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Study: Nearly 50% of U.S. Christians have not progressed past ‘infant’ stage of spiritual growth Factors include lack of church attendance, prayer and Bible reading
new study from Grey Matter Research & Consulting shows that the average American Christian has the spiritual maturity equivalent to no more than that of a toddler (using physical growth stages for comparison), due to lack of participation in key faith practices. The study, which was commissioned by Dr. Bill White, senior pastor of Christ Journey Church in Miami, Florida, used the characteristics and behaviours of each stage presented in his new book “Mature-ish: Your mission from God, should you choose to accept it...” to parallel that of physical growth (ranging from Newborn to Godparent) and discern the current level of participants’ spiritual maturity. Additionally, the study reveals which key missing elements are holding Christians back from experiencing growth. Among other key findings, the study revealed that: • 88% of believers have not advanced past the Toddler stage, which is two steps up from the Newborn stage. • While 85% of believers do pray at least once per day, more than one-third are not purposefully setting aside time for prayer and are too often praying selfishly – i.e. when they have a need or when something is wrong in their lives. • Only 2% of believers have reached the most mature stage – that of Godparent – yet 67% in this group still don’t live as if disciple-making is their highest priority. • The main reasons Christians aren’t progressing from Newborn to Infant – the very next stage – is that they are not attending church or reading their Bibles. “It is my desire, prayer and hope that participants don’t see these results as a negative, legalistic measure of their spiritual journey, but an opportunity to identify where they
are and see what is in store for them as they move forward to deepen and strengthen their relationship with Christ,” said Pastor White. An important component to the study was determining which key factors or behaviors are prohibiting spiritual growth, so that believers can understand practically what changes they may need to make in their lives in order to see the spiritual breakthrough they may feel is missing. By asking these questions, it becomes clear for believers what daily or weekly habits they can incorporate into their lives to start seeing positive changes. “Although the study revealed that American Christians are relatively young in their spiritual journey, I am hopeful that everyone will be encouraged toward forward growth when they see the difference it can make to implement a few easy, practical steps,” Pastor White said. “That’s why I thought it was so important the study included the various activities which aid in bringing spiritual maturity and the degree to which they were or
were not being practiced by the participants at each stage of their journey.” The online survey polled 1,022 American adults, ages 18-94. A demographically representative national sample was screened for four key Evangelical beliefs prior to admission to the study, ensuring that all participants had at least reached the Newborn stage, professing faith in Christ. “We appreciated Pastor Bill’s insight in having us identify the barriers to growth in our survey,” stated Ron Sellers, president of Grey Matter. “If I know two to three things are a barrier for me and other people, that helps to clear the fog, and is a great first step to get to the next level. As a research scientist, it’s exciting for me to get to use research to enable people to lift some of the fog.” The survey is being adapted into an online assessment that will allow believers to understand where they are in their own journey. The online assessment will be available to the public in late summer 2022.
Mississauga Pastor enters Mayoral race
local Mississauga pastor has thrown his name into the ring for the city’s mayoral election this fall. Pastor Derek Ramkissoon, has led In Christ Alone Ministries since 2004. The congregation meets near Dixie and 401 and is actively involved with homeless outreach and prison ministry. Ramkissoon, who has been married for 31 years to his wife Ellen and raised two sons, also owns and operates the Helpfast Personnel Agency. Ramkissoon has also led the Mississauga Prayer Breakfast and organized monthly gatherings for the city’s pastors. For the past two years, he has led the First Responder BBQ in Mississauga. For more information about his platform, and the Derek4Mayor campaign in Mississauga, visit derek4mayor.ca.
