Around Town: Multiply Conference, Peace Meal, after Missions Fest . . .

Francis Chan will be one of the keynote speakers at Multiply Conference March 2 - 3.

Francis Chan will be one of the keynote speakers at Multiply Conference March 2 – 3.

Church planting. Some seem to think it’s a panacea, others question it. Most believe growth is a good thing, but are still not sure quite what that should mean in a city like Vancouver.

Multiply Conference will be an ideal opportunity for church leaders to think about church planting in some detail. The event will take place March 2 – 3 at Westside Church in the downtown core.

The sponsor, C2C Network, is definitely committed to church planting, but it is also aware of some of the red flags. On the one hand, it urges action:

What might happen if every existing church from coast to coast were to re-capture Jesus’ vision for mission, for multiplication, for radical generosity and intentional discipleship.

‘Multiply’ has been designed with the established church leader in mind as we seek to fan into flame God-given dreams for kingdom expansion in Canada!

We look forward to lifting up the name of Jesus in worship, being inspired by stories from the front lines of Canadian ministry, as well as a great line-up of international guests! Return home with renewed vision and hope of what Jesus will do in your community.

Mark Clark

Mark Clark

On the other hand, pastor Mark Clark of Village Church in Surrey  and speaker at the conference said in a recent blog posting on the C2C site:

. . . we sometimes lose sight of what church planting is actually about. It’s not about planting churches, or gathering some Christians in a different spot than they were already gathered. It’s not about Launch Teams and proposals; coaching and preaching or learning how to be a ‘visionary leader.’ All those things are hugely important, but church planting isn’t about church planting as a thing itself.
 
Church planting is about evangelism. It’s about reaching people who don’t know Jesus.
Jeff Vanderstelt

Jeff Vanderstelt

One of the more encouraging things about watching the church in Vancouver over the past few years is seeing the number of new church plants. We need more. So I welcome keynote speakers Francis Chan, Jeff Vanderstelt and Larry Osborne, as they try to encourage mild-mannered Vancouverites to focus on winning the city for Christ.

I have seen all three speak very effectively during visits to town over the past couple of years – Chan at Voices Together last summer, Vanderstelt and Osborne on behalf of C2C.
 
Francis Chan is a very popular pastor, speaker and author (Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell . . .). Here is a portion of his vision statement:
Larry Osborne

Larry Osborne

Never in human history have Christians consumed more sermons and books. Yet few are finding fulfillment in their walk with God. This is not from a lack of consumption but rather a lack of exercise.

It is through risky obedience that we experience the glory of God. When we stop living by faith, we will stop experiencing Him, and begin to doubt Him. Our hope is to stir you to action (Hebrews 10:24) so that you experience the “life that is truly life.” (1 Tim 6:19)

Jeff Vanderstelt leads the Soma Family of Churches and is lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington. He is the author of Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life.
Norm Funk

Norm Funk

Since 1980, Larry Osborne has served as one of the senior pastors at North Coast Church in Vista, California. During that time, North Coast has grown from a fledging group of 128 meeting in a rented high school cafeteria to a multi-site church ministering to over 11,000 in weekend attendance. He trains leaders, pastors and church planters. His books include: Thriving in Babylon, Accidental Pharisees and 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe.

Other speakers include local pastors Norm Funk (conference host, at Westside, Vancouver) and Mark Clark (mentioned above), along with Jon Thompson (C4 Church, Ajax, Ontario), Marc Pilon (Axe21, Sherbrooke, Quebec) and Guy Mason (City on a Hill, Melbourne, Australia).

Planning the Peace Meal tour

Russ Rosen (left) and Justyn Rees are always ready to perform, even at their Missions Fest booth.

Russ Rosen (left) and Justyn Rees are always ready to perform, even at their Missions Fest booth.

I ran into Justyn Rees and Russ Rosen down at Missions Fest, and as usual they have a creative new project on the go. They’re working on Peace Meal, “a music and story show that addresses the current fear that is increasingly gripping the world because of the wave of religion-inspired violence that seems to come closer every time you turn on the TV.”

