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Spring/Summer 2022

CHURCH PLANTING THROUGH DISCIPLE-MAKING

HOW TO CHANGE A LIFE

WHAT IT TAKES TO PLANT CHURCHES IN CANADA

UKRAINE REFUGEE CRISIS

PLANT:

CULTIVATE,

WATER, HARVEST


Spring Summer 2022

CELEBRATING THE

FIRST OF MANY

CHURCH PLANTING

EFFORTS by Steve Jones

THE FIRST WORD

During one of my tours

visiting Fellowship

churches and pastors, I

drove out to Slack Cove,

NB, to visit the monument

commemorating the

first landing of Baptists in

Canada. On April 21, 1763,

13 Baptists, including Pastor

Nathan Mason, landed in

the remote Slack Cove from

Swansea, Massachusetts,

and settled in the Sackville, NB, area. Two Fellowship Baptist

churches, Wood Point Baptist and Main Street Baptist, are

both just 20-40 minutes away from this landing site. Main

Street celebrated its 259 th anniversary this past year. How

many Fellowship churches continue to thrive after two-anda-half

centuries?

The Fellowship is Still Discovering New Territory

The good news is that Fellowship Baptists have continued

the adventure. Church planting is in our blood

and we have quite the pedigree when it comes to planting

new churches. The Fellowship started in 1953 with

just over 200 churches. Our early church planting effort

was significant, with pioneer church planters establishing

local churches in every Region of our Fellowship.

Church planters like Ian Bowie, Art Hoehne, Don Robins,

Claire Hofstetter, Morley Hall, the Phillip brothers, W. H.

MacBain, Stu Silvester, Jim Rendle, Godfrey Catanus, Steve

Bell, Doug Blair, Jack Hannah, and others displayed amazing

courage and forbearance in establishing many new

churches in English-speaking Canada. Our Fellowship

French Mission (1958-2014) established well over 100

Fellowship francophone churches, starting with the early

pioneers like Murray and Lorne Heron, Wilf Wellington,

Yvon Hurtubise, Tom Carson, Bill Phillips, William Frey,


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FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PLANTING COUPLES FROM ACROSS

CANADA AT "MOMENTUM" – CANADA'S PREMIER CHURCH

PLANT TRAINING CONFERENCE.

Canada for Christ. Start to pray with some church members and

leaders about what your church’s response should be. There is a

lot of support out there for church planting. Start by contacting

your Regional church plant director for some information:

• Fellowship Pacific: Todd Chapman, todd@febpacific.ca

• Fellowship Prairies: Mark Breitkreuz,

mark@fellowshipprairies.ca

OUR CHURCHES, REGIONS, AND REGIONAL

CHURCH PLANTING DIRECTORS HAVE BEEN

VERY BUSY OVER THE PAST DECADE, AND

GOD HAS BEEN GRACIOUS.

Elisée Beau, the Cotnoir brothers, Ernie Keefe, and others.

Due in part to the Fellowship’s kinship with church planting,

our association of churches grew from 225 churches in 1953

to 496 churches in 2000. Our Fellowship Pacific Region grew

from 50 churches in 1970 to 90 churches by 1986 due in large

part to an agressive church planting strategic plan (11 plants

in the 1960s, 16 in the 1970s, and 20 in the 1980s). During

the lead up to the year 2000 and entrance into a new millennium,

our Fellowship of churches banded together with other

denominations in an effort to plant many new churches in

Canada. During the 1990s, Fellowship churches, along with

our Regions, planted 87 new churches. However, the first decade

of the 21st century saw a less than fervent desire to see

new churches planted.

During my first presidential address, at our Fellowship National

Conference in 2011, I declared: “the coffee break is over!” We

needed to become a “church planting machine” once again. Our

churches, Regions, and Regional church planting directors have

been very busy over the past decade, and God has been gracious.

Between 2010-2021 our movement of churches has planted 106

new churches. God is good!

Most of these church plants have survived, and many are thriving.

A big thank-you to the team of Regional church plant directors

who have served this past decade: Todd Chapman, Colin

Van der Kuur, Mark Breitkreuz, Tom Haines, Terry Cuthbert,

Steve Cloutier, and Brad Somers. Please join me in continuing to

pray for our Regional church planting leaders.

The Adventure Continues

My hope and prayer is that many more of our local churches

will prayerfully consider and commit to planting new churches

in the coming decade. Church planting remains one of the best

resources in our evangelistic arsenal to win the spiritually lost in

• FEB Central: Tom Haines, tom@febcentral.ca

• AEBEQ: Steve Cloutier, s.cloutier@aebeq.qc.ca

• Fellowship Atlantic: Brad Somers, brad@paxnorth.ca

If your church has an interest in supporting francophone

church planting in Québec through a “7x7=1” partnership,

please contact Fellowship National’s Francophone Coordinator,

Sergei Li, at s.li@fellowship.ca. Quebéc remains one of the

neediest spiritual places on earth with only 0.8% of French

Canadians self-identifying as an evangelical Christian. Our

brethren in Québec continue to need our partnership. I am

grateful to many Fellowship churches from across our nation

who are already involved in a seven-year partnership with

French church plants in Québec thank you to all of you. If

you’re interested in starting a partnership, contact Sergei Li or

myself.

Enjoy this edition Thrive, “Plant: Cultivate, Water, Harvest”,

and read stories of courage, faithfulness, and perseverance.

Please prayerfully consider how you and your church might

become a part of the future stories of Fellowship Baptist

church planting.

Steven Jones

is President of

The Fellowship

of Evangelical

Baptist Churches

in Canada. Follow

Steve on Twitter @

FellowshipSteve.


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THE FELLOWSHIP’S THEME VERSE

DURING OUR 'YEAR OF JOY' IN 2022

IS: THE LORD YOUR GOD IS IN

YOUR MIDST, A MIGHTY ONE WHO

WILL SAVE; HE WILL REJOICE

OVER YOU WITH GLADNESS; HE

WILL QUIET YOU BY HIS LOVE;

HE WILL EXULT OVER YOU WITH

LOUD SINGING. ZEPHANIAH 3:17 (ESV)

6 UKRAINE REFUGEE CRISIS

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Come and join the conversation.