CEF announces new Digital Creative Center
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Binding our digital tongues? Bill C-11 poses dangers to freedom of speech online - including that of churches
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he pandemic made one thing clear. Many Canadians don’t trust the government to control the truth of what they hear through their digital media feeds. Ottawa is now pushing to allow the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to regulate the internet and to determine what qualifies as Canadian content. Again, we see a stab at fundamental freedoms where Canadians get to determine for themselves what they consume and why. Canadian Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez introduced C-11 on February 3, 2022. A new class of internet regulation would provide an umbrella over “online undertakings.” This would include registration, possible payments, disclosure of confidential information and significant financial penalties. The government policies on diversity and inclusion would likely come to play on what it means to have Canadian content. Jay Goldberg, of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, says “it is clear that the legisla6 / Christian Herald
tion is not only dangerous, but also unnecessary.” He sees Canadian content as thriving and not demanding of special protection or treatment. The government seems determined to regulate “freedom of expression. Laws, including hate speech, defamation, and child pornography, have always applied to online content and efforts to ensure their effectiveness in the online environment may be needed. However, the government’s regulatory shift envisions applying additional laws that invoke broadcasting-style rules or envision the establishment of new regulators with mandates that could include takedown requirements or website blocking.” John Carpay, president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms, sees the Online Streaming Act as “a significant and dangerous first step towards government control of the internet.” In a May 31, 2022 blog in the Post Millennial, Carpay writes that “Since March of 2020, most Canadians have embraced authoritarianism by unquestioningly accepting as true whatever government-appointed and government-funded “experts” deem to be
While all the right words are being said in public it is the hidden potential of silencing critics and therefore free speech which alarms political pundits. ‘science.’… Authoritarianism has raised its ugly head in Canada, where federal and provincial governments have violated our basic constitutional freedoms to associate, assemble, worship, and decide for ourselves what medical treatments to accept or reject.” He cites Carleton University journalism and communication professor Dwayne Winseck as saying “while individual social media users will not be regulated by the CRTC, their expressions, pictures, messages, life history, etc. will now be defined as a broadcasting program and in some cases regulated as such.” If nothing else might raise the hackles of Canadians, it is the procedural manipula-
tion underway where debate is limited and other tactics are pushing this through in a rush. While all the right words are being said in public it is the hidden potential of silencing critics and therefore free speech which alarms political pundits. Is this more overreach? For churches who have recently jumped into the digital world with both feet, Bill C-11 assumes control over all audio-visual content. This would include messages, blogs and other content. Do we want bureaucrats determining what is allowed to come from our pulpits? The scope and guidelines of the legislation are being concealed until it is accepted into law. More reasons for suspicion arise through the lack of transparency. While the wording is targeted at commercial content, it is broad enough to encompass individual user-generated content. Verbally, the targets are Netflix, Amazon, Disney and others like them but we’ve seen with legislation on MAiD and Bill C-4 that once doors are opened and left to our courts many of our Charter freedoms also get compromised. The new bill adjusts previous protections offered for social media uploads and all content may now fall under the title of programs – including YouTube presentations if the program “directly or indirectly generates revenue” or if the program is broadcast by an undertaking registered with the CRTC. Goldberg states “The government paints Bill C-11 as about making the web giants pay their fair share, yet documents later revealed that the department recognizes a far broader regulatory reach. The bottom line is that the potential scope for regulation is virtually limitless since any audio-visual service anywhere with Canadian subscribers or users is caught by the rules. Bill C-11 does not contain specific thresholds or guidance. In other words, the entire audio-visual world is fair game, and it will be up to the CRTC to decide whether to exempt some services from regulation.” Enough hackles are being raised that clear thinking Christian leaders should pay attention on what could be coming soon to our internet regulations. Jack Taylor is pastor of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, creator of the Imagine Easter video series on YouTube and Facebook, and the author of the Cross Maker series. Reprinted with permission from The Light Magazine.
Overturning Roe vs Wade: A Landmark Decision
he overturning of the fifty-year-old Roe vs Wade legislation that allowed abortion in the USA has provoked all sorts of reactions. For Christians such as myself, who have long campaigned for the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception, it is a pivotal and momentous point in history. As our Holy Bible says: ‘When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.’ (Proverbs 21:15 NIV) Yet to our rejoicing can I suggest we add three other things. The first is reflection. Here can I suggest the need for all of us to recognise that we are dealing with sensitive and painful matters in which great hurt has often been experienced. Many women silently bear deep mental scars over an abortion and so any triumph must be seasoned with grace. A second reflection is that while this is a victory, it is not the victory we wanted.
by Canon J. John What we have seen is the legal verdict, undergirded by bitter politics, that the original legislation which allowed abortion was flawed. What would have been infinitely preferable would have been a universal recognition of the moral argument against abortion, which is that it involves the taking of a defenceless human life. Without such a recognition, this legal decision may simply breed further division and fuel the already bitter culture war. A third reflection is that this victory is a restatement of two great truths: one, that what a woman bears in her womb is not merely ‘foetal tissue’ but a human life; and two, that abortion is not an acceptable means of birth control. Indeed, it is worth remembering that in the fifty years since Roe vs Wade the quantity and quality of contraception available has improved enormously.
A fourth reflection, heightened by the immediate press response, is the troubled recognition that we Christians will now face bitter counter-attacks, as l have already experienced on my social media. These accusations we must suffer. A point we must make, however, is that for we Christians who are pro-life, this is not all that defines us. The gospel of Christ is about a rich love, grace, forgiveness, healing and new life. Rejoicing, reflection but also response. As many people are pointing out, it is not enough to declare an action illegal; we must offer an alternative. We must pray that many will adopt unwanted babies and fund childcare. And finally, resolution. We in the UK are of course aware that the overturning of an American law has no relevance here. Yet it is a profound encouragement that legislation can be reversed and that with prayer and persistence ungodly laws can be changed. May our UK government ponder this ruling and do the same here.
