Sept. 19
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series, online starting Sept. 23 (apply by Sept. 16)
→ BAM Pre-conference – New Wineskins, Missionary Network Conference, Asheville, NC, Sept. 25
→ EFC Webinar: How to Be a More Politically Engaged, Activist Citizen, Sept. 26
→ Can Life Have Meaning Without God, Hamilton, Sept. 27

Federal Election 2019 Resources 

The EFC’s federal election 2019 resources are now available online in English and French. Get our:

→ Issue questions for candidates
→ What churches can and cannot do
→ Brochure on faith, voting and political engagement
→ And more!

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