2 THE FIRST WORD

CELEBRATING THE FIRST OF MANY CHURCH PLANTING

EFFORTS / Steve Jones

4 STAY CONNECTED WITH WAYBASE

5 FOUNDATION

INVESTMENTS WITH PURPOSE / Gord Baptist

6 OUT THERE

CHURCH PLANTING THROUGH

DISCIPLE-MAKING / Benjamin Porter

THE WORD THAT RESONATES / Lynda Schultz

UKRAINE REFUGEE CRISIS

10 LOVE EXTENDED

THE IMPACT OF YOUR GENEROSITY / Dan Shurr

HOW TO CHANGE A LIFE / Paul Hildebrand

12 GROUND WORK

HELP NEEDED! / Sergei Li

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN CHAPLAINCY AND

THE CHURCH / Larry Freeman

INTRODUCING ROSS HELGETON

14 UP TO SPEED

WHAT IT TAKES TO PLANT CHURCHES IN CANADA / Valerie Heaton

CHURCH PLANTING IN THE FELLOWSHIP PACIFIC

REGION / Todd Chapman

CHURCH PLANTING IN THE FELLOWSHIP PRAIRIES

REGION / Mark Breitkreuz

CHURCH PLANTING IN THE FEBCENTRAL REGION / Tom Haines

CHURCH PLANTING IN THE AEBEQ REGION / Steve Cloutier

CHURCH PLANTING IN THE FELLOWSHIP ATLANTIC

REGION / Bradley Somers

22 THE LAST WORD

THE GLOBAL CHURCH PLANTING STORY / Richard Flemming

MISSION STATEMENT: Thrive is the official magazine of The Fellowship of Evangelical

Baptist Churches in Canada. It is published to enhance the life and ministry of church leaders

and members in Fellowship congregations by providing articles, resources, and news that

reflect evangelical values, a common mission, and a shared sense of identity and vision.

Thrive is published three times a year and is available in English and French.

© The Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada

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STAY CONNECTED WITH WAYBASE

Is your church looking for new ways to serve the needs in your community? Does your congregation

need a better way to feel connected with your church and one another? WayBase is a digital platform

that brings churches and individuals together in meaningful ways, helping them to connect with other

people, churches, and Christian organizations, all while enabling them to meet the immediate and most

pressing needs within their communities. There are two ways to use WayBase: via their website or app.

Through the Fellowship’s partnership with WayBase, all Fellowship churches will receive 20% off their

subscription, along with demos, training, and helpful planning.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE WATCH OUR SHORT VIDEO THAT OUTLINES

THE PROGRAM AT FELLOWSHIP.CA/WAYBASE.


INVESTMENTS

WITH PURPOSE

by Gord Baptist

When the word “investing”

is mentioned, it brings up

issues that informed investors

consider, such as: What fees will I

be paying? What are the risks involved,

and do they fit within my

level of tolerance and align with

my goals? What are the tax implications,

and are there any ways to

reduce or avoid them?

Many rely upon tax avoidance products like retirement

savings plans such as RRSPs. Then there are tax-free savings

accounts (TFSA), growth investments that produce capital

gains, and investments that pay dividends to experience

capital dividends credits.

Another place of investing is in the building of God’s

Kingdom ministries. Surprisingly most tax advisors say that

the greatest untapped resource for tax avoidance, whether

used now or after death, is giving to ministries. This type of

investing produces results that are eternal. The issue is not

only to deal with the legalities, but that the entire process

needs to be surrounded in prayer particularly when it

comes to discerning how to draft your will and complete

your estate plan.

foundation

Completing your will is extremely important. Inheritance is

mentioned many times in the Bible and should be a blessing

to those we love. As I have been helping individuals

complete their estate plans, I have appreciated the blessing

that they have expressed when they designate a portion to

God’s Kingdom. I see the benefits of this not only in spiritual

terms but also in monetary terms while working alongside

our partner, Advisors with Purpose, in completing estate

plans. Particularly in giving to Kingdom ministries, people

see how their taxes are reduced, blessing both their family

and chosen ministry. If you would like to have this opportunity

for yourself, please contact me and I will gladly set up

an appointment with an advisor for you.

Gord Baptist is Fellowship Advancement Director

and can be reached at 519.821.4830, ext. 244;

fax: 519.821.9829; gbaptist@fellowship.ca

FOUNDATION


Spring/Sumer 2022

CHURCH PLANTING THROUGH

DISCIPLE-MAKING by Benjamin Porter

Fellowship International exists

to catalyze disciple-making

movements in strategic populations

by empowering nationals. A

proven and effective way to achieve

this vision is through disciplemaking

movements (DMMs). We

see disciple-making as a significant

part of the church planting multiplication

formula. At Fellowship

International, we catalyze disciple-making movements

through training in our essential elements, which leads

to movements which plant churches with the DNA of

multiplication imbedded in them. If you are interested

in more detail around this training and its potential on

the mission field as well as through local churches across

Canada, please see the resources available at fellowship.

ca/ResourcesInternational.

This is being implemented in different Regions of the world

through the work of our Fellowship International missionaries.

One of our key regions right now is Middle East and

North Africa (MENA). Fellowship missionaries Bechara and

Roula Karkafi are giving leadership to our ministry in this

region of the world. Bechara writes:

“Praise the Lord that He has blessed us abundantly by His

grace to lay down our vision foundation all over the MENA

area. Currently, 12 projects/ministries are running in five

different countries; we are partnering with more than 75

organizations and churches; we are impacting, supporting,

and training more than 300 pastors and planters; add

to that two seminary programs and four chaplaincies in

Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, and Lebanon. In Lebanon, the Lord

blessed us to partner with and support a young converted

planter from a Kurdish Islamic background through the

Stronger Together Plus Project. Brother Philadelphios, along

with his wife and family, are planting among the Kurdish

Islamic refugees in Beirut, sharing the Gospel and making

disciples who are discipling others for God’s glory.

Philadelphios is witnessing the conversion of second and

third generations of disciples. His heart’s desire is to reach

out to every Kurdish refugee with the Gospel of Jesus

Christ, despite the severe persecution that he is facing from

his family and tribe.”

Benjamin Porter is Fellowship International Director.

OUT THERE: FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL


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THE WORD THAT

RESONATES by Lynda Schultz

The first complete Bible in the Sindhi language was published

in 1954. Changes in language and its use resulted in

a common language New Testament published by the Pakistan

Bible Society in 1985, followed later by the Old Testament published

in 2009.

But there was an issuea big one. In 1990, Mark Naylor, who

has been involved in this translation project for decades, discovered

that the New Testament was not being used among the

Hindu tribes. It had been distributed widely in the province

of Sindh, which is mostly Muslim, and during this time many

churches were planted, and Hindus were turning to Christ.

Mark assumed that this newly published New Testament was

playing an important role in that movement. He was surprised

to find otherwise. When he asked why it wasn’t being used,

the reply came back that the Hindus found the New Testament

offensive, not because of the Gospel spoken of in its pages, but

because it was full of Islamic words and phrases that resonated

with Muslims but not with Hindus.