Both are well known around town. Rees is a storyteller, author, evangelist and pastor, but he also founded one of Britain’s first Christian rock bands (“even before Larry Norman”). Rosen is a musician with many albums to his credit, and is active in several other creative activities.

Over the years, they have worked together in a number of ways. Inspired by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s urging that every Canadian be given the opportunity to see, hear and experience the gospel by the year 2000, Rees and Rosen led a team of 25 young adults on a five-year mission from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. They sang, danced and preached the gospel of reconciliation in Jesus to a nation threatened by Quebec separation, partnering with groups of churches in each town they visited.

In the past couple of years, they have presented Christmas Tales in churches and halls all over the province.
 
This spring, though, they would like to encourage ministerials and groups of churches to partner with them in presenting Peace Meal. Here’s the premise:
 
Justyn, our storyteller, brings to life three characters in conflict – Peter, the bigoted believer; Judas, the bigoted skeptic; and Thomas, the fence-sitter. Russ and his band drive the story deeper as they weave familiar and passionate original tunes throughout the show.
 
The show opens with the characters arguing around the table and, as it unfolds, they are confronted with their own attitudes that jeopardize peace. The visual aids that Jesus used to explain the gospel of peace – water, bread and wine – bring home the power of forgiveness for peace-making.

Rees and Rosen (joined by long-time partner Brett Ziegler) would ideally like to present Peace Meal on a Sunday morning for a church group, then have congregants bring friends to some intimate presentations a couple of weeks later. Several shows are already planned, including one at Trinity Baptist March 24. They would like to book shows through to mid-May.

To contact Rees and Rosen about the possibility of hosting Peace Meal, go here.

After Missions Fest
 
Missions Fest is over, but there are at least a couple of ways to learn more about the biblical basis for missions and how to take a more active role:
Ying Kai, with his wife Grace.

Ying Kai, with his wife Grace.

* Disciple Multiplying Small Group Training with Ying Kai, February 5 – 6 at New Life Community Church in Burnaby. See this article for more information.

* Cantonese Kairos Course, February 9 – 20 at Vancouver Chinese Alliance Church (Knight Street). This is a nine-session, interactive course on world Christian mission – in Cantonese, of course.
 
* Perspectives Course, February 11 – May 19 (Thursday evenings) at Tenth Church. Its purpose is to mobilize the Canadian church for mission.
 

February 4, 2016

WL Hibberd: Winter Aesthetic – February 4, 2016 at All Day
City in Focus: Navigating for Non Profits – February 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Hans Boersma: Scripture, Sacrament and Metaphysics - Origen, Hobbes and Spinoza – February 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 5, 2016

Disciple Multiplying Small Group Training with Ying Kai – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Life in the Margins Weekend Workshop – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Dr. Dave Currie: i-Parent Seminar – February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 3:00 pm

February 6, 2016

Just Life: A Biblical Framework for Practicing Justice in Everyday Life – February 6, 2016 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
What is Christian Worship? – February 6, 2016 at 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Worship Central: Worship Leaders Hub – February 6, 2016 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

February 8, 2016

Family Day at the Mennonite Heritage Museum – February 8, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Metro Vancouver Alliance: Affordable Housing Assembly – February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

February 10, 2016

Regent Redux: Beyond Black and White – Truth, Paradox and the Substance of Faith – February 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Trinity Worship Night – February 10, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Leora Cashe – February 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 11, 2016

Cantonese Kairos Course – February 11, 2016 at All Day
Whale Dreams – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at All Day
Perspectives Course (Thursday evenings) – February 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm - 9:45 pm
Common Grace by Shauna Johannesen – February 11, 2016 - February 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 12, 2016

Do Nice People Always Finish Last? – February 12, 2016 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Weekend Series with Dr. Caroline Leaf – February 12, 2016 - February 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wes Howard-Brook: Come Out, My People! God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond – February 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: The Source of Song - Gregory's Gift of Chant – February 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

February 13, 2016

Growing In Faith Through Worship: Celebrating and Nurturing Differing Abilities in the Church (Part II) – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Max Oliva SJ: Beatitudes for the Workplace – February 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

February 14, 2016

Celtic Music: Marco Del Rio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers: Glenda Rae Trio – February 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm

