Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and IMA readers.  I trust you have a wonderful holiday with origins deeply founded in Christian history and tradition. Enjoy the upcoming weekend.


Our Maximizing Impact Team – Peter Moore, L D Buckingham, A J Plaizier and yours truly – was at Bangor River City over the weekend. Excellent interchange with the pastors, the LBA and a very interactive focus group. We also were challenged by inspiring seminars with LDB and the Sunday service. Looking with optimism to the future at River City.  The team will be at Truro this coming weekend. Onward and upward!

While in Bangor I also had opportunity to share lunch with AJ and Kelly Thomas. The relaunch at Pathway is in it’s early stages and all signs are encouraging. 

“Shout out to all those who have been adopted. November is national adoption month.” – Seth Fancy


This past week I was involved in the General Board meeting held for the first time at 12Stone Church in Atlanta. Specifically, the board meetings were held in the John C Maxwell Leadership Centre and the board attended church on Sunday at 12Stone’s main campus.

Following the GB meeting, I chaired the first meeting of the recently-appointed Membership Working Group which also met at the Maxwell Centre. We are charged with a review of and recommendations going forward for our membership purpose, structure and function. Amazing group of leaders in the group with a deep commitment to Christ and the Church. Any recommendations of the group would go to the GB and, as approved or amended, on to the 2016 General Conference. More word later.

The Presidential Search Committee at Kingswood University has been diligently at work and will be interacting again this week. Please be in prayer for the Master’s will guiding forward in this critical process. 

Fredericton Crosspoint is the regional collection point for Operation Christmas Child boxes. They expect to see as many as 4000 boxes arrive there this weekend. Thanks to CP for being a pivot point in this popular and effective ministry to the “least” among us. Did your family fill a Christmas Child box this year? 

**NOTE: Crosspoint is hosting a Financial Freedom seminar with Pete Benson tomorrow (Tuesday) evening at 6:30 PM. This practical teaching is open to everyone and you are more than welcome to attend. That’s tomorrow – don’t miss it. 

Congrats to Matt and Laura Palmer, staff pastor at Fredericton Journey, on the arrival of their 4th child, Eliza Hope Palmer, born Sunday October 12th, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz. She was welcomed by her siblings Malachi, Charlotte and Jack.

THOT: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

ON SECOND THOT: “Many pastors are short term because they pick too many fights.” Thom Rainer




We had our first snowfall of the season last week – earlier than our normal pattern. The lawn care people showed up the same day….only in Canada. My condolences to those who live in predictable environments:).

Brad Eisan was unanimously elected as the new pastor at Faith Wesleyan in Ingomar in a congregational meeting on Monday evening.  He and his wife Tracey will assume the pastoral responsibilities there on the first Sunday of December. Congrats to Brad.

Jason Vienneau, staff pastor at Cornerstone, resigned yesterday effective in 2015.

Miramichi hosted the Nelson Remembrance Service on the 11th. There were 185 present for this excellent community connection event that honoured those who served and sacrificed in defence of our freedoms. 

Our fourth and final zone ministers meeting of this cycle was held in Woodstock last Wednesday, There were 130+ in total attendance at the meetings – a truly excellent response. I deeply appreciate the strong attendance; the energizing interaction; the high level cooperation of our host pastors and the very positive feedback. What a classy tribe!

Highest # of opens ever for IMA last week.

Fredericton Journey was honoured to baptize a military couple on Remembrance Day Sunday – an event loaded with symbolism – all good.

Head of Millstream held an anniversary celebration last Sunday with former pastor Peter Hayes as special speaker. Their attendance of 62 was nearly 300% of last year’s average. 

Last Sunday at Woods Harbour Rod Guptill dedicated David and Amy Hockley’s new baby Isaiah Frederick Douglas Hockley who was born on Oct 28th. The church also highlighted Civic Service Sunday and had some 25 visitors present. 