I would rather stand with God and be judged by the world, than stand with the world and be judged by God. Abortion does not prevent women and men from becoming mothers and fathers. Abortion makes women and men parents of dead children. Let us pray and persist to see the evil of abortion eradicated. ‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’ (Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV) Evangelist, minister, speaker, social activist and writer, J.John (Revd Canon) lives in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire in England.
YouVersion launches new features designed to New, free resource equips churches to respond help churches navigate hybrid environment to growing mental health crisis
ore people are embracing a blend of digital and in-person experiences in their faith journey, which means church leaders need new ways to gauge and encourage spiritual engagement. As modern life and ministry intersect, YouVersion, the creator of the world's most downloaded Bible app, is rolling out two new features built specifically with churches in mind: Church Profile and Insights. The new YouVersion for Churches tools will help church leaders meet the specific needs of their congregation. "In this hybrid church environment, it can be challenging for pastors to know what their congregations need and whether their attenders are spiritually engaged when they aren't physically present," said Bobby Gruenewald, YouVersion Founder and CEO. "We're excited to offer pastors the first-ever bird's-eye view into what digital spiritual engagement looks like for their congregation as they lead their church in both digital and physical spaces." With Insights, church leaders will gain access to search trends, most highlighted verses, top books of the Bible, and other data that points to people's felt needs. They will be able to explore global trends and see how people in their area are engaging with Scripture. Additionally, pastors will be able to see aggregated, anonymous data for people who choose to connect with their church in the app. This big-picture inforAUGUST 2022
mation can then be used to inform future sermons or ministry direction. With Church Profile, church leaders can create their own space inside YouVersion as a way to connect with people and encourage them to engage in Scripture throughout the week. The feature makes a church discoverable to their attenders and anyone in the YouVersion Community who is searching for a church. Once a person taps "Set As My Church," they'll see key information, including address, service times, and a church description, and receive notifications as updates happen. Additionally, to encourage the entire church to engage in Scripture outside of church services, pastors and church leaders can choose to feature one of the 25,000 Bible Plans available in the app on their Church Profile. "We're building tools to help churches connect and minister to their attenders like never before," said Gruenewald. "Imagine how much more effectively we could pastor our attenders if we knew the content they were collectively searching for and what they were struggling with on any given week. We're excited to see how these tools unlock ministry opportunities for churches around the world." YouVersion for Churches will showcase these new features during a special event Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 1pm EDT. Church leaders and pastors can sign up to attend the event at youversion.church/specialevent.
anctuary Mental Health Ministries has released a revised and improved version of its flagship resource, The Sanctuary Course. Available free of charge on an all-new online resource portal, the eightsession small group study guide explores key mental health topics and introduces meaningful ways to support recovery, offer companionship, and promote wellbeing for individuals facing mental health challenges. "I know from my own experience of leading a church that these resources have the potential to offer hope and healing to the whole body of Christ. And in this way I believe these resources have the power to strengthen communities, to strengthen faith, and to save lives," says Daniel Whitehead, CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. Developed in consultation with mental health professionals, theologians, and people with lived experiences of mental health challenges, the resource is designed for small group settings and is a valuable teaching tool that can impact the whole church. “I’m one of the millions of people in this country who has depression. There are many of us who live with mental ill-health. For some people it’s intermittent; for others, it’s always there. We are in the Church. Some of us even lead the Church or try to...I am delighted that The Sanctuary Course is helping churches start conversations about
mental health and reduce the ridiculous stigma attached to illness. We must all get better at talking about this,” shares the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. This resource will be particularly useful within church settings because: • More than half of Canadians (54%) say their mental health has worsened over the past two years. • Among those who seek treatment for mental illness, 25% first seek help from a member of the clergy. • A survey conducted by WayBase identifies mental health as one of the most important felt needs for churches across Canada. Proven to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours towards people living with mental health challenges, the program has been used by over 165,000 people in more than sixty countries since its original launch in 2018. All materials for The Sanctuary Course are accessible for free online through Sanctuary’s website. To learn more and get started with The Sanctuary Course, please visit: https://www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/ sanctuary-course. Christian Herald / 7
Photo: Mohammed’s wife Sarah prepares food in their home. [Photo courtesy: CFB]
On the brink of famine Canadian Foodgrains Bank sounds the alarm by Gaylene Dempsey
he past few years have seen an unsettling increase in the number of people facing hunger around the world and all indications are that this worrying trend is set to continue. Alarm bells are ringing. We are on the brink of a widespread famine across the Horn of Africa and beyond. Countries with communities most at risk of a famine include Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, along with Afghanistan and Somalia. Mohammed Alwan is from Hareb Al-Qaramesh village in Yemen’s Marib governorate. A teacher in one of the village’s schools, he and his wife Sarah and their five children were forced to flee when random air strikes came closer and closer to their home. “To save ourselves, we sought refuge in the mountain’s caves with other people from the village,” he recalls. “We shared food and could only afford to eat one meal a day to conserve our supplies.” One of the leading causes of this global hunger crisis is armed conflict, which dis8 / Christian Herald
