The Common Ministries of the United Brethren Church in Canada are dynamic efforts to bring our people and churches together to impact lives, churches, communities and our denomination in positive ways for eternity. Our purpose is to strengthen the ministry of local churches and enhance the connectedness of United Brethren people and churches in Canada. We are in the process of assessing, developing and implementing ministry streams and events for spiritual growth and bonding between individuals from our churches in Canada. We want to see individuals and churches mobilized for action on social issues as well.
The Common Ministries Leadership Team oversees initiatives in the areas of Adult Ministries, College and Careers Ministries and Student Ministries. We are priviledged to have strong leadership for our Student Ministries from Director, Jim Tice and for our Youth Camps from Coordinator Elissa Bridges.
The Adult Ministries of the United Brethren Church in Canada are organized through various leadership teams of the denomination including the Common Ministries Leadership Team. Some of the events planned by the Leadership Development, Global Ministries and New Church Development teams target the adults of our denomination for discipleship, skill development, training and equipping for service in the local church, the community and around the world.
The Common Ministries Team plans and organizes events and common emphases from time to time to supplement these other events and emphases. Examples would be:
Young Adult Retreats
The Common Ministries Team works together with our local churches to plan a Young Adults/College and Careers Retreat each year. In 2013 it was held at New Life Camp outside of Priceville, Ontario. Costs are kept to a minimum and subsidies are available to help low some attend. We are planning a retreat for late January/early February in 2014 at the same location. More info will be posted as details are nailed down.
UB Youth Camps minister to 150-180 campers every year during the first three full weeks of August. We are happy to announce the Appointment of our new Camp Coordinators, Nicole and Shaun Somers. More info can be found by clicking the UB Youth Camps button to the left.
The UB Church in Canada is a partner denomination in the Mennonite and Brethren Marriage Encounter program. Marriage Encounter is an invitation to spend an entire weekend focusing on your spouse and your relationship with each other, working toward God's ideal for marriage. Encounter means "to meet again at a deeper level." You'll find the weekend to be orderly, informative, and structured. Marriage Encounter takes couples beyond the frustration, disappointments, or loneliness that can be a part of their everyday life. The weekend begins on a Friday night and continues through Sunday afternoon. During the weekend, a team of trained volunteer couples and clergy present a series of sharings centered around their own real life experiences. The purpose of each sharing is to inspire couples to come to understand their own feelings about various aspects of their marriage. The second step, sharing these feelings with each other, is accomplished through a method called dialogue. Dialogue gives husband and wife a time for personal reflection and exchange. Exchanges between spouses are conducted away from the group, in the privacy of their own room.
Fore more information on Marriage Encounter, please visit: http://www.marriageencounter.org/
The Common Ministries Team (and/or their predecessor) also plans Christian Education and Leadership Conventions. In 2013 we partnered with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA for their National Conference/Convention. Many of our pastors and church leaders attended this first rate event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and were further enriched and equipped to effectively minister for Christ in our local settings. Details on upcoming conventions will be posted here when available.
Scheduled once a year. Many adults participate with our students in a fun day of interaction and friendly competition.
Some years an adult retreat is scheduled at a centre in Southern Ontario and many singles and couples gather for a time of friendship, refreshing, activity, relaxation and spiritual enrichment and challenge. Themes have included marriage enrichment, friendship evangelism training, prayer, "The Amazing Race", UB Crazy comedy weekend, and many more. Info will be posted when available on our next Adult Retreat.
The primary focus of our denomination is to change the culture in our local churches, to move toward being more outward focused Christians. Outflow is a resource we have identified which provides information, ideas and helps for a sermon series, small groups, youth and children's ministries and outreach. Any church can use Outflow as broadly as they discern is appropriate but it is a foundational tool to use with the Adult Ministries of our churches. Outflow is about a 40-day emphasis on building our relationship with Christ and living out of the fullness He brings into our lives. As we do this, an outflow of love, joy, comfort, encouragement and so much more is bound to touch the people around us. Why not plan on using this in your church if you haven't already!
May God bless you on your spiritual journey.
- Randy Magnus, Common Ministries Team Leader