I will be in Atlanta early in the week for meetings of the General Board and the first meeting of the Membership Working Group. On the weened, the Maximizing Impact Team  – Moore, Buckingham, Plaizier and yours truly – will be at  Bangor River City – more word next week. 

With a heavy heart and deep regret I must report that Greg Dakin, Lead Pastor at Saint John First (SJ1) surrendered his ministerial credentials and was removed from his position on Tuesday of last week. I met with the LBA that evening and Seth Fancy was appointed as Interim Lead Pastor with immediate effect. I was at the church yesterday morning to speak with the congregation after which Seth spoke words of comfort and encouragement. We then shared in a tender time of prayer and lingering. Please be in prayer for the Dakin family, Seth, the staff and the church during these difficult days. 

THOT: “When a storm hits the church, it affects all of us. More than ever, we need to unite under the banner of Christ.” – Jim Cymbala

ON SECOND THOT: “With our own shortcomings, we are in no position to judge anyone else. The best way to forget the faults of others is to remember our own.” – Nicky Gumbel




Remembrance Day and Veterans Day will be observed this week and we will all take a reflective moment to remember and honour those who served and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. If you see or know a veteran, please say thank you. As Churchill so poignantly put it “…..never have so many owed so much to so few.” 

The district office will be closed tomorrow – Tuesday – in honour of Remembrance/Veterans Day. Open again on Wednesday. 


The zone ministers’ meeting scheduled for Woodstock last week was snowed out – in early November no less.  The meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday of this week at the Woodstock church beginning at 11 AM. Looking forward to a great few hours together.

Speaking of zone ministers’ meetings – we held three last week in Sussex, Halifax and Yarmouth. There were just under 100 present with one large meeting still to come this week. Excellent turn out of nearly 100% of local church appointed ministers; invigorating interaction as we grappled with real world issues of ministering in century 21; building of tribal spirit; what next discussions; network expansion; a few commercials and good pizza. Peter and I are honoured to serve such an incredible tribe – onward and upward!

November is Family Violence Awareness Month. We are all encouraged to celebrate healthy families and raise our awareness of families in need of support and resourcing. Pastors – check your inbox.

Billy Graham turned 96 last week.  What an incredible model of a life well lived and of a leader whose integrity and moral behaviour were never compromised.

Nearly 100 young ladies were a part of a Princess Tea Party at Corbett Ave on Saturday – a great children’s ministry event! The awesome lads above were the waiters for the Tea Party – go guys!

Jay and Sharon Guptill are presently in Honduras on an “exposure tour” with Compassion to view that very effective ministry first hand. 

Brad and Tracey Eisan candidated at Ingomar over the weekend. The church will vote tomorrow night – full report next week. 

Moncton had a baptism in both services yesterday morning – onward and upward!

Peter was in Sydney over the weekend to visit with the Myers  and New Roots. Pictured above are two people recently baptized by Pastor Kevin. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for and supporting the church plant at Sydney.

THOT: “At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

ON SECOND THOT: “You now, if we didn’t stick together, we would be very lost indeed.” – Winnie the Pooh





Zone Meeting in Woodstock scheduled for today is postponed due to snow storm and power outage. Redo date will be announced soon.


Zone Ministers Meetings this week – 11 AM to 2 PM with on-site lunch included.

Kings Valley launched KVEast, our first multi-site location, one year ago. The picture above is the KVEast group on the first anniversary. Onward and upward!

Brad and Tracy Eisan will be candidating at Ingomar next weekend. They are presently serving bi-vocationally at Crossroads in Lower Sackville

Fredericton Journey had 194 present for a fall Harvest Party and 90 present for a Tuesday morning Parent Playgroup. 

Don Trimper, father of Tanya Brown, pastor’s wife at Grand Harbour Central, passed away a few days ago.. His funeral was held in Digby yesterday. Don was a wonderful example of a fully devoted follower of Christ. 

Peter and I were at Deep Water last weekend for Pastor Jon’s installation. So were these guys.  This is NOT us……..

