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EFC Update Newsletter August 25, 2020

25 August 2020

The EFC Appoints Prayer Ambassador

Dr. Roger Helland, a former Baptist district minister near Calgary, was recently appointed as prayer ambassador for The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Learn more about him and other EFC representatives open to public speaking invitations at www.TheEFC.ca/SpeakerBios 

The EFC’s Director of Research to Speak at Church Vitalization Summit

The EFC's director of research Rick Hiemstra will be one of the featured speakers in an online event called Church Vitalization Summit, held online Sept. 1-3 by The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Registration is free. The event aims to help Canadian churches and denominations go from plateaued and declining to thriving in their communities. It features pastors, coaches and denominational leaders who have been a part of denominational and church turn around. 

New Podcast: Hope in Crisis – Episode 4

This podcast is part of a series during the pandemic from Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance. Also available as a video or as part of the Dispatches series.

Quebec Church a Loving Presence in Community

In May 2019 an overnight electrical fire gutted the sanctuary of Le Flambeau Evangelical Baptist Church. The community of Granby, Que., responded with numerous messages offering help and encouragement. Read more in this inspiring article from the Jul/Aug Faith Today.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ Essentials of Inductive Bible study—Training Workshop, online, Aug. 27, Sept. 8 
→ Church vitalization summit, online free event from the PAOC, Sept. 1-3 
→ Youth Ministry Online Summit, Sept. 12 
→ Teach me to study the Bible, online, Sept. 14 
→ Into the Neighbourhood: Practising Hospitality, Presence and Mutuality, online workshop, Sept. 15 
→ Foundations of Servant Leadership, online, Sept. 15 
→ How to Study Old Testament History—Training Workshop, online, Sept. 16 
→ Ending Poverty Together Online Workshop, Sept. 17 
→ Conflict Management and Transformation, online interactive course, Sept. 17 
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, Sept. 18-19 
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series, online, Sept. 21 
→ Into the Neighbourhood: Practising Hospitality, Presence and Mutuality, online workshop from Forge Canada, Sept. 22 

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

Changes to Medical Assistance in Dying Law

The federal government has been granted a five-month extension by the Quebec Superior Court before changes to the euthanasia and assisted suicide law take effect. See the EFC’s recent blog on the impact of Bill C-7 on vulnerable Canadians and how you can help, or visit TheEFC.ca/C-7 

Pandemic a Great Time for Learning? 

Online course registrations are now open for many seminaries and Christian postsecondary institutions. Several are listed at TheEFC.ca/Calendar. Be sure to check the website of your preferred institution for more opportunities. Or visit www.checonline.ca to search a database of Canadian Christian online courses.

In Case You Missed It

Behind the curtain with MAID in Ottawa (new podcast)
What does our faith have to do with our Facebook? (audio podcast)
The new moralism (Faith Today article)
EFC speakers in your online gathering
→ The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case about whether ecclesiastical decisions about membership and discipline are outside of the scope of judicial review. See TheEFC.ca/Aga

→ Home print subscriptions to our award-winning magazines Faith Today and Love Is Moving are now free in Canada at FaithToday.ca/SubscribeFree.

→ Get your message out at FaithToday.ca/Classifieds. Contact [email protected]