Earlier in May, approximately one hundred guests from all over Canada gathered together at Richmond Emmanuel Church in Richmond, British Columbia, for the Anglican Mission in Canada’s National Conference. With a large contingent from the host church and their ministry to first- and second-generation Chinese immigrants, this conference, fittingly themed on evangelism to the ends of the earth, enjoyed significant cross-cultural influence.
The Rt. Rev. Philip Jones of All Saints Dallas and the Apostolic Vicar of the Anglican Mission was the keynote speaker, commenting on stewardship and grace. John Cox of Jericho Road Church in Port Alberni, British Columbia, commented that “his willingness to be transparent about his own faith journey, and his encouragement for us to grow in self-awareness was refreshing,” an appreciation reflected by many others in attendance.
Though lasting only a few days, the conference was full of teaching, fellowship, and joy. Claudia Jones shared some of her own story, and Kimberly Morrison and Rev. Jen Morgan and Rev. Kathy King together gave “TED-style” talks on Friday evening on their ministries and how they relate to evangelism. Finally, Rev. Gavin Pate of All Saints Dallas shared a message on Sunday morning from Acts 1 with a focus on the values of the Kingdom of God.
Clergy and laypeople from all over Canada appreciated the conference for much more than the insightful and
vulnerable teaching. Rev. Peter Klenner, of All Saints Community Church in White Rock, British Columbia, said, “The conference allowed us time to make new friends, talk about ministry, and share what the Lord is doing within The Mission Canada, and in our own personal lives.” Dave De Jong, the Administrator for the Mission Canada, was thankful towards the hosts at Richmond Emmanuel, and was greatly encouraged by the future: “I was blessed to see a new generation of leaders emerging and being released in the Mission, and by their desire to push the boundaries of where we’ve gone thus far as a Mission Society. The passion and sacrificial service that is evident in the ministries they are a part of was both challenging and inspiring to me and I think many others who attended this years’ conference.”
Over the next two days, Three Streams will be publishing on a couple of topics that joyfully challenged us from the Mission Canada’s National Conference.
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