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2017 YOUTH LEADER'S SUMMIT - Ages 18+

October 13th - October 15th, 2017

$0 - $321

Guest Speaker: MATT WILKS

Matt was born and raised a proud Canadian who currently lives in Calgary, AB. He has served as a youth pastor, lead pastor, camp manager, and a host of other roles in and around the city of Calgary. Matt currently runs a ministry consulting company called "Baseline Ministries." He is a recognized as a leading voice for youth ministry in Canada and teaches at numerous Bible Schools in Canada, including Ambrose University, Rocky Mountain College and Prairie Bible College.

Matt's first published book is entitled: "Cultivate: A Youth Worker's Guide to Establishing Healthy Relationships." He has been married to Michelle for 23 years and has two daughters, Maris and Macauleigh, 18 and 16 years old.

This year's event takes place at the beautiful Rundle Stone Lodge in Banff, AB.

Schedule for October 13-15, 2017

Friday:

4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Room check-in Rundlestone Lodge, Banff AB, 537 Banff Ave

8:30 p.m. Registration/Nametags

9:00 p.m. Worship and Session #1- "LITTLE IS MUCH"

*Please note that ALL conference sessions will be held at the Rundlestone Lodge (Baker’s Hall)

Saturday:

Breakfast on Your Own

10:00 a.m. – Worship and Session #2 - "TRANSFORMATIONAL YOUTH MINISTRY"

Lunch on Your Own

Free Time in the Afternoon.

5:30 p.m. – Supper at Carlito's Pizzaria

8:00 p.m. – Worship and Session #3 - "BUILDING AN AUTHENTIC FAITH WITH STUDENTS"

Sunday:

Breakfast on Your Own

9:30 a.m. Check Out Time

10:00 a.m. Worship and Session #4 - "YOUTH CULTURE 101"

12:00 noon Lunch on your own and goodbyes

Free Time Ideas (In Canmore or Banff)…

Hiking, Shopping, Biking, Hot Springs in Banff, Nordic Trail

May God use this weekend to help all of us grow in our relationship with Christ and as leaders of youth. May we take time to build relationships with one another as we work together across Western Canada.

Questions? Contact Dave Van Roon: davev@chog.ca

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2017. No refund offered after this date.

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2017 PASTOR/SPOUSE RETREAT

October 16th - October 18th, 2017

$165 - $320

GUEST SPEAKERS: TIM & LYNN SEIM

TOPIC: "A FEW THINGS WE'VE LEARNED ALONG THE WAY"

Tim and Lynn began pastoral ministry with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada in 1971. Their first ministry was as a solo pastor of the Abbottsford EFC for 7 years, then moving on to a Senior pastor role with the Lethbridge EFC for 20 years.

In 1998 the Seim’s responded to God’s call to serve as District Superintendent of the EFCC Prairie District. They served with the district and EFCC National team for 18 years, retiring in November of 2015.

Currently Tim speaks at churches when requested, works part time with the Prairie District, assisting two churches, and both Tim and Lynn serve in their home church in Okotoks.   They have four married daughters and they have been blessed with 14 grandchildren to love and encourage.   

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2017 FOR A $10.00 Early Bird Discount!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16th

RUNDLE STONE LODGE Hotel Check-In: 4:00 p.m.

Supper on your own

6:30-7:00 p.m.—Registration in Baker’s Hall Conference Room

7:00-9:00 p.m - On the lighter side…Munchies & Getting Acquainted in Baker's Hall

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17th

Breakfast on your own

SESSION: 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Baker’s Hall Conference Room)

Lunch on your own

NOTE: Tuesday afternoon is free time.

7:00-9:00 p.m.— Formal Banquet (Dress: Business Casual)

Buffet supper at Bumpers Beef House /Baker’s Hall

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th

Breakfast on your own

SESSION: 8:30-10:00 a.m.—Baker’s Hall

10:00-10:30 a.m.—Break / Check Out

SESSION: 10:30-11:45 a.m.

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ACCOMMODATIONS NOTE: A special room rate of $109.95/night plus applicable taxes are in effect the day prior to the retreat and the day after the retreat. Ph. 1-800-661-8630 or 403-762-2201 to reserve extra nights. Make sure you reserve under the CHURCH OF GOD CONFERENCE GROUP CODE: CG2017. View the hotel website at: www.rundlestone.com

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 2017. No refunds will be offered for cancellations after this deadline date. Thank you.

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2017 Annual Fellows Program Application

October 20th - December 31st, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About the Fellows Program

Q. Who is a Church of God Fellow?

A: A person regardless of age who is exploring a call to vocational ministry. He/she has successfully completed the application process. He/she has not yet approached Credentials Division for licensing.

Q. What will the Church of God Fellows Program Provide?

A. The Church of God Fellows Program will provide ministry training options, help in ministry placement and provide scholarship money for persons who have successfully completed the Fellows application process.

Q. What ministry training options will there be?

A. The Canadian Church of God Ministries presently has training partnerships with the following institutions of higher education: Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, SK; Ambrose University in Calgary, AB; and Rocky Mountain College in Calgary, AB. A condition of the partnership is the recognition of the Church of God Fellows Program with course credit for the Church of God Distinctive Courses.

Q. What help will there be for ministry placement?

A. The Canadian Church of God Ministries is partnering with local churches to develop entry level positions for Fellows graduates. These partnerships will provide opportunities for Fellows graduates to begin ministry in a supportive environment in the area of ministry God has called them to.

Q. What scholarship money will be available?

A. Scholarship money is available to Fellows. A Scholarship equal to 25% of tuition and books is available for years one and two and 75% for years three and four for student enrolled in a BA in Christian Leadership at Ambrose or Rocky Mountain College. A Scholarship equal to 50% of tuition and books is available for students enrolled in the Vocational Leadership Course at Briercrest.

Q. How is the Fellows Program funded?

A. The Fellows Program is funded through the Leadership Development Fund and the Leadership Development Endowment Fund. Individuals and congregations are encouraged to give to the Leadership Development Fund directly. By policy the fund has committed on average $16,000 over four years to students preparing for the ministry. It will require funding three students on a yearly basis to ensure that the district places sufficient new pastors on the field annually. A leadership development scholarship fund of $48,000 per year will provide the funding necessary to fulfill this dream. In addition, funds need to be raised to support the Director of Leadership Development.

Q. How can I give?

A. Give directly to the Leadership Development Fund through your local church by establishing a line item for CCOGM Leadership Development. Or, give directly to the Leadership Development Fund by sending your cheque to Canadian Church of God Ministries designated: Leadership Development Fund.

What are the expectations to remain current as a Fellow?

There are four expectations. A Fellow will stay current in the program by:

  1. Completing COG Distinctives History class.

  2. Completing COG Distinctives Doctrine class.

  3. Declaring their intention to enter pastoral ministry by year three of a BA in Christian Leadership.

  4. Declaring their intention to work with the Leadership Development Director for placement in the Church of God.

POINT OF INFO FOR YOUR VOCATIONAL PLANNING:

** The Credentials Team recommends that all students seeking to be ordained with the Canadian Church of God Ministries pursue a Bachelor’s Degree (Bible/Ministry/Leadership concentration) or a Master’s Degree (2-3 year). The Credentials Team further recommends that the time period between licensing and ordination be no more than five years. If the candidate does not seek ordination after said time frame, they risk being put on probation and ultimately losing their license.**

How to Apply

Individuals wishing to become apart of the Fellows Program must apply through their local congregation and submit the Fellows application form compete with the required information. Application forms can be submitted online from the CCOGM website at:

http://www.chog.ca/leadership-dev/fellows-program/

STEPS OF APPLICATION:

a. Fill out the application online and submit it.

b. Have a Mentor fill out the reference form.

c. Have the Board Chair fill out the reference form.

d. Have your Pastor fill out the reference form.

