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Creative Ideas and Practical Tips Define Book: Faith Today Subscription Promo

by Don Moore

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Shifting Stats – Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond (World Vision, 2015)is catching the attention of church leaders with more than a thousand copies distributed during the first six weeks after its release. 

This book contains the short stories of 40 Canadian churches that have broken out of their “comfort zones” to creatively meet the needs of the people living in their changing communities.

Each of these innovative churches is responding to the demographic changes that have been gradually happening in Canada over the last 25 years. These stories were selected from over 200  that the Church Engagement Team at World Vision Canada uncovered over the past year through the Annual Church Leaders Forums and through individual meetings with denominational leaders.

These stories represent every region in Canada and include 25 different denominations. The churches range in size from 20 to 3000+ congregants and are found in a variety of rural, urban, ethnic and First Nation communities.

Listening to the responses of church leaders, they report that these stories are  inspiring to their leadership team and to their people. (Some have bought copies for each person on their church leadership team.) It’s pushing them to rethink their traditional way of doing ministry to see if there may be new ways they should consider to become more effective in accomplishing their mission as a church.

Each six-page story provides creative ideas and practical illustrations of how ministry can be done from different perspective. The authors provide insights into the common elements in these stories that explain their why they are so effective in what they’re trying to accomplish.

Commendations are coming in over the unique story matrix provided in the closing pages of this book that provide the reader the ability to sort through the stories by topic, region, denomination and church size. This is a great way to find stories that hold the greatest interest to the reader.

But overall, the most common response has been that this book provides tremendous hope for the future of the church in Canada. This is clear evidence that God is at work in His Church today in Canada for which we are truly thankful.

Rev. Dr. Don Moore is National Church Ambassador for World Vision Canada, and wrote the foreword and postscript for the book, co-written by Faith Today senior writer Patricia Paddey and Faith Today senior editor Karen Stiller. You can receive a copy of Shifting Stats for free when you subscribe to Faith Today by the end of June! (For Canadian residents and new subscribers only). 

Behind the Scenes With Shifting Stats

“Canada is home to one of the most multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-religous populations and the planet, and we’re facing some of the most significant upheavals inout nation’s history. So what does this mean for Christ’s Church?”

That blurb is from the back cover of Shifting Stats Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond, a new book published by World Vision Canada, an affiliate of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, and co-authored by a Faith Today senior editor and a senior writer.Shifting-Stats-Cover

The book is part of our May/June Faith Today subscription deal: Subscribe to Faith Today and receive the book for free (an $18.99 value, important note: the authors of the book do not receive any monetary gain from its sales).

It seemed like an excellent fit for Faith Today readers, who we know care about the Canadian Church and love its stories. The book profiles 40 churches of various denominations, shapes and sizes from every corner of the country. This is not a book about Big Churches (although there are a few of those of course). It’s a book about ordinary churches in extraordinary times, being creative and responsive to the changing face of their communities.

It’s also a bit of a “how-to” in that the book provides tips, references and guidance for going forward in our own congregations. “Listen, then do. We learned the Church is heard best when it listens first,” the authors write in the conclusion.

The book is also full of EFC affiliate denominations and congregations. The ideas are simple. They aren’t even all wildly creative, many are as basic as responding to a need and reality with love and compassion. It’s about being the church to a changing Canada. You can find out about the subscription promo by clicking here.