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The 2015 Plan

February 6, 2015

This post was originally posted on ConvergeChurch.ca and has been archived here.


Hey Family and Friends,

I wanted to write a post summarizing what I spoke about at the end of my sermon from Luke 12:13-34 that I preached on February 2nd, 2015 titled Obey Jesus: Guard Against Greed.

You may be aware that Converge was struggling financially last year and wondering where we’re at with all that now. In what was a turning point for our church, I preached my first sermon on giving and stewardship titled “God is Generous” and we began the journey together of seeing our giving as an act of worship.

By God’s grace, through some good godly coaching, prayer, study and a few meetings, we’ve been able to work out a plan for 2015 that will enable us to be more effective at what God is calling us to. Below are 3 big news items that you need to know about.

What the 2015 Plan will accomplish

The plan for 2015 is 100% in the Lord’s hands and by God’s grace, it will help us to accomplish:

  • Increased ability to do ministry in reaching the lost of Campbell River
  • More opportunities for equipping the church for the works of ministry
  • Balanced budget going into 2016
  • It will mean more effective ministry in our STRATEGIES (Gatherings, Communities and Leadership Development)
  • Which means we will be fulfilling our MISSION to make disciples of Jesus.
  • And we will begin to realize our VISION to see “gospel saturation in the everyday life of every life in Campbell River and beyond.”

3 Components

  1. Partnership with the C2C Network & Fellowship Pacific
    • Some of you know one of the FEB Pacific leaders was sitting on our board since the early days, and he has since taken a position as a full-time pastor in a church in Surrey…the C2C Network has stepped in and one of their guys is now sitting on our board providing input and wisdom as we seek to do what God calls us to.
    • Both groups have looked favourably on our budget & plan for 2015 and want to help get there through prayer and financial support and their wisdom.
    • We will be receiving a grant from both C2C and FEB Pacific as a result of their partnership for church planting.
    • Their donation to Converge Church will help us recover from the deficit that we have been experiencing.
    • As a start in the right direction, we will be donating to each of these groups a small amount each month increasing it as is feasible until at the beginning of 2016, we come off of support from them and we begin to return the favour financially with a long term partnership to see churches planted all across Canada.
  2. Benny will be taking the C2C Church Planter Apprenticeship Assessment at the beginning of March.
    • They will give him prescriptions and recommendations that, Lord willing, we will be able to provide the learning environment for him and he will stay with us for an unknown amount of time as well as continue his studies as an Immerse Student.
    • This is all in God’s hands.
  3. Increased giving from you.
    • Finally, we are asking all of you who currently give to Converge as well as those of you who do not give to increase your generosity in 2015.
    • The hope is that at the end of every quarter, we will see an increase of $250/mo.. Not from each person, but from everyone as a whole group. Click on the graph below to see a clear picture.
    • 2015 giving increaseWe realize this is a big “ask,” but believe it is feasible and responsible. For some of you, giving more means  sacrificing, for others, it might not be that difficult at all. But all of us in Converge have been challenged.

 

Being Rich Toward God

We were challenged in the message from Feb 2 to be “rich toward God.” Being rich toward God means stewarding well all that he’s entrusted us with—time, talents and treasure.

As always, the best way to give to the growth of gospel through Converge is through our website at convergechurch.ca/give. Please take the time to set up a recurring weekly or monthly donation (you can cancel it at anytime).

Meet Trevor

December 18, 2014

This post was originally posted on ConvergeChurch.ca and has been archived here.


trevor provost baptism

Meet Trevor Provost. He’s makes a living as a journeyman carpenter, volunteers his time and expertise to our local search and rescue and is a vital part of our Converge Church family. He’s married to Natasha, and together they have a son named Ryder.

There’s more to his story, and we want you to hear about it, so recently I sat down with my friend and just asked him a few questions.

Pastor Mark: So, what exactly do you specialize in with Search & Rescue?

Trevor: I’m a Rope Rescue team leader, Mountain Rescue team leader, and I’m also in charge of all the training with ropes for our SAR group. I’m also on the CDFL team.

(If you don’t know what CDFL is, you should watch this clip. Not a job for the faint of heart, but it looks extremely fun!)

Pastor Mark: So, you got baptized last summer! Tell me the story of how you go to that place of wanting to get baptized.

