BEHIND THE SCENES
Karen Stiller of Port Perry, Ont., and
Bill Fledderus of Hamilton, Ont., are senior
editors of Faith Today.
So many of the stories Faith Today publishes have to do with the local church. In this issue for example
you can read Inspiring Ideas that
churches just like yours are trying
out (page 9), including raising
money for refugees with an exer-cise-a-thon on elliptical machines
or hosting an educational community event about human trafficking (page 12).
We’ve been thinking a lot lately
about how local congregations are so
crucial to our lives and our culture.
So we decided to ask Mark Buchanan, author, pastor and professor, to
give the local church a shot in the
arm – to uplift and encourage it, to
remind the local church it is loved.
He did that and more (page 30).
His piece is a shot in the arm, but
it’s also a loving tap on the back to
maybe do a few things a bit differently. What do you think? Do you
love to go to a worship service every
week? Or are there obstacles for
you? What advice would you give
your local congregation? What are
the churches in your neighbourhood doing right, and not so right?
We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Alongside Mark Buchanan’s essay we are doing something special
to recognize the hard work of
Canadian pastors. We’re asking
congregations in every province to
nominate their pastor for a free
getaway provided by a regional retreat centre (page 24).
We think perhaps pastors are not
thanked often enough – and in some
cases not remunerated enough – to
find the time in their own hectic
lives for a little replenishment.
Please nominate your pastor for this.
If you’re reading this magazine in
its printed format, you’ll probably
also have encountered our new
baby sister, a youth magazine called
Love Is Moving. Wow, are we proud
of all the amazing teens and young
adults who have come together to
create this new magazine (along
with our colleagues Crileidy Liriano,
Joel Gordon and Ben Porter).
This team has already been producing an online version of the
magazine, formerly known as Love
In Action, for two years – and now
finally it’s also in print.
Please make the extra effort to
pass along Love Is Moving to a potential reader, and encourage them
to send feedback on these first
Meanwhile in Faith Today, we
hope you will appreciate this issue’s
fascinating article on another huge
refugee crisis Canada was involved
in a hundred years ago, our FT
Interview with Danielle Strickland
on working with those less fortunate (page 26), and all the rest. May
God richly bless you, your church
and the youth in your life this New
see page 24
Loving the local church
And: Celebrating the EFC’s new youth magazine
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January / February 2016
Volume 34 • Number 1
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Bill Fledderus, Karen Stiller
Janice Van Eck
Jeff Dewsbury, Debra Fieguth,
Alex Newman, Patricia Paddey
Carolyn Arends, James A. Beverley,
Bruce J. Clemenger, Kevin Flatt,
John G. Stackhouse Jr.,
Jeff Adams, Allison Barron, Mark
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Holm, Craig Macartney, Craig Martin,
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Thiessen, A.M. Thomas, Allison A. Trites,
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