Musings

A New Beginning

img047I’m starting a new chapter in my life of following Jesus. 

On Monday, I had my last day as an employee of the Canadian Bible Society.  Back to the pastorate I go!

This was not an easy decision, but one that I know is of the Lord.  It is a joy to be back in the trenches, serving among people who are keen to make a difference in the community, and in the lives of those who are far from God.

The formal beginning of this new joint venture is called an “induction” service in The Presbyterian Church in Canada, and it will be held this coming Sunday afternoon, January 11, at 3:00 p.m.  If it’s within a reasonable driving distance for you, you are very welcome to attend.

The photo was taken this afternoon, outside a very snowy St. Paul’s Church, Nobleton.  It’s such a warm feeling to know that the congregation wants to use this service to “gladly” introduce me to the community!

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Biblical Messages

Why The Church Doesn’t Need To Craft A Mission Statement

It’s my firm conviction that the church of Jesus Christ doesn’t need to craft a mission statement.  Why?  Because it already has one!  When Jesus gave the Great Commission (Matthew 28.16-20), he gave the church the greatest mission statement ever!

However, it’s also my firm conviction that the church of Jesus Christ needs to know how God wants that mission statement worked out in the local church – and that’s why statements of vision and purpose should be crafted by church leaders.  You can listen to my talk on this subject, “The Mission Propels The Vision”, here.