Fredericton Crosspoint is in a CP House Rules series. There are new faces, salvations and last week, standing room only in their second service. 

Moncton has been seeing people come to Christ on a regular basis this fall – three last Sunday.  This is at the core. Their youth group PRYME had a super group of students present for an overnighter on Halloween night. 

Houlton had a recent movie night and screened the God’s Not Dead movie.  Very good crowd present for this community connection event.

Thanks to all the churches that remembered and observed Pastor Appreciation Month in October. Your kindness and support is deeply appreciated.

November is Family Violence Awareness Month. In cooperation with Dr. Nancy-Nason Clark, pastors will be receiving daily items on family violence by email from our office. This is a needed emphasis in our culture. 

Several of our churches held a Trunk or Treat night at Halloween as a community outreach event. Kings Valley, Maple Ridge, Truro, Fredericton Crosspoint, Houlton and perhaps others were involved. In addition to treats being handed out, family photos were taken, Bibles given away, games played, new contacts made and community connections established or broadened. The total number touched in this way was at least 2000.  Onward and upward!

THOT: “If you have no opposition in the place you serve, you’re serving in the wrong place.” – G. Campbell Morgan

ON SECOND THOT: “We who preach the Word are not there to impress; we are there to communicate the life-giving message of the gospel.” – Thom Rainer




We were all saddened this week by the cowardly murder of two Canadian soldiers – one run down with a car and the other shot while standing post at the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier.  And then there was the hatchet attack on the four NYPD officers. All of these events would have long seemed impossible. As the world changes at a startling pace, I am greatly heartened by the rock-solid truth that we serve a Master who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  

I am pleased to announce that the 2014 District Journal is now posted on our district website. Due to changes in our DBMD and Camp Board structures and personnel, it has taken a bit longer to complete the Journal – thanks for your patience. The silhouette picture of Gannet Rock is as Atlantic as it gets! Picture was taken by my son Troy when we had opportunity to visit Gannet together this summer courtesy of Capt. Peter Wilcox

Ken Banks will be leading a missions trip to Nicaragua in February.  This is a church construction team and there is room for a few more people to sign up. If you or someone you know is interested in further info, please contact Ken at pastor93@ns.sympatico.ca. He needs to hear from you soon due to air travel reservation time lines. This is one of the GP Atlantic trips for this church year. 

The Seal Cove church has recently designated former pastor Gene Hudson as Pastor Emeritus. He presently serves the church through seniors visitation. Congratulations Gene. 

Fredericton Crosspoint had 75 kids at CP_Kids last Tuesday – onward and upward.

Grand Harbour Central had 24 youth present last week up from 6 a year ago. New youth pastor Caleb Richardson is “gettin it done” – congrats.

I was honoured to be at Deep Water over the weekend for the installation of Jon Stephens as Lead Pastor. The installation was conducted at both the Saturday evening gathering at North Street and Sunday at Park Lane.  Great joy to welcome Jon and Erin.

Presque Isle recently held a Christmas with a Purpose sale of items produced by indigents and people escaping bondage and raised over $7000. The money goes back to the country of origin to aid those who produced the items. Well done.

Jasper Rideout has been placed on a 60 day leave-of-absence through the remainder of 2014. 

This unanimous action of the LBA was taken last week in a meeting where I was present. This is being done so that serious matters of a personal nature may be addressed. Thanks to Charles Bain, Bruce Cheney, Perry and David Ingersoll who have agreed to supply the pulpit at North Head through the end of December. 

Peter and I also met with the LBA at Ingomar yesterday as we continue to work on pastoral recruitment for the church there. I am optimistic that we will have an satisfactory resolution to the matter very soon. 

THOT: “There is the tendency to place ourselves and our ambitions at the centre of our lives. This is very human, but it is not Christian.” – Pope Francis

ON SECOND THOUGHT: ‘Christians are not so much in danger when they are persecuted as when they are admired.” – Charles H. Spurgeon





President Mark Gorveatte resigned at the Board of Trustees meeting last week with an effective date of June 30, 2015.  A Search Committee has been established and prayers are sincerely requested for the Gorveatte’s as they seek the Master’s will for their next ministry season and for Kingswood as a new leader is selected. President Gorveatte has served with passion and Kingdom focus and will leave the institution better than he found it – a reality that should define every leader. 