What a difference a word can make to those who read it from

their own unique perspectives and backgrounds.

So began the huge task of preparing two translations, one that

would resonate with Hindu Sindhis alongside a revised Muslim

Sindhi New Testament.

The team a Muslim Sindhi, a Hindu Sindhi, and a

Christian Sindhi, with Mark as “exegete” combined with

sophisticated Bible translation programs and access to international

resources and scholars, began the painstaking

process of ensuring that the Scriptures “speak” the language of

their respective audiences.

In August 2021, the task was completed. Mark comments, “We

pray that God will use His Word powerfully among the people

of Sindh, leading many to become followers of Jesus.”

To which we say “Amen” and “Thank You!”

Mark and Karen Naylor served in Pakistan

with Fellowship International from 1984 to

1999. Since then Mark has continued to be

involved in the translation of the Bible into the

Sindhi language, traveling twice a year back to

Pakistan to work with his team of translators.

Mark is Coordinator of International Leadership

Development at Northwest Baptist Seminary in

Langley, BC and our Fellowship International

department. For more detailed information on this project, visit

2015site.nbseminary.ca/cild_sindhibible.

Lynda Schultz is a former Fellowship International missionary,

former editor of Thrive Magazine, Bible teacher, author,

blogger, and currently Fellowship Archives Coordinator.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORD CAN MAKE TO THOSE WHO READ IT

FROM THEIR OWN UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES AND BACKGROUNDS.


Spring/Summer 2022

OUT THERE: FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL

UKRAINE REFUGEE

CRISIS

On February 24, 2022, the Russian military launched

attacks across Ukraine triggering a huge wave of

civilians fleeing their homes. As of March 27, the United

Nations had reported that 3.6 million refugees had fled

Ukraine, with Poland taking in the largest number of refugees

more than all other countries combined.

In early March, Fellowship International Associate

Director, Luc Tétreault, traveled to Poland where he was

able to see the situation first-hand and assist the team

in establishing a plan for FAIR’s (Fellowship Aid and

International Relief) involvement and how best to meet

the critical needs. While on site, Luc wrote: “The refugees

are traveling by rail: 2,000 people, mainly women and children,

in trains designed to hold half that

amount. The train’s first stop, after

leaving Ukraine, is a railway station

that usually serves as a Polish border

checkpoint for cargo. In a scene

reminiscent of World War II concentration

camps, they spill out onto

the station’s platform where Polish

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PIERRE AND

HANNA JUTRAS

BEN AND KRISTA

TAYLOR

officials check their documents.

They are greeted with the words,

‘Welcome to Poland. You are safe

now.’ The only people permitted on

the platform, besides Polish officials,

are pastor Szymon and his brother

Gregor, and a select few volunteers.”

Fellowship International missionaries

Pierre Jutras and Ben

Taylor were able to join Polish

pastor Szymon and his brother

Gregor to assist refugees.

FAIR on the Frontlines

Fellowship International missionaries, on behalf of FAIR,

are working on the frontlines. Hanna Jutras, originally

from Poland, and her husband, Pierre, have served as

Fellowship missionaries in Poland for the past 17 years. Ben

and Krista Taylor have served in the country for the past

ten years. They, along with their network of partners in the

country, have been able to gain strategic access to the border

in order to meet the needs of refugees.

Two emergency shelters have been set up at churches

in the Polish towns of Hrubieszów and Zamość near the

border with Ukraine. Each church is providing fresh food,

clothing, a clean and warm place to rest, and travel assistance

for 30+ refugees (mainly women and children) each

day. Travel assistance includes pickup from the border, a

drop-off in Warsaw, and bus/train tickets to Berlin. The

church in Hrubieszów is also running a canteen at the train

station providing food for 500+ refugees a day.

The team has been able to purchase three vans and borrow

three others in order to pick up and drive refugees to where

they need to go.

While Fellowship International missionary Ben Taylor

is helping to coordinate volunteers in Hrubieszów and

Zamość, Krista Taylor remains in western Poland caring for

their five children. She writes, “…the number of refugees

fleeing daily is down to about 30,000 from 120,000 when

the war first began. To date almost four million Ukrainians

have found refuge outside of the country; 2.3 million have

travelled through Poland. Many do not want to travel

further, as Poland’s language and culture are similar

to that of Ukraine, and their husbands and fathers are

still in Ukraine fighting. Many of them are waiting

for the war to end and just want to go home.”


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The Current Needs

The most urgent need at this point is to

provide food, shelter, transportation, and

bus/train tickets for refugees. Our team

estimates that $8,300 is needed each

day in order to continue the work

they have been doing.

Another significant need is to assist

refugees in finding a safer place within

Europe where they can stay during

the unrest. Our team, along with Polish

churches, are seeking to facilitate this

endeavor.

FAIR anticipates that there will be need

for long-term involvement as it relates

to this crisis. While it is still too early

to know exactly what that involvement

will look like, one way being investigated

is the potential of FAIR working

through its partners to settle refugees

within Canada.

How You Can Help

First and foremost, please pray:

• Pray for peace in the Ukraine.

• Pray that Ukrainians desiring to flee

the country would be able to do so

safely.

• Pray for strength and wisdom for the

Jutras and Taylor families as they

care for refugees.

Second, consider how the Lord would

have you partner with FAIR financially,

enabling our team in Poland to be the

hands and feet of Jesus in the midst

of this crisis. The needs are significant

and will continue for some time

to come. For more information or to

donate online, visit: fellowship.ca/

UkraineRefugeeCrisis.

MEET VIKA

One of the refugees our team met was Vika. She was in the Crimea peninsula

when Russia invaded it in 2014 but was able to escape with her young daughter.

Eight years later and living in Lviv, Ukraine, she, her husband, and her nowteenaged

daughter found themselves in a similar situation. She recounts, “It

was 4:00 a.m. and I couldn’t sleep. I checked the internet and discovered that

the war had begun. The next two weeks were very emotional.” Warning alarms

sounded indicating when people needed to seek shelter. She and her family

found refuge in a nearby church basement. “A man in the church was there to

offer shelter and said, ‘Don’t panic, but let us pray.’ He started praying and 100

or 200 people started praying with him which gave us strength… Gradually,

we began to see more and more refugees coming to Lviv from the eastern regions…

Shops began to run out of food. This sort of shortage made us work in

solidarity because the refugees needed food and clothes. Every family brought

clothes and shoes to share. But I knew that only God can give true security. I

knew that no country can guarantee security. It will be all right in God’s will.”

Over the next few weeks, the alarms became more frequent. Vika, who was

concerned for her daughter who suffers epileptic seizures and was showing

signs of stress, knew the only option would be to travel to safety. Although

her husband struggled to let his wife and daughter leave, there was no other

option.

