Rocky Balboa and 3 Ways to Start a Missionary Movement

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     Four years ago I started dreaming about church in a different kind of way. I tried to picture what it would look like if the people of God actually took on the identity of a missionary no matter where they were. What if the people of God actually died to themselves in order to serve others? What if they went to great and radical extremes to live differently so that the world would know we were God’s children? There were 2 people that I looked to the most as role models who were pioneering movements that were pursuing these things. One was Jeff Vanderstelt who started a Missional Community movement in Tacoma, Washington. The second was Hugh Halter doing something similar in Denver, Colorado. Both of these guys were putting action to many of thoughts I had around church. They were actually doing it! After “drinking all of their Kool-aid” I began to share and implement some of the things these guys were doing. 

     However, the more I shared the more I felt like I was the crazy one in the room (and lets be honest, I usually am). And believe me when I say I don't blame anyone who thinks of me as crazy or naive. Some of the stuff these guys propose require a complete paradigm shift in how one thinks about church and disciple making. I’d be lying though if I said I wasn’t disappointed in the reactions of many people I talked with. Not disappointed that they didn’t get it right away, because it takes time, but their lack of desire to even try. Which always left me walking away asking “If we know the current church model is failing more and more to affect North American culture, why would you not want to change? Why would you not want to try something new?” Then something changed for me this year. 

     In the span of two months I’ve had the privilege of bringing one of my pioneering heroes, Hugh Halter, to Atlantic Canada, not once… but twice! At one of the events we had close to 180 people. At the second event even we had close to 60 people with their teams digging in to what it means to shift their missional paradigm.  I mention this not to name drop (lets be honest I am a little) but I mention it because of the hope it brought to my heart. For years I have felt alone and then to see this many people from various age groups, denominations, and church backgrounds hungry for a new way of engaging our culture as missionaries gave me hope for a new day in Atlantic Canada. Many people from those two conferences expressed a strong willingness to change but had a lack of knowledge on how to do so.  Many people were asking “Where do I even start?”.  Whether you attended or not here are three ways (adapted from Todd Morr) you can start to change the culture of your church to a disciple-making, missionary focused one. Be warned, these are not easy and do take patience and time… but trust me its worth it. 

 

1. You Need New Language//  Our language is one way to identify what we truly believe. Until our language changes we will continue to live in the paradigm of a church model that is ineffective. We need to begin to train our people how to speak differently.  For example, I annoy my family and Rooftop friends for a lot of different reasons, and one of those reasons is my incessant correction of phrases such as, “It’s time for church”, “Lets go to church”, or “When are we having church”? Instead, I insist, “We are not going to church, we are the church”. I know for a fact that some of you are even now rolling your eyes as you read this. Stay with me.  If God’s people don’t see themselves as the Church who are sent by God as witnesses in their every day rhythms, but just view church as a place, what happens? Who do they go to when their friends need Jesus? Who do they go to when they think of a new initiative for their neighbourhood? Who do they expect to run it? Who do they go to go to get their only taste of God’s truth in a week? Who do they go to when their co-workers marriage falls apart? Should I keep going? They go to the pastor. And if the pastor attempts to do all these things for every member of a whole congregation, you and I both know he/she could not possibly keep up with it all in an effective way. If everyone in your congregation truly saw themselves as the Church no matter where they go, and believe that they have the ability to do “stuff for God” too, imagine how that would change everything? Language matters. A new language can lead to a new identity and a new identity usually leads to new action. 

What language needs to change in your context? What could radically change in your ministry if people began to speak a new language that led to new action? 

