For the year 2017
L A K E S I D E 2 0 1 7 BY THE NUMBERS… 419 BOXES PACKED LIFE/MIDWEEK GROUPS 7 54 GROUPS 3,654 POUNDS OF FOOD COLLECTED PEOPLE INVOLVED OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD; KNOCK OUT HUNGER MISSION SUPPORT $6,640 AFRICA INLAND MISSION, NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES, WELLSPRING CORE TITHE $15,531 SUPPORTING FREE METHODIST CHURCH SUNDAY MORNING ATTENDANCE 84 77 2017 AVG. /SUNDAY 66 2016 AVG. /SUNDAY VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT PEOPLE SERVED IN LAKESIDE MINISTRIES NUMBER CALLED TO SERVE A L L O F U S !
D O W N T O W N M I N I S T R Y P L A N In January of 2017, Pastor Greg Elford from New Heights FMCiC church in Mission spoke at Lakeside on a Sunday morning. He shared the story of their church leadership feeling a sense of what has been called “holy discontent” - a feeling that things weren’t as they should be in the church and community and that they needed to make some dramatic changes. After the service over lunch he challenged some of Lakeside’s leaders with an uncomfortable question: “Why are you located downtown?” “Is there a reason greater than it’s comfortable for you?” We could not come up with a clear answer, other than we don’t think it is “just for us”. Fast forward a few months to May 2017 and at the General Conference of the Free Methodist Church in Canada we were challenged as local churches to ask what was called the Big Strategic Question: What does it look like for us as a church to accept responsibility (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) for our community? These two challenging questions (and others), have led to much prayer and ongoing discussions about our vision and mission as a church. They have stirred up a healthy sense of discontent and a desire to find answers to these questions that fit who we are as a church and where God has placed us. We recognize we can’t do everything - in fact we aren’t called to that - but there are opportunities God has placed before us that we feel may begin to answer these questions. Our heart is to see a holistic ministry developed in the downtown core caring for peoples’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. We desire to see people in our neighbourhood come to wholeness in Christ in every area of their lives. The vision for the ministry that we as a leadership team are proposing may seem unconventional. It may feel risky to launch out into unfamiliar territory. We acknowledge there are challenges - and yes, risks. We also are convinced that the risks of doing nothing are even greater. Whether this opportunity or another one - just maintaining the status quo or serving ourselves is a recipe for a slow decline and eventual death as a church. We don’t see ourselves taking that path. We envision the possibilities of a ministry willing to try new things - not for the sake of doing new things - but for the sake of reaching people that we will never reach with traditional means. This is not about being comfortable - it is about being faithful to the call of Jesus to make disciples. I invite you to read carefully the documents related to the Downtown Ministry Plan and Business Plan. Much thought and prayer has gone into these. They are a work in progress and we invite your input and questions. As we discuss these things at the AGM and in the weeks ahead let’s be careful to lay aside our own convenience and agenda and instead desire God’s will be done - “nothing more, nothing less, nothing else”.