Dave Rowe, staff pastor at Houlton, underwent surgery last week for a blown achilles tendon.  The surgery was successful and a long recuperation period is before him. 

Truro Central Nova raised $1135 last week for the Ebola crisis. Well done.

September set a new record for the total number of viewers to It’s Monday Again. It is great that we are staying connected – it is a proven community builder.

Four young men from Kingswood were at Nackawic yesterday, including a student from there, and represented the university very effectively. 

The Upon This Rock vision team experienced a well-planned tour of the rapid expansion in the greater St. John’s area.  The harvest is plentiful in communities such as Paradise and Southlands.  The District approved vision of Stuart Marples and Solid Rock Wesleyan to launch three new satellite locations in the next five years is perfectly timed as a season of explosive growth continues in the areas surrounding Mount Pearl. The team interacted with the Satellite Team of Solid Rock and enjoyed a powerful time of prayer in the Southlands Community Centre (a possible site) with several of the core leaders of the church.  The opportunity to reach lost people and regain lost ground for the church on The Rock has never been greater.

The sign that is being held above Graham Perry’s head in the pic says that their dream is to be in It’s Monday Again :).

There was a District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) leader training day held at Kingswood last week and hosted by HQ staff. Our district was represented by Dale MacDonald, DBMD Chair and Greg Hansen, DBMD Secretary. 

Mandate – the mens event at Crosspoint – was held over the weekend. Great reports – more than 80 men in attendance – and a date already set for October 16-17 next year. It is great to see the strong focus on men’s ministry in a number of our churches this fall. Onward and upward. 

Fort Fairfield received three new members yesterday and baptized seven – amazing. Attendance more than doubled from a year ago. PTL. 

Gloria was discharged from hospital lastThursday. There is much ground to be gained and significant treatment decisions still to be made. Thanks for your ongoing prayers and concern.  

October – Pastor Appreciation Month – a reminder if needed.

November – Family Violence Awareness Month – resource emails coming to pastors.

Zone Ministers Meetings coming up in a few weeks – pastors/staff pastors attendance expected – other ministers welcome. More detail by email. 

THOT: “Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Pray. Trust God. Enjoy life. Don’t let the little things get you down.” – Nicky Gumble

ON SECOND THOT: “God used the megachurch to reach Korea and the house church to reach China. Models should be held loosely and Christ held tightly.” – Ed Stetzer





Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!





Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and there is much for which to give thanks. The district office is closed today for the holiday and will reopen tomorrow – Tuesday. Happy Thanksgiving! Our American friends  – you will have your opportunity in just a few weeks. 


October is Pastor Appreciation month.  I know that many churches have already expressed appreciation in a variety of ways. Just a reminder that if your church has not done so as yet, this is a great opportunity to let your pastor know that he/she is loved and the ministry provided is truly appreciated. 

Pastors Rod Guptill, Gary Churchill  and Bill Lea along within the crew above are in Cuba on a short term missions trip.  We are so honoured to partner with the growing work in Cuba and our prayers are with the team.  Have you signed up for a short term mission trip this year?  If not, visit www.GPAtlantic.ca and click on Short Team Trips – this may be your time.

Leota Stairs, wife of Rev. Arnold Stairs passed away last week and her funeral was held on Friday.  I was honoured to bring brief remarks on behalf of our district and to gratefully acknowledge her life time of service to the Master.  Our sympathy is expressed again to Arnold, Reid, Nadine, their spouses and families. 

Would you trust your kids to this trio?  I certainly would! Excellent planning session for the growing ministry of Caton’s Island was held last week. Caton’s has expanding influence for the Cause and I thank God for these three – Ben Canney, Dean Stephenson and Peter Moore who are planning, praying and preparing for the continued  growth and spiritual impact of Caton’s. 

