What has been your greatest joy in ministry?
Walking alongside people. The joy is sitting in church on
Sunday morning, and looking out over the congregation
and seeing people that you’ve walked with, whether
they’re new Christians or have gone through a tough
divorce or grief, and they are in a place of health after
being in a place of brokenness.
What has been your greatest struggle?
For me, in 20-something years of ministry the greatest
struggle has been the constant need to balance home life
and ministry expectations, to really have soul care as a
pastor. Balance is not a static place – it’s a constant place
of adjustment in different stages of life and ministry.
What book has influenced you the most in the last
The one book, and it ties to the previous question, is
Mark Buchanan’s book The Rest of God: Restoring Your
Soul by Restoring Sabbath (Thomas Nelson, 2007). I’ve
been in this senior role for ten years, and reading Mark’s
book started me on a path of changing how I live life,
how I do soul care. I regularly take a day or a few days
to do soul care. That has been the most impacting book
in the sense that it really changed my life and how I’ve
done ministry in the last ten years. I’ve read it a couple
of times and I give it away to a lot of young pastors.
What do you think are the greatest opportunities avail-
able to the Canadian evangelical Church in the next
I think the greatest opportunity is the fact that our culture is asking questions and is interested in spirituality.
It goes all over the map, but there is a genuine interest in something deeper than the material life. We as
Christians have a tremendous opportunity to be in the
conversation from our place of genuine spirituality. We
can enter the dialogue. We don’t have to convince anybody. We just have to be the spiritual people God has
created us to be.
What would you like the rest of the Canadian Church
to know about the Church and ministry in Winnipeg?
There is a dynamic move going on in Winnipeg right
now. We’ve had city-wide services called One Heart.
Last year 95 churches and 16,000 people met in the
football stadium. Walls are coming down. We are de-
claring there is one Lord, one Church and one harvest.
That has been a powerful thing to be a part of. We
hope that we won’t be known as the murder capital
of Canada, but as something much better in the days
Q&A n ChATS WITh EFC AFFILIATE pASTORS
Questions and answers with the lead
pastor of Kilcona park Alliance Church
in Winnipeg, Man.
bruce Adams and his grandson mason Dormer.
meet Winnipeg Pastor