 

2. You Need New Stories// We all know stories are powerful. We all know they cut right to our hearts and they capture us. Many times they inspire us and push us to consider things we have never considered before. Why do you think Jesus was the master story teller? He too recognized the importance of stories. I think a lot of times we get in the habit of telling the same stories. These are the stories of program launches, new building initiatives, the number of people we have attending our churches. These stories, while at times appropriate, do not inspire myself and I’m guessing others to live as a missionary where I live, work and play. We need new stories. A great story that I hope most of you have seen are the Rocky Balboa films. These are great stories because they hit you ‘in your humanity’. I’ll never forget when I first saw Rocky and (spoiler alert), Rocky loses! The main character loses! But the story wasn’t about him winning or losing but about the journey and dedication to even get to that point. People celebrated with Rocky in the end because he got further than anyone ever expected, “ADRIAAAAN!” … sorry… had to. Imagine if we told more “Rocky stories”? What if the new stories were about the victories, AND failures of people journeying with God to be a missionary to their neighbour? I think we need more stories of failure. If we only tell stories of victories we will always give people the impression that they have to be perfect in everything. So lets tell new stories of how someone tried a new way to engage their neighbourhood and it failed miserably! Lets tell more stories of how awkward it was to invite our co-worker over for a board game or BBQ! Win or lose, let us celebrate the journey God has put us on to be disciple-makers and let us tell these new stories with our new language.

What new stories do your people need to hear? How can your story telling times inspire and motivate people to claim their missionary identity?

3. You Need New Experiences//  Oftentimes I forget how little the 12 disciples knew. I forget they were young, apprehensive men who were told to go do things they had no idea how to tackle. Jesus only hung out with them for only 3 years. Think about how short of a time that is! Now think of all things He SENT them out to do without him around pre- and post- resurrection? These were new experiences for the disciples. They were doing things that were not part of their tradition. If anything they were seen as doing things that were in complete conflict with their tradition.  It was in the front lines of mission that we see the famous 12 only begin to wrap their minds around what it meant to go and make more disciples. How often do we create large nurseries for immature disciples rather than pushing them out of the nest and helping them grow into maturity? We will continue to grow adult babies if we don’t encourage new experiences. The best way to do this is not by providing them more Sunday School classes but by giving opportunities for new experiences that involve ‘getting their hands dirty’ on mission. 

Examples could be to divide people into their geographical neighbourhoods and challenge them to throw a block party in their neighbourhood. Maybe some people have never ever served the poor and homeless and once a month get them to walk the streets and pass out coffee. Challenge your people to invite one non-Christian over for a meal, not to do any preaching or saving but with a simple agenda of just getting to know them. Or have people go through our 30 day neighbourhood challenge (cbacyf.ca/1month). Get people to meet and identity each neighbour who lives around their house and make it a routine to pray for them daily. Get people to identify an individual’s need in their neighbourhood/work place and actually meet it. 

Lets not forget that Jesus had many disciples when he started, and the more they were thrown into experiences where they actually had to follow Him… well… lets just say not everyone stuck around. *Heart check* Is the reason why you don’t create new experiences because you don't know how or because you don't want to lose people (even though Jesus did)? 

What new experiences can you create to help people get out of the nest? As you think of your people, what experiences can you create for the novice to the navy seal? Are you willing and able to take the hit? How can you incorporate your new language, and use your new stories to celebrate these new experiences? 

 

My desire is that you start somewhere. Don’t do all of these at one, but just do one of them to start. These take time and patience and there will be times where you will fail as a leader implementing these. Lets not shy away from those failures but rather shout out to Adrian and celebrate the journey we are on. Because if there is one thing I know about the future of the church and the rapid change of culture… we can’t go back. Go get ’em Rocky! 

Is Missional Just Another Buzzword?

As we continue to challenge churches to “Join God in our neighbourhoods” can I tell you a BIG fear that is keeping me awake at night?

Well first, let me back up a little. This #1neighbourhood vision was always supposed to be a movement, a movement of people joining God's work in the places they live, work, study and play. The challenge is “Will you join God in changing Atlantic Canada one neighbourhood at a time?”

Here is my big fear for our churches and Christians – that we are just slapping the term “missional” (or the hastag #1neighbourhood in our CBAC context) on top of what already doing and saying “sure” we are already doing it!