I met with the LBA at Bangor River City last week to respond to their application for consideration as a Maximizing Impact (MI) church. The meeting went very well and our consultation team will be there for a weekend in November. Our two MI churches for this fall are Truro Central Nova and Bangor River City. There are other applications on file and two of those will be selected for the spring of 2015.

On the trip to River City, I also had opportunity to briefly visit with AJ and Kelly Thomas and their boys, to see the home where they are living and take AJ to dinner; share breakfast with Matt Maxwell; meet with Nancy Nason-Clark (more word later) and have lunch with Mark Brewer. It is always great to be out and about with the tribe. 

Gloria continues her stay in the hospital and the above sign is about 2 meters from her bed. No, she has not been renamed Rachael – but due to space management issues, she is in the obstetrics unit. Thanks for your cards, contacts and prayers during these days. 

I attended church in Moncton yesterday. Very timely and on point word from Pastor Mike Tapper, who joined the staff there this summer.  Great to have the Tappers back on our district. 

Fredericton Journey held a Men Gone Wild event last weekend with some 75 men in attendance. They were challenged by a special guest who is an outdoors expert; took part in outdoor activities and of course, enjoyed some wild meat. 

Zone Ministers Meetings coming up in a few weeks – pastors/staff pastors attendance expected – other ministers welcome. More detail by email. 

One of us was unpacking stuff in the office and one was going to a funeral….Truly blessed to have Peter as an integral part of our district leadership team.

A good read this week:

The seven warnings on social media usage:

  1. Consider anything you say on social media to be permanent.
  2. You can be misunderstood often on social media.
  3. Emoticons are not sufficient to soften what you have posted.
  4. Attacks on other people’s character or positions are considered cowardly by many.
  5. Too many Christian leaders are posting on social media in the heat of emotional moments.
  6. Churches and other Christian organizations are checking social media of Christian leaders.
  7. The non-Christian world is watching Christians attack each other on social media.

THOT: “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” – Dwight L Moody

ON SECOND THOT: “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.” – Dwight L Moody





Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!





We are the:

People of God, committed to the
Purpose of God, believing in the
Providence of God, and relying on the
Power of God!  

And the Master is at work among us. Onward and Upward is more than a slogan. We celebrate every new victory; every hill claimed for the Cause; every convert; every baptism; every new initiative in ministry. 

PTL  points – so much praise is due to the Master: 

  • 2 baptized at Sydney; 2 baptized at River Valley; 4 baptized at Moncton – new life!
  • Hammond Plains Cornerstone averaged over 300 last month, the first month ever to do so other than December (Christmas).
  • Presque Isle held an anointed men’s prayer summit in Jackman, ME over the weekend with more than 80 men present – the most ever.
  • KV held their first Saturday evening service over the weekend. There are now four weekend services at KV and KVEast. They also hosted Harvest – a women’s convention with more than 230 ladies registered. 
  • Nick Graham is home from the hospital – home and at church yesterday morning –  and while there are still hurdles ahead, we are all thankful that he is back on the Ridge. 
  • Dartmouth Hillside became one church in multiple locations yesterday with the launching of a second service held in their newly-acquired Parkway facility.
  • 7 new folk at Alpha in Truro last week.
  • New Hope Valley in Kentville held a Men’s Rally over the weekend with LD Buckingham as speaker.  
  • Yesterday, Dianne Hutchinson received and accepted a call to pastor Norfolk Wesleyan Church in Norfolk, NY, a church in the Eastern New York New England District. Congrats Dianne.
  • Nackawic celebrated their 125th anniversary over the weekend. There were 153 present for a concert on Saturday evening that was held off-site to accommodate the crowd. Just under 100 were present for the service yesterday morning – a totally full house. 
  • I was in church yesterday as Moncton held a Back to Church Sunday that for this week only combined their two services into one and included a baptism, a surprise visit during the worship segment from One8Tea (very cool) and a clear presentation of the gospel by Pastor Tim after which at least 10 people stood to testify to new faith in Christ. The morning concluded with a wide array of after service activities. Great crowd!

