On our way today to Grand Rapids Michigan to meet with several dozen church leaders who want to talk family ministry.  It probably won’t bring us a break in the cold snap we’re going through here in the north (Grand Rapids really has the same weather as we do).

I’m stoked because we get to meet with about 75 church leaders who want to talk about family ministry.  As a Canadian, that’s inspiring because it’s hard to find 75 church leaders in Canada who connect casually about anything.

There are far fewer churches (and hence far fewer church leaders) in Canada than in the U.S., even if you measure per capita rather than in raw numbers.  That’s why I get very excited when Canadian church leaders get together too.  Next week, I’ll spend half a day with eight lead pastors from Ontario as we meet to discuss common issues.  Earlier this month, I spend half a day with a different group of Toronto area pastors for the same purpose.  Canadian church leaders need to get together more often!  Our denominations are all over the map, but our cause is the same. We need each other.

Hey — can I ask you for a favour?  Today, pray for church leaders everywhere.  As I meet leaders all over the place, I find they are usually under-encouraged and in need of all the support they can get.  When we pray, pool our efforts and support each other, amazing things happen — like the Kingdom of God advances.  Thanks in advance for that today!


  1. Carey Nieuwhof on March 6, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks Sonny. I remember you well! It was a great gathering. Heard from a number of people…I know our little team was really inspired by YOU.

    thanks for saying hey!

  2. Sonny Huisman on March 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, and say thanks to Jenn and Nadine as well! I had a very nice time chatting with them . . . I wish we could have talked more . . . maybe in Georgia!

  3. Sonny Huisman on March 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Sorry it wasn't "Hot Rapids" when you came to visit us! I would do just about anything to have some sunshine – some warmth!

    I sat at the same table with you at Ada's Family Ministry meeting, and just wanted to say thanks for coming our way! I've been feeling so led to go beyond our current setting (First Look and 252) into something more . . . I know family-based ministry is it!

    Thanks for sharing your story and encouraging words with us! I'm so glad our senior pastor (Scott) was there too! Thanks for chatting with him!

    Looking forward to seeing you at Orange!

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