Women’s Spring Bible Studies – An invite from Kristal!

Watch the clip for an invite from Kristal to our Spring Bible studies on the book of Ephesians! Mondays in Abbotsford & Mission and Wednesdays in Abbotsford – beginning after Easter. We hope you’ll join us!

Kristal – Ephesians – Spring 2015 from Northview Church on Vimeo.

Visit northview.org for more information and to register!

Class Options for Winter 2015 Women’s Bible Studies

Northview WomenRegistration is up for Monday Evening & Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies – Winter 2015!

The Winter semester of our Women’s Bible Studies follow a class format. Read descriptions of the classes offered below:

Monday Evening Bible Study:

A Bible Study on Ruth & Esther
Taught by Kristal Toews, Carol Duskin & Lezlie Allison
January 12 – March 8
Cost: $20
Everyone likes a good story. When someone says “Once upon a time,” we smile and settle in. The “God-breathed” Old Testament is full of real-life stories: taken together, they point us to Jesus, God’s son. In January we will crack the cover on the stories of Ruth and Esther.
We pause, now, for a moment of honest skepticism: “A study of Ruth and Esther? Oh yes, the ladies’ books of the Bible. Women’s ministry—ladies’ books…. Uh-huh. …And I’ve read them about a bajillion times.” Help/encouragement for closet skeptics: Even if you’ve read or studied Ruth and Esther before, read them again! Read them in light of everything you’ve just learned about God’s big-picture plan from Genesis to Revelation. See them in their “covenant” setting—it’s fascinating.
So, grab your Bible, your study guide and sit down with anticipation of how God will speak to your mind and heart through the stories of Ruth and Esther. They’re HIS stories. Stories of “promises kept.” Stories that really happened. The best kind of stories!

Simeon Course in Biblical Exposition
Video Course & in Class Discussion – Facilitated by Laurie Husband
January 12 – End of May (exact dates will depend on adjustments made for Family Day, Easter Monday & Spring Break)
Cost: $79
Preaching and Literary Genre (20 weeks)
The Bible is one book. Yet, it is also a collection of writings written at different times, and in different literary genres. Each of the genres found in the Bible requires unique reading strategies for both understanding and teaching from within that genre. We don’t read a newspaper article the same way we read a novel. So why would we read and teach the prophetic book of Isaiah in the same way as the Gospel of Mark? In other words, we should employ different techniques when teaching from different parts of the Bible. But this is not always easy to do. Nor is it easy to know how to do it. In this course we focus on how to understand and teach the Biblical genres of Old Testament Narrative, Epistles, Wisdom Literature, Prophetic Literature, Apocalyptic Literature, and Gospels & Acts.

Prior to attending class each week, participants are required to watch a 35-45 minute video, answer questions on the video’s content, and apply the information learned to a specific passage of scripture (approximately 2-3 hours of prep per week). Class time will consist of discussing the video and biblical materials.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:

Classes for Wednesday Morning Bible study fall under the categories of Theology, Life & Culture.

Theology: A Bible Study on Ruth & Esther:
Taught by Kristal Toews, Carolyn Prins, Sterling Ray & Rebekah Meeker
Cost: $20
Everyone likes a good story. When someone says “Once upon a time,” we smile and settle in. The “God-breathed” Old Testament is full of real-life stories: taken together, they point us to Jesus, God’s son. In January we will crack the cover on the stories of Ruth and Esther.
We pause, now, for a moment of honest skepticism: “A study of Ruth and Esther? Oh yes, the ladies’ books of the Bible. Women’s ministry—ladies’ books…. Uh-huh. …And I’ve read them about a bajillion times.” Help/encouragement for closet skeptics: Even if you’ve read or studied Ruth and Esther before, read them again! Read them in light of everything you’ve just learned about God’s big-picture plan from Genesis to Revelation. See them in their “covenant” setting—it’s fascinating.
So, grab your Bible, your study guide and sit down with anticipation of how God will speak to your mind and heart through the stories of Ruth and Esther. They’re HIS stories. Stories of “promises kept.” Stories that really happened. The best kind of stories!

Life: “I have a friend Who…”
Taught by Thaleia Sawatzky
Cost: $10
What do we do when we have friends or family members dealing with difficult issues? Or what if those “friends” are really us?
In this course, the goal is to gain a greater understanding of various “muck” issues from a Biblical, Psychological and Practical Life perspective. The topics will include: God’s Design for Sexuality, Separation and Divorce, Abuse, Mental Health, Homosexuality and Same-sex Attraction, Grief and Loss, Pornography and other Addictions. In each class we will look at the cultural view, the Biblical view, and we will discuss a variety of practical life application questions for each topic. I will also refer class participants to a variety of resources for each topic (books, articles, websites) and we will spend time in prayer for our “friends” at the end of every class.

Life: Got Kids?
Taught by Robyn Dueck & Laura Wiens
Cost: $10
Got kids? If you do, you are on a challenging, tiring, wonderful journey. The Lord has blessed you with very precious gifts and now comes the task of raising these children to know, love, obey and serve the Lord. This interactive class is designed to come alongside and help you discover what the Bible says about children and family life. We will resource you with tools and practical ideas to take home and try. Bring your questions and let’s discover together how to grow our children to be disciples for Christ. This class is geared towards parents with kids from preschool to grade 5 or 6.

Culture: Engaging with your Punjabi Neighbour
Taught by Imran Daniel & Anju Satjakankha
Cost: $10
Come and be equipped, encouraged, and challenged to engage with your punjabi neighbours. You will hear stories, as well as possibly have a chance to visit one of the local Sikh temples. If you have ever wanted to learn some Punjabi, now is your chance! We will get you started with some basic Punjabi phrases. This class will get you familiar with the history, culture and beliefs of Punjab and Sikh faith.

