The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, August 11, 2009

General August 12, 2009

EFC COMMENTS ON DEVELOPMENT IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAW
In this week’s webitorial, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada’s (EFC) Vice-President Don Hutchinson comments on the recent significant change in the landscape of religious freedom in Canada. He says, “Recent events will affect deliberations of tribunals and courts across the country with respect to claims made by and against religious communities.”

EFC PRESIDENT PREACHES AT AFFILIATE denomination congregation
On Sunday August 9, EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger preached at Glenwood Chapel, located near Port Carling, Ontario. Glenwood Chapel recently joined the Associated Gospel Churches, a denomination affiliated with the EFC.

Planning a Short Term Missions Trip?
The Global Missions Roundtable has updated its Guide to the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Missions, which provides a standard for short-term mission practice and suggests elements that should be incorporated as a basic minimum. The Code can be downloaded as a stand-alone item at no cost; the Guide to the Code is available for ten dollars online or by calling 1-866-302-3362 x 234.

EFC DIRECTOR APPOINTED TO INTERNATIONAL TASK FORCE
Jocelyn Durston, deputy director of the EFC's Centre for Faith and Public Life has been appointed to serve on the World Evangelical Alliance's task force on human trafficking.

UNDERSTANDING CHURCH AND FAITH TRENDS
Join us at the Christian Leaders Connection (CLC) one-day event, near you, to find out how Canadian trends in areas like use of time, mobility, immigration, attendance, giving and volunteering affect your ministry. Discover EFC resources that can help you be more effective.

Conference for times like these
The Ignite the Light Conference in Richmond Hill, Ont. on Sept.19 will help participants learn new ways to explain the gospel in an era that lacks a Christian frame of reference and is wary to believe in an absolute truth. Speakers include Ravi Zacharias, Will Graham and the EFC’s own Rick Hiemstra, who will address how you can strategically position your ministry for greater influence. The conference is presented by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada, an EFC affiliate.

THE TAX BENEFITS TO GIVING
Did you know that depending on the jurisdiction in which you live, your charitable donations can generate a tax credit of 39 to 46 percent? Look at an online illustration of charitable giving and the net cost of a gift. Consider a gift to the EFC today. Remember, donations made in any given year can be claimed in any of the following five.

FAITH TODAY HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER TO READ
Faith Today magazine's latest issues are now available online. This allows subscribers overseas to read the latest issue without waiting for delivery, and it allows all of us to begin to reduce our ecological footprint with the introduction of digital-only subscriptions. For a limited time, anyone can sample two entire issues online for free. Read the most recent featuring Billy Graham’s impact on Canada (we guarantee you have not heard these stories before!) and the Doubt issue from cover to cover online or download them to keep in your own computer. Subscribe now and get both the print and digital versions for less than $25 per year.

GLOBAL VILLAGE WORTH VISITING
Faith Today’s new series Global Village features global hotspots that interest our readers. Wondering what’s happening in Vietnam? Check out the latest Global Village online.

IS THE CHURCH THAT YOU ATTEND AN EFC AFFILIATE?
If not, perhaps you can be the person who encourages your leadership team to prayerfully consider affiliation. Affiliation has its benefits – for the pastor, congregation and the EFC.

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is the national association of evangelical Christians, gathered together for influence, impact and identity in ministry and public witness. Since 1964 the EFC has provided a national forum for Evangelicals and a constructive voice for biblical principles in life and society.

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