Before we just go slapping the buzzword “missional” onto everything, let me explain it a little more.

Missio Dei is a theological term meaning “the sending of God”, we have a God who takes the initiative to redeem His creation. God comes to us and seeks us out.
We have a sending God, who sent His Son, who sent His Spirit, and who sends His people into the world, to redeem the world and reconcile all things. “As the Father has sent me,” Jesus said, “even so I am sending you” (John 20:21).

Jesus came preaching and demonstrating that the Kingdom of God is breaking into our world here and now. Jesus demonstrated the good news to those around him, even to people that didn’t believe in Him. Jesus came bringing justice, liberation, healing, and reconciliation (see Luke 4:16-21).
Now through His people (Christians), we are supposed to continue to be a demonstration of this same good news – through us the confused are loved, the broken-hearted are cared for, justice is advocated for, forgiveness is extended… And I’m not talking about demonstrating these things to other Christians, I’m talking about showing the good news to non-Christians in this way.

In the incarnation, God sent Jesus. Similarly, we are sent into the world, we don’t expect people to come to us, we are the sent ones, on mission. This is a going out ourselves, getting into our fishing boats and spending lots of time in the water, in the culture. This is not shining our light from the hilltop and expecting people to come to us, this is us being sent into our world. In our culture today, we need more Christians going out every day in fishing boats.

Missional means joining God’s work in the world…every…single…day. Everyday. You. Me. Alone. In our groups. With other Christians.
We are a taste of the Kingdom of God here and now.
We are the aroma of Christ to those that don’t know him yet.
We are the picture of the telos (telos is a great word, meaning "the ending, the end purpose of everything, God's ultimate vision for the Kingdom") for people and neighbourhoods.
Yet people can’t taste, smell and see this foretaste of the Kingdom of God if we are not out in the world, if we hide in our Christians huddles, and hide in our buildings. We are to demonstrate, to embody, to “incarnate” the good news of God’s Kingdom of peace, healing, justice, and reconciliation now.
Through us people are supposed to get a real taste & see experience of God’s inbreaking Kingdom, the “already” of the Kingdom started by Jesus, and continued by His Spirit in and through us, His people.

Do you see why I don’t want to just slap “missional” as a buzzword onto what we are already doing?

Missional is not a program. Missional is a way of life. God is on mission, and God has invited us, Christians, into that mission every day. This is joining God every day on mission in the places we live, work, study, and play. Which is going to require us living differently and making sacrifices. Missional is the church seeing itself as a foretaste of the coming full Kingdom of God. The church seeing itself as the sent people of God joining God’s mission in the world, outside the walls of the physical church building. Missional is moving outward into the culture, into non-Christians lives.

The #1neighbourhood vision, in a nutshell, is asking churches and Christians “Will you join God in changing Atlantic Canada one neighbourhood at a time?”
We want every Christian and every church to be able to answer – how are you being tangible good news to your neighbours? How is your neighbourhood better and being blessed because you are there? We literally think Christians should regularly be blessing non-Christians with their generosity, acts of service, kindness, listening, fellowship, fun…

Here’s where my fear comes up. We’re just slapping “missional” onto what we are already doing because I think we, as churches, have really lost the art and skills of knowing how to move outward towards the culture, towards the lost sheep, in a way that doesn’t scare the sheep! We just really like our sheep pens, and we've made them mighty comfortable for us, our little huddle of sheep. Get out of the sheep pen!

Jesus did it. Jesus, who was the only One who walked this earth without sin, and yet ordinary people, even “sinners” felt the most accepted, loved, welcomed and embraced by Jesus. Jesus was even accused of being a drunkard, glutton, and friend of sinners (Luke 7:34). You only get that reputation by hanging out with stinky sheep outside of the pen.  

