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A FOCUS ON THE FAMILY CANADA NEWSLETTER
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June 2012
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Healthy marriages - healthy church?

Do healthy marriages help in growing healthy churches? A good Canadian answer to that question is, “Maybe.”
 
As a pastor of 25 years, I know that you are concerned with discipleship, leadership development, worship, counselling and so much more. Ultimately, your role is to engage people in God’s mission. I like how Henry and Richard Blackaby define leadership in their book Spiritual Leadership: “Moving people on to God’s agenda.”
 
God is at work in this world and He invites us to join. However, some Christians do join while others don’t. Leaders need to know what motivates people to engage in God’s mission and what deters them from doing so. People can be motivated to engage in God’s mission by past experiences, an influential mentor or a challenging sermon. On the other hand, they can be deterred by spiritual immaturity, physical illness and feelings of incompetency.
 
Here’s another question: What impact does marital health have on people engaging in God’s mission?

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NEWS
Summer meetings
Are you attending a denominational meeting this summer? We would love to attend and bring some free resources! If you are interested, please send us an email at churches@fotf.ca
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
Becoming Soul Mates seminar
Want to build a soul-to-soul connection with your spouse? Attend Becoming Soul Mates, an exciting seminar with Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, to discover the essential ingredients for maintaining a lasting love.
Register now! >>
FEATURED RESOURCE
Sacred Marriage
Uncover the mystery of God’s overarching purpose in marriage: respecting your partner, extending and accepting forgiveness, expressing love and building a rich history between you and your spouse.
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FROM SCRIPTURE
“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”

(Hebrews 13:4)
WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND
We are in the process of planning out the next six months’ of articles for this newsletter. We want to hear what you want to read, so please email us at churches@fotf.ca to let us know. I’ll send a free book to everyone that submits a suggestion!
TESTIMONY
“Your monthly emails are like a friendly call saying, ‘Hello, how's it going?’ Because of Focus on the Family's name and brand, every time I receive it I am reminded of the work in ministry that I as a pastor am involved in and that I am not alone. You guys are consistent and steady, and that is an encouragement to me.”
KERITH CREEK
Ministry Retreats

Renewal and rest for pastors and their spouses

Upcoming seven-day retreats:
June 26 - July 3
Sept. 11 - 18
Oct. 23 - 30
Nov. 20 - 27
Kerithcreek.com
MINISTRY CONNECTIONS
Speakers & Teachers

Focus Canada speakers are here to provide real help for families and marriages. To learn more about having a Focus Canada speaker come to your church or event, email churches@fotf.ca.
CLERGY CARE NETWORK
For Canadian pastors and their families

Support and encouragement for your personal and ministry life. For free, confidential counselling, contact us at 1.888.5.CLERGY or info@clergycare.ca.

Our phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST.
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