May8WedMay 8, 2019
One week out from Assembly I have been pondering the lingering effect. Of course, what lingers may be different for each person. Yet, there will be some commonalities. I celebrate the delegate representation from 80 of our 137 churches (60 from the Kitchener Office Region and 20 from our Calgary Office Region). These delegates and guests had a taste of the following six elements and experiences:
"A Family Reunion"
EMCC World Partner Missionary
If I could sum up General Assembly 2019 with one word it would be the word Family. A family doesn’t pretend that everything is good. A family is open and honest about where each of us are at, and it is in the context of a good family where we feel safe to share our feelings.
The business meetings were certainly tense at times but to have that space to dialogue and share openly was healthy and needed. The pastors and leaders needed to be open about their struggle and disagreements while the national team needed to be transparent about where they are at. Is there room to grow in this? Of course. But I am encouraged because as a family member, I am committed to pray into our financial situations, do what I can mend broken trust, and to offer myself to help in any way to move us in the direction that Holy Spirit is leading our denomination. That is what family is for. We stick together and move towards solutions, even when things get heated and messy. We forgive and move forward. We mend and become stronger. The EMCC is a family, and I am honoured to be a part of it.
I love meeting new people. In my 7 years with the EMCC, I've met a lot of awesome people. This year I got to meet Carmen Jones, a First Nations man who works with Stann Bragg. I am looking forward to connecting with him in ministry somehow.
Lead Pastor, Trinity EMC