We (our churches) like to say, “Sure, we’re missional, we are trying to reach our community, we…”
-put a sign out front
-have a community dinner now and then
-had an outreach service
-do a soup kitchen once a month
-let community groups use our building (for a fee and when we're not there ourselves)
-send money to others doing mission

It is not that these are bad things, they have their time and place. 
It is that these things don't personally involve you in God's mission and with connecting, blessing and building relationships with non-Christians in your community.

Here’s the problem with the above list. We are still expecting people to come to us.
Stop it.
That’s not their job.
God doesn’t say build the biggest, best boat and they’ll come to you.
We have flipped it around. It’s not “Build it and they will come.” Or even (for all my Baptist friends) “Feed them and they will come. It is “Go into all the world…”
God calls us to be fishers of people, to go into the world.
Our job is as the sent ones. We are to go out into the community, build connections with our neighbours, bless our neighbours, be a demonstration of good news to our neighbours.
Build real relationships with non-Christians around you.

The same goes for our denomination (CBAC), this can’t just be a tagline – it has to change how we equip leaders, how we equip churches, what we celebrate, where we put our resources, how we “send out” missionaries right here in our backyard...

If we just slap “missional” onto what we are already doing, or even just add another program, that changes nothing – it doesn’t change us and it doesn’t change our community.
Instead, what would it look like for you to go into the community to bless others, with no thought of return.

The posture is different. Rather than resting on being one of the sheep and enjoying the sheep pen, taking a missional posture is intentionally befriending the lost, bewildered, confused, and forgotten sheep. Then give them a taste of God’s generosity and goodness through you.

Seriously who is one person you know, that is not a follower of Jesus, you can bless this week.
Go be good news to them, start there.
Start being a demonstration of God’s good news.
Trust me, the “word” part of the good news will come, in time. I’ve seen it again and again, when we demonstrate the Gospel, God is faithful and He brings Himself up in conversation, at the right time.

The choice is up to you really. “Missional” CAN be just another buzz word, or it can transform you and your neighbourhoods. 

So here is a challenge for you:

  • As an individual - Who is one non-Christian you can bless in some tangible way? How? Do it within the next 7 days.
  • As a group (either a group of Christian friends, others trying to be more missional, small group, family, youth group, kids ministry…) - Who is one (or a group of) non-Christians you can bless in some tangible way? How? Do it within the next 14 days.
  • As a church -  Who is one (or a group of) non-Christians you can bless in some tangible way? How? Do it in the next 30 days.

It is really important these blessings are directed towards non-Christians. We’re pretty good at taking care of other Christians this way, but we’re terrible at blessing non-Christians in this way, to whom we are to be demonstrating the Gospel.

Hope this helps.
-Renée
@r_embree
@cbacyf
#1neighbourhood

Smartly including smart phones

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I received a great question from a leader the other day – What do you do with smart phones during youth group?!?! And even during kids’ ministry these days? Really, we could ask this question for all ages in the church, couldn’t we?

For generation Z (born ~1996 to 2014) they’ve ALWAYS grown up being connected. They have no idea the pain of the screeches, squawks, and slowness of the dial-up days. They’ve never been told “Look it up in the encyclopedia.” For generation Z smart phones have accurately been described as another appendage of the body, like a third hand. It is always there and is a tool you can use going through every day. No wonder we hear such protest when we try to take their smart phone away – it’s like ripping off their hand!

How could you engage smart phone smartly in your youth, kids and adult ministry? Here are a few suggestions and it’d be great to hear your ideas in the comments!

1.  Step away from the phone – It is good to model and teach that we can and should disengage from our phones at times. Go ahead and ask everyone to put their cell phone in a bucket for certain stretches of time – maybe during small group when you want them engaging with others around the circle, perhaps during a special retreat, or maybe during a talk. Model and teach healthy disengagement from our phones. Teach people to say “I am the master of my smart phone. I control it and it serves me. Smart phone, you are not my master, you do not control me!” Talk openly about addiction to phones, social media and what it does to our self-image, relationship with others and understanding of God. Talk openly about how we can be masters of our phones and social media, instead of our phones and social media mastering us.

