This website page is from the National BTCS in North America. Whether you plan on Sunday September 15th or a Season of Invitation (multiple Sundays, like my congregation), you can use these previews in church to spark interest. We used Invite #1 – Mrs. Edwards – at Peace Lutheran (Pickering, ON) Sunday April 21st. The response was positive in all age groups, especially those over 50. You can purchase the 2013 versions from the web store (backtochurch.com/store) if you want to use them in official promotions, such as your church website. Here’s the link to the preview videos: http://backtochurch.com/videos
While the National BTCS is through the US site, you can list your congregation with them – I’ve done so with my church. Thank you to Pastor Ramer for her post about the assessment kit you can find on the website at:
The need to “ReImagine” church is vital in a global, technological world which changes at an exponential rate. If we are to answer the call of Matthew 28:19 today and for the church 20 years from now we must continue to reform as Luther taught us. Here is one tool to help you.
This resource is from Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism, posted in 2012. The powerpoint presentations can be downloaded from this site:
Back to Church Seminars in Eastern Synod Conferences.
Here are the dates for the BTCS Seminars presented by Michael Harvey.
Contact your Conference Dean or Designated organizer for any fees and specific information on place and time. You can also e-mail me for any further quesitons.
May 3rd Seaway Cluster
May 4th Hamilton Conference
London Conference & KW Conference – St Marks Kitchener
May 5th Georgian Bay
May 8th Northern Conference
June 19th Ottawa Conference
June 20th Ottawa Conference
North American Godly Play Conference in Toronto June 19-22, 2013.
A special opportunity is being offered to complete Core Godly Play Training in combination with the North American Godly Play conference in June in Toronto. Those wishing to do their Core Godly Play training will begin with a session the day before the regular conference starts on Wed. June 18 and complete their Core training during the workshop times during the conference itself.
The advantage of this is that you will have the opportunity to hear the keynote addresses from Jerome Berryman (founder of Godly Play) and Joyce Ann Mercer along with all the other conference participants. Amy Crawford of Godly Play Canada says that organizers will be making materials from the workshops available to conference participants ( you can still benefit from workshops even if you aren’t able to attend them in person).
BTCS Seminars & UNLOCKING THE GROWTH (Book available through Augsburg Fortress)
On September 30th 2012 thousands of Christians across Canada invited their friends to church, many Canadians accepted that invitation. Across the world 200,000 Christians had 200, 000 accepted invitations. Surveys also show that people would consider going to church if given an invitation.
A Seminar by Michael Harvey
The Seminar offers simple and effective ideas for increasing the number of people gathered to invitational services. It is specifically designed for church leaders and lay people who want to see their church grow.
Michael Harvey is a founding team member of Back to Church Sunday and has spoken to thousands of church leaders across three continents. He has seen over thirty seven thousand people added to the church from 2004 to the present day. Back to Church Sunday takes place in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Wales,
UNLOCKING THE GROWTH Topics include:
The reasons Christians don’t invite
Hidden attitudes in our churches
How to overcome the wounds of the past?
How welcome plays its part?
What is church in 2013?
The keys to adding to the church
12 steps of kicking the habit of being an uninviting church or (How to
Double a congregation in a day)
BTCS 2013 Seminars in the Eastern Synod with Michael Harvey:
The London & KW Conferences on Saturday May 4th.
Georgian Bay Conference May 5th.
Northern Conference May 8th.
Ottawa & Saint Lawrence Conference June 19th & 20th.
Sea Way & Montreal Clusters are pending.
Check with your Conference Dean to find out about seminar dates.
On this webpage you’ll find links to
helpful resources from the recent 2013
Vital Church Planting Conference held in Toronto.
Take a look, see what you can use in your congregation.
Let me know whether it’s of help to you or not in your Witness-Evangelism Ministry.
Looking for new & novel ways to promote BTCSI? Click on the link for the 2012 Pastor Rap BTCS (US).
June (19-22) the North American Godly Play conference is taking place in Toronto. This event will include Core Training but also keynote presentations by Jerome Berryman and Joyce Ann Mercer, and a variety of workshops. Here is a link to the brochure: