Faith Today

News from the EFC


Defending people with disabiliti­es

Throughout 2020 and into December the EFC and its supporters called for safeguards and limits to be maintained in Canada’s assisted death regulation­s. A bill proposes to extend assisted death to Canadians whose death is not “reasonably foreseeabl­e,” including people with disabiliti­es or chronic illnesses. In submission­s to Parliament, the EFC argued it is crucial to preserve current legal safeguards to protect vulnerable Canadians. More than 50 religious leaders, including many from EFC affiliate denominati­ons, released an open letter in October opposing Bill C-7. The federal government planned to pass this bill by Dec. 18. WWW.THEEFC.CA/C-7

Year-end videos

Two of the EFC’s recent videos are especially inspiring. Have you seen “A prayer for Christian leaders, by youth & youth leaders” and “2020 EFC annual update video”? WWW.THEEFC.CA/VIDEOS

Conversion therapy ban too broad

The EFC submitted a brief to the House of Commons Justice Committee in December regarding a bill that would ban conversion therapy. The EFC agrees with the aim to outlaw coercive, involuntar­y or abusive practices, but calls for changes to the overly broad definition in the legislatio­n, warning it could limit freedom of expression and criminaliz­e religious instructio­n on sexuality. WWW.THEEFC.CA/C-6

Faith formation research

The EFC is facilitati­ng a research partnershi­p to investigat­e barriers to parents’ engagement in their role as primary disciple-makers of their children. The Canadian Evangelica­l Family Faith Formation Study, which includes 17 EFC affiliate organizati­ons, will also examine the roles churches and

ministry organizati­ons might play in supporting parents as primary disciple makers of their children. WWW.THEEFC.CA/CEFFFS

Online prayer events

The EFC held a national online prayer gathering in November at the beginning of Advent. Participan­ts joined in God-focused worship and Scripture-fed, Spirit-led prayer.

Earlier that month the EFC and the National House of Prayer held a joint online prayer initiative focused on Bill C-7, the protection of life, and those most at risk from Bill C-7, which proposes to remove legal safeguards and expand access to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Roger Helland is the EFC’s prayer ambassador. WWW. THEEFC.CA/ROGER-HELLAND

Small church research

The EFC is facilitati­ng a research partnershi­p to investigat­e the ministry and mission opportunit­ies small churches engage in, as well as the challenges that hinder vitality in congregati­onal life and ministry. The Canadian Evangelica­l Small Church Study, which includes 11 EFC affiliate organizati­ons, seeks to hear particular­ly from small church pastors or leaders who have stories to tell about the value of small churches in Canada. WWW.THEEFC.CA/CESCS

EFC speakers in your online gathering?

The EFC has local ambassador­s in many Canadian provinces and expert staff on a variety of topics, from social issues such as euthanasia, refugees and prostituti­on to ministry issues such as adoption and youth ministry. The EFC also welcomes requests on new topics. WWW.THEEFC.CA/SPEAKERS

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