2.  Invite people to engage with Bible apps – YouVersion Bible App is a popular one, containing lots of different Bible translations, devotional plans and ways to make your own notes. They also have a kids Bible App version that is fantastic. During activities and services at church encourage people to use these apps when you are looking things up in the Bible. The more we get people familiar with these apps the more likely they’ll be to use them on their own. We could even bring back the old sword drills – where the leader yells out a Bible verse and we see who can look it up the fastest. See if those using the Bible app or paper Bibles can look it up faster! Teach people how to find things in the Bible. There are also lots of other great apps to help in our Christian walk. Last year I tried out a new one called “pray as you go” that added freshness to my daily rhythms.

3.  If you can’t beat them, join them - Get people to engage the material you are presenting using polls and multiple choice questions on their smart phones. You can use websites to build your own questionnaires or polls and then get the audience to answer using their phones. Two sites I’ve used for this are: https://getkahoot.com/ and https://www.polleverywhere.com/
I’ve also used the polling feature on Facebook.

4. Invite people to use social media during program/service - Invite people to tweet or text their answer to questions you pose, their questions, or prayer requests while you are talking. At the end, leave some time to look up what people said and share any questions and comments that would be appropriate and helpful for the whole group to hear.
During a recent lecture series, the Simpson Lectures, we had a live on-line chat, where people were commenting and asking questions while the lecture was happening. Personally, I found it enriched the experience for me greatly. It also connected me more with others listening to the lectures than usually happens when we attend an event and all just sit in rows listening. Why not allow people this option live? For some, it will enrich the experience and engage them more fully in the content of your teaching/preaching. I’ve used this in teaching – where I put my twitter handle up on the screen and ask everyone to tweet me their answer to a question, or the commitment they are making in response to the teaching that day.

5.  Stay connected – Encourage people to use their phones to keep their group connected during the week. Groups (small groups, life groups, youth groups, Sunday School classes…) can set up various options – group texting, a facebook group, snapchat group chat etc. Encourage groups to take a picture of their small group and even put it as the background picture on their phone for a week to remember to pray for one another. Groups could agree to work through the same Bible app devo and keep track of how it’s going for each other through the week via the app.

If we are going to join God in our neighbourhoods today, it IS going to involve smart phones!

How else do you smartly include smart phones at church? Please add your comments below.

-Renée
@r_embree
@cbacyf
#1neighbourhood

How do you decide what to talk about? For sermons, devotionals or children’s stories

I was speaking recently to a group of youth leaders and children’s leaders that were feeling the heavy pressure of having to decide week after week what to talk about in their ministry. They were feeling desperate to have something fresh, new, engaging and relevant each week.
This is a lot of pressure for any preacher or teacher.
They wanted to know the nuts and bolts of how to decide what to preach, week after week.

So here is some advice from the trenches:

1. Pray
God is faithful, He’s got something for you and His people, His creation. He’s got a word for us. Therefore, pray God would highlight what word you are to share. Tell God you will be faithful to share what He shows you.
Ask yourself these questions:
What’s God been highlighting to you in His Word?
What’s God teaching you or revealing to you that you could share?
What’s God highlighting about “your” people and their needs, their dreams, their reality and how does God want to speak His love and truth into this?

2. Ask the people what they want to talk about
This can lead to engaging sermons and devos! Put out a question box for people to anonymously share their questions and topics they want to see addressed, use a survey (e.g. survey monkey) to poll your audience, ask them for ideas and get them to write them down and put them in the offering plate, get them to share ideas with you on social media, in small groups and one-on-one ask them what they want to see addressed during services, youth group or kids’ ministry.

