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Glory and kids

Kingdom Ministries

For Glory Destura, Immerse student and Director of Children’s Ministry at Burnett Fellowship Church in Maple Ridge, building God’s Kingdom is her main focus. Glory signs all her emails with “FTK (For The Kingdom), Glory“. Her love for her Lord and Saviour and her heart for children is a joy to witness. Glory directs the Kingdom Kids service each Sunday and she meets with a handful of young girls for prayer and mentorship each week. She exclaims,  “Exciting things are happening! We launched Kingdom Kids to meet three major goals. They were, BELONG to a Caring Community, BELIEVE in God’s Kingdom, and BUILD Faith by Empowering Parents. My heart is full of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing work God is doing at Burnett Fellowship and also for the many faithful people who give to support the Immerse Program – Thank you!”

Upon completing the Immerse program Glory will have earned an accredited Masters of Divinity degree while gaining invaluable ministry experience serving at Burnett.

Tom DrinkwaterTom Drinkwater, one of our more recent Immerse students is the Children’s Ministry Director at Central Baptist in Victoria. Tom loves to have FUN and share JESUS with the children and families in Victoria: “I have the great privilege to work on a staff team at Central that is very supportive and it’s great to see the kids getting excited about God, their faith and sharing the Good News.”

Tom is on a life journey to serve Jesus: “The Immerse program is helping to highlight my ministry strengths, as well as tending to areas that need growth. I am on a journey to keep learning, keep improving and serve our Lord as best I can, in the context He has called me and gifted me. Thanks to all who support Immerse! ”

The Ministry of Northwest and Immerse is about building God’s Kingdom through the development of key leaders like Glory and Tom. Thank you to all our faithful partners and donors for their generosity and prayers as we impact our communities and beyond together. To donate, you can do so directly online at www.nbseminary.ca/donate or contact me – Ron J. Sing, Director of Development: ron -at- nbseminary.ca or 250-240-3737.

Celebration and Thanksgiving to God

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you – 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18.
Birthdays in our home are a great excuse to eat, laugh and share about our year. Taking time to celebrate how God has blessed us helps us to refocus on God’s goodness and to be thankful for all He has accomplished. In Psalm 97:12, we are commanded: “Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous, and praise His holy name.”

One of our family birthday traditions is to share a highlight for the year. This year, our daughter was so excited to report her highlight. She was literally bursting to share her good news with us!
Here is my highlight from Northwest’s year and my reason for celebration and for giving thanks to God.

O— Immerse, our church based Ministry Leadership Development program is now fully accredited by ATS and currently  has 35 students involved in churches throughout the Pacific region.  We are blessed and excited to partner with our local churches as we actively extend the love of Jesus to others and impact our communities.

Here is just a small sample of what our churches are saying about our Immerse students:

We started with one Immerse student and within a year, brought on a second. The excitement and passion they bring is expanding and strengthening our ministry here at Central Baptist Church. The Immerse program has exceeded our expectations in its effectiveness… As we train and mentor these men, we expect God to do great things as we partner in building His kingdom.
Steve Edelman, Associate Pastor,
Central Baptist Church, Victoria BC.

As an Immerse intern Wesley has brought more effectiveness to our community outreach, strength to our preaching ministry, assistance in the tasks of my role, wisdom to our pastoral team, and another team member to work alongside of.  I cannot express how much help it is to have him on board.
Barton Priebe, Senior Pastor,
Dunbar Heights Baptist Church Vancouver, BC.

We have the privilege of currently having two Immerse students as part of our staff team.  As a church I know we have benefited greatly from the ministry leaders. While our students are mainly involved in youth and kids ministries, I would guess that you could ask just about anyone at Emmanuel, and they would tell you that the blessing to our church extends far beyond a particular program…our whole church has been blessed by our participation in Immerse.
Don Reeve, Lead Pastor,
Emmanuel  Baptist Church, Vernon, BC.