The bus ride to the Polish border was horrendous.

Vika was ill during the trip where

she and 100 other passengersall packed

into one busset out. The 80km trip took

20 hours! Vika shares: “It was hard to be

squeezed in with such a crowd in the bus with

kids crying and dogs barking… All the women

tried to support each other. At one point we

ran out of water and food, but volunteers were

waiting for us on the road, knocking on the

bus door to pass tea, hot water, food, diapers,

and baby food to us.”

They waited hours at the border because of the thousands waiting to enter

Poland. Vika writes, “I almost fell down when I got off the bus because my legs

were so weak and I almost lost consciousness, like many others.” In spite of

being offered hot food and water, she was too exhausted and sleep-deprived

from the 20-hour trip to eat.

Vika and her daughter were taken in for the night by Marichka, a Ukrainian

woman living in Poland who was nine months pregnant and had been waiting

at the border since 2:30 a.m. to offer assistance. Vika and her daughter slept

almost the entire next day and were so thankful to have arrived safely.

The following day they were put in contact with a local pastor and were taken

to a FAIR-sponsored shelter in Zamość. A day later they attended the local

church service. “It was my first time in a church outside of Ukraine. We were so

close with the same hearts. I recognized all the hymns and some of the words…

Some of these hymns were already precious to my heart and memory. I praise

God that the Body of Christ is so universal with the same Spirit. I really saw

them as family members. I was so grateful to God for His salvation.”

Vika shares, “I am very worried and feel great guilt because I left my parents,

my husband, and my church. I feel like a traitor. I left my husband in a very difficult

time.” One of the volunteers gave Vika a SIM card for Poland which makes

it possible for her to connect with her husband who has remained behind.


love extended

Spring/Summer 2022

THE IMPACT

OF YOUR

GENEROSITY

by Dan Shurr

Thanks to the generous support of our faithful partners, our FAIR appeals have been

able to help make real and lasting change in the lives of those involved. Read on to

hear encouraging updates on some of our recent appeals, and how they have served

the surrounding communities.

;LOVE EXTENDED: FAIR

Seeing, Hearing, and Believing; a report on the Hands of

Faith Appeal

Fellowship missionaries Diego and Claudia Cardona have

invested their efforts into ministry with the deaf population

living in Medellín, Colombia. Their objective is to

have a thriving sign language ministry in their church.

FAIR has partnered with

this faithful couple to raise

funds for the Hands of Faith

appeal. To date, $17,406 has

been raised, bringing us to

approximately 70% of our

goal of $25,000. Would you

prayerfully consider helping

us reach the remainder

of this goal? Join me in praying

that deaf people will

see, hear, and believe in the

Gospel. Visit fellowship.ca/

HandsOfFaith to contribute

to this important project.

Healing x 2; a report on the Out of the Waiting Room

Appeal

FAIR partnered with Dr. Jeshiah Thiessen, a recently appointed

Fellowship missionary to Madagascar’s Good News

Hospital last fall. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity

of God’s people to provide training for surgeons. Our

goal was to raise $145,000 through the Out of the Waiting

Room special appeal, but to date God has provided $210,693

from people like you for this program. Dr. Jesh Thiessen left

Canada with his family and in faith went to Madagascar,

because in a country of 26 million there were only 100 surgeons!

You can imagine the wait times for people to have

surgeries. Praise God for His abundant, above-and-beyond

provision of resources for

this program.

The Fellowship Child

Sponsorship Program is

Poised to Grow Again

Please keep your eyes open

and pray with us about the

upcoming launch of a new

location in our Fellowship

Child Sponsorship

Program. Newly appointed

Fellowship missionary,

Helene Hwang, has been

serving in the Dominican

Republic and caring for children there. Her organization

called “Joy Foundation” will join the Fellowship Child

Sponsorship Program in the coming days. Praise the Lord

for this exciting opportunity to see young lives changed

forever! Visit fellowship.ca/childsponsorship for more information.

Dan Shurr is FAIR Director.


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HOW TO

CHANGE

A LIFE

by Paul Hildebrand

The Fellowships Child Sponsorship

Program seeks to empower children, families,

and their communities. Sponsoring a

child makes a long-lasting, holistic impact

in the life of a child, providing love

for today and hope for tomorrow. In each

location, oversight is given by Fellowship

International missionaries to provide a

place of healing and safety for at-risk children and youth.

One of our Casa Hogar sponsors was telling us that when their

first son was born, they decided to sponsor a boy at Casa Hogar

of approximately the same age. Then when their next two boys

were born, they sponsored two more children of approximately

the same age again. They have loved seeing their boys grow

up at the same time as their three Honduran boys! At the end

of March, FAIR will be publishing an interview with them on

FAIR’s blog, at fellowship.ca/FAIRBlog. We hope you will be as

encouraged by their story as we are.

Between September and January, 24 sponsors have begun to

support 50 children. Praise the Lord! We are praying that by

2026, the program would have 1,050 active sponsorships. As of

January 2022, there are 484 active sponsorships.

One of the ways that God is helping to meet the needs of each

sponsorship program is through church partnerships. A church

partnership allows a Fellowship church to develop a close relationship

with one or more of FAIR's projects in:

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Honduras: Casa Hogar children's home.

Lebanon: Clementia Learning Centre for Syrian refugee

children and Cedar Home for girls.

Sri Lanka: Two Love Trust ministry centres providing

education for children, vocational training for adults, and

medical clinics.

Formal partnerships allow local churches to have a special

connection and access to the children they support through

the child sponsorship program. This includes the potential

for sending short-term mission teams to visit the sponsorship

location and to meet the child, other children, and on-site staff.

These partnerships also provide unique opportunities to connect

with your children, gaining a clearer understanding of

how best to pray for your child’s care and salvation.

Multiple Fellowship church partnerships for each of FAIR's

four projects will ensure the stable long-term support of these

ministries.

Paul Hildebrand is a FAIR Projects and Promotion

Coordinator.

PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A FAIR PARTNER CHURCH TODAY. EMAIL

US AT FAIR@FELLOWSHIP.CA IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE FURTHER

INFORMATION ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY.


ground work

Spring/Summer 2022

HELP

NEEDED!

by Sergei Li

Over the past decade, our AEBEQ region has planted 16 new churches. This has been possible due to the

partnership of Fellowship churches and individuals across Canada. More than 80 churches and individuals

have entered into seven-year partnerships to pray, encourage, and financially support these new church

plants. Please consider supporting these two new church re-plants with the same type of partnership.