February 15, 2016

Red Light/Green Light Film Screening – February 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 16, 2016

Dr. Robert Keller: Environmental Law, Ethics & History – Two Perspectives – February 16, 2016 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dementia Awareness Workshop: Remembering to Eat Well – February 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Faith & Reason Lecture Series: Academic Freedom – February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hope for the Middle East with Wayne Hilden, F.I.R.M. – February 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 17, 2016

EFC Webinar: Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in Canada – What Canadian Christians need to know – February 17, 2016 at 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Living Well Forum with Dr. Jim Houston – February 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Erica Grimm: Salt Water Skin Boats – Opening Reception – February 17, 2016 at 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gender Cafe: Pornography and the Death of Love and Beauty – February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lenten Study 2016 (Diarmaid MacCulloch: BBC History of Christianity, Wednesday evenings) – February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Eli Bennett – February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 18, 2016

Risen (opening night) – February 18, 2016 at All Day

February 19, 2016

Cascadia Worship & Arts Conference – February 19, 2016 - February 20, 2016 at All Day
Wab Kinew: Reflections on Reconciliation – February 19, 2016 - February 20, 2016 at All Day

February 20, 2016

Coldest Night of the Year – February 20, 2016 at All Day
Transitions of Life: Healthy Aging, Retirement & the Spiritual Journey – February 20, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Matters of the Heart – February 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 21, 2016

SAMC Faculty and Friends Recital Series: Calvin Dyck (violin) & Carmen Hollett (piano) – February 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

February 23, 2016

Community Open House: Oakridge Lutheran Church – February 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Updating the Scriptural Past in the Dead Sea Scrolls – February 23, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 24, 2016

Trace Elements: Artist Talk and Opening Reception – February 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dr. Agnes de Dreuzy: The Church That Goes Forth – Justice and Mercy in the European Migrant Crisis – February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jazz Evensong: Bill Weeds – February 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

February 25, 2016

Soulcare at Work: Cultivating Good Ground For Spiritual Health – February 25, 2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peacemeal Preview – February 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Angela Konrad: Confessions of a Drama Queen – How Theatre Can Change the World – February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

February 26, 2016

A.J. Swoboda: Green Jesus – Creation Care, Sabbath and the First Earth Day – February 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Tourist Company – February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

February 27, 2016

Wholehearted Men – February 27, 2016 at 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Good Noise: The Best of Hallelujah Praise, with Crystal Hicks – February 27, 2016 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Death, Dying & Dessert – February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tak Maeda’s 60th Birthday Bash Concert – February 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

February 28, 2016

Good Noise: Featuring the 150 voice Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir – February 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Jazz Vespers: Candus Churchill & Friends – Nina Simone Tribute – February 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Gospel Music Concert: One Heart, Fraser Valley Quartet, The Royal Heirs – February 28, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 29, 2016

Development and Peace Celebrates 50th Anniversary – February 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm - 6:10 pm
Broken Links in the Food Chain: Rethinking our Relationship to Land – February 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 1, 2016

Thomas Heilke on Religion's Engagement with the Secular – March 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
A Catholic-Evangelical Conversation: Seeking Unity in Our Common Faith in Christ – March 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 2, 2016

Multiply 2016 – March 2, 2016 - March 3, 2016 at All Day
Vancouver Pastors Prayer Fellowship – March 2, 2016 at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Business By the Book: Herman Kwee – March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jonathan Wilson: How to Read Stanley Hauerwas – March 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Multiply Conference: Francis Chan – March 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Art & Spirit: Robert Bateman – March 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Jazz Evensong: Eli Davidovici – March 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

March 3, 2016

Preaching Out of the Rest of God – March 3, 2016 at 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Fear Drives Out Love: Living with Anxiety as a Christian – March 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Keeping Your Children on God's Side with Natasha Crain – March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March 4, 2016

Academic Symposium 2016 – March 4, 2016 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
World Day of Prayer – March 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Apologetics Canada Conference 2016 – March 4, 2016 - March 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Contemplative Practice and Ecological Responsibility – March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Choral Tapestry - Our Heritage of Song – March 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 

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