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TO<br />

FINISH<br />

by Steve Jones<br />

THE<br />


Oscar Wilde said: “I can withstand anything, except temptation.” Some might say the only way to get rid of temptation is<br />

by giving in to it.<br />

In one of my favourite hymns, the lyrics read:<br />



All of us have experienced seasons in our spiritual lives where our soul has felt particularly lean. A difficulty, disappointment<br />

or depression has robbed us of the joy of our salvation.<br />

In this edition of <strong>Thrive</strong> we’re featuring the critical importance of soul-care. Trials and temptations are a fact of life, and both<br />

deplete our inner reserve. It would be prudent for each of us to learn how to respond well to these recurring facts of life.<br />

• Trials are situations designed by God to help us grow to spiritual maturity.<br />

• Temptation is designed by Satan to cause us to sin and hinder our spiritual growth.<br />

Wise pilgrims learn to clearly identify both in life, benefiting from trials and not allowing temptation to rob one’s spiritual<br />

validity. Those sojourners that consistently win over temptation will experience soul-health and receive the promise of<br />

James 1:12 (NLT):<br />

“God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who<br />

love Him.”

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The promise and prize of resisting<br />

temptation is the “crown of life”. This is<br />

understood as receiving God’s blessing<br />

over our life. When we consistently win<br />

over temptation, we live and enjoy life<br />

to the fullest.<br />

Don’t let Satan get a foot-hold in your<br />

life by playing the shame-game or the<br />

blame-game. Be keenly aware of where<br />

the enemy of our soul seeks to penetrate<br />

our heart. His game-plan is spelled out<br />

in James 1:14.<br />

• DESIRE (James 1:14, NLT):<br />

“… each one is tempted when by his<br />

own EVIL DESIRES…”<br />

Desires are not all evil. They can be<br />

good, even essential — but any desire<br />

to excess becomes destructive, bringing<br />

harm to our spiritual and emotional life.<br />

We can often be doing damage to our<br />

life while pursuing something good, but<br />

to excess. Temptation is often a fulfillment<br />

of a legitimate desire, but done in a<br />

wrong way or at the wrong time.<br />

The second step in the Devil’s game-plan is:<br />

• DECEPTION (James 1:14, NLT):<br />

“… he is dragged away and enticed…”<br />

The words “dragged away” create a<br />

haunting term meaning “to be snared<br />

in a trap”. The word “enticed” is a fishing<br />

term, meaning “to be lured by bait”.<br />

Different traps and bait work on different<br />

fish and animals. The Devil knows<br />

the bait that works best in your life.<br />

You see, you desire, you start to nibble,<br />

believing you’re smart enough to know<br />

when to pull back. The deception is<br />

complete — you’ve been hooked. This is<br />

a sign of spiritual immaturity.<br />

The third step in the Devil’s game-plan is:<br />

• DISOBEDIENCE (James 1:15, NIV):<br />

“Then, after desire has conceived, it<br />

gives birth to sin…”<br />

The Message paraphrases this verse as<br />

“Lust gets pregnant and has a baby: sin”.<br />

James moves from a fishing metaphor<br />

in vs. 14 to a child-birth metaphor in<br />

vs. 15. What begins in our minds gives<br />

birth to an action or destructive habit,<br />

but it starts in the mind. Often what we<br />

initially flirt with, we eventually fall for.<br />

Marketing professionals know this and<br />

use it to their advantage.<br />

Desires lead to deception, which leads to<br />

disobedience, which ends up in…<br />

• DEATH (James 1:15, NIV):<br />

“… and sin when it is full grown, gives<br />

birth to DEATH.”<br />

Death is the final consequence of our<br />

tendency toward being “prone to wander”.<br />

Instead of receiving the crown of<br />

life, we receive death.<br />

We all have free will; we have freedom to<br />

choose the narrow path or wander from<br />

it. However, God has not given us the<br />

freedom to choose the consequences.<br />

For the unbeliever it means separation<br />

from God.<br />

For the believer it means broken fellowship<br />

with God.<br />

The pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson<br />

penned these familiar words in 1757:<br />

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,<br />

Prone to leave the God I love.”<br />

But, Robinson finishes his thought and<br />

his hymn with a final promise:<br />

“Here’s my heart, O take and seal it;<br />

Seal it for thy Courts above.”<br />

In James 1:17-18 the Bible turns from<br />

sin and evil desires (vv. 14-16) to God’s<br />

goodness. Two things will help us from<br />

wandering. We will focus on these two<br />

realities in the following pages of this<br />

edition of <strong>Thrive</strong>, entitled “Soul-Care:<br />

Prone to Wander”.<br />

THINK on whatever is good and perfect<br />

(James 1:17) and remember our true<br />

IDENTITY, for we are God’s choice possessions<br />

(James 1:18).<br />

God has adopted us into His family.<br />

The Bible has given us absolute assurance<br />

that has sealed us as His children<br />

forevermore.<br />

When those inevitable occasions in<br />

life visit that seek to rob us of the joy<br />

of this reality, the Bible challenges us<br />

to refocus our thoughts (James 1:17)<br />

and remember we’re Kingdom kids<br />

(James 1:18).<br />

This won’t make us immune to dark<br />

days, but it will give sufficient light<br />

for us to find our way back from our<br />

wanderings.<br />

Steven Jones is President of The<br />

Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist<br />

Churches in Canada. Follow Steve on<br />

Twitter @FellowshipSteve

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FAITHFUL TO THE FINISH / Steve Jones<br />



PERPETUITY / Gord Baptist<br />

6 OUT THERE<br />

RUNNING ON EMPTY / Peter Hambrey<br />


PAKISTAN / Terry Wiley<br />

THIRD-CULTURE KIDS / Dave Marttunen<br />



SOUL / Denise Wicks<br />


CHRIST (POLAND) / Dan Shurr<br />


LATER / Denise Wicks<br />

SOWING THE SEED / Steve Jones<br />

16 GROUND WORK<br />


DARKNESS / Monique Saulnier<br />


Flemming<br />

18 UP TO SPEED<br />


Betty-Anne Van Rees<br />



PLANS / Rob Cole<br />

20 TRUTH TALK<br />

TRANSITIONS / Glenn Taylor<br />



COLOMBIA / Phil Webb<br />


22 THE LAST WORD<br />


PERSPECTIVE / Michael Haykin<br />


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IN PERPETUITY by Gord Baptist<br />