Trevor: I always sorta thought baptism was like this “look at me, I’m such a good Christian” kinda thing when I was younger, and that repelled me. I didn’t like that idea and didn’t think thats what it was all about. It took me quite a while to come to terms with why I would want to get up in front of a bunch of people because I don’t like being the centre of attention in the first place. But its not about me. That’s the realization that I came to. Its about Jesus, its about being reborn, its a symbol of being reborn and its a thing to celebrate!

Pastor Mark: That’s awesome! So what’s God doing in your life right now?

Trevor: He’s challenging me in many ways in my personal life, particularly with how I serve and how I rest… I had been feeling very overwhelmed with work, with all the volunteer work I was doing as well as with everything I do in my home as a father and a husband. And I said to one of my friends that I remembered a story in the Bible of two sisters: one who was sitting at the feet of Jesus and another who was working in the kitchen. [Mary & Martha in Luke 10:38-42] I hadn’t read that for a long time, but I told my friend that I kinda felt like I was the one in the kitchen working too hard…and not getting to listen to the Word of God as much as I would like to… So I decided that it was time to dig into that story and read all about that. In that story, Jesus basically said to Martha that her heart wasn’t in the right spot. Don’t get me wrong. I love serving. Its part of being a Christian and part of my identity, but I just felt like I needed to study more and remember who I am in Christ. I’m still a work in progress.

Pastor Mark: Yes. As am I.

One of the things we learn as followers of Jesus is that the Christian life is less about being busy doing good things and more about truly knowing our new identity in Christ and resting in that. We get to worship God by doing the good things that he calls us to (Ephesians 2:10), but out of a heart that is motivated by the grace and forgiveness of God, not out of compulsion.

Trevor and Natasha (who also volunteers with SAR and is a certified SAR Dog trainer) were baptized last summer at McIvor Lake near Campbell River, BC. They both serve in hospitality, tow the trailer & set up the gatherings as well as teach in Converge Kids. Their son Ryder is a blessing to our family.

We love you Trevor, Natasha & Ryder!

trevor and natasha provost baptism

5 Daily and 5 Weekly Questions for a Disciple of Jesus

December 4, 2014

This post was originally posted on ConvergeChurch.ca and has been archived here.

(As a part of our ongoing desire to communicate well, we will be adding a blog post at least every other week starting in 2015. I thought it’d be good to get started early and post something I’ve found helpful in my own personal walk with Christ.)

phone_calendarHere are 5 questions any disciple of Jesus can ask themselves as they start their day. Personally, I make it really easy and add these types of things into my reminders on my iPhone (or on my calendar) and set an alert. There’s also 5 questions to ask at more of a weekly rhythm.

The goal with this is not to push meaningless religiosity on you, but rather to sincerely invite you to test your heart and step up to the challenge of pursuing faith-in-action as you mature as a follower of Jesus.

(FYI: These were given to me from our friends at Soma. I’ve adapted it a bit and passed it on to you. It is my prayer that it serves you well.)

 

Daily Questions:

  1. How does Jesus want me to live today motivated by the amazing truth of who he is and what he’s done for me? (Reflect on the 4 Gospel Questions – Who is God? What has he done? Who am I in light of that? How do I live in light of that?)
  2. How does Jesus want me to live out my identity today as his missionary? …as his servant? …as a member of his family?
  3. How does Jesus want me to live in a rhythm of dependence today upon the Holy Spirit that he has given to be my helper, helping me bear his fruit throughout the day?
  4. How does Jesus want me to be a faithful steward today of all the good gifts, relationships, opportunities, and resources he has blessed me with?
  5. How does Jesus want me to pursue purity and holiness today, as I seek his help to flee temptation and go to him with a humble and repentant heart when I fail?

 

Weekly Questions:

  1. How can I spend my time this week for Jesus’ purposes? (At work, at home, in my neighborhood…)
  2. How can I steward my money and resources this week for Jesus’ purposes? (Who should I bless? How? How often?)
  3. How can I work, rest, recreate, eat, celebrate, learn, worship, and pray this week for Jesus’ purposes?
  4. Who does Jesus want me to love, serve, and demonstrate the gospel to this week?
  5. Who does Jesus want me to proclaim the gospel to this week? How? What?

 

Reflection:

Backward: Have I been obedient to these realities this past week?

Forward: How can I grow in obedience to these realities in the coming week?

Pray Together

November 27, 2014

This post was originally posted on ConvergeChurch.ca and has been archived here.