rupts access to, and availability of food. Few countries have been ravaged by conflict more than Yemen, which holds a strategic position at the eastern Red Sea. Mired in conflict for over seven years, the results are grim: tens of thousands killed, four million displaced and a country pushed to the brink of famine. Mohammed’s family was so scared of the violence that leaving the caves was a scary proposition. But after four months the food ran out, so they returned home. “We didn’t have food or money to buy food because I hadn’t received a salary for months. I felt helpless when it came to providing for my family,” he says. According to recent reports, an all-time high of 49 million people in 46 countries are at famine’s door unless they receive immediate life and livelihoods-saving assistance. Already, it’s estimated that one person is dying every 48 seconds in East Africa. Other factors to this growing hunger crisis are prolonged droughts disrupting people’s efforts to try and grow food for themselves as well as soaring food prices. Both factors are often happening in places
Just because a famine has not yet been declared, it does not mean the world should not respond. Especially Christians. where people were already familiar with the pain of hunger. With those soaring prices, organizations like the World Food Programme have already announced that in some countries they can no longer afford to feed people who are hungry – they only have enough to give to people who are starving. Some may wonder why a famine hasn’t already been declared when so many people are already dying from starvation. There are certain criteria that must be met a famine to be officially declared, including 20 per cent of households living with starvation. But just because a famine has not yet been declared, it does not mean the world should not respond. Especially Christians.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 church agencies and their local partners in 33 countries working together to end hunger, is uniquely positioned to respond to these emerging realities. Built on nearly 40 years of Christian service, the Foodgrains Bank is rooted and grounded in the belief that humankind is created in the image of God. Executive director Andy Harrington believes that now more than ever the organization must lean into the Foodgrains Bank’s credo that no person should go hungry, and all people should be treated with true dignity and worth. “The Foodgrains Bank is guided by an ethical and theological commitment to serve hungry communities with respect and inclusivity,” he explains. A verse the organization often refers to is Isaiah 58:10: “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” That light came for Mohammed and his family. He heard ADRA Yemen, the Foodgrains Bank’s locally-based partner, was distributing food baskets in the area. “I felt a ray of light shine on me for the first time in a long time,” says Alwan. “One basket was enough food to provide for my family for a whole month. It was a weight off my shoulder that I cannot describe.” Alwan also appreciated ADRA’s awareness workshops on the importance of food diversity and how to keep children healthy. “This was especially beneficial to me because my children were malnourished and often suffered from diarrhea due to the unclean water,” he said. “My perspective on food and water changed with the sessions that enlightened me and showed me how to protect my family from life-endangering threats.” The Foodgrains Bank believes Canadians can make a difference in the ending of hunger by giving (donating to emergency food assistance and long-term development work), praying, learning about the issues (see foodgrainsbank.ca for resources) and advocating for change. Harrington emphasizes that stories of hope like Mohammed Alwan’s, are made possible by local partners. Since 2011, there have only been two official famines because the world acted when there were warning signs. With so many people at risk of hunger, the question being asked now is will the world respond in time prevent another famine. Gaylene Dempsey serves as Communications Officer for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank .
Global Reset examines post-pandemic ‘cascade of consequences’ G BIBLE PROPHECY
lobal Reset aims to open readers’ eyes mate purpose of ruling over all the earth and alert them to how world leaders and being worshipped by its inhabitants. are using the “Great Reset” agenda to seize While we aren’t in the end times, we’re pandemics, natural disasters and catastroon the edge of the precipice. In Global phes, civil disorder, political unrest, and Reset, readers will discover: other current events to reshape every facet • The “Great Reset” agenda that sets the of life—all pointing toward the universal stage for the end time scenario propheconomy and godless global government esied in Scripture; of the Antichrist. • How China and other great nations are The Covid-19 pandemic unleashed beginning to play a dominant role in ina cascade of consequences that are now ternational, socioeconomic, and political reaching far beyond the pandemic itself. dynamics; Governments have begun leveraging the • Possible scenarios regarding America in coronavirus and even the vaccine as a the end times and what believers can do power grab, setting the stage for further to stem the tide of decline; intrusions in the future. These accelerants are driving the world to the precipice of • God’s great reset planned for planet fundamental, irreversible transformation. Global Reset earth and humanity—the millennial The winds of change are blowing. Tectonic By Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley reign of Christ; Thomas Nelson shifts are underway at every level. • Every person’s needs for an eternal per208 pages, Softcover These realities are alarming by sonal reset that can come only through themselves. And yet, there remains a still Jesus Christ; deeper, more sinister agenda imbedded within. According to prophecies found in the Bible, a one-world government will Prepare yourself spiritually and arm yourself with informaindeed emerge in the end times. According to the book of tion. Find answers to the questions everyone should be Revelation, a future unified government will encompass the asking about current world events and how they may be whole earth, and Satan himself will be behind it for the ulti- ushering in Christ’s return.
