EFC Update Newsletter February 11, 2020

11 February 2020

New Canada Watch: Cautions Around Conversion Therapy Bans

In the last few months the EFC has received many calls and emails from Canadians concerned about the issue of conversion therapy bans and specifically Bill S-202. Read more in the latest Canada Watch newsletter about how the EFC is dealing with these issues. Also in this issue: EFC research sheds light on religious landscape; Updating you on Canada’s most immediate issues; and Message from the President.

The EFC Co-Sponsors Today’s Teens Conference

Love Is Moving, the EFC’s youth initiative, is one of the sponsors of the 37th annual Today’s Teens Conference, Feb. 22 in Oakville. The EFC’s Rick Hiemstra will be giving a couple of seminars on Renegotiating Faith. Today’s Teens is a leading youth ministry training gathering for youth pastors, volunteer ministry teams, community youth workers, parents and student leaders. This year’s focus is “There is hope” to reaching youth today! Register today and learn more at

New Podcast: Craft, Cost and Call

In our latest podcast, the EFC’s Joel Gordon interviews Patricia Paddey and Karen Stiller about their new book. Inspiring and immensely readable, Craft, Cost & Call offers hands-on help to people of faith who want to write well and understand what it takes to be published. For writers yearning to grow in their craft or hoping to launch a writing career, this guidebook provides a clear path forward filled with the hard-won wisdom of veteran Christian writers.

Canada Summer Jobs Applications Now Open

The 2020 Canada Summer Jobs application period is open now until Feb. 24. The new application is very similar to the 2019 program. Read an analysis by Deina Warren of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.

We’ll Help You Share Your Stories of Ministry

The EFC wants to help share your stories of ministry. Tag us on social media when you share news about community outreach and service (#EFCService #EFCCommunity) or email us directly at [email protected] so we can help get the word out. Tag us anytime at #TheEFC.

Celebrity Conversion

Is Kanye West's newfound faith genuine, or is he manipulating the gospel for personal gain? Columnist Jim Beverley explains why he is "leaning toward the former interpretation."

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Coming Events at

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→ ReNew: Resourcing Pastors for Ministry, Winnipeg, Feb. 11-12
→ CCC Webinar: Demographic Change, Church Decline and Radical Hope, online, Feb. 11-12
→ Biblical Theology of Suffering and Hope Workshop, online/Calgary, Feb. 12
→ Charity & Not-for-Profit Law Seminar, Ottawa, Feb. 13
→ Youth Quake, Caronport, Sask., Feb. 14-16
→ EFC Speaker in Edmonton, Alta, Feb. 16
→ The Psalms: Songs of Healing (Wycliffe College Preaching Day Conference), Toronto, Feb. 18
→ CCCA webinar: Communicating Around Climate Change, online, Feb. 19
→ Ambrose Pastors Conference: Discipleship in an Age of Distraction, online/Calgary, Feb. 19
→ Watching with Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding, Regina, Feb. 20-21
→ A Morning with Heather Card, Burlington, Feb. 21
→ Missions Fest Alberta 2020, Edmonton, Feb. 21-23
→ Christian Veterinary Professionals Weekend, Sundre, Alta., Feb. 21-23
→ Today’s Teens Conference (includes the EFC's Rick Hiemstra), Oakville, Ont., Feb. 22
→ Plunging the Depths of Spiritual Renewal Workshop, online/Calgary, Feb. 22
→ EFC Speaker in Calgary, Feb. 23
→ Night with the Persecuted Church, Edmonton, Feb. 24
→ Interchurch Families: Uniting the Church through Love, Guelph, Feb. 27
→ A Day with Shane Claiborne, Toronto, Feb. 29
→ Becoming a Faith-Based Workplace, Mississauga, Feb. 29
→ IMPACT National Men’s Conference, Ottawa, Feb. 29

In Case You Missed It

The State of Religion in Canada (Audio Podcast)
Will Christianity Disappear from Canada? (Faith Today article)
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