It’s no secret that God’s people support<br />

their local church through regular attendance,<br />

offering their spiritual gifts,<br />

praying for the church and staff regularly,<br />

and through the faithful contribution<br />

of their tithes and offerings. Though<br />

regular giving is a normal part of our<br />

worship as Christians, many do not realize<br />

that you can continue to give to your<br />

church long into the future through a<br />

legacy gift.<br />

God spoke of his perpetual bond with His<br />

house in 2 Chronicles 7:16:<br />

“For now have I chosen and sanctified this<br />

house that my name may be there forever:<br />

and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there<br />

perpetually.”<br />

The word “perpetuity”, meaning “a<br />

contractual provision”, usually refers to<br />

a financial product that has no end, like<br />

cash payments that continue forever.<br />

One example is an ordinary annuity or<br />

endowment.<br />

Supporting the church perpetually is<br />

done through tithing a portion of your<br />

Estate. Sadly, many who do allocate a<br />

portion of their Estate to God’s kingdom<br />

fail to honour their local church.<br />

Statistics show that 20% of people who<br />

give in their Will to a charity neglect to<br />

allocate a portion to their own church. It<br />

is also estimated that 70% of Canadians<br />

have no Will at all.<br />

The Fellowship Foundation supports the<br />

local church in this way. Through the<br />

Fellowship Foundation you can allocate<br />

a portion of your Estate to go directly to<br />

your local church, continuing your support<br />

for many years. If you do not have<br />

a Will, we can provide the legal support<br />

to have one drawn up for you, all done<br />

quickly and easily at an extremely affordable<br />

cost.<br />

To leave a legacy gift, simply follow<br />

these three steps:<br />

1. Confirm – Ask God what He would<br />

have you do with your Estate. Is<br />

He directing you towards leaving a<br />

legacy gift?<br />

2. Call – Contact Gord Baptist using the<br />

contact information provided below.<br />

3. Continue – Continue to give sacrificially<br />

to your church now, and enjoy<br />

peace of mind knowing that your<br />

Estate will provide support to your<br />

chosen ministries for many years to<br />

come.<br />

— Gord Baptist is<br />

Fellowship Advancement<br />

Director and can be<br />

reached at:<br />

519-821-4830, Ext. 244,<br />

fax: 519-821-9829, or<br />


EMPT<br />


by Peter Hambrey<br />

<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


It was, I think, the greatest shock of<br />

my life: I found myself believing<br />

that God probably did not exist.<br />

It was 1998. I was on home assignment<br />

from ministry in Pakistan after<br />

one of my most grueling terms on the<br />

field, and one day it suddenly hit me:<br />

nothing in my life shows the work of<br />

God. As I looked back at the previous<br />

month, I saw nothing. The previous<br />

year, still nothing. My belief in a<br />

living, active, involved God seemed<br />

contrary to the facts.<br />

After the initial shock came the realisation<br />

that I could not continue what<br />

I was doing — missionary work — in<br />

this state, so I made some adjustments<br />

while I sought to clarify my state of<br />

mind and do some hard thinking.<br />

I never turned away from God conclusively;<br />

I continued to pursue him in a<br />

tentative way, praying “God, if you are<br />

there…” and even reading the Bible. One<br />

thing moving me back to belief was a<br />

review of my spiritual history and the<br />

events I had considered miracles and<br />

answers to prayer, some of which I had<br />

thankfully written down. I spent much<br />

time reviewing the thinking that led<br />

to my first adoption of the faith and<br />

re-reading several introductions to the<br />

Christian faith, such as Know Why You<br />

Believe by Paul Little and Surprised by<br />

Joy by C.S. Lewis.<br />

Another important factor in my recovery<br />

— perhaps the most important,<br />

from observations of both my<br />

own and similar situations — was the<br />

engaged prayer of the few who knew<br />

my situation. The understanding support<br />

of the Fellowship International<br />

staff was also crucial, giving me time<br />

to process and recover.<br />

In retrospect, several circumstances<br />

led to this period of doubt: stress and<br />

disappointment with God resulted<br />

in depression. I was struggling to<br />

adapt my understanding of creation<br />

in light of the fascinating new science<br />

of genomics. And somewhere along<br />

the way, I stopped taking steps of

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IN PAKISTAN by Terry Wiley<br />

It was a typical case of frog-in-the-pot syndrome: I could see the steam, but<br />

couldn’t feel the heat. The tell-tale signs of poor memory, impatience, and<br />

struggles engaging deeply in conversation were only a few of the indicators<br />

that I was in trouble. Not wanting to mess up our kids’ high school studies<br />

in Pakistan, we had decided to put off a lengthy home assignment until our<br />

youngest graduated from grade 12. Instead, we opted for two- to three-month<br />

whirlwind trips to Canada every two years, during which we attempted to<br />

catch up with supporters and family in two provinces 3,500 kilometers apart.<br />

We knew that there would be a physical and emotional cost to such a decision.<br />

Our problem stemmed from neglecting to provide adequate soul-care to<br />

compensate for the largely break-less long haul we’d set out for ourselves.<br />

When we arrived in Canada, close friends quickly recognized that all was not<br />

well. Forty-five minutes into any conversation, I had nearly exhausted my<br />

ability to remain engaged — even with family members.<br />

Y<br />

faith. Thankfully, our God is a God<br />

that pursues and rescues us, planting<br />

our feet firmly on solid ground and<br />

renewing our strength.<br />

— Peter Hambrey serves as<br />

the Canadian Coordinator for<br />

LeadersFor, which provides leadership<br />

training to indigenous pastors.<br />

After serving<br />

overseas for<br />

many years, he<br />

and his wife,<br />

Cheryl, are<br />

now based in<br />

Fort McMurray,<br />

AB.<br />

Both our leadership and my mentor had encouraged me to make rest and<br />

renewal a top priority during our time home, which I did. Focused reading<br />

and working with my hands were only a couple of the things that helped to<br />

heal and restore my body and mind. However, as the smoke started to clear, a<br />

soul-restlessness remained that hadn’t been dealt with, even after the deliberate<br />

rest. A nagging emptiness and lack of purpose combined with a desire for a<br />

deeper relationship with God continued to gnaw at me. Through the prompting<br />

of my pastor, I set up a two-day retreat to seek God in a new way. He used<br />

this time to give me a renewed vision — not of what I should do, but of what<br />

my life should be. My spirit instantly received a whole new level of rest and<br />

purpose.<br />

One thing remained, however: occasional bouts of depression and extreme<br />

weariness continued to surface occasionally, even late into our home assignment.<br />

This left me worried about the prospects for our return to Pakistan, a<br />

place known for chewing people up and spitting them out. On day two of my<br />

retreat, while searching for a book to read, I “happened” on John Ortberg’s<br />

book, Soul Keeper. Through it, I came to understand the cause of the state<br />

in which I’d placed myself — a prolonged neglect of soul-care. “I and no one<br />

else am responsible for the condition of my soul,” points out Ortberg. On this<br />

point, I had much work to do.<br />

While I had maintained a meaningful daily quiet time and fed my mind with<br />

good ministry and leadership resources, I had not done well in the area of nurturing<br />

my soul: listening to messages and music, using healthy self-talk, and<br />

spending time with friends just for friendship’s sake, to name a few examples.<br />

God not only showed me the specific things I needed to change in order to<br />

keep from getting back into the same state, but He also did one other amazing<br />

thing for me. He reached down and healed me — a<br />

direct soul-healing that I knew had come from God.<br />

The bouts of depression and weariness were gone, by<br />

the grace of God.<br />

— Terry Wiley has worked as a Fellowship<br />

International missionary in Sindh, Pakistan, ministering<br />

to Muslims for over 25 years. He serves as the<br />

Pakistan Field Chairman.

