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3 Ways to Honour Your Church Leaders During Pastor Appreciation Month

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips
By Mark Dance (source: Lifeway.com)

Scripture is clear about the importance of showing “double-honor” to our pastors. What better time is there to do that than this month during Pastor Appreciation Month?

Your church has the opportunity to join thousands of churches across North America in recognizing your pastoral staff in a public and positive way.

From my personal experience as a pastor, I would like to suggest three ways churches can honor their pastors.

  1. Recognize Your Pastor Publicly

“Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you” (1 Thessalonians 5:12).

Respect is rarely more than a noble sentiment. A special appreciation event gives church members an opportunity to articulate their personal expressions of love, respect, and appreciation. At least one of those recognitions needs to be made by a visible lay-leader on a Sunday morning.

If October is not a good time on your church calendar to bless your pastor publicly, leverage a key anniversary or birthday instead.

  1. Encourage Your Pastor Personally

“Regard them very highly in love because of their work” (1 Thessalonians 5:13).

Pastoral staff members are more than mere professionals; they are someone’s spouse, parent, and child. Whether they are leading successfully or failing miserably, all pastors need encouragement, love, and respect of their church families. Ask them how you can pray for their family, then follow up with a note so they know you are seriously praying for them.

Treat your pastoral staff like friends or family members because they are both. Provide a listening ear and safe place for your pastors to share their dreams, as well as his nightmares. Will you join me in pouring into our pastors who have so generously poured into us?

  1. Bless Your Pastor Tangibly

“The one who is taught the message must share all his good things with the teacher” (Galatians 6:6).

“The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching” (1 Timothy 5:17).

Here are a few tangible ideas to show your pastoral staff you care.

  1. Express love and encouragement in writing or in person.
  2. Take your pastor hunting, fishing, golfing, etc. Or provide tickets to a sporting event, concert, or movie.
  3. Set out a gift basket in October for notes and gifts.
  4. Mow their lawn/wash their car.
  5. Provide a night out with a gift card for dinner and childcare.
  6. Ask them how you can pray for their family.
  7. Deliver their favourite dessert or meal.
  8. Take them to lunch.
  9. Help with a house renovation.
  10. Purchase and arrange a couples retreat.
  11. Bless them with a sabbatical (timeshare donations).

Whether churches do this in October or at another time during the year, LifeWay’s Pastoral Leadership team has provided resources to help you honor and bless your pastors. Free resources for Pastor Appreciation Month are available at LifeWayPastors.com. You’ll find downloadable materials including “33 Ways to Bless Your Pastor,” and an interview with Pastor A.B. Vines about implementing a culture of honor in your church. Other resources include a comprehensive list of discounted hotels, retreat centers, and Bed & Breakfasts.

I hope these ideas and resources help to prime the pastor appreciation pump in your church. Know that your pastor will be genuinely grateful for anything you do.

Take the Free Focus On Marriage Assessment

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Advice and Tips


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A Family Friend David Mainse

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI

It is with great sadness we learned of the death of Crossroads & YES TV founder Rev. David Mainse today, after a five-year battle with MDS leukemia. 
CHRI Radio general manager Bill Stevens has known Mr. Mainse for many years and recounts their long-time friendship…

“It was the late 70’s the first time I met David Mainse. He was the chief “Holy Roller” as we called them, working in a small rented space on Merivale Road in Ottawa next to Atkinson Film Arts the animation studio Vic Atkinson and I had started a couple of years earlier. We were a raucous bunch, long hair, beards and blue jeans. They were the polar opposite, clean cut, wearing business suits…

After a Beer Friday we’d sit around laughing at the contrast, feet up, being creative and perhaps a little lewd. They didn’t have much in the next office so they probably sat or stood around, praying, perhaps for us.

Thirty years later in 2000, my wife Denise, our children Will and Care and I decided to follow Christ. After trying a few denominations and congregations, we found a church we all liked and committed to stay there until the Lord moved us on. As member’s we didn’t understand how our new community functioned but experienced billeting with total strangers in Nashville. A few weeks after that awkward experience, an elder at our church Les White who was also the Executive Director of The Military Christian Fellowship called me and said it was our turn to billet someone! Although a lot of what we do as a family is public, we’re very private, but tit for tat, we owed one and agreed. The stranger we welcomed into our home for a brief stay was David Mainse, by then the Godfather of Canadian Christian Television and our first world renowned televangelist. As we quickly discovered David loved everybody and our family fell in love with him. David and I sat up all night talking, mostly about the discovery that Saddam Hussein was trying to rebuild the Babylonian Empire.

We retired for the night at about 4 am. I had no idea that David would only find rest in scripture as he immediately slipped into his devotions where he sat with the Lord until breakfast.

David and Norma Jean invited us to stay with them at her grandfather’s farm which become the inspiration for Rideaufarm where Denise and I currently live. On the other hand, after visiting our Pine Island cabin in the Rideau Lakes, David built a retirement home on an island not far from ours.

Later when CTS was looking for a way to extend the life of their successful Circle Square Ranch TV series, David and the CTS leadership gave our family the opportunity to pilot a reality series filmed at the Arden Camp ranch. Will and I filmed Will edited, Caroline assisted on and off camera and Denise worked as production manager, recharging batteries, preparing meals and keeping us all on schedule. David knew Denise was healing from a massive operation for stage 4 cancer and had chosen to work on the CTS series while commuting daily back to Ottawa for chemotherapy. When we met with him in Burlington, he would hug us all, hold her hand and with those sparkling eyes, smile and remind her of just how much Jesus loved her and our family.