Verdun

GROUND WORK: FRANCOPHONE MINISTRY

Église de Verdun is in replanting mode. The church is situated

in the midst of Verdun, a growing neighbourhood of

families and young professionals. Pasteur Josué arrived

from Brazil in 2016 to learn the culture and language, and

to serve as a pastor. In 2018, Josué Praça became the pastor

of the church, replacing Claude Laverdière after 19 years

of faithful ministry. It’s been a blessing to see Josué and

his wife take part in the mission of God in Verdun. Since

they’ve started to minister there, they decided to enter into

a period of replanting, and building a healthy team. They’ve

started to work with youth and kids’ ministry. Since the

return of in-person church services in September, they have

experienced, by the grace of God, an important increase

in the number of people who are joining the church in

Verdun. They had four

baptisms over the

summer of 2021 and

it’s been a blessing to

see them grow as a

church, especially during

a pandemic. They

will be seeking new

Fellowship churches

to partner with in the

next few months to

support them in this

new adventure.

Laustsen and Murray

We’ve been praying for new workers in Québec for a long

time. At 10:02, we stop to pray that God would send new

workers for the harvest. God answered by sending the

Laustsen and Murray families to Montréal from Ontario.

They arrived in 2020 in the midst of a serious lockdown

in Montréal. They started to learn the language and develop

their ministry in our Verdun church. For the past

two years we’ve been seeking God’s Will for a deployment

opportunity for them. This is what they wrote in their recent

newsletter:

“After several months of prayer, conversation, and

spiritual guidance, our team now sees the next steps

to take. Towards the end of November 2021, our

team, in collaboration with the AEBEQ strategic

team, unanimously agreed that we feel God leading

us to serve Him in Chicoutimi, in the Saguenay

region. We are very excited about this opportunity!”

For more information on how to partner with

either of these projects, please visit fellowship.ca/

ReachingFrancophoneCanada. Also consider joining our

next Québec Vision Tour, either virtually or in-person on

May 30, June 1, or October 17-19, 2022.

We would like to invite you to pray for these two families,

but also for God to send additional missionaries

to Québec. If God is calling

you into missions in Québec or if you

would like more information, please

contact me at sli@fellowship.ca.

Sergei Li is Fellowship

Francophone Church Plant

Partnership Coordinator.


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THE

CONNECTION

BETWEEN

CHAPLAINCY

AND THE

CHURCH

by Larry Freeman

How do you plant a church, or grow a church, in a society

that sees the Church as irrelevant or views it with

suspicion? You have to find ways to connect with people

outside the walls of the church building. Jérémie Julie

and Quentin Bernard are seeking to plant a church in

the Hochelaga area of Montréal, QC, an underprivileged

area of the city. As AEBEQ church planters, they have

also become volunteer Fellowship chaplains who seek

to connect with people by offering to officiate weddings,

funerals, provide individual counseling, etc. They also seek to hand

out Bibles on the streets to those willing to take one. In just a short time,

they have seen one individual begin to attend the church. They are just

one example illustrating how chaplaincy can help grow a church.

Rather than wait for people to come to the church, Fellowship chaplains

go to where the people are, seek to build relationships, and

then look for opportunities to begin a spiritual conversation with

them. Whether it is at the place where they work or out in the

community, Fellowship chaplains are looking for ways to connect

with people and break down barriers that are keeping people

from entering a church building barriers such as disconnection,

disinterest, disappointment, or distrust. How and where

in your community could you be used of God to connect with

people and seek to share the love of Christ with them? This is

your invitation as a Fellowship church member to join the

growing group of pastors and lay people who are becoming

volunteer Fellowship chaplains serving their communities.

For more information on Fellowship chaplaincy, please

visit fellowship.ca/FellowshipChaplaincy.

Larry Freeman is Fellowship Chaplain Coordinator.

INTRODUCING

ROSS HELGETON

Ross Helgeton has been a pastor

for over 43 years and, officially, a

Fellowship chaplain since 2015. Upon

leaving the full-time pastorate role, Ross

opened Hope Counselling in Stettler, AB,

where he lives with his wife Colleen. He is

currently a volunteer chaplain at the Stettler

Hospital. We are excited to have Ross come

on as our Western Chaplaincy Coordinator

Assistant to help us care for our Western chaplains

and also to help us grow the Fellowship

chaplaincy ministry in

Western Canada. We also

welcome his skillset to our

leadership team in as it will

enhance our Fellowship chaplaincy

ministry nationally.


Spring/Summer 2022

WHAT IT TAKES TO PLANT

CHURCHES IN CANADA

by Valerie Heaton

UP TO SPEED: REGIONAL UPDATES

The Fellowship has a rich history of multiplication and

church planting, with periods of intense and fruitful

growth across our great nation. There are many lessons

that we can glean from these past efforts, but one always

arrives at the question: are we planting churches across

Canada today? The answer is a resounding YES! Each of our

Regional church planting directors has weighed in on the

topic, answering some of our burning questions surrounding

church planting across our country.

To get the ball rolling, we asked our directors why it is important

to plant churches in Canada. Overwhelmingly the

answer was, as Fellowship Prairies Regional Director Mark

Breitkreuz put it: all Canadians need the Good News. The

church provides the opportunity for them to find Christ,

and to experience continued growth in their walk with the

Lord once they come to know Him. By planting churches,

our Regions are providing more opportunities for individuals

to come to know the saving power of the Gospel, and to


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enter into the disciple-making process. This is

just as important today in our culture as it was

when the great commission was given over two

thousand years ago.

To probe a little bit deeper into the process of

planting churches in each of our Regions, we asked

how our Regions support churches in establishing

new church plants. The answers were variations

on a similar theme: in the Fellowship Pacific

Region, Church Planting Director Todd Chapman

says that the Region helps with finances, leadership

development, encouragement, accountability, prayer,

mentoring, coaching, and church connections for any

churches seeking to plant a new church. Churches in

the Fellowship Prairies Region receive financial help for a

three-year period, as well as a consultation through a partner

church within the Region who will help them in other

areas where support is needed.

FEB Central’s Church Planting Director Tom Haines reported

that they assist new church plants by meeting with local

leadership to assist with visioning and to help congregations

grasp the need. They offer planter assessment, Greenhouse

training, modest start-up funds, and ongoing coaching for

planters and mother churches. There are also regular gatherings

of their church planters’ network, called Round Tables, to

provide extra support. In the AEBEQ Region, Church Planting

Director Steve Cloutier has many supports available to churches,

including coaching for pastors and/or elders who wish to

explore the idea of planting. Through their partnership with

Acts29, they offer churches the opportunity to assess potential

church planters before a plant is started. In collaboration

with SEMBEQ, they have set up a program specific to church

planting, to provide additional training. They have developed

the “Base Camp” training program, which is inspired by the

Greenhouse training for church planters within FEB Central.

