Inviting Faith. Acting in Mercy. Cultivating Leaders.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Who is the CBWC family?..................................... 1 Where do I fit?........................................................ 3 How do I find ministry resources?..................... 4 My church needs help!......................................... 5
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What does the CBWC offer pastors?.................. 9 How do I connect with CBWC staff?................... 10
ABOUT THIS GUIDE Welcome! I hope that this Resource Guide will point you towards people and tools you can use as resources that will support you in your ministry. We’ve listed many important resources here, but we as a CBWC family have a lot to offer each other. If you’re looking for help that isn’t in this guide, check out our website at cbwc.ca or contact your regional office. In Christ, Jeremy Bell Executive Minister Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
THE EXTENDED FAMILY Our first CBWC church service— Winnipeg, MB
With our three sister Canadian Baptist denominations, • Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec (CBOQ) • L’Union d’Églises Baptistes Francophones au Canada (UEBFC) • Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches (CABC) we partner with Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) to work internationally.
More than 85,000 km in total travelled by our 3 Regional Ministers in 1 year
10 to 1000+ worshippers in each of our
180 churches and church plants
CBWC churches are in the 4 western provinces, and the 2 western territories. Visit cbwc.ca/churches to find a congregation near you.
Canadian Baptist Women is made up of the women's organizations of the four sister denominations that network and cooperate in joint projects primarily on behalf of CBM. Women In Focus is the CBWC branch of Canadian Baptist Women.
As a member of the CBWC, you belong here as well: • Evangelical Fellowship of Canada • North American Baptist Fellowship • Canadian Council of Churches • Baptist World Alliance
FIND OUT MORE Go to cbwc.ca/about-us for our beliefs, details about our sister denominations and affiliations, and Board information.
WHO IS THE CBWC FAMILY? BEING BAPTIST The CBWC builds on our relationship with one another and our experience of the living God to resource, facilitate and equip local churches for their many ministries to their congregations, communities and beyond. Never alone, we canâ€”togetherâ€”do more for God.
The Canadian Baptists of Western Canada is a Christ-centred community of churches with a 3-fold purpose: Inviting Faith. Acting in Mercy. Cultivating Leaders.
OUR RICH HERITAGE Baptists in Canada have been worshipping together and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ for centuries. Baptists have played key roles in founding initiatives as diverse as Acadia and McMaster Universities and Brandon College, churches started by freed slaves in Nova Scotia, the Mustard Seed Food Bank, and Toronto's Young Street Mission. Notable Canadians such as health care founder Tommy Douglas and Prime Minister John Diefenbaker were Baptists.
WHERE DO I FIT? A PLACE FOR EVERYONE We all have a part to play in God’s family and the same is true in the CBWC. That’s why we offer resources and gathering opportunities for a wide range of demographics and interests. Whether you have a heart for mentoring children and youth, welcoming refugees, empowering women, or discipling people of every generation, the CBWC provides networking and tools that will inspire and encourage you in your local ministry. Visit cbwc.ca/connect to find staff who will get you connected with these and other ministries.
START SOMETHING NEW Church planting and multiplication are at the core of how we grow as we work alongside God for the furthering of His Kingdom. Visit cbwc.ca/church-planting for resources, and learn how you can take part.
FIND YOUR PLACE
Check out cbwc.ca/ministries. It’s a great place to start when looking for ways to participate.
HOW DO I FIND MINISTRY RESOURCES? ALWAYS IN THE LOOP With so much going on across western Canada, we provide several ways of communicating so you can keep up on family news. Here are a few ways to stay plugged in: •
Explore the resources available for your ministry at cbwc.ca
Learn what’s happening close to home in regional newsletters
Read weekly news and encouraging tidbits from the Executive Minister’s News & Notes
Join an enlightening conversation on the Church Planting blog: churchplantingatcbwc.wordpress.com
Delve into stories of God at work in our monthly Making Connections e-newsletter
LEARNING TOGETHER CBWC’s educational arm offers theological courses towards degrees through the Carey Theological College in Vancouver. As well, the Carey Institute creatively equips CBWC churches, pastors and lay leaders through seminars, retreats, workshops and church-based learning in their communities. Visit carey-edu.ca to take advantage of these learning opportunities.
MY CHURCH NEEDS HELP! WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Day-to-day life in the church is often a great joy but it can get tricky. Here are just a few of the ways the CBWC resources your local church life and ministry: • • • • • • •
Pastor settlement • Treasurer training Conflict resolution • Opportunity Grants Risk management • Children’s curriculum Baptism resources • Orders of service Mentoring and leadership training Century II capital project funding Governance and human resources support
Healthy churches grow and thrive. But to do so, as a living body, churches must be attentive to the seasons of life. The CBWC’s Church Health and Renewal Ministry with Sam Breakey provides the resources and support churches need so they serve God fully. Connect with Sam Breakey and the team at cbwc.ca/church-health. CBWC’S FIRST RESPONDERS The CBWC staff team lives and works throughout western Canada to better serve the local church. When you call any of our offices from Vancouver Island to Winnipeg, we will ensure you have access all the resources available. Page 10 will help you get in touch with your regional office.