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KIDS<br />

by Dave Marttunen<br />

The term “third-culture” represents a new culture that is made by combining<br />

two existing cultures; it’s often used to describe the culture of<br />

missionary kids. In these third-cultures, there are elements of both the<br />

parents’ culture and the host culture that combine to form a new thirdculture.<br />

The important thing to remember is that a third-culture is unique:<br />

it’s neither one nor the other of the contributing cultures. This can have<br />

huge advantages, but can also present some distinctive challenges.<br />

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Often, children raised in third-cultures<br />

go through phases in which<br />

they feel that they just don’t fit anywhere.<br />

In their hearts, they may identify more<br />

with their host culture, but their appearance<br />

and first language don’t fit into that<br />

culture. For many, the questions “who<br />

am I?” and “where do I belong?” create<br />

an ache long before they provide roots or<br />

wings. Most adolescents transition from<br />

finding their identity within their home<br />

to trying to find it with their friends or<br />

peers. Third-culture kids face more challenge<br />

in this area because they “don’t<br />

quite fit anywhere” — or at least that’s<br />

how they feel. The result can be a marked<br />

increase in social anxiety, which can lead<br />

to malaise or depression. In spite of this,<br />

many third-culture kids eventually discover<br />

enormous social advantages due to<br />

their unique cross-cultural experiences.<br />

There are some behaviours that mark<br />

third-culture kids in social settings, the<br />

first of which being that they go deep<br />

— really deep, really fast. Most monoculture<br />

youth find this overwhelming<br />

and, predictably, withdraw, leaving some<br />

third-culture kids feeling rejected. In addition,<br />

third-culture kids can sometimes<br />

view monoculture kids as shallow and<br />

immature by comparison. Most missionary<br />

kids have had to navigate complex<br />

social structures and circumstances<br />

compared to monoculture<br />

kids — things like city/national<br />

transportation, social<br />

injustice, abject poverty, flying<br />

around the world, complex<br />

governments, language, culture<br />

and various armed personnel.<br />

One outcome<br />

growing from their<br />

life experience is that<br />

third-culture kids<br />

just can’t be like<br />

monoculture kids<br />

and being different<br />

often translates to<br />

a feeling of not<br />

fitting in anywhere…<br />

except<br />

with other<br />

third-culture<br />

kids.<br />

Many kids<br />

that grow up in<br />

third-cultures possess two advantages,<br />

the first of which being they are often<br />

educated with other third-culture kids,<br />

with whom they find understanding<br />

and acceptance. Unfortunately one of<br />

the costs is separation from their families,<br />

as these schools frequently require<br />

boarding. While not for every child, it<br />

can be an enormous benefit for some,<br />

giving them room for growing independence.<br />

The second advantage is their<br />

participation in various re-entry programs<br />

upon their return to their parents’<br />

home country. We have recently banded<br />

together with other agencies to offer<br />

an excellent re-entry program called<br />

“ReBoot”. Volunteers and professionals<br />

work together to help third-culture kids<br />

understand both themselves and others<br />

in a context of spiritual support and<br />

discipleship.<br />

“Ciao! In Italian this means both hello and<br />

goodbye. It also encapsulates the easiest<br />

and hardest thing I have learned to say. As a<br />

third-culture kid, I learned to expect change.<br />

I changed countries, languages, houses,<br />

schools, churches, and every time I got to meet<br />

new people. It became easy for me to say ciao<br />

(hello) to many new wonderful people. However,<br />

it was so difficult to also have to say ciao (goodbye)<br />

to many, many good friends. I have learned<br />

to value friendship and family above anything else.<br />

Ciao!” — Gioia Stover (nee Bruno)<br />

In order to help their third-culture kids<br />

thrive, missionary parents need to band<br />

together with other missionaries and<br />

support people to provide what they<br />

can’t and shouldn’t provide all by themselves<br />

— a meaningful support community,<br />

similar to a miniature church.<br />

They need a team of people, supporting<br />

each other in community so that each<br />

member of the family thrives. We love<br />

our missionary families, and do all that<br />

we can to provide the support that they<br />

need through our staff, missionaries, and<br />

other support programs. We want them<br />

to not just survive,<br />

but to thrive!<br />

— Dave<br />

Marttunen is<br />

the Fellowship<br />

International<br />

Director.<br />

“Although my parents were the ones who were called to serve in Pakistan, being an MK meant that the call extended<br />

to me as well. Being an MK was never a choice I made, but it has shaped every aspect of who I am. From<br />

growing up in simplicity to learning the independence of boarding school life, growing up as an MK in Pakistan<br />

has prepared me for many of the challenges I face in life today.” — Stephen Wiley<br />

“My greatest struggle was learning to speak a second language and integrate into a new culture,<br />

through which I developed a sensitivity for people of other nationalities and cultures. Being back in<br />

Canada, I find myself sympathetic towards the foreigner; it is easy to connect and communicate with<br />

them. The greatest reward I experienced was witnessing faith in action, answered prayers, and God’s<br />

protective hand and caring interactions with His people. It was the beginning of a deep faith and<br />

trust in God which has helped me navigate through life.” — Holly Robinson (nee Brubacher)


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At face-value, the ministry of FAIR could be said to be focused<br />

on physical needs more so than spiritual needs.<br />

Our FAIR projects range from emergency relief in the form<br />

of food and hygiene packs to support for refugees, dental<br />

services in Cambodia, and construction and renovation<br />

projects at many mission locations across the globe. It can<br />

be easy to overlook the biblical and spiritual importance of<br />

seeing to these very practical needs, as well as the spiritual<br />

impact these actions can have.<br />

Jesus speaks of fulfilling practical needs at many different<br />

points in the New Testament. He speaks of the importance<br />

of loving our neighbour as we would ourselves (Mark 12:31)<br />

and caring for the hungry, thirsty, unclothed and sick<br />

(Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus also fulfils the prophecy of<br />

Isaiah, speaking of how He was sent “to proclaim good<br />

news to the poor… liberty to the captives and recovering<br />

of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…”<br />

(Luke 4:18). As followers of Jesus, it is our joy to<br />

follow His direction and to emulate His example.<br />

Despite these clear instructions found in God’s Word, we<br />

tend to overcomplicate things, asking questions such as,<br />




In the spring<br />

of 2016, FAIR<br />

released the first<br />

of two mini appeals<br />

for the year.<br />

This focused<br />

project, called<br />

Bringing Kids to<br />

Christ (Poland) sought to support the<br />

kid’s club and soccer camps run by<br />

Fellowship International missionaries<br />

Pierre and Hanna Jutras in various locations<br />

throughout Poland. Through the<br />

generosity of churches and individuals<br />

who had previously supported projects<br />

in this country, we received $11,200<br />

towards facilitating the provision of<br />

quality kids’ programming, as well<br />

as follow-up with the kids and their<br />

families.<br />

These funds helped establish a new<br />

soccer camp in Lódz (the third largest<br />

city in Poland, with only 0.08 %<br />

Evangelical believers), providing food<br />

and soccer equipment as well as three<br />

interns. Over 30 kids attended, many<br />

hearing the Gospel with their parents<br />

for the first time. Plans are in progress<br />

for follow-up work with the families<br />

who participated. The kids’ clubs in<br />

Biała Podlaska and Płock were also<br />

enhanced by the Bringing Kids to Christ<br />

project, through the purchase of a<br />

small electrical oven for warm lunch<br />

prep, a ping pong table and other<br />

games and materials, and equipment<br />

for after-school activities. During the<br />

winter months, the kids’ club continues<br />

inside, thanks to the ability to rent<br />

indoor space. This is such a blessing to<br />

the children who attend, since many<br />

would otherwise have nothing to do<br />

after school. It seems that the love of<br />

Christ needs to shine strong and long<br />

among these poor people for them to<br />

be willing to hear about Christ — we<br />

pray for abundant and lasting fruit!<br />

Pierre and Hanna have this to say about<br />

the project:<br />

“We are very grateful for all those who<br />

support our FAIR programs. Through the<br />

partnership of individuals, churches, and<br />

pastors in Canada and Poland, the lives of<br />

many Poles who need to hear and receive<br />

the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ can be<br />

touched and changed. Thank you!”<br />

— Dan Shurr is our FAIR Director.