Once all forms are received, the Director of Leadership Development will contact you.

Applications for financial assistance for academic programs at a college, university, or seminary must be received at the Regional Office at least one (1) month prior to the beginning of the academic year the applicate plans to enroll. Ministry Services will communicate its response to the applicant at their earliest convenience.

Disbursement of Funds:

It is our policy that disbursement of funds for approved applicants will be upon the completion of the course and the presentation of an official receipt through the local congregation.

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2017 Annual Leadership Development Application

December 31st, 2017

Purpose:

The purpose of the Leadership Development Fund is to provide financial resources for developing leaders for ministry in the CCOGM in accordance with the current vision.

The fund will be used to:

Provide Financial Assistance to those training to be pastors within the Church of God through the Fellows Program.  Provide Financial Assistance for recent graduates to participate for 6 to 12 months in an apprenticeship experience at a Church of God congregation. Provide Financial Assistance for credentialed ministers of the CCOGM wanting to upgrade their academic education. Provide Financial Assistance for the development of lay leaders in leadership within Church of God congregations. Provide Financial Assistance for regional training for any or all of the above.

Individuals applying for financial assistance from the Fund must apply through their local congregation and submit the prescribed application form complete with all the required information.

Applications for financial assistance for lay leaders training seminars must be received at least one (1) month prior to the event.

Applications for financial assistance to sponsor training through regional events must be received at least three (3) months prior to the event.

Applications from an individual or congregation wanting to participate in the apprenticeship of a recent graduate, or from a congregation offering a ministry experience for a second career person in training can be made by way of a letter to Ministry Services to begin discussion and negotiation.

Disbursement of Funds:

It is our policy that disbursement of funds for approved applicants will be upon the completion of the course and the presentation of an official receipt through the local congregation.

TYPES OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Academic Upgrade for Credentialed Ministers:

Someone currently involved in ministry but wanting to improve his/her academic education leading to a degree or certification may apply for a grant. It would be important to show on the application how the course(s) will benefit the applicant’s ministry.

Apprenticeship/Ministry Experience:

A recent graduate wanting to gain experience and exposure to ministry in a congregation can initiate an arrangement with the recommendation from a supervisor in leadership of that congregation to enter into a partnership and a joint agreement with Ministry Services to provide financial support for the recent graduate for a period of 6 to 12 months. A congregation may negotiate a similar arrangement with Ministry Services for a person in that congregation called to ministry as a Second Career and needing Ministry Experience, and can benefit from financial support for a period of 6 to 12 months as part of his/her preparation for ministry. This arrangement will necessitate consultation with the Credentials Division.

Training for Lay Leaders:

Individuals and/or the leadership of a congregation may apply for a grant for one or more lay leaders in a congregation to attend workshops, seminars, or other types of training. The application must show how the training will develop the skills and effectiveness of the lay leader, and how the congregation would benefit. All applications must be signed off by the pastor or the Chair of the Board or Leadership Team.

Regional Training Events:

Two or more Church of God congregations in a province or region may want to sponsor a training event for vocational or lay leaders. A joint application for a grant from the Endowment Fund will be considered. A cap of 75% of seminar costs would be in place.

NOTE: All applications must be submitted on an annual basis. Grants will be awarded based on number of applications received and funds available.

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2017 Student Internship Guidelines - Intern Form

December 31st, 2017

GUIDELINES:

This Guide will help students and supervisors to track their experience to ensure an effective Internship for the student, supervisor and congregation.

Structured mentorship:

a. Weekly Mentorship and Debriefing

b. Intentional discipleship as a part of mentorship

Theological training:

a. This document is a guideline for Canadian Church of God Ministries. Be sure to follow guidelines set out by the Field Education Director of the College or Seminary you are attending to ensure your internship fulfills requirements for credit.

b. Please note that Canadian Church of God Ministries Credentials Team Requires a minimum bachelors in religious studies for long term licensing and ordination.

c. Students should attend events such as LeaderConnect, Theologue, Youth leaders summit and other events to introduce the student to other vocational ministers.

Practical ministry skill development:

Practical opportunities that should be explored through the course of a pastoral internship:

A. Developing an intentional plan for discipleship

B. Baptism and preparation of candidates and for the service

C. Baby dedication preparation of candidates and the service

D. Communion service preparation and or leading

E. Anointing for healing (James 5:13-18)

F. Trip to a funeral home

G. Funeral service preparation and or leading

H. Wedding service preparation and or leading (Including pre marital counselling observations)

I. Sharing the gospel with someone to receive Christ

J. Attending a board meeting

K. Teach a Sunday school Class, Bible study or discipleship group

L. Home and/or hospital visitation (include a shadowing and debriefing)

M. Assist in preparing and Leading a Congregational Worship Service

N. Preaching with coaching and plans for feedback

O. Budget process (meet with the Church Treasurer or Department Head to understand how the budget is determined and monitored according to CRA guidelines.)

P. Involvement in maintenance and management in church facilities (what it takes for a church to own and maintain a building)

Q. Goal setting/Vision Casting and Evaluation (short and long term)

Spiritual Formation:

Students are required to have an intentional reading, study and spiritual discipline plan.

Outreach and Mission Involvement:

*Exposure to local humanitarian organizations

*Planning an outreach event, missions trip or work camp *Developing connections with non-Christians in the community

For questions contact Dave Van Roon, Director of Leadership Development

davev@chog.ca; ph.780.667.3227

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2017 Student Internship Guidelines - Supervisor Form

December 31st, 2017

GUIDELINES:

This Guide will help students and supervisors to track their experience to ensure an effective Internship for the student, supervisor and congregation.

Structured mentorship:

a. Weekly Mentorship and Debriefing

b. Intentional discipleship as a part of mentorship

Theological training:

a. This document is a guideline for Canadian Church of God Ministries. Be sure to follow guidelines set out by the Field Education Director of the College or Seminary you are attending to ensure your internship fulfills requirements for credit.

b. Please note that Canadian Church of God ministries Credentials Team Requires a minimum bachelors in religious studies for long term licensing and ordination.

c. Students should attend events such as LeaderConnect, Theologue, Youth leaders summit and other events to introduce the student to other vocational ministers.

Practical ministry skill development:

Practical opportunities that should be explored through the course of a pastoral internship:

A. Developing an intentional plan for discipleship

B. Baptism and preparation of candidates and the service

C. Baby dedication preparation of candidates and the service

D. Communion service preparation and or leading

E. Anointing for healing (James 5:13-18)

F. Trip to a funeral home

G. Funeral service preparation and or leading

H. Wedding service preparation and or leading (Including pre marital counselling observations)

I. Sharing the gospel with someone to receive Christ

J. Attending a board meeting

K. Teach a Sunday school Class, Bible study or discipleship group

L. Home and/or hospital visitation (include a shadowing and debriefing)

M. Assist in preparing and Leading a Congregational Worship Service

N. Preaching with coaching and plans for feedback

O. Budget process (meet with the Church Treasurer or Department Head to understand how the budget is determined and monitored according to CRA guidelines.)

P. Involvement in maintenance and management in church facilities (what it takes for a church to own and maintain a building)

Q. Goal setting/Vision Casting and Evaluation (short and long term)

Spiritual Formation:

Students are required to have an intentional reading, study and spiritual discipline plan.

Outreach and Mission Involvement:

*Exposure to local humanitarian organizations

*Planning an outreach event, missions trip or work camp *Developing connections with non-Christians in the community

For questions contact Dave Van Roon, Director of Leadership Development

davev@chog.ca; ph.780.667.3227

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EMERGE QUARTERLY FEEDBACK SURVEY

December 31st, 2017

~~Building up today's young leaders~~