NavPress to release “The Message of Christmas” in outreach-friendly packs Easter booklet coming January 2023
ongregations and individuals looking to reach their neighbourhoods with the Gospel will gain new tools in September when NavPress releases The Message of Christmas, a pocket-size booklet that shares the biblical story of Christmas in the contemporary and engaging language of Eugene H. Peterson’s The Message Bible. A companion product, The Message of Easter, will release in January 2023. Available individually and in packs of twenty for bulk ordering, these booklets are ideal for personal and church ministry outreach during the Christmas and Easter seasons. The Message of Christmas and The Message of Easter include selected passages of Scripture to highlight these foundational narratives of the Christian faith. Additionally, both booklets succinctly present the gospel in a section titled “How We Can Know God.” Written in accessible language, these booklets are intended as a resource to help Christians share the hope of Christ with neighbours, church visitors, or anyone curious about the meaning of these Christian holidays.
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Trailblazing Sinach to perform in Whitby on August 19
Nigerian singer, songwriter and worship leader is the author of ‘Way Maker’, covered by Christian artists around the world
inach is best known by many for writing some of the most sung songs in our time, such as Way Maker, I Know Who I Am, The Name of Jesus, Rejoice, There’s an Overflow, Simply Devoted and over 200 more which have become anthems in many Churches and homes all around the world. The Nigerian-born Sinach (whose real name is Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu) is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist and writes songs from her heart, and memoirs from her experiences with God over the years. Her songs have ministered to millions, bringing healing, hope, encouragement, and strengthening their faith. Thousands of comments and hundreds of testimonies are recorded daily from around the world, making known the impact her music is having around the world. She has recorded nine albums and still serves as an international worship leader serving in her church, Christ Embassy (Loveworld). Sinach held the Number 1 spot on the Billboard Chart in the Christian Songwriter category for 10 weeks, a feat no African had previously achieved. Named as one of the top 100 reputable persons on earth, top female Artist of the Decade in Nigeria, and listed in the Bethlehem Hall of Fame, she is the most streamed and followed Gospel
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Sinach is a multi-award-winning songwriter and worship leader. Female Artist from Africa. The numbers speak for themselves. With almost 2 million YouTube subscribers and more than 469 million views on her videos, [over 205 million on WayMaker alone] Sinach is easily the most streamed Gospel Artist from Africa. WayMaker is the most translated and most sung Gospel song in recent times, with cumulatively over 300
million views on the official and licensed handles on YouTube. WayMaker has been covered by Michael W. Smith, Hillsong, Leeland, Bethel Music, and over 20 top Gospel singers today. She is followed by over 1.5 million on Facebook, and a million on Instagram, with her listeners and followers in multiple demographic groups and spread across over 100 countries. Happily married to Mr. Joseph Egbu and blessed with a daughter, Sinach is greatly motivated with the desire to see her songs, writings, and concerts inspire the church and the whole world to worship God and be lifted, healed, and develop a deeper relationship with God, and for her listeners to be filled with the Glory of God through her music. Presented by Kings Embassy Int’l Ministry in association with Gospel Connection Canada. Sinach will be live in concert at Canada Christian College in Whitby on Friday, August 19. www.GospelConnection.ca
GMI Hub to host artist showcase on August 29
ospel Music Industry Hub, a ministry that aims to connect and strengthen those who work in the Gospel Music industry, will host an Artist Showcase on August 29 in Mississauga. GMI Hub, as the group is best known, offers monthly meetings for musicians and other in the music industry to share their triumphs and challenges as they navigate the new realities of the postpandemic music industry. These include promoting online music sales, touring and builidng a support system in an environment where record labels are almost non-existent. On August 29, GMI Hub will showcase indie gospel artists, featuring live performances from Drew Brown and Cheryl Dickson Neal, and online performances from Borek Luke (Texas), “The Journalist” (Sasktchewan), Dewaynega George (Guyana), and Tootsie Williams (New York). The event will be held at Mississauga City Baptist Church, 3434 Cawthra Road, Mississauga ON (refreshments provided), or tune in online 7pm ET, at https://youtube.com/c/gmihubonline. For more information about GMI Hub’s work in the local Gospel Music industry, visit www.gmihub.ca.