Fredericton Crosspoint has a great crew that volunteers to serve at the Fredericton Community Kitchen.  We follow a Master who spoke about giving a cup of cold water….Always great to see community missions at work. 


A special edition bulletin on Church Boards is available online from the CCCC which I suggest pastors and board leaders check out. While it comes from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, the principles are not bound by geographic borders. 

Pastors, be watching for a World Hope Canada video coming in November.

A highly energized Encounter 2014 unpacked at Kingswood over the weekend. The many ingredients including Clint Dupin as speaker, great worship, an illusionist and on and on. Twitter was blowing up with positive words. A chapel full of youth from across our district and beyond came to taste and see what the Kingswood experience offers. Without doubt, many of these youth will be Kingswood alums in the future. 

Gloria continues to be in hospital and may well be facing back surgery this week. Thanks for all of the email, tweets, cards and visits – appreciated. The missionary payroll through The Wesleyan Church of Canada was due last week, so on a day she was feeling fairly well, we temporarily converted her hospital bed into the TWCC office – the work must go on :)

THOT: “If all you do is sing and speak on Sunday, it will become harder and harder to gather a crowd.” – Carey Nieuwhof

ON SECOND THOT: “Jesus died to take away your sins, not your brains.” – Mark Wilson from Purple Fish. 

A FINAL THOT: “Life is so short. Grudges are a waste of time. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and trust God with what you cannot change.” – Nicky Gumble





Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!




John Maxwell was in Moncton last week for a morning session with more than 6000 high school students that was held in the Coliseum. In the afternoon, along with Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse from PEI, he spoke to a nearly full house at the Moncton church. Several members of our tribe were present for a quintessential Maxwell presentation. The afternoon audience was a real community cross section that included people from the business, government, media, industry, educational and religious sectors. The Premier was also present and brought greetings. There was a brief back stage type opportunity following the session that was exclusively focused toward the ministers and church leaders present. Peter and I were both present and glad for the opportunity to rub shoulders with several of you.

AJ Thomas presented his plan for the relaunch of Bangor Pathway to the LBA there last week. The plan is comprehensive and, while still in draft stage, is focused on the outcome of a healthy, growing, sustainable community of faith with Great Commission impact. The LBA approved the plan – Onward and Upward!

Fort Fairfield held a Game Plan Sunday with 40 in attendance – 18 months ago they were on the verge of closure. Pastor Jamin Melanson presented a “Game Plan” and there was a significant time of anointing and prayer in the service. 

Yarmouth had 440 in attendance – up 50 from last year – as they reintroduced a second service.

Fredericton Journey also reintroduced a second Sunday service but in the evening rather than the more common model of multi services in the morning. The combined attendance for the day was 548. 

Fredericton Corbett and Crosspoint held a combined youth launch service with 85 students in attendance.

Peter was at Nackawic yesterday morning for their annual “well walk” service. The impact of Nackawic on African villages were they have helped drill several years across the last decade has given them positive Kingdom impact out of proportion to their size – well done!

KV had 101 middle schoolers show up for laser tag night on Friday night. On Saturday they held a Community Freecycle at Exhibition Park complete with BBQ, face painting, bouncy rides, etc and where all items were offered free to the general public. Onward and upward.

Time is slipping by. Kathy Shanks, our District Coach for Bible Bowl would love to hear from you. She is hoping ot have two teams in our district studying the book of Acts. Grades 6-8 qualify. Please contact Kathy straight away if interested – 1-506-238-1346.

Bangor River City and a number of other local churches along with the city were a part of A Day of Hope on Saturday that saw some 6000 people attend. The Day offered free groceries, winter coats, haircuts, manicures, help with resume writing, live music and health and dental screening. Great example of partnering with churches and the city to touch the community. 

