Fun is not normally an agenda item at a conference. It often gets put off to the side, relegated to the dustbin. Not so at the Anglican Mission in Canada’s National Conference. Front and center, on the very first day, was a scavenger hunt in the nearby town of Steveston, British Columbia. Before anything else—even before the first talk of the conference—attendees went off together to have fun.

_DSC7792a (1)At a conference with a focus on evangelism, setting aside time intentionally to have fun in community reflects the values of the Kingdom of God. This kind of Kingdom community is itself evangelistic, as Rev. Gavin Pate spoke about to close the conference. “Having [that] afternoon in Steveston to get to know several of the new leaders in the Mission and hear stories from their lives and ministries,” said Rev. John Cox, was “significant and enjoyable.”

The Anglican Mission in Canada’s National Conference was not merely an information download—one talk followed by another talk followed by packing up and heading home. It began with fun, with an afternoon in a nearby town in which love and relationships were kindled. This community continued into and through the entire time together. Those in attendance enjoyed a time of strengthening relationship and encouragement.

Tomorrow, we will be posting further the ministry community at the Anglican Mission in Canada’s National Conference through prayer and Holy Communion.

To see yesterday’s recap of the conference as a whole, click here.