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Gospel Impact Conference returns to in-person this month Bible Evangelism event to be held August 12-13 near Airport
hareWord Global (formerly the Gideons International in Canada) will host its annual Gospel Impact conference August 12-13 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. This year, the conference returns as an in-person gathering after two years of virtual event. The conference will feature speakers Carey Niewhof and Harold Albrecht and worship leader Brooke Nicholls. The roots of ShareWord Global stretch back to 1911 when the ministry was founded in Canada for the purpose of evangelism
and Scripture distribution. A national membership of dedicated volunteers committed themselves to using God’s Word as their primary vehicle of sharing the gospel and introducing people to Jesus Christ. The group became autonomous in 2011, and began developing new Scripture resources and inviting both men and women to share the Gospel on the streets, in homes and across the coutnry. In 2015, ShareWord Global was launched to carry the mission into new regions around the world.
The Gospel Impact Conference will showcase the work of the ministry and how the Bible is transforming lives and cities across the world. With the theme “The Right Time”, GIC ‘22 aims to uplift and inspire local believers and congregations to partner and share the Bible with their communities and abroad and witness transformational change. The cost of the two-day event (including two dinners) is $120. For more information about the conference schedule and to register, visit sharewordglobal.com.
Fellowship of Christian Farmers to present ‘walking-stick outreach’ at CNE T
his year’s Canadian National Exhibition will feature a booth by the Fellowship of Christian Farmers Canada (FCFC) that will offer free walking sticks to attendees, as a means of sharing the Gospel. The FCFC’s emphasis is on Marketplace Evangelism, beginning in the year 2000 when a representative from the Fellowship of Christian Farmers, International visited the International Plowing Match and Expo at Elora, ON. From that one show, the Fellowship has grown to make its presence known at hundreds of events across Canada. Since the year 2000, FCFC members have presented the gospel to
hundreds of thousands of people at farm trade shows, fairs, and festivals. The group offers a free gift and takes a few minutes to share God’s word with the five colors that simply illustrate the story of salvation. It’s a face to face ministry, a personal interaction with people. Thousands of people across Canada are involved through local chapters. Some prepare materials for a show: string beads, the group’s signature walking sticks, minihockey sticks, and other items. Many pray and give financially. Others staff the FCF booth or tent at a show sharing the gospel message in the marketplace with “whoso-
ever”. This year, the group has attended a number of local fairs, but the CNE will mark one of its largest outreaches. Brad Wilson, a FCFC board member and co-ordinator of the CNE outreach, says that the ministry is praying to “make the most of this opportunity” as we are exhorted to in Ephesians 5: 16-17. The FCFC’s 10’ x 15’ booth will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 10 p. m. on each of the 18 days from August 19 to September 15. Volunteers who wish to get involved can contact Brad at 416-526-5216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church on the Beach continues through August
fter taking a break for the Civic Holiday weekend, Church on the Beach returns on Sunday mornings through August. Church on the Beach, sponsored by Kingdom Bound Ministries in partnership with WDCX-FM, takes place at Crystal/ Bay Beach in Fort Erie, Ontario. Since Church on the Beach began in 2011, the event has been attended by more than 25,000 people. More than 200 have made decisions for Christ, and more than 50 have been baptized. Founders Bill and Diane Hein have owned property at Crystal Beach for many years. Over the years, they often wondered how to use their proximity to the beach to bring hope and encouragement to vacationers, and residents of the Crystal Beach community. After much prayer, and with the help of a few volunteers, they founded Church on the Beach in the summer of 2011. The last three remaining dates are: August 14 Speaker: Leroy Wiggins Worship Leader: Nick Kish August 21 Speaker: Calvin Smith Worship Leader: Keri Cardinale Schopp August 28 Speaker: Josh Hamlin Worship Leader: Moe Badger For more information, visit: www.churchonthebeach.ca
Jesus in the City Parade returns to the streets Held in Downtown T.O. on Sept 10
fter a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the Jesus in the City Parade will be held on September 10, and organizers hope that this year will be the biggest parade in the event’s history. Large secular parades have already been held in the provincial capital this year, and Ayanna Solomon, President and CEO of Jesus in the City is urging congregrations to seize the opportunity to publicly gather and worship on the streets, heralding the cause of Christ and His eminent return. “Christians need to come out strong and let the city know that the shutdown has not quenched the church and we’re here to
celebrate Jesus,” says Solomon. The annual Jesus in the City Parade is a lively musical street pageant, illustrating themes from the Bible through music, the arts and worship. The parade attracts over thousands in attendance as floats, marching bands, choirs, congregants and worshippers walk the streets of downtown Toronto in celebration, spreading the message of hope, love, peace and the joy of salvation. Congregations can register their group to march in the Parade and, if desired, enter a decorated float to lead worship in front of their congregants. www.jesusinthecity.com
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Canadian Christian Business Federation Monthly Morning Meetings Local chapters of The Canadian Christian Business Federation host monthly morning breakfast meetings for Christian business and professional leaders, men and women, in select Southern Ontario cities. For more information, or to inquire about starting a CCBF chapter in your community, visit www.ccbf.org.