We are grateful for the role Northwest Baptist Seminary has in extending God’s Kingdom and impacting others at home and abroad.

If you wish to know more about how you can support us with your financial gifts please call me: 1-250-240-3737 or email me directly: ron@nbseminary.ca.

We thank you for all your support and depend on the generosity of our friends like you who wish to see God’s Kingdom grow and prosper. Here is how you can give to Northwest to help sponsor a student. You can give directly online: www.nbseminary.ca/give. Thanks for your investment in the Kingdom of God and for making a difference!

Interview with an Immerse Student

Two and a half years ago Northwest began a unique way to develop our most promising leaders for the future of our Fellowship, our local churches and for His glory. Currently, we have almost 30 students in Immerse! I had the opportunity to catch up with one of them – Paul Park from Coquitlam, BC. Here is what I discovered…

Tell me a little about yourself…

Paul ParkI was born and raised in a Christian family and my father has been in ministry since before I was born. So, I got to see what ministry looks like from a young age, and I was determined that I would never make that choice. But here I am, in the Immerse program and apprenticing at South Delta Baptist Church to become a pastor! God led me in His typically amazing way and brought me to embrace my calling… or His calling. Before I entered the Immerse program, I was an English teacher teaching both high school students and adults. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching, but now I am embarking on a career path that may be even more rewarding that I ever imagined.

You are one of our current Immerse students and being mentored by several people –  what does that mean to you?

I am currently being mentored by Colin van der Kuur, Larry Perkins, Paul Johnson and Jeremy Johnson. I went through a similar multi-dimensional apprenticeship when I was at UBC in the Bachelor of Education program. While I was out at practicum, I worked alongside three mentors who helped me hone my skills as an English teacher. This experience in Immerse feels very similar. I am extremely thankful for the mentors that I have because they all contribute so much in helping me learn to do ministry with excellence. Ministry itself is so multi-dimensional, so it completely makes sense to have multiple mentors. Each mentor brings something different to the table, and this leads to a more wholesome experience.

You and your local church started a new church with the Tsawwassen First Nations about five and half years ago. That’s exciting! Tell me more about this.

The Korean church (GKMC) where I am originally from began helping people in need on the TFN Reservation about six years ago. We were using the old church building on the reserve that was built in 1904 to distribute food from the South Delta Food Bank. When we saw that the church was no longer being used to house worship services, and that there was a community that needed to hear the gospel, we began to pray for something to happen on the TFN reserve. God graciously led us to plant a Sunday evening service five and a half years ago, and I feel like we’re still in the progress of planting a church.

Currently you are the Pastor Apprentice at South Delta Baptist and involved in our Immerse program. How does this partnership work? Tell me about your current role and duties?

I am grateful to be at South Delta Baptist Church as a Pastor Apprentice. Pastor Paul Johnson and Pastor Jeremy Johnson are my mentors for the Immerse program, so SDBC’s involvement in this partnership with NBS to train me as a ministry leader is quite significant. I currently help with the hospitality part of the church and I teach ESL/Bible Study to the Korean community at South Delta. I also continue to serve as a pastor for the church in Tsawwassen First Nations.

Thank you for your financial support for students like Paul. If you would like more information on giving to Northwest or about Immerse, please contact me:  Ron Sing, Director of Development at: 250-240-3737. You can also give directly online to support our students >> click here.

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God Owns it All, Really!

It’s true. I have bought a lot of things over the years. Some things were small items but I have made a number of significant purchases like the wedding ring for my beautiful wife, Natalie. Other shiny things worth mentioning include golf clubs, tools, kitchen gadgets, cars, iPhones and other electronic devices.

You may likely have a similar list. You may have thought that what you bought belonged to you and to you alone. However, in reality, God really owns it all.

Does God really own it all?

What about the home you live in, the car/truck you drive to church, the clothes you wear each day, the funds in your chequing/savings account and in your RRSP?

Yes, God owns it all, indeed.