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D SOUL<br />

by Denise Wicks<br />

“why is it important?”, “will this really help?”, and “why<br />

should I participate?”<br />

Some of the answers to these questions can be answered<br />

through basic human psychology, where the different needs<br />

we each encounter on a daily basis are arranged in a theory<br />

called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This model places needs<br />

in different levels, forming a pyramid with five layers. The<br />

theory proposes that to reach the top (self-actualization), one<br />

must have met needs listed in the first four levels (physiological,<br />

safety, belongingness/love, and esteem needs). To see how<br />

body-care can equal soul-care, I like to look at it from a FAIR<br />

standpoint, using refugee sponsorship as an example.<br />

The first two levels of needs are considered the basic needs.<br />

These physiological and safety needs would include items<br />

like food, water, warmth, and rest as well as a safe place to<br />

live. When churches commit to sponsor a refugee/family,<br />

they are committing to provide these basic needs. They offer<br />

refugees safety and stability by bringing them to Canada, far<br />

away from the chaos of refugee camps. By fulfilling those<br />

needs, it’s then possible for sponsorship teams to create<br />

intimate relationships, connecting refugees with their new<br />

community, building their skills and confidence, and helping<br />

them find a sense of accomplishment and belonging. These<br />

desires to belong and feel loved/esteemed are called psychological<br />

needs.<br />

The final level of need is self-fulfillment, or self-actualization.<br />

It typically relates to achieving one’s potential but can also<br />

lead to finding one’s identity. As sponsorship groups walk<br />

with their refugee(s), relationships are built and opportunities<br />

to help them discover and strengthen their identity in<br />

Christ increase. However, without meeting the most basic<br />

needs first, it’s unlikely these opportunities would arise.<br />

With this in mind, it’s easy to see that God wants us to help<br />

others in such basic ways — body-care translates into soulcare.<br />

By meeting physical needs, hearts are prepared and relationships<br />

are built, opening doors for the Gospel to be shared.<br />

By supporting FAIR in providing for these physical needs, we<br />

participate in Kingdom-building as surely as if we were sharing<br />

the Gospel in person.<br />

— Denise Wicks is Administrative Assistant for FAIR and our<br />

Communications department.<br />


ONE YEAR LATER by Denise Wicks<br />

The year 2016 brought a seemingly unending list of devastating natural and man-made events around the world. In<br />

spite of this, it’s hard to argue that the Alberta wildfires, which caused the hurried evacuation of the entire city of<br />

Fort McMurray, doesn’t loom largest of these events in the minds of many Canadians. However, from the ashes of this<br />

fire came stories of the compassion and love of Christ, flowing out from Fellowship churches and individuals. To date<br />

we’ve received over $255,000 towards relief efforts that are ongoing in Fort McMurray. With this financial support,<br />

NorthLife Fellowship Baptist Church (Fort McMurray, AB) staff were quickly able to start providing relief through<br />

their pre-existing food bank immediately upon their return to the city. To date, approximately 4,500 families have<br />

come through their doors seeking help. Since November 2016, NorthLife has handed out 2,300 quilts; 1,200 duvets;<br />

1,050 pallets of food, clothing, and toiletries; 29 oversized boxes of clothing, socks, and towels; 30,000 pairs of shoes;<br />

and 2,500 flats of water — all supplied from various sources across Canada. With the ability to provide food, water,<br />

clothes, shoes, kids’ summer camps, and other events to keep spirits high, NorthLife continues to spread hope and<br />

light to the city in the name of Christ.<br />

— Denise Wicks is Administrative Assistant for FAIR and our Communications department.

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SOWING<br />

THE SEED:<br />


It seems that the Bible is more accessible<br />

today than it ever has been in<br />

history. People can access it through<br />

the internet, mobile apps, e-readers,<br />

and in paperback or hard copy. It’s<br />

difficult to comprehend that while we<br />

enjoy this incredible ease of access,<br />

some people still have no way to read<br />

God’s Word, making spiritual growth<br />

a difficult task.<br />

Two main people groups that are in<br />

great need of Bibles are Muslim and<br />

Francophone peoples. The Sowing<br />

the Seed project aims to provide<br />

Bibles for these two people groups<br />

in their native tongue, giving them<br />

personal access to the living Word of<br />

God.<br />

The Goal: $60,000<br />

Sowing among Muslims<br />

Sindh, Pakistan<br />

The Sindhi people of Pakistan are in desperate need of the Gospel. With<br />

80% of the population of the Sindh province currently practicing Islam,<br />

persecution of Christians is not just a threat — it’s a reality for many.<br />

Fellowship International missionary Mark Naylor has been diligently<br />

working on a Sindhi translation of the Bible for many years now, publishing<br />

the Old Testament in 2007. This is the first time that any part of the<br />

Bible has been available in the Sindhi language. He’s currently working on<br />

translating the New Testament, but it takes time and funding to do so.<br />

Through the Sowing the Seed project, we are seeking to raise $25,000 to<br />

go towards the ongoing translation, printing, and distribution of the<br />

New Testament in Sindhi.<br />

Ottawa/Gatineau area, Ontario<br />

FEB Central church planter Richard Raya has followed the call to share<br />

the Gospel with Muslim peoples in the greater Ottawa/Gatineau region,<br />

through his role as pastor of Jesus Light of the World Arabic Evangelical<br />

Church in Ottawa. The church’s outreach programs reach countless<br />

people, including many Syrian refugee families, with the Gospel. We<br />

aim to raise $15,000 to help provide Bibles for Richard’s ministry to the<br />

over 38,000 Arabic-speaking peoples of the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

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Sowing among Francophones<br />