CONCERTS & MUSIC The River - Season 3 Tuesdays @ 7:00pm Midweek worship has arrived in the Durham Region! You’ll find us at the Canada Christian College auditorium, 300 Water Street, Whitby. The River exists so you can come before God in the middle of the week, leave everything else at the door, and encounter Him in a personal and meaningful way. Expect to hear your favourite current worship songs and get ready to worship. Things might get a little loud! www.theriverworship.ca. Sinach Live In Concert Friday, August 19, 2022 @ 7:00pm Presented by Kings Embassy Int’l Ministry in association with Gospel Connection Canada. Held at Canada Christian College, 300 Water St., Whitby. Host: Apostle Dominion King. Featuring: Kimberly Ade. Tickets: Advance: $50.00, VIP: $100. (Meet & Greet, Surprise Gift, Early access, Skip the line) 416.795.6343 | email@example.com. www.GospelConnection.ca. IN-PERSON
Gospel Music Industry Hub Monday, August 22, 2022; 7:00pm GMIHub Artist Showcase *Hybrid Event* featuring live performances with music artists Cheryl Dickson Neal, and Drew Brown, and streamed in performances from Andrew Russell (Saskatchewan), and Dewaynega George (Guyana), Letitia Williams (New York) and Luke Osicka (Texas). Location: Mississauga City Baptist Church, 3434 Cawthra Road, Mississauga. Event starts at 7pm. Doors open
at 6:30pm. www.gmihub.ca.
2022 Jesus In The City Parade Saturday, September 10, 2022; Noon-4pm The annual Jesus In the City Parade returns to the streets of Toronto this year!. The parade starts in front of the Ontario Parliament at Queen’s Park and winds through the busiest downtown intersections of our city proclaiming the love of Jesus. Grab your comfortable shoes (it’s a 3km walk) and prep your voice for praise. To register your church or ministry to participate in the parade, visit www.jesusinthecity.com.
ShareWord Global’s Gospel Impact Conference 2022 August 12-13, 2022 After more than two years of being separated by COVID restrictions, we are so excited to announce that GIC22: The Right Time will be hosted in person! The event will be held at Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre. Featuring speakers Carey Nieuwhof, Harold Albrecht and worship leader Brooke Nicholls. Cost $120, including dinner and Saturday Gala. www.sharewordglobal.com.
Lift Up Praise - A Night of Worship Saturday, September 17th, 2022; 6:30pm Featuring: Sarah Kariuki, Ministral Osas, Matthew Greyling and other gospel artists. This is a free event but there will be a freewill offering. The concert will be held at Royal York Baptist Church, 1520 Royal York Road, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3B5. For more information please contact 647-388-2310. Victorious Festival Friday, September 30, 2022 Presented by Canadian Bible Society. With Lecrae, Michael W. Smith, Flame. Held at Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto. www.victoriousfestival.ca.
CONFERENCES/MEETINGS Church on the Beach Sundays, July 10-Aug. 28, 2022; 8:45-10:00am Church on the Beach is a non-denominational worship service on Crystal/Bay Beach in Fort Erie. Come dressed for the beach! Bring your own chairs, blankets, beach towels, and other beach gear. [Please note the Town of Fort Erie charges $10 per person for beach access after 9am.] Sponsored by Kingdom Bound Ministries in partnership with WDCX-FM. www.churchonthebeach.ca. FaithTech Online Gathering Tuesday, Aug 9, 2022; 7:00pm FaithTech is a global tech community for Christ. We exist to help people in the tech ecosystem find community and steward their skills to glorify God. FaithTech Toronto meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. For details and to register for our next meeting, visit
Christian Product Expo Summer 2022 August 14-16, 2022 CPE is a tradeshow featuring exhibitors of Christian resources and giftware, attended by Christian retailers from around the world. The event also features training and workshops, inspiration and entertainment from Christian authors and artists and more. Held at Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky. www.cpeshow.com. CNE Outreach with FCF Aug 19-Sept 5, 2022 The Fellowship of Christian Farmers will be hosting a booth at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition, and welcomes volunteers to help share the gospel using free walking sticks and the coloured beads. Please contact Brad 416526-5216 firstname.lastname@example.org. Discipling New Canadians as they Learn English: A Three-Stage Process Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022; 10:00am 500,000+ immigrants are coming to your neighbourhood this year... Do you have a scaleable, Canadian, tested, biblical platform to help them build pathways to Jesus? Love New Canadians has been providing just that kind of curriculum, coaching and learning community to 400+ churches across 8 provinces and 15 countries for over 10 years. Rick and Patti Love were missionaries to the Philippines who returned to Calgary and put their abilities to use helping their Canadian church reach immigrants with pathways to Jesus. They can do the same for your congregation. Register at www.lovenewcanadians.ca.
