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April 2019 Update From David McGrew

Posted on Apr 05 2019 by Gary Mason

 

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2018 CFCM National Conference/Toronto – Audio

Posted on Oct 31 2018 by Gary Mason

You’ve been watching for it and we have it here for you.

 For this year’s audio click here…

One of the yearly highlights for us in CFCM is the rich content of messages spoken by many speakers and through panel discussions at the National Conference.   This year in Toronto was no exception and many of you asked about getting copies of the audio.  We are glad to post them here for you to listen to and share with your teams and others who were not able to attend.

We began Tuesday morning, with a number of guests sharing about the intersection of our faith and the technology of our day and the possibilities of using that technology to further the Kingdom of God.  They also helped us to see some ways in which we could help people in our churches understand how to release their personal gifts for Kingdom purposes.  We wrapped up our first day in the evening session with a great message from Matt Tapley reminding us that every truth in God’s Word is held in tension and that wherever we are, God is there and He is at work.

Moving on to Wednesday morning, Len Zoeteman talked about the cry of our society to know what real love is and showing how we find it in our heavenly Father’s Heart.  And then Marc Brule helped us realize that true substance is the key to reaching the world and with God’s love we have that substance to help people move from being consumers to producers for God.  The morning ended with a panel session helping us to take the true substance of the Father’s heart of love and use that to engage with our communities.  In the evening we finished the second day with a powerful message from Kyle Horner sharing how culture trumps vision and we can celebrate the moments but remember that we are a part of a movement.

Thursday, our final day together, started with our newest National Director Jonathan Bounds saying, “You don’t have to be dead to be resurrected”, and sharing how as our minds are renewed to a new way of thinking we need to be sure to move in the new direction God has shown us.  Wendy Hoffman followed with a great word on finding life balance and how it can help us to “Make Room for the Extraordinary.”  Our final session of the morning with Kyle Horner asked the question what does a healthy Christian look like?  He spoke about helping people to live lives of significance both inside and outside the walls of the church.  We wrapped up the conference Thursday evening as Kyle Horner shared about not just being giant killers ourselves, but how to recognize leaders in our ministries and help them to become giant killers and take ground for the Kingdom.

We know that you will be blessed and challenged as you listen to these messages.

 For this year’s audio click here…

2017 – National Conference – Honour

Posted on Mar 14 2017 by Gary Mason

You won’t want to miss this one…

 

 

Hello everyone, we wanted to bring you up to speed on the plans for our National Conference.  This year’s location will be Prince Albert, SK with speaker Bishop Tony Miller and our theme will be, “Honour”.  Also, please make special note of the change of dates, we will be getting together a little later in the month than usual October 24-26.

Again, we wanted to get this information out to you as soon as possible for your plans and we will follow this up with more information on hotels and other details in the days ahead.

You may download the video here if needed 2017 National Conference Announcement

David and Jeanne McGrew pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and David is the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about Keystone Victoria by clicking here.

 

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2017 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

Posted on Jan 05 2017 by Gary Mason

David & Jeanne McGrew

You may download the video here 2017 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

David and Jeanne McGrew pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and David is the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about Keystone Victoria by clicking here.

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Southern Alberta Area Meeting

Posted on Jan 02 2017 by Gary Mason

 Equipping and Connecting

Southern Alberta Area Meeting

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CFCM Southern Alberta Area Meeting January 26th in Calgary. The meeting will be from 11:00 am until 2:30 pm and will include a lunch.

Speaker: Pastor Craig Byers from Keystone Ministries in Chilliwack, BC

DATE AND TIME

Thu, 26 January 2017

11:30 AM – 3:00 PM MST

LOCATION

Jubilee Church

458 35th Ave NW

Calgary, AB T2K 0C1

Contact

Gary Mason – garymason@cfcm.org

Register – Click here

 

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2016 National Conference Audio Now Online!

Posted on Oct 28 2016 by Gary Mason

2016 CFCM National ConferenceHey everyone just a quick heads up the audio from our 2016 National Conference is now online.  To listen simply click here or got to “Resources” in the main menu and click “Audio Messages” in the drop down menu.

Once there simply scroll down to the session you are interested in and click the play button.

Enjoy!

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“Real Face Time”

Posted on Sep 22 2016 by Gary Mason

It’s conference time. What I like to call “real face time.”

To me conference has become just that, three days of face to face with those we normally see just once or twice a year.

How apropos this gathering of ministers merges with the changing colours of autumn. When I can expect a greater continued change in me by being present with many of those whom I’ve come to consider the dearest of friends. The CFCM family.

Proverbs 27:17, “as iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another,” has certainly proven itself throughout the years of attending National Conference.

KJV translates it this way, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (emphasis mine)

Yes, getting before one another’s face.

A well-used word in the way society now avails a means to communicate.

In particular, Face-Time and Facebook.

Personally, as a grandfather, I love Face-Time. Having conversations with my three grandchildren at almost any-time – whether it’s during a meal, bedtime, or outside playing. Fortunately my kids only live 25 minutes away so I also get the real face-time on a regular basis.

Facebook is a different story. I use it, and do like it – sometimes.

Electronic connectedness has allowed for not just the good – but also the bad and the ugly.

We’ve lost the flesh and blood attachment, being in one another’s presence, in each other’s face – if you will.

I know of too many people who now consider their “home” church in front of some sort of screen. Live streaming into their home – a one stop, “Bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits – You come to me.”

