B.C. Conference of MB Churches convention Apr. 26–27, 2019 Willow Park Church, Kelowna, B.C. “People are looking for reality in the middle of hardship: that’s the open door,” said BCMB…
Who is raising a generation of ministers, disciplers and leaders? “From this question, we began to dream,” says Michelle Collins. She and her husband Phil, pastor of Willow Park Church,…
What happens when a young person leaves a sheltered Christian home to make their own way in the city? That question not only drove a film, but it reshaped a ministry. Mia follows a struggling graduate from a Child of Mine children’s home in India.
“Rush is unique. I have never been to another meeting where the bands lead worship because they love Jesus, not because they want to put on a show. Or where the leaders bring something new each year.”
Because 50 percent of divorces happen in the first five years of marriage, Willow Park Church (MB), Kelowna, B.C., is “deliberate about making our most valuable resources help couples have a good start,” says Henry Sawatzky.
Accountant George Kroker from Willow Park (MB) Church in Kelowna, B.C., has a motto: “If you can use the tax system to help charity, you should do it because that’s part of stewardship.”
Gary Swabey started his career with Young Life in Kelowna, B.C., learning how to connect with teenagers one-on-one. Years later, he’s about 20 months into a Kelowna church plant – and more convinced than ever it’s not Sunday sermons or music but personal connections with Christians that make the difference to non-Christians as God works in their hearts.
A unique summer youth outreach is starting its second decade at a new lake. The experience is called “The Ark,” and got its name from the early years when Willow Park Church in Kelowna used a Shuswap Lake houseboat. Willow Park youth are encouraged to invite an unchurched friend to come along for a week on the water – and it’s a ministry that produces results. This summer, thanks to the availability of property at Osoyoos, the party moves south – to Osoyoos Lake, just north of the B.C.-Washington border.
The Willow Park Church crew organizing a major B.C. youth conference called Rush is pleased: they have secured major speakers and musicians to headline a 2009 event that no longer must limit registration.