LifeShared Summit September 22-24, 2022 Presented by Alpha Canada, the LifeShared Summit is a gathering for those passionate about the Church’s future in Canada and how to reach our nation with the Good News of Jesus. Join leaders from across Canada as we gather together to be refreshed, renewed, and nourished in preparation for a new season. At Bayview Glen Church in Toronto. www.alphacanada.org. 40 Days for Life September 28 to November 6, 2022 After witnessing tremendous success by the 40 Days For Life program in the United States, Campaign Life Coalition brought it into Canada for the first time in 2007, holding our nation’s first 40 day vigils in Ottawa and Halifax. Since then, CLC volunteers and other pro-life groups and individuals have organized 40 Days For Life campaigns in more than 20 cities across Canada. Some cities run the campaign twice a year (Spring & Fall). Other cities run them only once annually. The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a focused, 40-day, non-stop, round-theclock prayer vigil outside an abortion facility in your community. It is a peaceful and educational presence. Those who are called to stand witness during this 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. www.40daysforlife.com. BGEA Toronto Evangelism Summit Thursday, October 20, 2022 • 10am-5:30pm Every pastor and the individual believer is commissioned by Jesus to tell others within their community and sphere of influence about the hope in Jesus. Circumstances, the burden of ministry, opposition to the Gospel and the challenges of life, at times, deflate our evangelistic zeal, and make the command of Jesus “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations … “ (Matthew 28: 19) less urgent. Attend the Evangelism Summit to see how and what you can do at this time in your own community-and come alongside other Christians doing the same. www.billygraham.ca/evangelism-summit.
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Is the Gospel still Relevant in North America?
uite a bit has changed since Jesus walked on the earth more than two millennia ago. Even during our lifetime, we have seen the culture in North America shift seemingly further and further away from the Gospel. But does that mean that the Gospel is no longer relevant in today’s modern world? Not at all. If anything, the Gospel is even more relevant today. People are desperate for some good news. They need a message of hope more than ever before. Yet, few Christians seem to be sharing it. Many believers simply don’t think people in North America want to hear it, so they stay quiet about their faith. But people want to talk about it. This year, LifeWay Research Group released the results of a study conducted in partnership with Evangelism Explosion International to gain insight on how open people in America are to the Gospel. The study confirmed what we (at EE) have seen through our Equip America program. People are interested in having spiritual conversations. LifeWay found that half of Americans were curious about why some people where so devoted to their faith. Most (66%) were open to having spiritual conversations with
by Rev. John B. Sorensen a friend. Just over half said they would even be open to having that conversation with a stranger. But many (40%) also said that they would never bring it up unless a friend of family member mentions it first. The problem is that most people (60%) said that their friends who are Christians rarely talk about their faith (LifeWay Research Group, February 2022). This is a huge missed opportunity that we have to reach our friends and family with the Gospel. Most people (88%) are searching for hope, peace, and meaning for their lives. These needs are universal and are certainly still true today in North America. Many people recognize they are missing something, but they simply don’t know what it is or what to do about it. We can meet them where they are by sharing our own experience about how the Gospel has met our needs through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said it well. “While some Americans have reached a firm conclusion that they are not interested in faith, most are
open to hearing about faith when someone can show it matters or when it is shared by someone who matters to them.” So, what are you waiting for? Ask someone what they think about the results of this study. Share what you think, and begin the conversation. They might just be waiting for the opportunity to hear how they can find the hope that they have been looking
for – the hope that you have already found in Jesus. Rev. John B. Sorensen, D.D. is the President/CEO of Evangelism Explosion Int’l, headquartered in Arden, N.C. EE has been a leader in equipping Christians to share their faith for nearly 60 years. For more free tips and resources, visit evangelismexplosion.org
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