Église évangélique baptiste Renaissance
( www.EgliseRenaissance.ca) is an affiliate of
the EFC ( www.TheEFC.ca/Affiliates). Find more
Q and As at www.Faith Today.ca/QandA.
What is the mission of Église évangélique baptiste Renaissance?
Our church’s mission is “In the
power of the Holy Spirit, to be a
community of disciples of Christ
growing in knowledge and maturity
for the glory of God and the spreading of His Word.” Basically, as disciples, we seek to bring glory to God
by loving and serving our neighbours with the Kingdom in view.
What are the unique challenges you
face in your community?
The Lord has been blessing our
church in unanticipated ways over
the past eight years. Although Que-
bec City used to be known as a pre-
dominantly white, French-Canadian
city, it has seen an influx of immi-
grants and refugees from dozens of
countries. Our church has grown
substantially in part because a num-
ber of those immigrants (from 22
countries and counting!) are believ-
ers in Christ. However, we have also
been given the unique opportunity
to connect with some ethnic groups
who have very little knowledge of
Christ, but who wish to walk with us
in discovering Him. New ministries
have been launched and we are
looking at new ways to help these
new “neighbours” become growing
disciples of Jesus Christ.
What are the most important ministry lessons you have learned?
Never forget whom you are serving
and why. A few years ago, when I
was serving in a leadership position
in our denomination, I experienced
a time of discouragement. I felt my
efforts were not making any difference and I let self-pity fill my heart.
Then a brother shared this verse
during a meeting. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work
and the love you have shown him as
you have helped his people and
continue to help them” (Hebrews
6: 10). It helped me focus anew on
Christ, and reminded me that I
should not seek the accolades of my
colleagues or church members, but
seek to serve my one true Lord to
the best of my abilities. I am not in
the ministry to please men, but my
Lord, who has called me to Christian ministry.
What advice do you give emerging
leaders in the Church?
Focus on Christ, not on your ministry. Make sure you are willing to
continue to carry your cross. That
is the way of Christ. You’re not “in
it” to fatten your ego or your wallet.
What are the best leadership books
you have read in recent years?
One I am presently reading is Albert
Mohler’s The Conviction to Lead: 25
Principles for Leadership That Matters
(Baker, 2013). He has embodied the
qualities of a true Christian leader,
and his book puts the spotlight on
areas of my life and ministry that I
need to continually focus on to grow
as a leader and to remain an agent of
change for Christ. /FT
Stéphane Couture is pastor of Église évangélique baptiste
Renaissance, Quebec City
Serving a changing Quebec