Dondon, Haiti<br />

The people of Dondon, Haiti are starved for even basic necessities.<br />

Many go without food, water, shelter, and education<br />

— some will never be able to touch a Bible, let alone read one.<br />

Through the Sowing the Seed project, we are seeking to raise<br />

$10,000 towards placing French Bibles in the hands of Haitians<br />

so that they can learn about the love and salvation offered<br />

through Christ. Through one of our partners, Salem Christian<br />

Church, Bibles will be distributed to those in need who would<br />

otherwise never experience the transforming power of God’s<br />

Word.<br />

D. R. Congo<br />

The church in the D. R. Congo continues to grow and flourish,<br />

but the need for Bibles is great. Fellowship International missionaries<br />

Richard and Brenda Flemming have met with many<br />

pastors who don’t have one single Bible in their entire church.<br />

Similarly, Fellowship International missionaries Apollo and<br />

Lois Midigo see a great need for Bibles as they minister to the<br />

people in the war-torn city of Goma , D. R. Congo. Through the<br />

Sowing the Seed project, we aim to raise $10,000 to go towards<br />

the purchasing of French Bibles for those in the D. R. Congo.<br />



FEET,<br />

A LIGHT<br />

ON MY PATH.”<br />

PSALM 119:105 (NIV)<br />

In Psalm 119:105, we’re reminded that God’s Word brings light<br />

to those who read it. It spreads and touches every area of darkness,<br />

changing the way things are seen and experienced. With<br />

your help, we can bring the light of Scripture to Francophones<br />

and Muslims who are in desperate need of God’s Word.<br />


#TheGreatestBook is a call to all Fellowship churches to spend 14 days (November 5-19, <strong>2017</strong>)<br />

together studying the Bible, celebrating the gift of God’s Word, and enjoying the joy of community.<br />

Participating churches can download the digital toolkit from our website, which contains<br />

suggested sermons, studies for every age group, and a reproducible devotional booklet.<br />

Here’s a list of potential next steps to implement the Bible Engagement project in your church:<br />

1. Take a look now at your planning calendar and schedule<br />

November 5-19 (or an alternate two weeks) so that you<br />

and your church can participate in this life-impacting<br />

project.<br />

2. Download and use the reproducible promotional materials<br />

(brochure, poster) to promote the project among your<br />

congregation.<br />

3. Download the Bible Engagement video and highlight the<br />

project in your Sunday morning worship service.<br />

4. Encourage your church family to be praying for and during<br />

the #TheGreatestBook Bible Engagement event.<br />

5. Download the ministry toolkit from our website.<br />

6. Provide the study materials to small group leaders,<br />

Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and provide copies<br />

(digitally or printed) of the devotional for individuals<br />

in your congregation to use.<br />

7. Review the suggested sermons to consider which you<br />

might use for the three Sundays; or use the outline to<br />

prepare a sermon that highlights the importance and<br />

value of the Scriptures.<br />

8. Beginning Sunday, November 5th, join other Fellowship<br />

churches from across Canada as together we engage in<br />

the Word of God.<br />

9. Encourage your congregation to engage throughout<br />

the study on social media using #TheGreatestBook<br />

and @FellowshipNatl .<br />

10. Send a testimony to the Fellowship National office after<br />

your Bible Engagement project and we’ll share the<br />

blessing with others.<br />




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<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />




by Monique Saulnier<br />

Spiritual burn-out affects many in ministry positions.<br />

With the heavy demands placed on pastors in this day<br />

and age, stress can lead to over-commitment and, eventually,<br />

spiritual exhaustion and burn-out. We recently<br />

surveyed a number of our ministry workers in Quebec, a<br />

region that is one of the most spiritually resistant and discouraging<br />

in all of Canada; more than 26 people responded.<br />

The answers they provided help to shed light on the issue<br />

of spiritual burn-out and how we can better serve our ministry<br />

personnel.<br />

Those who responded had an average of 16 years serving<br />

in ministry — none were engaged in the ministry prior<br />

to 1980. Of these, more than 47.4% of respondents experienced<br />

burn-out at one time, while the remaining 52.6%<br />

reported never experiencing exhaustion in their ministry.<br />

CAUSES<br />

The top causes of burn-out provided by respondents were<br />

unrealistic expectations placed on them by the congregation,<br />

problems within the church, and problems within<br />

the Church Council. It was surprising to find that family<br />

life was not a primary cause of exhaustion — only three<br />

pastors reported experiencing issues with their wives (one<br />

over struggles with children and two over financial difficulty)<br />

that contributed to their burn-out.<br />


We asked our pastors what helped them to overcome their<br />

burn-out. Of those who responded, 42% reported taking a<br />

sabbatical from their work, 26% turned to psychological<br />

counseling, 19% received encouragement from a friend,<br />

and 15% were encouraged by their Church Council. Only<br />

8% used medication to help treat the issue, and 7% sought<br />

help from a doctor.<br />


It was encouraging to see that each of the pastors who<br />

responded was eager to help others prevent spiritual burnout<br />

before it happens to them. The most reiterated recommendation<br />

was to ask the elders or Church Council for<br />

help before burn-out occurs. One comment emphasized<br />

that we as Christians should not be proud of the unrealistic<br />

pressures applied to those in ministry. Accountability and<br />

humility are necessities when working among the people<br />

of God, and go a long way in preventing the over-commitment<br />

that leads to burn-out.<br />

Some who responded also encouraged pastors to acknowledge<br />

their limitations. We are all limited, and it is not a<br />

weakness to be upfront about our capacity. That’s why it is<br />

important not to do everything on your own, but to learn<br />

to delegate responsibilities.

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Mention was made of the importance of consistently<br />

seeking God during trials. Suffering can turn us away<br />

from hope and faith; we must fix our eyes on God and<br />

spend time with Him through prayer in order to weather<br />

the storms of life. It should be mentioned that many saw<br />

themselves as their worst enemy — they put added pressure<br />

on themselves in response to the high expectations<br />

of others.<br />

In many cases, isolation can contribute or worsen spiritual<br />

burn-out experienced by pastors. We need to have friends,<br />

coaches who will help us break down misconceptions and<br />

help bring clarity. We need others to pour into us — their<br />

encouragement, their listening, and their advice.<br />

Over all, it was strongly recommended that pastors ask<br />

for support when returning to work after a period of<br />

spiritual burn-out. Ideally, this should be done gradually<br />

instead of abruptly. Burn-out takes time to heal, and<br />

jumping back into ministry with both feet can be an<br />

overwhelming experience, which may lead straight back<br />

to more burn-out.<br />

— Monique is the Administrative Assistant for the AÉBÉQ<br />

Region.<br />










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by Richard Flemming<br />

Our chaplains are spiritual caregivers who serve in a variety of secular settings. They invest<br />

time in building relationships of trust with people who might never think of passing<br />

through the doors of our churches. As spiritual caregivers, they spend a great deal of time<br />

listening to those willing to seek counsel for a variety of issues. We know that caregivers of all kinds can experience<br />

burn-out from this type of work, and it’s no different for our own chaplains. Not only do they deal with<br />

the problems of others, but they must also deal with their own individual concerns as well. There are times<br />

when even chaplains require soul-care. Read what three of our chaplains have to say about their personal<br />

journeys in this matter.<br />

— Richard serves as Fellowship National Coordinator.<br />

DEPRESSION by David Brown<br />

One of the most important things I’ve come to understand is that God will sometimes allow me<br />

to experience challenges and difficulties in order to mold me and shape me, even times of great<br />

sorrow and suffering.<br />


For the past year and a half I’ve battled with anxiety and depression — the most difficult time<br />

in my life. I was unable to perform my duties as a Fellowship chaplain and experienced disruption<br />

in every area of my life. I am happy to report the Lord did not leave me nor forsake<br />

me for a moment during this time. The Lord eventually lifted me in a miraculous way and<br />

restored me, giving me back my enjoyment of life as a Christian husband and father.<br />

Psalm 119:71 says: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”<br />

Through my struggles I have learned to trust the Lord deeply, even<br />

when experiencing extreme sorrow and suffering.<br />

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who<br />

love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” Romans<br />

8:28.<br />

— David is a Fellowship Community Chaplain working in<br />

Cambridge, ON.

