Pastor encourages rural church leaders

Monday, October 9, 2017

Title: God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church
Author: Brad Roth
Rural church life and ministry.

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2 jobs 1 calling

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The world of bi-vocational ministry  Most pastors write sermons and perform weddings. Some also stuff bears, set insurance premiums and demolish bathtubs. Welcome to the world of bi-vocational…

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His inconspicuous ways

Thursday, May 1, 2014

“A theologian acquires the habit of looking at people and circumstances with an eye for what God is doing. The more unlikely the person, the more unfriendly the circumstance,…

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Big heart beats in small church

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My first encounter with Blaine Lake (Sask.) Gospel Chapel as a first-year college student left a distinct impression of a place with a big heart. Bethany College’s drama team was partnering with the small congregation a 25-minute drive from Hepburn to put on a Valentine’s potluck dinner theatre for the community.

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Quarter-time pastor spends quarter-century in parish

Friday, October 1, 2010

“They were truly salt and light,” says Blaine Lake (Sask.) Gospel Fellowship treasurer Terry Rapsey. “Gerry and Eleanor set the example as individuals, as a couple, as a family; they walk the talk.” On Aug. 15, the congregation held a special service and afternoon open house for members of the congregation, community, and sister church Waldheim MB to say farewell to Gerald and Eleanor Epp who would end their 26-year ministry in the town at the end of August.

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Blaine Lake MBs increasingly appetizing

Thursday, May 1, 2008

With Saskatoon predicted to double in size by 2020 due to the development of oil fields and mines, small towns like Blaine Lake 80 km away are heading for a change. “With the boom, the atmosphere is different,” says Gerry Epp, who’s pastored Blaine Lake’s Gospel Chapel for the last 24 years. He and his wife Eleanor have been a constant presence in the town of mostly Russian and Ukrainian nationality.

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