2 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs us to “pray without ceasing.”

As a church, we regularly pray in all our gatherings, formal and informal, and now we’re making space for us to gather for a committed time of prayer as a Converge Church family on a monthly basis (the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm).

Why Pray?

Because God is our Father, and we are his adopted children and we get to address him as “Daddy”. Because Jesus is our King and we are his servants who love to honour him and celebrate his work to save us from sin. Because the Holy Spirit has sent us as missionaries to the people we live among here in Campbell River and the surrounding area.

Prayer is our own basic expression of trust in God and it is simultaneously a submission to the reality that we have a need for him, and an invitation to him to do the work of changing us.

What can I expect?

It will be organized. We’ll have time for personal prayer, prayer for whole church topics, scripture readings, a few songs, as well as breaking into smaller groups.

Lets pray together.

Check the calendar for when the next prayer meeting is.

I’ve moved.

November 11, 2014

Converge ChurchHey!

Thanks for following my blog and keeping up on the things that I’ve been up to!

As you may know, I haven’t posted here in a long time, and soon I’ll be writing weekly or every-other-week over at our church’s website & blog.

Please keep posted to http://www.convergechurch.ca to keep up on it all.

To subscribe to the Converge Church blog feed there, click here.

Grace & peace,

Mark Myles

He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

August 21, 2013

It was my birthday yesterday, and I did up a little video message for you.

 

Text:

I’m 33 today…I’ve been making noise on this 3rd rock from the sun for 12,053 days.

Not sure about you, but the question I always think about at New Years and funerals and on my birthday is whether or not my 33 years have made an significant impact and how I can make a better impact in this coming year.

I’m not getting any younger, and if I live to be as old as my grandfather Snow, most of my life has already been lived. In fact, Jesus himself died at my age.

Which brings me to the main point that I’d like to make today on my birthday, so spare me a moment and hear me out.

The POINT is Jesus.

2000 years ago, he didn’t JUST give us some good teachings, he wasn’t JUST a pretty nice guy, he didn’t have JUST a few people follow him around…NO. He had so big an effect on history that our calendar centres around him, and more than a billion people today claim that he not only lived, and died, but rose back to life…for me…and for you.

The very son of God left heaven for earth, moved into our neighbourhood, and though he was the KING, humbled himself to serve and give and care for us in a way that no one else could. He loved us so much that he spent every ounce of oxygen he was given for us.

So, as I live, though I fail, stumble and make a mess in so many ways, it is my prayer that by God’s grace alone that Galatians 2:20 would ring out for everyone to hear, that “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I live, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” And like John the Baptizer in 3:30 of his gospel that the focus on me would decrease and by grace, my life would be an arrow pointing to Jesus.

Great little book on Authority that you should read

March 11, 2013

Authority: the Leader’s Call to Serve, by Jamie Munson
©2013 Jamie Munson. 1st Ed. 32 pages.

The leader who wants to leave a legacy will serve the people who are under his/her authority. Likewise, those who are under authority are called to serve those in authority over them. These are the bold claims of Authority: the Leader’s Call to Serve, by Jamie Munson. Munson does a great job of drawing on his experience, other authors and a good understanding of the Trinity to make his points clear and practical.

As far as I can tell, Munson’s purpose in writing this book is to clarify in simplest terms why and how a leader is to be both in and under authority. Munson does a great job of nailing the key role of serving in this discussion. For the leader, Munson says that God “wants you to serve him by serving those he has placed under your care, even when it is difficult.” (p.5) And for those who find themselves under authority, God “wants you to serve him by serving those he has placed over you, even when it is difficult.” (p.5) To back this up, he draws on a clear understanding of the roles and relationships within the Trinity of the Godhead—how the Father, Son & Holy Spirit perfectly model for us the standard of an authority-submission structure.

When I received a complimentary copy of Authority: the Leader’s Call to Serve for review purposes from Jamie Munson, I was pretty excited. Having met Jamie personally (as a co-student during the inaugural year of ReTrain), I could connect his voice and pleasant demeanour to the words I was reading. Munson’s experience with one of the fastest growing churches in America have clearly given him a sharpness that helped him to detail very practically for us how we are to respond whether we are in or under authority.

Get your copy of the book for free this week (March 11-16, 2013).

If you’re reading this review & its long after that, click here to find it.

Visit Jamie Munson’s blog for more great insights on Leadership: http://www.jamiemunson.com

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