They also offer personalized coaching to planters, and the entire

Region benefits from the 7 X 7 = 1 partnership program through

Fellowship National, which allows new plants to be financially

supported by partner churches. Fellowship Atlantic Regional

Church Planting Director Brad Somers says that though they

are relatively new to building these supports for churches,

they have recently developed, launched, and successfully seen

candidates work through one-year ministry internships or twoyear

church planting residencies. These tools are available for

churches to use, and they include information on how to best

exegete your community as well as the best steps to plant the

church that your target community may need.

For those churches or individuals who are being called into

church planting ministry, each of our Regions encourages

both prayer and reaching out to surrounding churches and/

or planters as they embark on their journey. Perhaps another

church or planter shares their burden to reach a particular

community and is willing to help, or has valuable guidance to

provide. As a part of their next steps toward planting, they are

encouraged to contact their Regional office directly for support

and more information.

Each of our Regions has seen different models of church planting

produce more fruit. In the Pacific Region, churches seem

to require diverse multiplication options. Currently they have

most of their success in satellite and mother-daughter plants.

The Region’s mission is to “leverage the collective strength of

our churches to produce a God-honouring impact”, and their

successful church plants reflect this mission. Together, God is

working through their church plants to redeem communities

and create safe places, showing Jesus’ kindness and care. In the

Prairies Region, planting churches through a planting pastor

with a core team, launching with small groups, then transitions

into meeting regularly in a rented space when enough

people establish a core group seems to work well in most cases.

The FEB Central Region has seen success with various models

of church planting. The common denominator is that each one

consists of a planter and team who are on mission together to

evangelize the lost and make new disciples who will do the same

in obedience to the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20. The

AEBEQ Region believes that the models that generally bear

long-term fruit are those where the mother church plants by

sending a seed from the start. Most of their projects prioritize

a pre-church planting outreach time in the community, which

aims to reach out before officially launching a Sunday celebration.

They call this concept “shining in order to plant”. The

fastest growing model currently is the approach of replanting a

dying or critically ill church. Instead of starting a project from

scratch, they are mobilizing remaining strength and injecting

new human and financial resources to revive a dying church for

growth. The Fellowship Atlantic Region sees that plants birthed

out of healthy established churches have a jump start in their

Region. Starting a church in the Atlantic Region most often

means starting small by establishing a healthy Gospel DNA

within a missional community or life group that has a shared

burden for a Gospel-starved area. The overflowing beauty of

Gospel relationships lived out is most often how the surrounding

community is drawn into Christ and becomes the seeds that

grow roots, vine, branches, and the fruit of a church planted and

ready to reproduce.

Among all of our Regions across Canada, our church planting

directors agreed that we are better, stronger, and healthier as we

partner together to plant new churches for the advancement of

the Gospel in our country.

Valerie Heaton is Managing Editor of Thrive Magazine.

BY PLANTING CHURCHES, OUR REGIONS ARE PROVIDING MORE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS TO COME TO KNOW THE SAVING POWER

OF THE GOSPEL, AND TO ENTER INTO THE DISCIPLE-MAKING PROCESS.


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CHURCH PLANTING IN THE

FELLOWSHIP PACIFIC REGION

by Todd Chapman

Since 2018, our churches have planted

12 new plants. One of these plants,

called Northern Collective, is seeking to

reach every First Nation village in the Yukon their journey

has begun!

Our Region’s vision to “innovatively develop relationships and

resources which propel all our churches to be accountable to

their Gospel mandate” has encouraged our churches to plant

microchurches, satellites, churches online, and church replants.

Microchurches are a new venture which fits well with our current

pandemic-borne value of small community. Starting satellite

churches has been a staple for us, but we are always looking

to improve a satellite-friendly culture among our Fellowship

Pacific churches, especially in rural areas where it’s difficult to

sustain a local church. Online church allows us a new way to

reach a community of people for Christ without the physical

barriers of location and limited space. Finally, church replants

are on our radar because churches which are in process of dying

or closing down are reaching out to our Fellowship Pacific

churches for help.

Throughout this season God continues to be very kind to our

church plants. Here are a few examples of His kindness in

action.

Live Free (Kelowna, BC) officially kicked off Easter 2020.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 officially kicked off in early 2020

too! The BC government shut all large gatherings down the

month before church plant kickoff. For over a year and a half

the church basically met online like so many other churches.

As disappointing as this seemed, it worked out well in helping

Live Free be creative in its approach to planting. This

creativity led to the beach becoming a church venue for a few

months, and forced more one-on-one relationships to grow.

By God’s kindness, Live Free had its first in-person service on

September 12, 2021!

Village Church (satellites in

Surrey, BC; Coquitlam, BC;

Abbotsford, BC; Calgary, AB;

Winnipeg, MB; and Toronto,

ON) has had numerous stories of

people coming to faith, followed

by baptisms. A deep part of the

core DNA of each new Village satellite

involves reaching out to the

helpless. This past year these new

satellites were involved with organizations

that both fight human

trafficking and help women who

have come out of the trafficking world. One of these satellites,

in Abbotsford, BC, was also directly involved with local disaster

flood relief preparing meals for families of Sumas prairie

farmers who had been working around the clock to save their

livestock and homes through the flooding.

In October 2021, Abbotsford Village leaders visited the five

bands in the Lillooet areas to build connections with our First

Nation brothers and sisters as Lillooet, and similar communities,

journey through life impacted by both the destructive fires

of 2021 and the resurfacing of the tragic history of residential

schools. Mission trips have been planned to these areas in the

future.

Todd Chapman serves on the Fellowship Pacific Church

Lifecycles Team, primarily in the areas of church planting and

multi-ethnic ministry.

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CHURCH PLANTING

IN THE FELLOWSHIP

PRAIRIES REGION

by Mark Breitkreuz

There is much to report on the matter of church planting in the Fellowship Prairies

Region. We’ve just finished a three-year financial commitment with our Saskatoon plant,

Grace Evergreen. Pastors Sam Whitehawk and Jeff Froese have done a fantastic job integrating

into the community with an established core of believers. They meet in a new

school gym in their neighbourhood, and have already established great relationships in

the area. We are trusting God for continued progress!

Here are some stories of how God is moving in our churches through baptisms and

spreading of the Gospel.

CROSSFIELD

BAPTIST CHURCH,

CROSSFIELD, AB

Harald Froise, Interim Pastor

Exciting things are happening at Crossfield

Baptist Church. Over the course of six

months we’ve had four baptismal services,

with a total of seven believers being baptized.

