What has been your greatest joy in ministry?
Watching someone come alive in their spirit. It’s that
moment when the heart light turns on and you remember why you are doing this.
your greatest struggle in ministry?
Journeying with people who refuse to live by God’s
Word and thus end up struggling with the fruit of their
disobedience. There is also the struggle to walk in great
humility with these people, to see them through the
eyes of Christ. Brokenness must
mark our path as pastors. In this
performance-based society that
has crept into the Church, fulfilling
God’s will through our lives is the
most important calling. Understanding that we are called to be faithful
– to shepherd first.
What Christian book do you
most often recommend to
others to read?
Other than the Bible, Brennan Manning’s Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God (HarperCollins, 2000) because it powerfully and commonly relates to many of our journeys in
trusting God’s love for us. Trust is something we see
broken everywhere in society. The church has an opportunity in the midst of all this distrust to show that we,
through Christ, are trustworthy people of an authentic
What do you think is the biggest opportunity
available to the Canadian evangelical Church
in the next ten years?
To accurately represent the love of Christ to our com-
munities. There are a lot of misperceptions about Christ
today in society that are rooted in the misrepresenta-
tion by the Church, and the coming of age of another
generation that has no biblical Christian memory (they
have not been exposed to genuine Christians, therefore
have no appreciation of the truth in Christ). The Church
must break out of its traditions that are not Christ-cen-
tric and look for new ways to touch the culture around
us in loving and compassionate ways.
What would you like the Can-
adian Church to know about
the church and ministry in
Rural churches are losing and, in
many cases, have lost this “next
generation.” You can see it in the
populace of the local church. In an
effort to preserve our Christian herit-
age, we have allowed traditions that
have isolated the generations – trad-
itions that are more about what we
want rather than what Jesus would
want. The greatest church is not made up of just youth
and young adults or seniors, but is represented by the
whole generational spectrum, and I sincerely believe
this generation yearns for it. Therefore, there is a bunch
of compromise on everybody’s part, but especially on
the older church population, to embrace new ways to
express our faith in Christ that will reach everyone by
expressing His love. Change should not mean a loss of
faith standards, but rather an embracing of new vehicles
and modes to share our faith in a language society can
Q&a n CHATs WITH EFC AFFIlIATE PAs Tors
There are a lot
about Christ today
in society that are
rooted in the
by the Church.
Dion Mitchell has been the
lead pastor of Claresholm
Pentecostal Assembly for four
years. His wife susan and
family of girls (Annalise, Emily
and Ileana) keep life full as they
minister in an older community
of faith in southern Alberta
ranch and farming country.
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