3. Involve others
Behind the scenes - invite the other leaders around you (volunteer, paid or from other churches/ministries) to share their creative ideas, their insight to topics, articles they’ve read and ask them what needs they see in your kids, students, families, and community. In addition, share the microphone, allow leaders to take turns preaching and teaching, invite students to try out speaking with support from you. You don’t own the microphone, you are a steward of the microphone.

4. Look at culture
Look at the issues, news, local events and media around you. What are people Instagram-ing about? What are current music and TV shows saying about the longings, desires, and hearts of people? How can you speak God’s love and perspective into these current happenings and longings?
One my favourite things to do with youth and kids is to take a popular song and help them think it through in terms of how it lines up with God’s Word and God’s ways.
Another idea is to use the international justice and celebration days for topics – International Women’s Day, Universal Children’s Day, Black History Month, National Aboriginal Day…

5. Have a plan
Having a schedule for your sermon/devos series greatly helps. It takes a lot of the pressure off because you know what it coming ahead of time – in terms of the upcoming Bible passages and topics. This allows you time to gather ideas, resources, background information, and your thoughts. I find just knowing what is coming up for a sermon/devo series allows my mind to be percolating on the Scripture and topic. My mind will often turn it over while I’m out on a run or when a surfing through social media and I see a quote or article that relates to the topic. I have a document where I gather and save those ideas ahead of time.

Make sure to keep track, over time, of the topics and Scriptures you’ve covered to ensure you’re not getting stuck on your “pet” topics or Scriptures.
In the high school ministry where I served the leaders and I, after much discussion, came up with seven bedrock areas we want to make sure our students were solid in by the time they graduated from high school. On a spreadsheet, I kept track of those seven areas – each time a devo was given I’d check off which of those seven areas it fit into, so I could make sure we were actually covering all seven areas well. I also kept track of which Bible passages we were covering to make sure we were giving students a good, solid overview of Scripture.

In addition, don’t be afraid of using a kids’, youth or even church-wide curriculum. You can find some curriculum recommendations from Atlantic Canadian leaders here, click on the “give me some curriculum” button: http://cbacyf.ca/resources/. In these curriculum people have already done the work of decided the topics and thinking through a scope and sequence for you. Here’s a previous blog on how to select good curriculum for your context: http://cbacyf.ca/oneneighbourhood/2015/09/10/which-one-selecting-curriculum

Bonus - Two really quick preaching tips…

1.  Understandable – make sure your language and explanations are understandable to someone who doesn’t know Jesus and is unfamiliar with the faith. I remember one night at youth group a kid responding in shock and horror because I said the name “Jesus Christ.” This young man had only ever heard those two words as a swear word, so I had to explain I wasn’t swearing and took the time to explain Jesus a little more. God wants to use you to reach people that don’t know Him, so start using language and explanations that will make sense to someone that knows nothing about church, the Bible, and God.

2. Application - All our teaching and preaching should help people see God more clearly and know how to join God in their lives – internally, externally, individually and communally. The goal is to allow God’s Sprit to transform peoples’ lives, it is to help them not just be hearers of the word, but doers of the word. Please make sure all your sermons and devos help people with the application. In other words, having heard you message, answer the questions – “So what? What difference will it make to my life and to those around me tomorrow? How will this change how I live?”

I always have “joining God in our neighbourhoods” in mind as I prepare, and ask "How will this help people join God in their lives?"

Hope this helps.
-Renée
@r_embree
@cbacyf
#1neighbourhood 

5 Reasons I love Tidal Impact

As I post this blog today I’m on the ferry on my way to check out some more of the plans and spots for Tidal Impact 2017! I'm a little excited!

What’s Tidal Impact? It is teenagers joining forces to impact neighbourhoods in Atlantic Canada. It is a mission trip that takes place right here in our own backyard. In 2017 teams will be coming from all over to impact Bridgewater and Halifax, Nova Scotia July 22 to 29.