David honoured me with the role of chair for a committee to lobby the CRTC for a repeater in Ottawa that would make CTS a “first tier” broadcaster. Accepting and with his help, we put together a group of dedicated believers including Robert du Broy, then GM of CHRI-FM and Mark Peterkins Executive director of One Way Ministries. David was a genius at connecting people and seeing opportunity. A couple of years later Robert resigned from CHRI, it’s Board appointed me to succeed him and Mark Peterkins became my accountability coach guiding me through the transition.

The last time I saw David in person was at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville three years ago. We sat together for a few minutes which was such a blessing with so many people trying to get to him. But, I know he made everyone feel that they mattered to him, God gave David Mainse the gift of love and with it he was always there with you, focused on you, listening and responding with care and consideration.

Thank you David for that and so much more for my family and all of us.”

– Bill Stevens

19 Outdoorsy Things You Can Do Before the Snow Takes Over

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle
Since summer’s still sticking around you may as well start checking off everything in the list of things to do before it snows. We all know once the snow hits the ground in Ottawa, it basically becomes hibernation season for most of us. 

From time to time in the winter we decide to brave the cold and do something, but once we head inside we automatically remember why we don’t leave the house. Right now the weather isn’t that bad, you can go outside for a whole day and come back in without any issues like wet socks or frozen fingers. It’s time to take advantage of this abnormal autumn weather, here are 19 outdoorsy things you can do before the snow takes over!

Hikes:

Lusk Caves Trail // Gatineau Park
Distance: 12 km

 

Hemlock Bluff Trail // Algonquin Provincial Park
Distance: 3.5km (loop)

 

King Mountain Trail // Gatineau Park
Distance: 1.9km

 

Mount Marcy // New York
Distance: 24km

 

Wilson Carbide Ruins // Gatineau Park
Distance: 3km

 

Centennial Ridges Trail // Algonquin Provincial Park
Distance: 10.4km (loop)

 

Luskville Falls Trail // Gatineau Park 
Distance: 4.5km

 

Booth’s Rock Trail // Algonquin Provincial Park 
Distance: 5.1km (loop)

 

Pink Lake Trail // Gatineau Park 
Distance: 2.5km

 

Lauriault Trail // Gatineau Park
Distance: 3km 

 

Activities:

Go pet some of your favourite animals at Parc Omega 

 

Rent a canoe or kayak on Dow’s Lake or the Rideau Canal

 

Try something different and go horseback riding at Captiva Farms 

 

Head to Arbraska Laflèche

 

Walking Paths:

Mer Bleue Bog // Ridge Road

 

Pine Grove Trail // Ottawa, ON

 

Stony Swamp // 4897 Old Richmond Road

 

Chapman Mills Conservation Area // 254 Winding Way

 

Sarsaparilla Trail // Ottawa, ON

 

Source: Narcity

Pray for Singer Natalie Grant

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in News and Updates
On September 21st, multiple Dove Award winner and Grammy nominee Natalie Grant announced with transparency that she has cancerous tumors on her thyroid. Watch her announcement here.

Natalie’s thyroid surgery is October 10th. Please pray for the doctors, for a quick recovery, and that her voice not be affected.

“Good News Story”

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Good News Story

When we hesitate to forgive our offenders, let’s remember this story. This is such a beautiful example of loving without limits. -Ashlyn

Nashville Musician Befriends The Woman Who’s Negligent Driving Left Him Paralyzed

Nashville musician David Francisco immediately forgave the woman who left him paralyzed — and the two have been invaluable to each other’s recovery since.


Photo credit: Tennessean.com

Freya Markowski drove through a red light on April 27, 2016, and struck David Francisco on his bicycle. Markowski, who was off her bipolar meds for the first time in years, says she heard a million manic voices in her head while driving that day. She sped through a red light at 40mph.

Francisco went to the emergency room with a spinal cord injury that left him unable to move his legs.

“I felt like I’d killed someone,” she told the Tennessean. “I remember being in a black hole.”

A few months later, Markowski also went to the emergency room for a heroin overdose. As she recovered, she sent a long apology text to Francisco.

“Flashbacks of your body covered in blood haunted me,” she wrote. “I would’ve traded places with you in a heartbeat… I lost my soul after the accident. I want you to know not a day goes by without me crying for your pain.”

“I forgave her at the beginning,” he said.

The two formed a friendship based on that forgiveness, and each has been instrumental in the other’s recovery since the accident.

“I figured she probably also was going through a lot,” he said. “I’d been shown so much support, I wanted to show her some support.

“The thing for me was, maybe I’m just too practical or pragmatic. It just didn’t make sense for me to be angry, as long as it was an accident. I was never angry at her. I was angry at my legs.”

On the day of her court date, Markowski was blown away. Charges were dismissed.

“I thought I was going to jail that day. Instead this angel of a man shows up with open arms. David’s dad gave me a really big hug,” she said. “How is that possible? The dad of the guy who I paralyzed?”

After writing and texting back and forth, the two decided to meet in person at a coffee shop in South Nashville.


Photo credit: Dylan Snowden / Tennessean.com

Markowski ran to him, and the two embraced for nearly a minute without speaking.

It was a miraculous moment for Markowski, who had been beating herself up since the accident.

“I forgave myself the moment David held me in his arms.”

In theatres October 20

October 2nd, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle