Renewal Day and Annual General Meeting

This will be on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Grace West Hill Presbyterian Church in Scarborough, Ontario. The theme is "A Day of Renewal: One Mission; Three Points; Three Speakers". Theme Speakers will be Rev. Ian Shaw, Rev. Andy Cornell, and Rev. John Park. For more details and to register, click here.

Proposed Constitutional Changes

Proposed revisions to the Constitution were approved by the Renewal Fellowship Board at a Board meeting on July 18, 2018, and will be voted on at the AGM on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The objects of the Renewal Fellowship are to establish means of contact and encouragement for those interested in renewal; to promote materials that provide biblical, theological comment and practical, specific ideas; to develop supportive programmes for prayer, small groups, and evangelism; and to organize conferences to strengthen the reformed and evangelical witness with our denomination. … Read more

We’ve Got it — Use it!

The ability to receive seekers at our doorsteps is essential. “People, get ready!” is what I said in my last blog. I truly believe that because so many of us are inwardly focused — prepared to deal with potential abusers but woefully incapable of talking to skeptics — the Holy Spirit isn’t encouraging people to come our way. Prepare, and I honestly believe that they will come. Part of that is prepping our virtual entrances. … Read More

People, Get Ready!

We Presbyterians are a careful bunch. We carefully follow legal process in our courts. We develop protocols when dealing with children and vulnerable adults. We study issues carefully and repeatedly, especially as they relate to doctrine. And for good reason: Insurance, due diligence, criminal record checks, The Barrier Act and guidelines for appropriate touch are ... Read more

We’re not cans of soup

Years ago, I worked in a grocery store. Cleanup went with the job. Boxes and sacks would break open, jars would shatter, cans would dent and lose their labels. There wasn’t much we could do with the broken boxes or shattered jars but the unlabelled cans could be sold at a fraction of the price. ... Read more

Good News! Great Joy!

As a deprecating remark aimed at those who puff themselves up, we make light of the term “God’s gift to the world”. Heaven help those who use it on themselves. In truth, God’s gift refers to His Son. And it’s the historic reason for Christmas gift giving, modeled on the Magi who presented gold, frankincense, ... Read more

Renewal News — Winter 2019

In this issue, meet our new Administrative Assistant and Board members, read highlights from the November Renewal Fellowship Board meeting, plan to attend the April Renewal Day and AGM, rejoice about the introduction of Cyclical PCC, mourn about church villains, ruminate about the difference between differences and divisions, and take in glimpses of renewal in the PCC … Read more

Meet Our New Administrative Assistant

After 18 months of waiting, searching and praying, Renewal Fellowship has a new Administrative Assistant. Kyoungsoo Hwang begins January 1, 2019. She replaces Bill Harrison, who retires after almost 20 years in the job. Kyoungsoo brings a vibrant faith and a wealth of experience to the job. After graduating from Western University’s Master of Library ... Read more

Cyclical Churches

The Presbyterian Church in Canada doesn’t exactly have a reputation for evangelical church planting. It’s not like the folks at 50 Wynford haven’t tried. For years, Canadian Ministries had a coaching network that worked with church leaders who felt the call. Ongoing grants helped sustain several church communities. But the interest was hardly overwhelming. “I ... Read more

Differences and Division

The Oxford English Dictionary has chosen “toxic” as its word of the year for 2018. It’s derived from the Latin term for “poisoned.” The key consideration for the honour was how the word has been employed in many different ways. Oxford listed the top 10 contexts: chemical, masculinity, substance, gas, environment, relationship, culture, waste, algae ... Read more