EFC Update Newsletter April 28, 2020

28 April 2020

EFC Letter in Support of Matching Grants for Charities

Last Friday, the EFC wrote to the Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, recommending the federal government provide a matching grant for donations to charities during the pandemic. This grant would be in addition to the wage subsidy already provided. Read the full letter.

New Podcast: Pandemic Pastor: An Interview with David Wells

David Wells, general superintendent of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, offers some deep encouragement about the great good that can happen during this time, while acknowledging the lament of this COVID-19 situation.

EFC Speakers in Your Online Gathering?

The EFC has local ambassadors in many Canadian provinces and expert staff on a variety of topics. One of them would be delighted to make a live interactive presentation during an online gathering of your community, or to record a video message for your online church service, conference or small group. Learn more about our speakers, including ambassadors based in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, at In addition to the list of topics you’ll find there, including social issues from euthanasia to refugees to prostitution, and ministry issues from adoption to youth ministry, speakers are glad to consider requests to speak on unlisted topics. Request a speaker now!

Does Poetry Have a Place in the Church?

Canadian Christian poets John Terpstra and D.S. Martin along with Redeemer University English professor Deborah Bowen discuss the place of poetry in the church. Read the full article from the Mar/Apr Faith Today.

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Our Collection of COVID-19 Resources for Churches

The EFC is curating a collection of resources for churches at Your contributions of articles, event notifications and other resources can be submitted there.

Coming Events at

→ The Vigil, 24/7 prayer for Quebec, April 19-May 3
→ Fridays Webinars: Preparing your church for coronavirus (Wheaton/NAE), online, noon Central time, May 1, etc.
→ Webinar on churches’ ministry online (World Council of Churches), April 29 at 10 a.m. Eastern
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (Food for the Hungry), online, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern
→ Giving Tuesday, online, May 5
→ Unite Online (Jesus Collective), online, May 7-8
→ Watercooler Break for Communications Workers, online, May 8 at noon Eastern

Publicize your event for free on our calendar and we will also share it in this email newsletter.

An Online Seminary Course? Why Not?

Online course registrations are now open for many seminaries and Christian postsecondary institutions. Several are listed on our online calendar (

→ Trinity Western University online summer courses (courses starting April, May, June, July)
→ Briercrest Seminary Summer Courses
→ Booth UC Online Courses (courses starting May 4)
→ Master’s College & Seminary (courses starting May 4 and June 22)
→ Providence College & Seminary (courses starting Sept. 17)
→ Horizon College (courses starting April, May, June, either free to audit or discounted prices for credit)
→ Ministry and Technology Online Course from Wycliffe College (course starting May 4)
→ Who Is Jesus? (NT II) Online Course from Wycliffe College (daily from May 4 to June 26)

Be sure to check the website of your preferred institution for more learning opportunities. Or visit to search a database of Canadian Christian online courses and choose for example from 118 undergraduate courses available in summer 2020

In Case You Missed It

The actual “gospel” of Canadians (Faith Today column by John Stackhouse)
EFC letter to Minister of Justice on Bill C-7