Our church has been running freedom sessions

for the past two years, and these have

added to the conversions, baptisms, and

a significant expansion in the counseling

ministry the church offers. At our upcoming

annual general meeting we are expecting the

congregation to approve eight to ten applications

for membership.

In addition, our search committee has been

hard at work seeking God’s guidance for a

new shepherd for our flock, and that search

may be close to a resolution. All in all, we

are greatly encouraged. We are conscious

of the work of the Holy Spirit in our midst

as joy and peace is being enjoyed in the

congregation.

FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH,

DRUMHELLER, AB

Dave Wiebe, Interim Associate Pastor

We are thankful for how the Lord has been leading us throughout the pandemic

and our pastoral search. God has been with us in many ways and we sense His

presence among us. For example, He’s moved us to focus on outreach in this way:

shortly after my arrival, the Lord nudged my heart about beginning an Alpha

ministry for our church family. The hope was that during the pandemic we might

prepare ourselves to run the program for our community once things opened up.

As I poked about to see if the Holy Spirit was moving on other hearts, I soon discovered

that both our associate pastor and a men’s prayer group leader had already

been talking about the need for outreach. We felt confirmed in this direction and

promoted the program to the church, created a team, and finally ran Alpha with

just over a quarter of our congregation in attendance.

Lastly, I would like to tell you about Murray. Murray was an older gentleman who

worked locally as a farm hand. He carried a spiritual burden for the owners of the

farm. They were not interested in church but Murray longed for their salvation.

Recently, Murray was killed in a farm accident. We decided to centre our morning

service around his memorial and invited the farm owners to attend. The Lord was

very present in the service. The farm owners were visibly moved, and one of them

expressed a desire to come again.

Mark Breitkreuz is Fellowship Prairies Regional Director.

GOD HAS BEEN WITH US IN MANY WAYS AND WE SENSE

HIS PRESENCE AMONG US.


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CHURCH PLANTING IN THE

FEBCENTRAL REGION by Tom Haines

At FEB Central our team is growing to meet needs and propel the mission forward. I am

Director of Church Planting; Bechara Karkafi is Catalyst among New Canadians; Marc Soto

is Catalyst in Southwestern Ontario; Graeme Melvin is Catalyst/Coaching Facilitator in the GTA;

Aaron Ottaway is Catalyst in Southcentral Ontario, Tammy Haines serves as our Administrator,

and Naomi Mills serves as our Communications Administrator.

Today there are 38 church plants in FEB Central that are at various stages of working toward

recognition as Fellowship churches, 13 of which were planted during the pandemic. We have

six apprentice church planters placed across the Region, and right now there are eight more

potential church plants on the horizon. Clearly God is at work!

Here are a few stories to illustrate how He has been on the move through church planting:

UP TO SPEED: REGIONAL UPDATES

A few years ago, FEB Central partnered with Summerside

Community Church in London, ON to see a new disciplemaking

effort started in the Chelsea Green neighbourhood.

From this, Chelsea Green Baptist Church was born.

Today, Peter Barnaby is excited to talk about how Chelsea

Green is encouraging a church plant among a different

people group. Samuel and Kelley Kim, who are new to

Canada from South Korea and have been a part of Chelsea

Green, are planting a church to reach the Yazidi Kurdish

people in London with the Gospel. Their initial efforts

have seen five whole families commit their lives to following

Jesus. The ongoing discipleship of these families

is proving to be quite a challenge with all of the cultural

and religious baggage from their past. Sam and Kelley are

co-vocational, meaning that they have started a small business

to support themselves as they work in the ministry.

Please pray for Sam and Kelley and their team.


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In the summer of

2018, while Armen

and Zina Hakopian

were still in the

Middle East living

as refugees, the

Establishing New

Roots appeal was

happening here

to help establish

Arabic church plants

in Oakville and

Mississauga. They

were the planters we

had in mind. After

arriving in Canada,

their ministry

started as a home

church but soon launched into public worship at City Centre

Baptist (Mississauga, ON) then COVID-19 shut their doors.

Visitation became key. They delivered meals and met wherever

they could to build relationships. They prayed for eyes

to see the unique needs of each family and asked God to use

them to meet those needs. At Christmas that year, 15 people

came to Christ. Armen asked each person, “Now that you

know me and know Christ, who can you introduce me to who

also needs Jesus?” This approach has opened doors, many have

heard the Gospel, and 10 people were baptised in 2021.

Fellowship Baptist Church (Port Hope, ON) planted out of

Fellowship Baptist Church Cobourg in November 2020, is the

first step in a broad vision to plant several churches across the

area all inter-related and with a central hub. Because of the

pandemic they have met in six different facilities. Site Pastor

Ben Mills writes, “Churches in our town are known by their

buildings’ stained glass and steeples, but our desire is that we

would be known by our love for our town and the people who

live here. And this reputation has opened the doors for us to

share the love of God and the hope of Jesus with the people

of Port Hope.” Some of the ways God has opened the doors include:

allowing them to paint lines in a schoolyard, and providing

groceries for families in need. “We’ve handed out freezies

during the summer, hot chocolate during the winter, and our

band was asked by the town to lead in Christmas carols at the

Candlelight Festival.” They’ve served their neighbours by organizing

a river clean-up and have been involved in memorials for

children from the community who have passed away.

I hope these stories have encouraged you and given a glimpse of

the wonderful things happening in our FEB Central Region.

Tom Haines is FEB Central Church Planting Director.


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CHURCH PLANTING IN THE

AEBEQ REGION

by Steve Cloutier

UP TO SPEED: REGIONAL UPDATES

Establishing a church in the context

of Québec is a colossal challenge.

Planting a church in Québec

during a pandemic is a mission that

seems impossible. Even as life as we

knew seemed to be on hold, God

continued to move His work forward.

Here is a small overview of what is

currently happening on the church

planting level in la belle province.

We are excited about the establishment of our new means

of action, Mission Québec, which aims to support all our

missionary efforts whether it be the integration of new

missionaries, the planting of churches, outreach projects,

or the replanting of churches. Currently, two of our projects

are in the pre-launch phase (Hochelaga and Anjou).

We have five active church planting projects (Beloeil,

Laval, downtown Montréal, Plessisville, Vaudreuil) and

two innovative projects targeting the Spanish-speaking

(in Plessisville) and Arab (in Gatineau) communities. The

replanting of churches is also one of our priorities and

we have three projects in preparation (Chicoutimi, Sorel,

Verdun).

We are uplifted and encouraged to see the perseverance

and resilience shown by our planters, to see them develop

creative ways to reach people, and to see their efforts bear

fruit by the grace of God. Many of them have seen people

come to Christ and baptisms will be held soon.