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GRIEF by Eric Lanthier<br />

The presence of a chaplain proves to be<br />

vital for someone who is in distress. But<br />

when a chaplain lives through a crisis,<br />

life takes a whole different turn. On<br />

April 6, 2013, I learned that a former coworker<br />

had died. I was overwhelmed to<br />

learn that after such a short time, the disease<br />

had prevailed. I did not know that<br />

only 90 minutes later I was going to live<br />

a greater trial by finding my lifeless wife.<br />

Imagine, someone who comforts and<br />

generates hope daily discovers that his<br />

wife has taken her life in their own<br />

home. But I give glory to God, who<br />

sustained me through this terrible<br />

ordeal. The prayers of my brothers and<br />

sisters in Christ, the involvement of<br />

churches, the support of my family, my<br />

pastor, and a Christian therapist helped<br />

me to find my way back to life. Today,<br />

I understand much more deeply what<br />

mourning, solitude, celibacy, inner pain,<br />

and human suffering mean. Moreover,<br />

the Lord, in His goodness, knew not only<br />

how to lift me from this ordeal, but also<br />

to fill me as I had never imagined. He<br />

gave me back a wife, a woman of quality.<br />

What grace, for I never imagined that I<br />

could have loved again. I began to preach<br />

again and, in addition, the Lord is using<br />

me to minister to non-Christians by providing<br />

them with pastoral services as a<br />

chaplain. All I can say is, “Glory to God!”<br />

In view of the greatness of His goodness,<br />

I can only celebrate the grace bestowed<br />

upon me by my<br />

Lord and Saviour<br />

Jesus Christ.<br />

— Eric is a<br />

Fellowship<br />

Chaplain working<br />

in the area<br />

of media.<br />

HOPE by Serge Caron<br />

L’Ancre was founded in 2007 in response to the pressing needs of men fresh from<br />

prison. For isolated men who have spent years in prison, L’Ancre volunteers are often<br />

the only unpaid people that take an interest in them.<br />

The mandate of the thirty volunteers working at L’Ancre is to encourage, support, and<br />

facilitate the integration of detainees and former prisoners into a community of faith.<br />

Volunteers work periodically at the penitentiary chapel, sharing the Word of God with<br />

detainees. They also offer a weekly presence in transition houses, where their role is<br />

to instigate reflection and the evaluation of past choices in the lives of those who have<br />

been recently released. Perhaps it is time for them to consider the spiritual path, to seek<br />

in God a path that will succeed.<br />

For L’Ancre volunteers, the detainee and the ex-prisoner remain<br />

“our neighbors”, regardless of their choice to follow Christ or not.<br />

Our services are not conditional on a commitment of faith, but<br />

they do often associate chaplaincy with the unconditional love of<br />

God.<br />

— Serge is a Fellowship Chaplain serving in the area of<br />


<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


by Betty-Anne Van Rees<br />


“As<br />

for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good”<br />

(2 Thessalonians 3:13). The only problem is… sometimes<br />

we do. We know we’re to make the best use of the time<br />

because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16) and lay down<br />

our lives (John 15:13) and discipline ourselves for godliness<br />

(1 Timothy 4:7), but what do we do when we feel<br />

like we’re running dry? How do we offer ourselves as living<br />

sacrifices without it killing us?<br />

Wait for God<br />

Job had an ash heap (Job 2:8), Elijah had a broom tree (1<br />

Kings 19:5), David had a cave (Psalm 57, 142), and Jesus had<br />

a garden (Matthew 26 and Hebrews 5:7-8). When life was<br />

overwhelming, they sought solitude. They stopped and<br />

waited for God, and God met them, cared for them, and<br />

answered the cry of their hearts. These, and many other<br />

stories like them, tell us about the kind of God we serve:<br />

He meets people where they are; He doesn’t condemn them<br />

for being there but He doesn’t leave them there either; He<br />

speaks truth to replace the lies — and the whole process is<br />

powerfully infused with love that then grows in the hearts<br />

of those with whom He meets. Not only is the relationship<br />

comforting, it’s transformative.<br />

Know Yourself<br />

When we take time to know God in this way, He tells us<br />

important things about ourselves. If we’re to thrive in the<br />

places God calls us to serve, we must allow Him to x-ray our<br />

hearts to find our root issues and then listen to His diagnosis.<br />

Am I burning out because I’m trying to do what only He<br />

can do? Whose glory fuels my service — His or mine? Am<br />

I trying to overflow what I’m not taking in? Is my vessel<br />

clean enough for His glory to flow through? Am I remembering<br />

that all of life is ministry, or is one area hijacking my<br />

whole life? Am I allowing Him to minister grace and truth<br />

to my life through His body?<br />

It is essential that we know His answers to these questions<br />

— this is the diagnosis. Once we do, He calls us to drink<br />

long of the medicine that will heal our souls: grace upon<br />

grace. And like any good disease-killing medication, we<br />

mustn’t stop until we’ve consumed it all.<br />

But Why?<br />

We cannot give what we have not received. Those we serve<br />

find themselves in the very same struggles we have come<br />

to. When we struggle and God meets us, planting our feet<br />

on solid ground, we will be ready, with gentle respect, to<br />

give an answer for the hope that is in us.<br />

— Betty-Anne, a member of Hespeler Baptist Church in<br />

Cambridge, ON, helps to facilitate the Canadian network<br />

of the Biblical Counselling Coalition, in addition to helping<br />

in its initial Canadian launch.<br />



Each of our Fellowship Regions offers their<br />

own resources to aid pastors and their families<br />

in their soul-care:<br />

Fellowship Pacific offers a database of equipping<br />

tools, as well as their OASIS workshops<br />

and seminars. They also offer leadership<br />

training tools such as Called to Influence,<br />

Called to Dialogue: Tools for handling Crucial<br />

Conversations, and Called to Lead. Experienced<br />

pastor Bruce Christensen is available to counsel<br />

pastors during times of stress, and church consultation<br />

resources are available on their website,<br />

as well as appointments upon request.<br />

Fellowship Prairies offers the help of Regional<br />

coaches Phil Webb, Leadership Health and<br />

Development, and Rod Black, Multi-Cultural<br />

Ministry. They assist pastors in strategizing for<br />

missions outreach, provide outings for pastors<br />

apart from ministry, lead workshops on<br />

Significant Conversations, and train small group<br />


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Other resources and retreats offered<br />

