The 2014 BC Conference General Meeting will take place May 22-25, 2014 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo, BC. Registration is now available. There will be a pre-conference event with Eric Law on May 21-22, 2014 exploring the topics of Holy Currencies. Cost for the pre-Conference event is by donation through GracEconomics.
On March 14, 2014, the BC Conference Executive prepared a response to the Comprehensive Review Task Group's paper, "Fishing on the Other Side". This response is intended to stimulate and add to discussions being had by all BC presbyteries, congregations and United Church members. It is not a response made on behalf of the whole Conference.
BC Conference is pleased to welcome the following new staff members to fulfill the revised staffing model for the Northern Ministries alongside Wally Hargrave who continues halftime providing pastoral care and worship to congregations and villages that do not have settled ministry in Prince Rupert Presbytery.
Gary Paterson, Moderator of the United Church of Canada, and key workshop leaders will share the spirit of the Greenbelt Festival and topics of Transformation for the Church.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:00 - 8:30 pm at Hilton Metrotown, Burnaby, BC.
Cost: $25.00 for the whole event, No charge for the worship but an offering will be taken.
BC Conference is now adding the practice of mentoring as an essential feature of ministry formation and accompaniment. Such a relationship can arise informally or it can be initiated and shaped as a discipline. In this introductory program we will expand our appreciation for the difference a mentoring relationship can make, we will see how personal authority and spiritual grounding form an essential foundation for effective mentoring, and together we will learn the practices of mentoring in communities of faith.
Making the best use of our diverse, leadership resources
The Effective Leadership Project is an initiative of General Council that intends to make best use of our leadership resources. The project is currently being piloted by all Conferences of The United Church of Canada. The premise of this project is to move the more technical aspects of Pastoral Relations work to the Conference from the Presbyteries, to be dealt with by the Conference Personnel staff team.
This workshop will be held June 17-19, 2014 at Northwood United Church (8855 156 Street, Surrey BC).
Susan Neinaber is a Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute. This Alban event is designed to take participants to the next level in their understanding and response to conflict in congregations. Participants will learn more advanced skills for facilitation and mediation when tensions are high, will have the opportunity work with a difficult case study of their choosing and will learn responses to the most difficult behaviors in congregations.