HOW DO WE MEET? Leadership Forums have become something many staff and lay leaders look forward to because each event brings sharing and learning, and usually lots of eating too! Leadership Forums are where we gather in community to resource each other. They take place quarterly in several areas across the West, and have included topics such as spirituality and mental illness, missing and murdered Indigenous women, evangelism, and empowering youth and young adults in leadership.
LET’S GET TOGETHER! In our individualistic culture, it’s easy to feel alone. Fortunately, the CBWC provides ample ways to connect with other Baptists in our neighbourhoods and across the West. Consider dropping in at a regional office, or taking part in a Celebration Dinner near you. Each year our seven camps across western Canada host thousands of kids and families in a perfect environment for growth and relaxation, and youth assemble at SERVE each the summer for a week-long mission of ministry to a CBWC community. Each year in November we celebrate CBWC Sunday in our churches. Pick a Sunday in November to celebrate God's work and what we do together as a denomination. One of the biggest highlights for many is our Assembly, known as The Gathering. The CBWC holds this family reunion every second year for a time of fellowship, learning, networking and making decisions about the denomination’s future. On alternate years, we hold a business meeting using webinar technology. Watch for details on upcoming retreats, Affinity Groups, and a New Leaders’ Orientation. Our Events
Check the calendar for future gatherings at cbwc.ca/calendars.
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHERE DOES IT GO? A CHANGING NARRATIVE For years, church donations and revenue from the CBWC Foundation were our two main sources of income However, since 2014, these two sources have not been sufficient in meeting our funding needs for the ministry work we do together. These new realities mean that we need to unite in our churches and as individuals to ensure that the CBWC’s work for God and the local church continues to flourish. Your church family needs your help. We can do more. In the circle on the right are 4 ways that you can participate. WHAT YOU $645,233 spent on Resourcing Local Churches helped churches participate in our Church Health Initiative. A church leader wrote, " Thank you so much for believing in our ability to make good decisions with God’s help and reminding us once again not to rely on our own strength or to dwell on our failings."
FAMILY FINANCES Here’s a quick picture of how our money was put to use in 2015: • Leadership Development: $616,952 • Kingdom Growth: $344,540 • Governance: $1,012,700 • Resourcing Local Churches: $645,233 • Alleviating Suffering & Poverty $153,227
$344,540 spent on Kingdom Growth helped our camps host more campers than ever before. A parent says, "Our thanks to ALL of you for making our daughter (and so many kids that we knew up there) have such an amazing time. She is happy & sad to be home."
CAN DO To see for yourself how CBWC is putting these funds to work, check out Partnerships and Possibilities for descriptions of the ministries we fund, and sign up for Making Connections, a monthly enewsletter of family stories. You can find both these resources at cbwc.ca.
WHAT DOES THE CBWC OFFER PASTORS? WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK CBWC works to support pastors through such resources as training, preparation for ordination, job settlement, and pension and benefits. We also facilitate gatherings such as ministerials, regional clusters and retreats to connect pastors within our family of churches and to provide rest, recreation, and renewal. There’s also financial help for pastors’ education. New Ministers’ Orientation takes place each year to introduce pastors to staff and resources available to them through the denomination, and to connect them to other pastors new to the CBWC family. Banff Pastors’ and Spouses’ Conference in November each year is a time for pastors and spouses to be fed by our guest speakers, to worship together, to have fellowship with one another and to encourage a time of Sabbath for all who attend.
CONNECT ON THE WEB Because the CBWC exists to resource and support churches and pastors, we have developed an area on our website just for pastors. Visit cbwc.ca/leaders/pastors to find resources to support your ministry, help you discover your calling, and guide your educational pursuits.
HOW DO I CONNECT WITH CBWC STAFF? GENERAL ENQUIRIES Head Office, Calgary: 403.228.9559 Administrative Office, Vancouver: 604.225.5916 Email Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit cbwc.ca/connect for a complete and updated listing of • head offices • regional offices • resource ministries • communications • church directory • and more! REGIONAL OFFICES Heartland Office, Regina:
3, 4621 Rae Street, Regina, SK S4S 6K6 306.789.2900
Alberta-NWT Office, Edmonton:
212, 9333 – 50th St., Edmonton, AB T6B 2L5 780.462.2176
BC-Yukon Office, Burnaby:
7175 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5J 4J3 604.420.7646
Connect Year-Round Winter
Alberta Pastors’ Retreat Heartland Pastors’ Retreat Celebration Dinners Ordination Preparation Workshop
CBWC Assembly New Ministers’ Orientation Spring Leadership Forums Ordination Examining Council Women in Focus Retreat
BC-Yukon Assembly (every second year) Summer Leadership Forums SERVE Camps
Banff Pastors’ and Spouses’ Conference Fall Leadership Forums Celebration Dinners Women in Focus Retreat CBWC Sunday
Connect with us in your Community Celebration Dinners are meaningful and fun evenings that give you a chance to share a meal, meet new people, learn more about the CBWC, and be challenged by a guest speaker.
Visit cbwc.ca/celebration-dinners for more information and dates.
Connect with us Online @TheCBWC
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