Ministry to children is an essential part of the discipleship journey for communities, families, and individuals. Discipleship that is experienced during childhood has a lifelong impact in a person’s spiritual and personal formation. That’s a weighty responsibility and being ministers to children is an important calling. We recognize that ministry to children and families looks different in each church setting and ministry in the CPD. It is our desire to support, equip, and create a relational and mentoring network of children’s ministry leaders for those serving in this ministry area, whether they are Official Workers, staff members, or lay leaders.
The best way to be connected with what is happening with children’s ministry in the CPD is through the ongoing conversation on our Facebook Group and by subscribing to the CPD Children’s Ministry newsletter. The newsletter provides information about webinars, surveys, potential meet-ups, encouragement, and communication for children’s ministry leaders in the CPD. The Alliance Children’s Ministry Network Team also provides great resources and connection points for leaders.
Help for Churches Experiencing Transitions in Pastoral Leadership
Transition is an intentional process that takes place between the departure of a Lead Pastor and the arrival of a new one. We desire to assist churches in our District to effectively navigate a season of transition by providing support, guidance, and resources.
Our Vision for Churches in Transition
It is our vision to help churches thrive through transition. Seasons of transition are windows of opportunity for churches to experience spiritual renewal, increased health, and focused mission/vision prior to engaging in the pastoral search. Our desire is that every church hires a new Lead Pastor from a posture of spiritual health, with clarity of vision in dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Ways We Can Help
Many churches in our District have benefited from the support provided through our Transitional Ministry leaders and resources. These include:
- The Transitional Pastors Network: this network features a team of transitional ministry specialists who are able to coach churches. If you are in a season of Lead Pastor transition, or anticipate that transition will be coming, you can contact the District Office or connect directly with our Transitional Ministry Coordinator, Daren Wride.
- The Lead Pastor Search Manual and its accompanying resources are valuable tools to guide Boards and pastoral search teams and boards throughout the transition process.
Where to Begin?
It starts with a call to the District Office at 604-372-1922 about your needs and the resources available. Plans will be made to meet with the church Board of Elders in order to explore the ways your church can receive help and support.
Chaplaincy is a transformational movement set outside the walls of the traditional church. Chaplains are called to provide spiritual care through incarnational ministry of both word and deed to the distinctive communities in which they serve. Our chaplains perform a full range of ministerial services, including preaching and teaching, administering sacraments, officiating weddings and funerals, spiritual direction/life coaching, and providing the ministry of presence in both crisis and everyday situations.
Chaplaincy is a growing ministry within the C&MA in Canada and we have a strong network of chaplains in the Canadian Pacific District. As a network of chaplains, we provide pastoral support, leadership, advocacy, education, and training. We currently have 24 chaplains in our district and over 100 chaplains throughout Canada. Our governing body is the Association of Alliance Chaplains (AAC). If you have are interested in chaplaincy or have questions about chaplaincy in the CPD, please contact the Chair of the CPD Chaplain’s committee Carol Goh, by email or by phone at 604-845-4725.
CPD Chaplaincy Lead Team
Carol Goh , Chair
Rev. Don Ibsen, Prison Ministries
Rev. Bill Wong, Corporate and Armed Forces
Terry Opperman, Healthcare and Community