Jonathan Labelle, pastor/church planter

La Cité Laval Church had the joy of launching on

December 5, 2021. The vision meetings had started in

February 2020, only three weeks before the first pandemic

lockdown.

Joanie, a young woman who was looking for a Christian

community to join, came into contact with the church

through her friend, a scuba instructor with whom I dive.

Since that time, Joanie has grown in her relationship with

Jesus, attending missional communities and Sunday gatherings.

She asked to be baptized. The church will therefore

have the joy of celebrating its third baptism in a few

months!

Stéphan Tessier,

pastor/church

planter

In Beloeil, an

intentional group

from the congregation

were

burdened to invest

in the lives of the

teens of the church

and their friends,

an age group particularly affected by the pandemic. One

of these young people, as well as a new convert, expressed

the desire to be baptized. The church is therefore planning

its first baptisms soon in the context of planting, which is a

great joy.

We keep repeating it: the needs are great in Québec! As

the Lord says in Luke 10:2 (ESV): “And he said to them, ‘The

harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray

earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into

his harvest’.” We persevere in this prayer and are grateful

to God for the workers He sends.

Steve Cloutier is Church Planting Director for the

AEBEQ Region.


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CHURCH PLANTING IN THE

FELLOWSHIP ATLANTIC

REGION

by Bradley Somers

Here are two short stories highlighting both the method and need for church planting

in Atlantic Canada.

Along with his brother, Ryan decided to drop out of university to have more time to make, bottle, and sell

Kombucha out of his apartment. As the business began to take off, he moved to Halifax as the home base for

expansion. Ryan soon met a young group of believers who often had people over to their apartments for food

and game nights. These believers were intentionally living on-mission as an extension of the church planting

efforts of their church. Through these genuine relationships, Ryan began to hear about Christ. Not too long

ago, Ryan told me the beautiful story of being overwhelmed with Christ’s forgiveness as he confessed his

need for salvation.

Andy and Kayla Ardern first felt a tug on their life for

church planting when they were on a missions trip to

Halifax, NS. Almost seven years later, Andy has completed

a two-year church planting residency out of PAXnorth

Church. They moved their family to Spryfield a growing

part of Halifax built relationships, and formed a

launch team by hosting missional communities. Each

week Andy leads a prayer walk through his part of the

city, asking God to open doors for Gospel life and proclamation.

This fall, they hope to see this church plant

dream take on a new shape as they mobilize the

more than 20 people who have joined this effort.

Over the last two years, the east coast has led Canada in population growth. According to a

CBC article 1 , we have added more than 13,400 people to our population. The two contributing

factors? Canadians are moving east, and newly arrived populations are making their homes

in the Maritimes. What strikes me is that we would need 44 new churches of 300 people

each (larger than average) to care for these new Maritimers. From my church planting

network connections, I can safely say that we are nowhere near planting enough churches

in our Region to see this need met. We need more churches that are willing to plant

churches. We need more leaders and families willing to be trained,

assessed, and released to do this good work. Finally, we need more

prayer and financial supporters to come alongside these efforts.

Bradley Somers is a church planter and elder of PAXnorth

Church in Halifax, NS. He serves his wife and seven kids and

his home region as Church Planting Director for Fellowship

Atlantic and ACTS29 Canada.

1

CBC: “Despite pandemic, Canada's population grows at fastest rate in G7: census”

Zimonjic, Peter, CBC News, CBC Feb. 9, 2022, https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/

census-2021-release-population-cities-1.6344179.


Spring/Summer 2022

THE GLOBAL CHURCH

PLANTING STORY by Richard Flemming

THE LAST WORD

was first introduced to these extraordinary

movements of God in

I

2013. I learned that they had begun

to surface in the 1990s and that it

was the director of the International

Mission Board of the Southern

Baptist Convention, David Garrison,

who first coined the term “church

planting movements”. Today, “disciple-making

movements” is another term used to describe

them. These movements have been defined as “a process of

disciples making disciples, forming multiplying churches

to at least the fourth generation”. Often they are characterized

as fast-growing, indigenous (to the local culture), multiplying

groups/churches, and producing obedient followers

of Jesus (i.e. disciples). In essence these movements refer

to the rapid multiplication of Christ followers, who form

churches that in turn multiply rapidly, often in areas of the

world where traditionally the work has been slow. David

Watson, one of the early practitioners of these movements,

wrote that in 2014 there were 68 known movements

around the world. Last year, the number was 1,371! Each

of these represent a multiplication of churches to at least

the fourth generation, and each movement averages 57,000

believers 1 . Some believe these movements represent the

single most significant shift in global missionary strategy

in the past century. They contend that the data points to a

change in missions 2 . Fellowship International agrees and,

like so many others, is seeking to join God in these movements

that He is generating so powerfully among the nations

today.

Consequently, last

fall our Fellowship

International

Director Ben Porter

called me to ask if I

would be interested

in participating in

a Zoom call with

Ying Kai. “Are you

serious?” was my

response. Ben knew

that I had been teaching many of the Biblical principles

that Ying and his wife Grace had implemented in their

ground-breaking movement work in China beginning in

2001. In a span of some 12 years they saw 150,000 churches

planted and baptized over two million people. “Yes”, I replied.

“I most definitely want to be part of that Zoom call!”

We are trusting that in the fall of 2022 we’ll be able to host

(in Ontario) a two-day training that Ying and Grace Kai will

give in person. After all, why not here in Canada?

1

14, 24: “24:14 Movement Data Dashboard - 2414now.NET.” 24:14, Multiplying Movements Together, 24:14, Nov. 2020,

https://2414now.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2414_Movement_Data_Dashboard_11-10-20.pdf.

2

Sergeant, Dr. Curtis, et al. “Can Kingdom Movement Strategies Work in North America?” Mission Frontiers. 1 Jan. 2021.

https://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/can-kingdom-movement-strategies-work-in-north-america.

ZOOM CALL WITH RICHARD

FLEMMING (TOP LEFT), BEN PORTER

(TOP RIGHT), AND YING KAI (BOTTOM).


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D.L. Deeks Insurance Services Inc. (“Deeks Insurance”) is a licensed insurance intermediary. Auto and home insurance policies are primarily underwritten, and claims handled, by Unifund

Assurance Company (“Unifund”). Described coverage and benefits applicable only to policies underwritten by Unifund. Auto insurance not available in BC, MB or SK. Home and auto

insurance not available in QC, NWT, NU, or YK. Deeks Insurance and Unifund share common ownership. D.L Deeks & Design is a registered trademark of Deeks Insurance.

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