Shortly after the 2016 Day of Encouragement (DOE), the planning/review team met and, after a great discussion, recommended that DOE be put on hiatus for at least one year. This recommendation was based on a number of factors including falling attendance (from more than 900 in 1999 to less than 250 in 2016), the fact that less than 20 of the attendees were under 30 years of age, and a strong sense that the event needs a major make-over.
So, while we recognize that the Ancaster Day of Encouragement (DOE) has been a blessing to many people for many years, we have decided that the DOE will be put on hold for at least one year during which we will re-evaluate, refocus and renew the vision of this event. This decision was made by the DOE committee consisting of Classical representatives, affirmed at the recent Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) strategic planning session, and ratified by the DMC board.
Being intentional about this process of reflection affords many exciting opportunities in the long-term: the potential of re-imagining the format, of establishing new partnerships and of reinvigorating this event. In the short term, however, it provides opportunities for regular attendees to participate in other events that are available to them.
Here are a few that we’d like to recommend:
Lots of conversations with deacons are being organized by our Diaconal Ministry Developers. Be sure to catch one of the following diaconal gatherings in your area. Don’t see one in your region? Contact your DMD to set one up or to arrange a meeting with your deacons.
April 20 – Drayton ON (Classis Huron)
April 22 – Woodstock ON (Classis Chatham) (When Helping Hurts)
Saturday, April 29, 2017 (all day)
Hebron Christian Reformed Church, Whitby, Ontario
Aimed to equip church leadership and deacons in ministering with families in church and community.
The theme is ‘Resilient Families: Walking Together through Every Generation’. Keynote speaker: Sara Pot.
Cost: $50 CAD
Visit www.crcna.org/disability for detailed information on the conference.
Burlington – Friday, April 28 9:30am–12:30pm
Compass Point Bible Church, 1500 Kerns Road
Toronto – Thursday, May 11 9:30am–12:30pm
People’s Church, 374 Sheppard Ave. E., Toronto
Grow your ministry teams and your impact! Join Dr. Steve Brown, President of Arrow Leadership in North America, as he guides you on a journey of discovering how better led teams can transform a church ministry. Come away with tools and practical aids to sharpen your skills as team leader, vision caster, delegator, recruiter and encourager. Help equip your ministry teams to serve with a greater level of oneness and effectiveness in accomplishing your mission.
Cost: $35/person (early rate of $25).
Mon, May 8, 7:00pm – Wed, May 10, 12:00pm
Mountainview CRC, Grimsby, Ontario – Live Site, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby, ON L3M 1P8
Drive Conference is for church leaders who are continually shifting gears to keep up with the demands of ministry. At Drive 2017, you’ll attend four main sessions, in which Andy Stanley will share his latest thoughts on leadership and ministry.
There will also be a variety of breakout sessions led by key communicators from North Point Ministries. These breakouts offer an opportunity to dive deep into ministry areas that interest you.
Mountainview CRC (Grimsby) is a remote site for live broadcast of the Drive Conference.
In addition to the main sessions, attendees can choose from a variety of break-out sessions, including:
Bursting the Bubble: Strategies to Engage the Community
Attracting a Generation That’s Leaving the Church
Cultivating a Worship Culture
Developing Leaders Who Lead Well
Recruiting and Developing Volunteers
Please visit the Mountainview CRC website for a full description of each breakout session. Join us as we stream the conference together.
Cost: $150/person (includes snacks, beverages and Tuesday lunch)
Saturday, May 27 – 9:00am-3:00pm
North Burlington Baptist Church – 1377 Walkers Line, Burlington, Ontario
Sent to Neighbour explores the calling to love our neighbours – what is it really all about and how do we really keep it?
Reflect on texts and contexts, share stories and explore postures and practices that empower us to embody ‘The Kingdom of God come near’ right where we live. Karen Wilk is a national team member for Forge Missional Training Network, and a missional leader developer and ordained pastor with the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Cost: Before May 6th – $30/person or $25/person with groups of 5+
After May 6th – $35/person or $30/person with groups of 5+
Thursday, August 3 (all day) to Saturday, August 5 (all day)
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
Inspire 2017 is a conference to connect people from across the Christian Reformed Church in North America’s 1,000+ churches for three days of practical workshops, engaging speakers, worship, and energizing conversation. Let’s gather to refresh, refocus, and re-imagine how our shared calling finds expression in our local communities and beyond. If you’re involved in ministry at any level in your church, this event is for you.
Cost: $50-72 US (use Discount Code ‘CANADA’)
Early registration discount in effect until April 1
Visit the Inspire 2017 website for additional information or to sign-up for email updates.