Five minutes on Friday

Dear friends,

Our LPD Conference begins today!

  If you have registered, we thank you and look forward to seeing you! If not, you are welcome to attend any of the sessions, and if you would like to stay for lunch or dinner, please let us know.

 Here are highlights of the conference weekend:

 Our theme for conference is, “Living the Story” – living out the gospel message in our lives and churches. Here are some highlights!

 ·         Friday afternoon Ministerial— “Relating to Our Times.”

o   In session one, “How Am I Doing at Living the Story?”, I will be taking us through a look at the life of a pastor/ministry worker. There is a predictable pattern or cycle of a pastor’s ministry, that, if unchecked, will for many, inevitably lead to ineffectiveness in ministry and even cynicism in one’s faith. Let’s explore this together and seek to encourage one another towards faithfulness and effectiveness.   

o   In session two, “How Are We Doing at Living the Story?”, I will lead us in a look at our churches, and the experience of our people, especially our youth in hearing and living the gospel. We will consider the observations of Skye Jethani (“With”), who sees that evangelicals may have in fact “inoculated” people from the gospel.  After hearing from Jethani (via video) and a brief panel of pastors discussion, we will look at how we might encourage one another towards living the story more authentically as churches and as a movement.    

  ·         Friday Night Banquet –  with stories of God’s work in His LPD churches and church plants. Several of our co-workers will be sharing of God’s work through their ministries and churches.

  ·         Saturday Morning -  “Adjusting to Our Times”—making adjustments and course corrections in our churches. Steve Sharpe will be navigating us through a practical workshop on Steering our congregations towards living and sharing the Story – the gospel of Christ.  

  ·         Fellowship luncheon for pastors wives and women in ministry. During our informal lunch on Saturday, Karen Stewart and Christine Unruh will be hosting a time of fellowship and prayer for pastors wives and women in ministry. Women, please plan to join them for this time of encouragement, before

 We look forward to seeing you, and are thankful for your partnership in God’s work.

I am attaching a conference brochure for your info. It also has the times of the various sessions.

conference brochure 2014 – 5

 May God bless you and your ministry through this weekend. Please also remember to turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night – we wouldn’t want you to be late for church on !Sunday


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Have you changed lately?

Good Friday morning from the LPD,

I write to you on the morning of the Canada – USA gold medal Olympic hockey
game. With our ladies winning yesterday – let’s root for the men’s team

One of the most frequent comments I hear is about the difficulty of making
change in the local church. On one hand, we want our church to grow and to
thrive – on the other hand, we might not want it to change.

In a practical article, Carey Nieuwhof addresses these strange dynamics of
leading a church today. Here is a link:

LPD Conference on March 7,8…

*        theme is “Living the Story,”

Friday afternoon ministerial (open to all) – “Relating to our Times”

*        We will consider together how we are doing at living the Story,
both individually and corporately today

Friday evening dinner – “Reaching our Times” – dinner together and stories
of God’s work among us.

Saturday AM – teaching time, “Adjusting to our Times,” followed by our
annual meeting.

Please see the attached brochures for details! Hope to see you there!

LPD Conference Letter 2

God bless,


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Good Morning from LPD

Good morning friends,

 It is just four weeks until our district conference at Langley EFC – we look forward to seeing you, to learning together, and to sharing stories of God’s work among us. Please see the attached information, and also the Five Minutes on Friday, with news and prayer items from the LPD Family of Churches.

 Feb7, 2014 LPD Conference Letter 2 conference brochure 2014 – 5

This weekend, we will gather to give thanks for the life and ministry of Ken Lawrence on Saturday, and on Sunday, we will share in the installation of a new associate pastor. Jeremy (Lauren) Boehm at Central EFC in Courtenay.

 What are you preaching on this Sunday? Is your sermon exegetical, or is it eisegetical? It is a topical sermon, or are you preaching through a book of Scripture? In an interesting article, Don’t Undermine God’s Word,” Joe Mckeever asks some important questions about our preaching, and how we can unconsciously undermine God’s Word. He also provides suggestions as to how we can model and encourage our people to love and value God’s Word more. I would encourage you to read this, and to use it as a measure of your preaching this week – and in the weeks ahead. Here is the link:

 May God bless you and our ministry this weekend. We look forward to connecting with many of you at conference in 4 weeks.

 God bless,


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Good Morning from the LPD

Good morning friends,

 It is now just five weeks before our district conference. We look forward to seeing many of you, and to fellowshipping, learning and growing together.

 This morning, I head out to Trinity Western Seminary/ACTS to join John Auxier for the Joint Governance Council. Pray for us, as we seek to collaborate with our other denominational partners in shaping the future of ACTS.

 Please see the attached Five Minutes on Friday, with news and prayer items from our LPD churches and family, and also see the information on our upcoming conference.

  Jan 24, 2014 conference brochure 2014 – 5 LPD Conference Letter 2

God bless,


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