include: Engage, which is annual and<br />

varies in format each year between<br />

a personal retreat, conference, etc.;<br />

Encounter, an annual retreat that is for<br />

pastors and their wives; and Equip which<br />

is an annual convention/business meeting<br />

followed by speakers and electives.<br />

The Regional Director and Regional<br />

Leadership Coach meet with pastors<br />

once a month in northern and southern<br />

Alberta, and also meet with pastors in<br />

Saskatchewan and Manitoba throughout<br />

the year. There is also a team available<br />

for church consultations that meets with<br />

the church leadership for the purpose<br />

of helping them determine how to encourage<br />

and strengthen their team and<br />

congregation.<br />

FEB Central offers the help of Area<br />

Shepherds, who help to encourage,<br />

support, and pray for pastors. They also<br />

connect with pastors, staff, and families,<br />

attend Association meetings, build relationships,<br />

encourage the development<br />

and healthy functioning of Associations,<br />

broker resources, and assist in reconciliation<br />

when invited. In addition to<br />

our Area Shepherds, we offer retreat<br />

centers such as Enrich Canada, OASIS<br />

Retreats, and Kerith Retreats (Focus<br />

on the Family Canada), as well as the<br />

Pastors’ Conference and Pastors’ Wives<br />

and Women in Ministry Retreat. We also<br />

host workshops for the health of pastors<br />

(Do MORE BETTER, Critical Care, and<br />

Gospel Coaching).<br />

AÉBÉQ offers ministry workers the help<br />

of regional pastoral activities, for the<br />

purpose of collaboration and mutual edification;<br />

provincial pastoral care for rest,<br />

exhortation, and instruction; follow-up<br />

care through Regional Coordinators (a<br />

resource person who provides leadership<br />

in the Region), the Director of Church<br />

Vitality, and the Director General, who<br />

offer financial resources and tools to<br />

help churches regain and maintain their<br />

vitality. The Region also offers coaching<br />

to younger ministry workers, carried<br />

out by an experienced pastor, as well<br />

as external counseling resources for<br />

married couples (financial and human<br />

resources). A portion of their regional<br />

funding is set aside for the purpose of<br />

helping couples who go through difficult<br />

times to seek support from qualified<br />

advisors. Finally there is the support of<br />

The Barnabas Foundation, which was<br />

founded to provide pastors with supports<br />

to prevent burn-out or help deal<br />

with other needs.<br />

Fellowship Atlantic offers pastors care<br />

through their Regional Director, including<br />

monthly cluster gatherings for all<br />

of our pastors which include significant<br />

peer encouragement and counsel.<br />

Retired pastors are available to counsel<br />

and encourage younger men, and the region<br />

provides an annual two-day retreat<br />

for pastoral staff that includes quality<br />

prayer and share times as groups and<br />

one on one. There are also people within<br />

the region who offer the use of property/<br />

homes for pastoral couples to get away<br />

for a week at no cost to them.<br />


by Rob Cole, Fellowship Services Director<br />

Health Plan<br />

The Fellowship Group Insurance Plan<br />

was designed to provide a single package<br />

that would include Extended<br />

Health Care, Dental Coverage, Life<br />

Insurance, Accident Insurance, Longterm<br />

Disability and a provision for<br />

local churches to assist in providing for<br />

Short-term Sick Leave. In addition, optional<br />

life and accident insurance for the<br />

insured and their spouse/children is also<br />

available.<br />

Fellowship Group Benefits are administered<br />

by Gwen Pifer. She can be reached at<br />

the Fellowship National Ministry Centre<br />

by phone at 519-821-4830 ext. 229, or by<br />

email at healthcare@fellowship.ca.<br />

For questions about Health and Dental<br />

coverage or claims, contact GreatWest<br />

Life at: 1-800-957-9777.<br />

Pension Plan<br />

The Fellowship Pension Plan is registered<br />

with Canada Revenue Agency,<br />

which allows tax deductibility of contributions.<br />

The Plan is also registered<br />

with the Financial Services Commission<br />

of Ontario, the administrative body<br />

charged with oversight of pension plans<br />

operating within the province.<br />

Participation in the plan is open to employees<br />

of Fellowship Baptist Churches.<br />

In situations where provincial pension<br />

legislation in the province of residence<br />

differs from that of Ontario, those plan<br />

members will be extended the local provincial<br />

entitlements.<br />

Sun Life Financial provides investment<br />

management and record-keeping<br />

services for the plan and plan members.<br />

The Fellowship provides service to the<br />

plan members for enrollment, retirement,<br />

termination, death, government<br />

reporting, general inquiries, collection<br />

and forwarding of contributions, as well<br />

as the distribution of annual statements.<br />

Members are charged a small yearly fee<br />

for these services.<br />

The Fellowship Pension Plan is administered<br />

by Mr. Rob Cole, our Director<br />

of Ministry Support Services. He can<br />

be reached at the Fellowship National<br />

Ministry Centre by phone at<br />

519-821-4830 ext. 226, or by email at<br />

rcole@fellowship.ca. For more information<br />

about our Pension Plan, visit our<br />

website at www.fellowship.ca/Pension.<br />

Affinity Program<br />

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continue to look for opportunities to<br />