Relationships are the core of our existence – beginning with our Triune God. And just as the serpent questioned this relationship as recorded in Genesis, we can see how his work is still the same today.

We’re prone to hide.

I was watching The Tonight Show recently, and there were two guests well known to many. One was a singer in his 70’s,  another a comedic actress in her 80′s. It was obvious to the viewer that both had work done to their face.

I’m not sure if they’d looked better without the work having been done, my guess is yes, though they must have thought it brought better results.

Wanting to be younger, hiding the aging process.

We hide.

As believers the Word clearly tells us that the further along we go, the better looking we become.

Inside and out.

When we stay present.

In the face of God.

His Word.

In the face of others.

Each other.

 

It isn’t always easy.

 

Two lyrics from the same artist come to mind, Dan Hasletine of the Jars of Clay,

 

“Blessed are the shallow

Depth they’ll never find

Seemed to be some comfort

In rooms I try to hide”

From the song Frail

 

“Bury my head for the shame,

You pick me up, you say I look like You

Though it makes no sense to me,

You make me believe that I could trust someone.”

From the song Sing

 

The wounded, hide.

The scared, hide.

The tired, hide.

 

While writing this out, I hear the words from Isaiah,

 

“For the Lord GOD will help Me;

Therefore I will not be disgraced;

Therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

Isaiah 50:7

 

Another, from the Psalms,

 

“When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.””

Psalm 27:8

 

Now back to Proverbs 27: 17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens the countenance of another.”

 

I’ve been blessed to attend National Conference regularly for the past almost 10 years and I can identify a sharpening from each individual year.

I’m looking forward to conference this year.

To looking better, and sharper.

 

 

 

Rick Mills

Life Abundant Niagara

Niagara on the Lake

Ontario

CFCM 2016 National Conference

Posted on Aug 10 2016 by Gary Mason

You won’t want to miss it!

Our 2016 National Conference will be held in Edmonton, Alberta this year. It will open Tuesday September 27th at 9:00 am and wind-up on the evening of Thursday September 29th. Each day there will be morning sessions from 9:00 am until about 1:00 pm with an evening session at 7:00 pm. The afternoons will be free time for fellowship, new connections, etc.

We are currently finalizing the schedule and all of the speaker arrangements. We hope to have an update regarding this in the very near future. Watch your email inbox or check back here on the website in the coming weeks for further updates. We would encourage you to make your plans now as far as conference registration, hotel and travel bookings. There is a reduction in the registration fee for all registrations made, and paid for prior to September 1st so don’t hesitate make your arrangements now to attend.

 

Conference Host Facility:

The Church of Abundant Life 7676 Wagner Road Edmonton, Alberta

Pastor Eve Bassett

 

Registration Fees:

Single $75.00, Couple $125.00 (after August 31st Single $125.00, Couple $175.00)

Small Church Group (up to 6 individuals) $250.00 (after August 31st $375.00)

Large Church Group (7 or more individuals) $450.00 (after August 31st $575.00)

(To register email registrations@cfcm.org or call 306-763-3227.)

 

Conference Hotels:

Four Points Edmonton South
7230 Argyll Road
Edmonton, Alberta

866-716-8133 Toll Free
780-465-7931 Local

Room rates are as follows:
1 Queen, 1 King/2 Queens $110.00 Rooms guaranteed until August 26, 2016

 

Online Booking Portals

Conference Registration – Via Website 

Hotel - Four Points Edmonton South

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2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

Posted on Jan 16 2016 by Gary Mason

 

David & Jeanne McGrew

You may download the video here 2016 – Greeting from David and Jeanne

David and Jeanne McGrew pastor of Keystone Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and David is the National President of CFCM.

Find out more about Keystone Victoria by clicking here.

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Is a Balanced Life Possible?

Posted on Sep 18 2015 by Gary Mason

Previously we examined how unrealistic expectations and demands placed on pastors can lead to depression. In my last blog, we discussed the importance of vacation time and its positive impact on pastors. This blog will discuss creating balance in your daily schedules. Without a healthy work-life balance and periodic rest, the result can be frustration, relationship difficulties, burn out or workaholicism.

Being aware that your life lacks balance will help you contemplate on which aspects are non-existent in your life and should be added and what should be lessened or removed. It’s not about striving to live a balanced life but rather it is about reflection and examination of your schedule to carve out space for God, self, others and work activities. For many the idea of reflecting on their busy life is an exercise that further adds tension and frustration. You could allow this exercise to frustrate or discourage you but I would suggest that this can be a positive experience.

One useful tool that I employ in my practice when working with pastors and other professionals is the Balance Schema Assignment which identifies the aspects of daily living that need to be considered. It is not about finding a perfect balance in all aspects and categories. Many have done this exercise and commented on how helpful it was in determining where change can be achieved in personal schedules and the creation of space for essential aspects of life. If you are interested in obtaining this exercise please request it through the space provided at the bottom of the blog.

When reflecting on your daily schedule, you will find yourself wondering which activities are time wasters that are diminishing productivity. You will also determine how you can create space for God, times of leisure, physical activity, connecting with your primary relationships and work activity. After doing the exercise and implementing the deemed changes you will have more productivity, and experience deeper relationships with God and others. Isn’t that what bringing balance to your life is all about?

 

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Wendy Hofman  is the founder and Director of Veritas Counselling Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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