Bruce J. Clemenger is President of
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
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Among Canada’s Evangelicals are
amazing stories of how people have
impacted others and their communities. It’s important we continue to tell these stories as a confirmation of obedience and an
encouragement of practice.
We can also take courage from
stories of the early Christian
Church, which faced persecution
and opposition, and was misunderstood. Yet they persisted in loving
others in their communities, as an
expression of God’s love for them
and their belief all people are created in His image, loved by Him
and are of inestimable worth.
We too love our neighbours and
care for them – particularly those
on the margins and those who need
care and protection. This demonstrates our worship of God and expresses our love for all He loves.
As followers of Jesus we have
come to know and experience the
truth, Jesus, and the amazing grace
by which we were reconciled to
God – and out of love and gratitude
of course we share it with others.
Those followers who work
together through The Evangelical
Fellowship of Canada recently
agreed to a new mission statement
– “Uniting Evangelicals to bless
Canada in the name of Jesus.” This
statement fits with how so many
churches are finding creative and
innovative ways of expressing this
profound love to others, to bless
our neighbours in the name of our
Saviour and Lord, to be known by
our love and commitment to follow
in the way of Jesus.
And to increase the telling of
these stories, this month the EFC is
launching a French language maga-
zine called Vivre Sa Foi that tells of
people and church communities
bearing witness to Jesus in what is
arguably the most secular jurisdic-
tion in North America. They too
bear witness by caring for vulner-
able people in ways unique to their
contexts, and by becoming advo-
cates and addressing the issues that
bind and break so many.
May God give us courage and
strength, wisdom and grace, as we
reach into our communities as ambassadors of Christ and His Kingdom, speaking truth into the issues
of the day from the wisdom of the
Scriptures with love and grace, and
caring for vulnerable and hurting
people with the love by which Jesus
responded to us. /FT
the EFC is
in the resulting report, which
recommends two ways to limit
harm from pornography.
To mark the one-year
anniversary of the Syrian refugee
crisis, and the first 26,000
refugees who came to Canada,
the EFC published a series of
three blogs. How are they, now
more than 40,000, settling in?
What can churches do?
Read about these three topics
and more at www.TheEFC.ca/Blog.
EFC leaders convened and
participated in several regional
forums in March, bringing pastors
and church leaders together
to discern how God is leading
Evangelicals in Canada.
Locations included Calgary,
Alta.; Otterburne, Man.; and
Previous forums were held in
Toronto and Moncton. EFC leaders
are collecting feedback from
the discussions and preparing a
summary report for later this year.
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger
went to Germany recently for
international leadership meetings
of the World Evangelical Alliance.
Clemenger is a member of the
International Council of the WEA.
The EFC is one of 129 national
alliances that are members of
the WEA. Learn more about the
meetings at www.WorldEA.org.
Also on the global stage, the
EFC condemned the act of terror
in the United Kingdom on March
22, 2017, and asked for prayer for
the families of the victims and
the people of London. www.
New research on long-
The EFC and the Canadian
Missions Research Forum have
released Canadian Evangelicals
and Long-Term, Career Missions:
Calling, Sending and Training,
the second report in the
Canadian Evangelicals Missions
Engagement Study series. A total
of five reports in this series will
be released between now and
the summer. Download your free
copy at www.TheEFC.ca/CMRF.
Pray about porn report
A parliamentary committee is
now finalizing a study of the
social harm caused by easily
accessible, violent and degrading
sexual material online, with a
report expected by July 2017.
The EFC agreed on the need for
EFC community calendar
this study, made a submission
and is closely monitoring the
committee’s work. If done well, it
could lead to needed changes in
our society. See www.TheEFC.ca/
Building Our Whole Society:
Religion & Citizenship at Canada’s
150th, Ottawa, May 8–9
Seek the Peace of the City:
Exegeting Your Neighbourhood,
Vancouver, May 10–12
Refresh! Conference, Toronto,
National Prayer Breakfast, Ottawa,
History Maker Youth Conference,
Chilliwack, B.C., May 19–21
Overflo w Youth Conference,
Waterloo, Ont., May 19–21
to find out what’s new or to
publicize your own event.
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