We welcome Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd (South Asian) Calgary, our newest church plant.
Calgary has ranked third in proportion of visible minorities, just behind Toronto and Vancouver. South Asian (mainly Indian and Pakistani) is the second largest visible minority group. The vision of this Church-Plant is to reach out to those who speak Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi.Many of them miss their cultural and religious customs – worshipping the Lord in their own language(s) and singing geet (hymns) and zaboors (psalms) which give them spiritual nourishment.
The audio recordings and notes are available.The photos of the events are posted here.
Bishop Stephen Leung gave his charge at the assembly. He began by noting that God is a missional God who has entrusted us with proclaiming the Good News of salvation – of new creation – through Christ Jesus. The resulting faith community is to be a fellowship of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation through which the world can see the living Christ. “The attraction of the Church… is Christ himself reigning over the transformed community in his love.”
Noting that, by 2017, it is projected that around 20 per cent of Canada’s population will be visible minorities, and that Canada is a magnet for international students, he said “we have a huge Gospel mission field among us” which, if we are faithful to the God’s mission, could resoundingly impact the growth of the Church worldwide. To this end AMMiC is: planting Asian and multicultural churches in Canada – five in the past year; charting a path for second generation leadership in these immigrant church communities; and seeking to serve the Church outside Canada by sending short-term mission teams.
He went on to discuss churches forming in Calgary, including: a Hindi-Urdu speaking church for South Asians; a South Sudanese Dinka community; and others – potentially four or more new churches in Alberta. Toronto is also a huge multicultural mission field and AMMiC is partnering with the Anglican Greenhouse Movement in Chicago to train young lay catechists in campus ministry. Bishop Stephen said “We would like to see more church plants to different ethnic groups [in Toronto], including South Asians, Filipinos, Mandarin-speaking Chinese, Korean and Hispanic people.” In the Vancouver area, AMMiC has six church plants and parishes and a renovation of the Good Shepherd church building will include an Asian and Multicultural Ministry training centre. His vision is for more church plants on university campuses and in the suburbs to “…reach out to international students, Mandarin-speaking Chinese, South Asian, Korean and Arab ethnic groups.”
He concluded by challenging us to grow spiritually as well as numerically through conversion growth. “God calls you and me to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to ethnic visible minority groups… Indeed, this mission is a great challenge that demands far beyond mere human effort… God will reveal his way and call out leaders in his time….”
Dates: April 17-20, 2013 (Wed 7:00 pm – Sat 3:00 pm) * Thur & Fri evenings and Sat are open to public for free
Location: Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd
189 West 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Bishop Abraham Nhial, an advocate for the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” will speak on how to reach out to the Sudanese and other African immigrants in Canada, as well as share his firsthand escape stories from the persecution of Islamic militants in Sudan.
Bishop Albert Vun, a renowned cell group architect, will bring his rich experiences in cell group ministry with respect to church growth in the Diocese of Sabah, Malaysia.
Rev. John Coles, leader of the international New Wine organization from England, will inspire us to learn to make room for the Holy Spirit, and let God equip and strengthen our churches by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Saimond Ip, a church growth strategist & youth pastor from Hong Kong, will present the topic “From Fire-fighting to Continuous Growth: Lessons from 20 successful church-based youth ministries.”
Our local pastors & church planters, Rev. Chris Zoephel, Rev. Josh Wilton, and Neil Van Heerden, will help us understand the art of translating the Gospel in a postmodern world, implementing it, and leading change in local parishes.
Cost for Non-Delegate Participants:Early Bird $99 (on or before Mar 31)Regular $149To register, please go to www.anglicannetwork.ca
The theme of the ANiC’s Regional Assemblies is based on Colossians 1:28 (ESV): Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Three ANiC assemblies will be held: the eastern assembly is April 17-19 at Crossroads Centre in Burlington, while both the western and Asian & multicultural assemblies are April 17-20 at Good Shepherd Church in Vancouver, BC. We anticipate more ANiC members will be able to participate in the worship, fellowship and spiritual teaching offered.
Please go to ANiC Asian and Multicultural Assembly website for details. The speakers’ bio and synopses can be found there too.
Good Shepherd Calgary officially launched as an ANiC church plant with Bishop Stephen Leung officiating at a Holy Communion service on February 9 (Saturday) which was held at Our Lady of Peace Maronite Catholic Parish of Calgary (504 – 30th Ave, NW Calgary). 150 people joined the dedication service at which three adults were baptized – a real encouragement to this new Cantonese congregation.
Following this launch, Good Shepherd, a Cantonese-speaking congregation of 35-40 led by Evangelist Tom Lo, will meet regularly beginning February 17, 2013.
The group has been meeting for Bible study for two years as an evangelistic outreach ministry. About half of the congregation are seekers. So far one family and three adults have been baptized and others are preparing for baptism.
Good Shepherd Calgary will officially launch as an ANiC church plant with Bishop Stephen Leung officiating at a Holy Communion service on February 9 (Saturday) at 1pm. The service will be held at Our Lady of Peace Maronite Catholic Parish of Calgary, 504 – 30th Ave, NW Calgary. All are welcome.
Following this launch, Good Shepherd, a Cantonese-speaking congregation of 35-40 led by Evangelist Tom Lo, will meet regularly at the Maronite Catholic Church on Saturdays at 1pm. The group has been meeting for Bible study for two years as an evangelistic outreach ministry. About half of the congregation are seekers. Already one family has been baptized and others are preparing for baptism.
In partnership with International China Concern (ICC), this mission team is to serve together to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus by being Jesus’ hands and feet to bring love, hope and opportunity to the abandoned and disabled children living in welfare centre in Sanmenxia, Henan Province, China.