Jesus gave me a gift today.
A beautiful gift.
I met Kareem.
It's certainly been a full week and a bit. Certainly blew me out of any social media presence as I've been pretty focused on serving with our amazing team of Vineyardites who were the blood and guts in pulling off our Canadian #VTribe National Celebration here in Montreal. Amazing time. My people. My home. Much to unpack about that later, and... more
We find ourselves in a time of social and cultural upheaval, where "hidden things are coming to light" and movements like #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, #IdleNoMore and LGBTQ equality are challenging traditional power structures and ways of thinking. In such seasons, it is easy to polarize along lines of "us and them" and treat people with different views as adversaries. Unfortunately, churches sometimes... more
This past weekend, Vineyard Montreal completed hosting the second module (of five) in the School of Mercy and Justice. Since this is the pilot year for this school, we didn't quite know what to expect. I am happy to report that thus far it has been a rich learning experience for all involved. The school's content encourages people to explore their own spiritual journey and, in doing so, become better... more
Well it certainly has been quite the journey these last several years since Anita and I stepped into the National Director role for the Canadian #VTribe.
Moving through a national repositioning in 2015 which we identified as "From Silos To Integration," we tackled what it meant to be a people "Dwelling In The Borderlands" in '16. Upon much reflection, sifting through prophetic nudges coast to coast and... more
Here are the video sessions from METANOIA WEST! (OCT 12-14, Langley BC)
Metanoia means to think again. In these sessions we explore what it means that "Health Begets Health".
For a variety of reasons, only the teaching portion of the sessions is available.
Session 1 of 4 | David and Anita Ruis
A message from Noel Issacs, Director of the Vineyard Himalayas...
Join us for the annual Prayer and Worship Summit in Edmonton!
Summer in Canada is notoriously short, so this year our faith community took a pause from sitting in someone's living room for mid-week Bible and book studies, and we went outside.
We planned regular walks around the city which included the following elements: 1) getting to know a neighbourhood and its story from someone who lives or works there, 2) praying for the local institutions and the... more
In the Atlantic region we're looking forward to our annual gathering, being held Nov. 3-4 at the St. Croix Vineyard in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Our theme, Anchored With Wings, will examine how as churches and followers of Jesus we can work across dividing lines and be people who bring justice, beauty, and compassion into our neighbourhoods. We're excited to be joined by Rev. David Moore, PhD, an... more
Montreal is home to people from all over the world, and our church is a reflection of that. We have several people in our faith community who have friends and family in Venezuela, so when we heard about the political instability and economic hardships there, we wanted to help. Through the connections of the people in our church, we were able to send funds to two churches in Venezuela. Last week, Julia... more