Here are 5 reasons why I love tidal impact:

1.  Mission is right here, right now – as followers of Jesus we are called to join God’s mission in the world every day, wherever we are. Tidal Impact takes place in Atlantic Canada blessing our neighbours right here and training teenagers on how to join God right here. Mission does not just take place some place far away, mission happens when we join God in the places we live, work, study and play every day. Tidal Impact opens us to the opportunities to join God right here, right now.

2.  Mission happens through the local church – we believe that the local church is the hope of the world (to quote Bill Hybels.) We believe each church in a local community is a mission hub, lighthouse, and fishing boat to its neighbourhoods. Tidal Impact happens through local churches planted in neighbourhoods. Each local church decides how to best put their Tidal Impact team to work during the mornings SO THAT the team can boost the ministry and blessing the church has already begun in the community. The local church will continue the connections and ministry after the Tidal Impact team is gone, the team just acts as an encouragement and accelerator to the local churches efforts to join God in their neighbourhoods.

3. Showing the Gospel – through Tidal impact our neighbours get to see a glimpse of God’s kindness to them. They get to see a glimpse of God’s Gospel of grace at work. Teenagers spend the whole week serving – painting murals, removing graffiti, doing building projects, making trails, removing garbage, leading children’s programs, handing out thank yous to those who serve our community, hosting sports camps, collecting for the food bank… The teens spend the evenings at rallies, growing in their relationship towards Jesus. There is something about seeing the Gospel demonstrated in action through their peers, and then hearing about Jesus at night, that makes the message of the Gospel collide in peoples’ hearts. It creates a fresh openness to Jesus in the participating teenagers and in our communities. People, perhaps especially today, need to see and experience a taste of the Gospel before they are ready to hear more about the Gospel.

4. Going beyond the week – after the last tidal impact I had students nagging me with the question “Why can’t Tidal Impact be every day? Why don’t we do this all the time?” And of course, my answer was “You can” – this IS how we are called to live every day in our schools, homes, workplaces, teams… I’ve also had students come back from Tidal Impact with the drive to start something new that connects with their friends and neighbours. Some students have come back and held their own food drive for their local food banks. Some students have come back and started “Alpha” in their schools, a program that gives people a safe, welcoming space to explore Jesus. During the Tidal Impact week we’ve add an afternoon called “Dive deeper” which is designed to help students think about and begin practicing listening for God’s voice and following God’s nudges beyond the week of Tidal Impact.

5.  Power of team – we were never meant to do the Christian life alone. There is something powerful about seeing 900+ people serving Bridgewater and Halifax together, worshipping together, and in community together for the week. It is a strong reminder that we are not alone, there are others seeking to join God in their neighbourhoods, schools, homes… Think of the teen that comes from a church where they are the only person under 50! It is powerful to see that there ARE many other teenagers serving Jesus! The power of team is also a reason I’m super excited one of the Tidal Impact locations for 2017 is Bridgewater, along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Simply because of geography and population demographics churches and communities along the South Shore can feel forgotten and alone. I can’t wait to see Tidal Impact teenagers all along the South Shore blessings people, churches, and communities and showing them that they are NOT forgotten. Another reason I’m stoked Tidal Impact will be on the South Shore is their white sand beaches are more spectacular than Florida! I’m also excited the other 2017 Tidal Impact location is Halifax – which is the largest city in Atlantic Canada, it’s full of life, diversity, challenges and opportunities. Halifax churches are looking forward to hosting teams that will help them connect with their neighbours. They too need to know they are not alone in joining God in the neighbourhood.

This video will give you a glimpse of the impact Tidal Impact can make…

Wherever you are in Canada we’d love to have you come and join in Tidal Impact.
You can find out more and can register as either a host or visiting church for Tidal Impact at cbacyf.ca/tidalimpact
Host churches are those in the Halifax and Bridgewater areas. Visiting churches are any other groups.

Joining God in our neighbourhoods
-Renée
@r_embree
@cbacyf
#1neighbourhood