Join the 96 Women already signed up for Half the Bible in Half a Day!

Half the Bible in Half a Day (595 x 600)On Wednesday September 10th from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, we will be kicking off our Women’s Ministry year with a one-time event:  “Half the Bible in Half a Day”!

This evening will prepare you to participate in our Monday Night Bible Study (weekly on Mondays from 7-9 pm September 15 – December 8) or our Wednesday Morning Bible Study (weekly on Wednesdays from 9:15 – 11:30 am September 17 – December 10)

Sign up for Half the Bible in Half a Day, on or before September 7th to have dinner included.

96 Women have already registered; we hope you decide to join in!

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women

A Royal Priesthood and a Holy Nation … in the midst of a teacher’s strike?

School ClosedWriting to Christians who were trying to figure out how to live in the midst of difficult situations and persecution, the apostle Peter repeatedly reminds them of their identity and the hope they have in God’s sovereignty and His ultimate promise of deliverance. In contrast to the people around them who “stumble because they disobey the word” (1 Peter 2:8), Christians are to live differently.…

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

In the surrounding verses, Peter identifies what it looks like to live as priests who proclaim God’s excellencies to the surrounding world. It entails…

  • putting away all malice and deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander (2:1)
  • longing for pure spiritual milk (2:2)
  • coming to Jesus to be built up into a spiritual house (2:4)
  • abstaining from the passions of the flesh which wage war against our souls (2:11)
  • keeping our conduct among the Gentiles honorable so that they may see our good deeds and glorify God (2:12)
  • being subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution (2:13)
  • by doing good, putting to silence the ignorance of foolish people (2:14)
  • living as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil but living as servants of God (2:16)
  • honoring everyone (2:17)
  • loving the brotherhood (church) (2:17)
  • fearing God (2:17)
  • honoring the emperor (2:17)

Our circumstances may not be exactly the same as Peter’s first audience, but we have the same calling to represent and proclaim God. As our local world is immersed in the tension surrounding the teacher’s strike, it has become my prayer that all of us Christians would operate out of our real identity – as royal priests, members of a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession – regardless of what side of the fence we are on. I’d invite you to meditate on these verses with me, and let them shape our words, our thoughts and our actions as we all navigate the coming weeks.

“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10).

May we be agents of the mercy we have received.

Kristal Toews
Pastor of Women

Half the Bible in Half a Day – You’re invited!

You’re invited to our Northview Women Fall Kick-off event, Half the Bible in Half a Day!

We thought it might be fun to make you a video with some information about the event. Watch it below!

Invite to Half the Bible in Half a Day from Northview Church on Vimeo.

 
Details:

Wednesday September 10, 5:30 pm

$10 includes supper

Register here!

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