We are simply stewards for all that God has richly blessed us with. God also owns every  asset we have – including our bank accounts and our retirement savings. God is the owner.  We are the stewards.

This key biblical perspective of God’s ownership and our stewardship has profound eternal impact for the good of the Kingdom. By definition, a steward is someone who manages the possessions of the owner, on his behalf. If 100 per cent of my possessions and resources including my bank account belong to God, and I am God’s steward, it impacts every decision I make.

Throughout the bible, it is clear that God is the owner of everything.

“The earth is The Lords, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”  Psalm 24:1
“The silver is mine and the gold is mine, declares The Lord  Almighty. “  Haggai 2:18

As a steward of God, we need to seek His wisdom: “Lord,  how can I further your Kingdom with the money and possessions you have entrusted to me?”

At Northwest, we are truly thankful for our many generous supporters who give to the work of equipping men and women for ministry leadership. We will be honoured if you would prayerfully consider becoming one of our Student Sponsorship Partners  and giving to our Scholarship Fund which directly support our students. These students are our future Ministry Leaders.

We are grateful that God is using our Ministry Leadership Development at Northwest to enable the Gospel to be proclaimed and communities around the world impacted for Jesus. For online giving or to invest in our Student Scholarship Fund:  >> click here.

We would be happy to share more about our new Immerse Church Based Ministry Leadership program – a unique collaboration between the Fellowship Pacific and Northwest Baptist Seminary to develop the next generation of Ministry Leaders. For more info call:  250-240-3737.

I would love to hear your comments or questions. Drop me a line or or go for coffee with me. Thanks to God for all our faithful supporters and prayers. God bless.

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Sowing Seeds for His Kingdom

“You give them something to eat” Luke 9:13

Jesus loves us and takes care of all our needs, both spiritual and physical. He also shows us that if we honour Him with our gifts, He is able to multiply it and use it for good. In Luke 9, the feeding the five thousand we see how Jesus wants us to live. It all begins when He says to His disciples: “ You give them something to eat “.

I love all Asian food. So when we were invited to a large Chinese banquet recently, we agreed to attend. My daughter, naturally asked me questions, including: “ What are they REALLY going to serve there, Dad? “. Over the course of several hours, 180 hungry people talked and ate. Plates of food kept coming and filling our tables. 180 plates of food, 180 pairs of chopsticks, and endless pots of tea later. We came away happy, full and content.

Food for everyone.

The feeding of the five thousand men (plus women and children) shows the unlimited resources of our Lord Jesus. And like our Chinese banquet for 180, the five thousand plus hungry people were well fed.

Take some time to read Luke 9: 10-17.

What can we learn from Jesus?

First, Jesus loves and cares for us and is more than able to supply our current needs. After all, the five thousand ate and there were plenty of leftovers. Twelve full baskets to be exact! Christ is more than sufficient and His provisions overflow.

Secondly, I believe our Lord is reminding us to trust him more with all our resources. Our resources are really His resources. There are times that he may allow us to give five loaves and two fish. At other times, he has blessed us richly and we have baskets of extras to give to others. As Jesus grabs a hold of your heart, allow Him to surprise you with what He can do with your gifts. How amazing that this little boy was willing to give up his lunch for Jesus. With the 5 loaves and 2 fish being multiplied to feed the five thousand hungry men, it must have been quite something to see!

How do you see your gifts being multiplied for Jesus?

How is The Lord directing your loaves and fishes to further His Kingdom?

Want to Give to Northwest? “The Student Sponsorship Fund“ for student scholarships financially supports our students in our Immerse (Church Based Training) program. Call me at (250) 240-3737 or fill out the form below for more informaton. For online giving to invest in our Student Scholarship Fund:  >> click here.

It’s simple and easy to be a Monthly Financial Partner. Call Dianne at Northwest to start today (604) 888-7592!