Sackville Crossroads baptized two people yesterday in spite of the rain and then capped the day with a fellowship meal. New life!

Carey Nieuwhof’s 5 Ways to Make Criticism Sting Less

  1. Don’t Respond for 24 Hours.  Just Don’t.
  2. Ask yourself: Is there any truth in this?
  3. Own What You Can.
  4. Reply Relationally.
  5. Discard the Crud

THOT: “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

ON SECOND THOT: “By perseverance the ant reached the ark.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

THIRD AND FINALLY: “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”  – Charles H. Spurgeon






Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!




What a great two days! Sixteen new Solo/Lead/Staff pastors from across the district were together this week for New Pastor Orientation. Five were solo/lead pastors and the remaining eleven were staff pastors. We toured Caton’s, stayed at Beulah and, in addition to a myriad of Atlantic details, shared together concerning trust, truth, tenacity, teamwork and the high privilege we have of serving together for the sake of the Cause. Jedie Elliott shared a devotional and Brent Ingersoll was a special guest. Peter and I were honoured to interface with such quality servants of the God most high. Onward and upward!

I was pleased to be in Buctouche yesterday morning where I spoke at the Irving Chapel and Mark and Sherry Gorveatte led worship. It is always a privilege to be at the chapel for a service each year. 

Nackawic had a baptism yesterday – in the Saint John River no less.

Congrats to Mike and Kate Agrell on the safe arrival of their daughter Julia. She made her debut on Fredericton last week and mum, dad and daughter are all doing well. To quote Mike “Julia is one pretty little ball of wrinkles.”

Nick Graham continues to battle health issues and is presently hospitalized in Fredericton. Peter and I visited him there on Saturday and we continue to pray for him, Beth and the girls. We also were present for a board meeting at Maple Ridge that morning and heard very encouraging reports on the life of the church and their strong support for both Pastors Nick and Mike. There were 35 youth present for the first youth meeting of the fall held last week.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Del Heiney, Youth Pastor at KV, as our new District Youth President. Appreciation is expressed to Scott Rhyno who has been serving in this capacity and we look forward with keen anticipation to the youth work on the district under Del’s leadership. 

A major repair job is underway on the Beulah wharf with the replacement of the several piers on the wharf.  Built in 1934 and 1935, the piers were badly deteriorated and posed a safety issue and as well as having become quite unattractive. The project should be completed this month.

As mentioned last week, KV held their revivekv2014 last weekend. Their total attendance for the weekend was circa 1700 and they baptized 19 in the evening service in Kings Square – PTL!

Yesterday was Vision Sunday at Crosspoint; Launch Day at Truro and a packed house day at Kentville New Hope – as the fall growth season moves into full swing.  Onward and upward. 


There are great short-term mission trip opportunities available over the next few months. Check this link for details. Short-term mission trips change your worldview and should be a part of every believers experience. Check it out.

THOT: “Once in 7 years I burn all of my sermons. It is a shame if I cannot write better sermons than 7 years ago.” – John Wesley

ON SECOND THOT: “God grant that I may never live to be useless.” – John Wesley



NB/ME Children’s Ministry Huddle at Presque Isle Wesleyan on Sept 20 from 9 AM-3PM. Cost is $25 per person or $99 for for 4 or more per church. This includes breakouts, networking and lunch together.

One-day affordable event for your children’s ministry team. Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, VBS helpers, children’s church workers and volunteers experience the excitement and energy of discovering practical, new ideas you can use NOW from a team of passionate and dedicated workers. 

Get ready for a time of growth, renewal and fun.

Register your team today – contact linda.lamos@kingsvalley.ca





Kingswood is gearing up for their fourth annual ENGAGE conference on October 24-25. Designed for pastors, worship leaders, and anyone involved in planning or implementing the weekend worship gathering in the local church, teams that attend find this event to be an inspiring Fall experience.

Visit www.kingswood.edu/engage for information about seminars, keynotes and registration. Take advantage of early bird pricing until September 15th!