provide benefits and advantages to our<br />

churches, our pastors and the members<br />

of our churches. We currently have three<br />

program partners: Brokerforce Insurance<br />

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truth talk<br />

<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

TRANSITIONS by Glenn Taylor<br />

Transitions in ministry are traumatic —<br />

thus the need for soul-care. The trauma<br />

of transitions in ministry rock the ship, and<br />

everyone onboard is affected. Pastors, spouses,<br />

children, church members, church leaders,<br />

and communities are all impacted in greater or<br />

lesser ways. In such a brief article each of these<br />

cannot be dealt with adequately but must be<br />

acknowledged.<br />

Each will deal differently with grief, anger, disappointment,<br />

and change; these emotions are experienced in different<br />

ways. The ingredients of transition will not be personalized.<br />

Feelings are personal and expressed differently,<br />

therefore processing experiences are very individualistic.<br />

These variables make the experience unique for everyone.<br />

Soul-care must seek to understand the experience of each<br />

participant and provide care accordingly.<br />

Our space limitations necessitate focusing only on the<br />

pastor and his family. However, churches, church leaders,<br />

members, and the community should not be overlooked.<br />

The ripples of trauma caused by transition spread throughout<br />

the congregation.<br />

Tremors in Transition<br />

Many things contribute to the trauma. Who has initiated<br />

the transition? It may be initiated by the pastor, the church<br />

leadership, the church community, the denomination,<br />

financial pressures, stage of life issues, family contributors,<br />

illness, etc. There are a dozen motivators for transition.<br />

Some come from within, some from others.<br />

Different Types of Transition<br />

Type 1<br />

Predictable<br />

and Voluntary<br />

Type 3<br />

Unpredictable<br />

and Voluntary<br />

Type 2<br />

Predictable<br />

and Involuntary<br />

Type 4<br />

Unpredictable<br />

and Involuntary<br />

One can readily see that the trauma is greater as you move<br />

from type one to type four. The reasons determine the type<br />

of transition; to provide effective soul-care, one must assess<br />

the reasons for the transition and the impact on all of the<br />

persons involved while understanding that each individual<br />

or group impacted will respond differently.<br />

Who Cares?<br />

For soul-care to be effective it must come from many sources<br />

and as an expression of love growing out to forgiveness<br />

and grace.<br />

Care of Pastors and Families in Transition:<br />

• Divine-care<br />

• Self-care<br />

• Family-care<br />

• Peer-care<br />

• Spiritual-care Group<br />

• Denomination-care<br />

• Church-care<br />

• Professional-care<br />

Each dimension of soul-care could be expanded and illustrated.<br />

Transitions are most effectively cared for within<br />

the context of a reflective pause — an intentionally designed<br />

opportunity that enables reflection on the experience. First,<br />

the person must find God in the process and deal with their<br />

response. Secondly, they must refocus, rearrange priorities,<br />

and envision God’s will for the future. Pain and hurt heal<br />

slowly and often require rest and recuperation.<br />

Biblical Models of Transitions in Ministry<br />

There are many Biblical models of both transition within<br />

ministry and transition of ministries from one individual<br />

to another. For instance, we see itinerant teaching pastors<br />

in the New Testament. There are also many examples of<br />

calls to ministry (e.g. Moses, Jeremiah, Samuel, etc.). A helpful<br />

study concerning transition of ministry is the transference<br />

of ministry from Moses to Joshua, Samuel to his<br />

sons, David to Solomon, Elijah to Elisha, John the Baptist<br />

to Jesus, Barnabas to Paul, and others. Soul-care is a function<br />

of all community members and Paul is explicit about<br />

the care of pastors. Every day three<br />

pastors in North America leave the<br />

ministry to seek other career paths;<br />

often this happens as a result of<br />

tremors felt in transition. Care is an<br />

expression of God’s love and we are<br />

His instruments of care.<br />

— Glenn is an accomplished writer<br />

and a Fellowship Author.<br />


For more information on this topic, read Glenn’s books, Pastors in Transition: Navigating<br />

the Turbulence of Change (available in English or French) and The Web of Life: An Invitation to Live or Die in the<br />

Fabric of Community. Both are available for purchase on Amazon or directly from the author at glennctaylor35@gmail.com.

thrive-<strong>magazine</strong>.ca<br />

thrive / 21<br />




by Phil Webb<br />

Today, the phrase “I’ve been busy” has become a respectable response<br />

when someone is asked how they are doing. At New Life Fellowship<br />

Church in New York this answer is met with skepticism. The book<br />

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Pete Scazerro, describes a rule of life<br />

that keeps work, rest, relationships, and communion with God in balance.<br />

New Life staff evaluations are based on keeping the balance between giving<br />

and receiving — it not only benefits the staff, their spouses, and families,<br />

but the rest of the church as well.<br />

Unfortunately, it seems we have been taught to pour out but not to drink<br />

in. Scazerro writes in his book The Emotionally Healthy Leader, “the emotionally<br />

unhealthy leader is someone who operates in a continuous state<br />

of emotional and spiritual deficit, lacking emotional maturity and a ‘being<br />

with God’ sufficient to sustain their ‘doing for God.’” We must allow<br />

God to love us not only through work, but through rest, significant relationships,<br />

and deep communion with Him. Although maintaining this<br />

balance may seem simple, it is often difficult to recognize what is driving<br />

us toward imbalance and fatigue.<br />

Thus, we must remember that it is our ability to abide in The Vine that<br />

dictates what type of fruit we bear. Waiting on the Lord to meet our physical,<br />

emotional, and mental needs demands us to slow down. When this<br />

waiting takes time, it is tempting to go forward without Him and risk fatigue<br />

— but we must remember from whom we draw our strength. Then,<br />

when asked how we are doing, we may respond more appropriately with,<br />

“I’ve been abiding”.<br />



ISAIAH 40:31<br />

— Phil is a Fellowship International missionary working in<br />

the area of Leadership Development in both Canada and Colombia.<br />

CLERGY<br />

CARE<br />

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The life of a pastor can be wrought with<br />

both rewards and challenges: seeing lives<br />

transformed by the power of the Gospel,<br />

congregations coming together to glorify<br />

God, compassion ministries reaching out<br />

into hurting communities, but also experiencing<br />

family struggles, addiction, anxiety,<br />

depression, and many other unseen issues.<br />

Many pastors struggle to find a place to<br />

seek help for their own needs when they’re<br />

so accustomed to meeting the needs of others.<br />

Fellowship National, though a partnership<br />

with Focus on the Family, provides an<br />

important and meaningful service to those<br />

in pastoral ministry — the Clergy Care<br />

hotline. Pastors and their families can call<br />

toll-free and speak with professionallytrained<br />

counsellors who help them deal<br />

with their struggles, all with the reassurance<br />

that Clergy Care ensures strict confidentiality.<br />

If you or someone you know in<br />

pastoral ministry is in need of help (or even<br />

just a listening ear), don’t hesitate to use<br />

this wonderful ministry! Call their toll-free<br />

number today: 1-888-5-CLERGY.

<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />


SOUL-CARE:<br />



by Michael Haykin<br />


Evangelicals have been criticized<br />

more than once for being thin on<br />

the dynamics of sanctification. As this<br />

criticism runs, if you want to know<br />

how to be saved, Evangelicals abound<br />

with wise advice, but once you are in<br />

the kingdom other sources are needed<br />

to carry you safely through the ups and downs of this world,<br />

which is no friend to grace.<br />

This critique is both true and false: if we consider much of<br />

our heritage from the previous century, the criticism is on<br />

target, but once we go back to retrieve Evangelical riches<br />

from the 16th through to the 19th centuries, there is an<br />

enormous cache of spiritual wealth.<br />

Reformers of the 16th-century such as John Calvin remind<br />

us first and foremost that the goal of our lives and true<br />

fulfillment is found in knowing God. As he wrote in 1559:<br />

“It is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of<br />

himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face” and seen<br />

the depths of his need and sin. To grow in grace, we need<br />

above all things humility, and this virtue is found by steady<br />

meditation on our great God and all of His attributes as<br />

laid out in the Scriptures. In this way meditation is critical<br />

to Christian maturity. As the 17th-century Puritans put it,<br />

meditation is a great heart-warmer.<br />

The Puritans and their heirs in the 18th and 19th centuries,<br />

Evangelical leaders like the Wesley brothers — John<br />

and Charles — and Jonathan Edwards, Andrew Fuller, and<br />

Charles Haddon Spurgeon were also deeply aware that the<br />

Holy Spirit is vital to our spiritual growth. Unlike far too<br />

many Evangelicals in the past century, these men were not<br />

afraid to call on the Spirit for empowerment and growth in<br />

grace. They thus studied what the Scriptures said about the<br />

Spirit and sought to live in dependence on His grace and<br />

power.<br />

Our Evangelical forebears from Calvin to Spurgeon<br />

were also very aware that critical nourishment in the<br />

Christian life is not only found in such places as prayer and<br />

meditation on the Scriptures, but also in the Lord’s Supper.<br />

Charles Wesley, for example, wrote hymns to be especially<br />

sung at the celebration of the Table, for he rightly knew that<br />

such occasions could initiate personal and corporate revival.<br />

In a world arrogantly passionate about the present and the<br />

future, God’s people need to learn afresh the meaning of<br />

that word that occurs again and again in the Scriptures: “remember.”<br />

And in our remembering, let us re-read the great<br />

spiritual classics of the past and find springs of refreshment<br />

in this time of desiccation.<br />

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— Dr. Michael Haykin is Professor of Church History &<br />

Biblical Spirituality, and Director of The Andrew Fuller<br />

Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist<br />

Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.



<strong>Spring</strong>/<strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

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