Many thanks to all our financial partners and sponsors for their consistent and generous gifts to our ministry. Your generosity and prayers enables us to accomplish our mission: “To thoroughly equip and prepare future Pastoral Ministry Leaders for all our Fellowship churches and to impact our communities for His glory”.

“A generous person will prosper. Whoever refreshes others, will be refreshed.” (Proverb 11:25 NIV.)

I would love to hear your comments or questions.

 

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Sowing Seeds for His Kingdom

In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul encourages giving and generosity:

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.2 Corinthians 9:6

Gardening is part of my heritage. My grandfather built a successful greenhouse business growing tomatoes and cucumbers. My Dad was an avid gardener as well. He turned our backyard into an oasis of tomatoes, beans, and yes, zucchinis too! My Dad understood the concept of sowing and reaping. Food was plentiful and there was lots of it!

A few summers ago, my family started a small garden and we had great results. This year, however, was a different story. Our May felt like January so we chose to take a break from planting one. Now, we settle for tomatoes from Costco or our local markets.

Here are some facts:

1.) Without a generous sowing you will never experience a generous harvest.

2.) A successful farmer does not reap the exact amount that he sows. His harvest generally produces proportionately more.

So it is with Christian giving. When we give generously we receive far more in return in proportion to the amount of the gift we have given.

As everything belongs to God ultimately, when we give our time, talents, and money, God promises to “increase the fruit of your righteousness” (verse 10).

Currently, we are sowing the seeds of our new “Immerse” Church Based Training Program in order to bring new ministry leaders for kingdom work. This innovative program will develop Christ centered ministry leaders for our Fellowship Churches in BC, Alberta and the Yukon. We are sowing generously so that we may also reap generously.

Your gifts to Northwest are indeed sowing the seeds for an eternal impact. Thank you for choosing to make a Kingdom difference with your financial gifts to this ministry.

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Bequests and Other Gifts

An Investment in Christ-Centred Leadership Development

Spring is almost here! My family can’t wait for sunny days and the promise of hot summer temperatures ahead!  For us, it also means spring cleaning around the house and garden. It is also a great time to do some “financial spring cleaning”. This is an ideal opportunity to review all your investments, update your will and ensure your estate plans are current to reflect your wishes.
A Biblical Perspective
In 1 Chronicles 29, King David leaves his wealth to a trustee to ensure the temple could be built after his death. This is a clear example of “planned giving or deferred giving”.  David bequeaths his entire wealth so that his son Solomon, could build the temple. To guarantee David’s plans and to carry out his wishes, he gave his gifts to Jehiel the Gershonite ( 1 Chronicles 29:8 ). Jehiel became the trustee of the gifts to complete the construction of the temple.
Estate Planning
Estate planning and the preparation of a legal will and/or a charitable bequest, is an opportunity to honour God with our gifts. This enables us to give back a portion of the financial growth He has showered us with during our lifetimes.
Types of Bequests
Cash Bequest:  Northwest receives a specific dollar amount from your estate.
Bequest of Property: Northwest receives specific assets (real estate, securities, or other tangible property – art or antiques etc)
Retirement Plan Bequests:  Northwest is designated as a beneficiary of the remainder of your RRSP/RRIF. This is simple to set up. First talk to your plan administrator and complete a “change of beneficiary “ form.
Tax Planning
Many people pay more tax in the year of death than in any other year during their lifetime. Complete estate planning should always include tax planning. Charitable giving upon death is an excellent way to reduce your tax liability.
In addition to your annual gift to Northwest Baptist Seminary, have you considered leaving a gift to Northwest in your will?
Thank you for your involvement in this ministry. It is through the your generous support and your financial gifts that allow us to pursue our ministry in Christ-Centered Leadership Development.
If you would like to discuss how to become a Legacy partner with Northwest please contact Ron Sing, Director of Development.  Direct: 250-821-3777 or toll free : 1-888-402-3477.

Visit Northwest’s web-page on “How to Donate to Northwest”.

This article is for general information only and does not replace consulting with your professional financial and/or legal advisors about your own situation.