Register online here!

Women’s Missions Trip – Queretaro, Mexico

Children of Hope

The Women’s Missions Trip to Mexico is coming up from April 24 – May 4, 2015!

The trip is led by Carol Stobbe to the Pan de Vida (Bread of Life) orphanage run by Children of Hope. Pan de Vida is located in Queretaro, Mexico.

The team is looking for women of all ages to come along and help with activities such as taking the orphanage girls on outings, painting, teaching ESL, sorting clothes, sewing and participating in outreach to the Otomi indigenous peoples. They would love to have you come along!

The cost is $1800 and there will be fundraising options available.

Interested in joining in? Email us at women@northview.org!

4000 Souls…

At the end of June, thirteen of us from Northview attended the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in Orlando Florida with approximately four thousand other women.   For the plenary sessions all of us were all in one gigantic room.  As I glanced around at the crowd during our times of worship, prayer and bible study the sheer size of the crowd was overwhelming and I thought, “What would it be like to have the responsibility of leading and teaching so many people?”

On the second day at the conference it suddenly dawned on me that I know what it’s like to have this responsibility! At Northview Church, we lead and teach the same number of people on a regular basis – yikes!

This realization was sobering; seeing 4,000 people in one place caused me to feel the size of our congregation in a new way.  As leaders, we are responsible for those in our care. The author of Hebrews reminds his recipients that church leaders “are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account” (Hebrews 13:17). That is a lot of souls.

With this charge and responsibility in mind, I thought I would take the opportunity to ask for prayer for Northview’s elders and pastors:

  • that, like the writer of Hebrews, we would “have a clear conscience, desiring to act honourably in all things.” (Hebrews 13:18),
  • that we would “rightly [handle] the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15),
  • that we would be “kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting … opponents with gentleness” (2 Timothy 2:24-25)
  • and that we would “preach the word;  be ready in season and out of season;  reprove, rebuke and exhort with complete patience and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).

Will you pray for us?

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women

 

Interested in hearing more about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference?

  1. Listen to our podcast!  We recorded a special podcast on the conference with guests Sterling Ray, Nancy Steiger, Rebekah Meeker, Janice Yaskow, and Cecilia Steenkamp.
  2. Listen / Watch all the sessions on-line! All plenary and breakout sessions are free to view at your leisure.
  3. Consider coming along in 2016!

What does a Female Pastor do in a Complementarian Church?

Northview’s leadership structure follows a “complementarian” model.  Both men and women are encouraged to participate in all lay-ministry and pastoral leadership positions with the exception of those which fit the “elder” role (governing church affairs and guarding its teaching) as defined by 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and and Titus 1:7-9.

The biblical framework for this model has been discussed in Northview sermons and podcasts and other resources.  I can direct you to them if you would like but, for the purposes of this brief blog post I thought I would do something different.

What people seem most confused about is how this model “plays out”.  Hearing that Northview has a complementarian structure, people assume that women are not encouraged to lead or to teach.  In my opinion, the best way to dispel assumptions is with facts, and so I spent a few hours analyzing my own time-sheets from September 2013 to April 2014.  The results are depicted below.

Teaching and Preparation – We have approximately 250 – 300 women participating in weekly Bible Studies at Northview.  I spend the majority of my time teaching and preparing to teach.

Leadership Training – We train women to teach the Bible and to lead groups of people.  We attend conferences and seminars and bring other Northview women along to learn, and I also mentor an intern each year.  I participate in the weekly “sermon review” with the other teaching pastors; providing feedback to them, and receiving suggestions for my teaching.  We give each other direction on how we can improve the content and delivery of our presentations

Congregational Leadership – This includes MC’ing weekend services, leading communion, baptizing, baby dedicating, attending and participating in monthly elder meetings, one on one meetings with people in the church and representing Northview at MB Conference events and activities.

Administration (emails etc) – Well that’s self-explanatory!

Consulting with staff – Northview has a large team of pastors, directors and support staff. We meet regularly and as needed as a large group and in smaller teams to plan, problem solve, and serve our congregants.

Special Events – We have a few annual events such as our Imagine Spa, Women’s Retreat etc.

Podcast and Blog – Brandie, Thaleia and I have recently begun the Bonus podcast discussing practical faith questions and applications and, as I have time, I contribute to our blog and facebook posts.

Prayer – We spend lots of time praying with people in the midst of all these activities.  I wasn’t sure how to separate it out, so thought I’d just mention it here at the end.

In addition to these activities, I am encouraged to pursue my own education.  To that end,  Northview is helping to fund my seminary courses at Regent College.

Being a female pastor in a complementarian church like Northview is stretching and challenging.  I have never been more challenged to think hard and well, and to lead others effectively.

If you are a woman, and you wonder how your gifts can be used here, please contact me! What I love most about my job is watching people grow in their faith and abilities as we serve God together.

Kristal Toews

Pastor of Women

 

A Ministry Opportunity

Hello Everyone!

I want to let you know about a great volunteer opportunity coming up that might be for you or someone you know! Are you an experienced aesthetician? Would you like to donate your time and services to bless others?

Imagine Spa is a ministry to mothers of children with special needs who rarely get a chance to rest and be pampered. At Imagine Spa the moms are invited to come to the church for professional spa treatments, as well as a gourmet dinner, and a chance to meet other moms.

The Spa is currently looking for a volunteer to coordinate aestheticians, and help with set up and planning. If you love to use your skills in in this area to bless others, please contact us at women@northview.org for more info!