We are reminded that God builds His church and we get to be part of that amazing work. It may seem like a daunting and impossible task but we read in Ephesians 3:20, 21 "Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Our goal is to glorify Christ in our church, declaring Him as our Lord and Saviour. Week by week we see the nations come to Willingdon Church to praise and worship Him. What a joy to be part of this body of believers.
As elders, we are entrusted with shepherding the church. At our annual retreat we reflect on how we are doing, discuss what is currently happening and plan for the future. This year two things stood out: we have a large number of first-time visitors that we need to connect with every week and the phenomenal growth in our neighborhood, in the Metrotown, Lougheed, and Brentwood Mall areas. Two key initiatives we are supporting include: being a Sending Church, with an outward mindset for Burnaby and surrounding areas, and raising up new leaders. We hope to come alongside these new leaders, bringing encouragement and giving them opportunities to lead in their areas of gifting.
God put Willingdon Church into Burnaby so we could influence our city for Christ on a daily basis. Our presence in schools, communities, and neighbourhoods is essential to bringing the Good News to those who live in our area. This past Spring it was a joy to have our first Love Our City event which is example of how we want to reach out to Burnaby. Our influence starts with our relationships with those we know personally.
It was very encouraging to see the results from the 2019 church survey. We have a strong volunteer base and we hope to grow that even more. Most notable in the survey was that 18% of those who responded have led someone to Christ in the past year. There is no greater joy than to see someone give their life over to Christ and start their life long faith journey.
An answer to prayer has been the replenishment of staff for various positions. You will see younger faces on staff and we are excited that God has brought them to Willingdon. One of the bigger transitions is in the worship ministry as Ron Clark, after faithfully serving as our Worship Pastor for 25 years, has handed the torch over to his team. Elders are working together with these young leaders and it is encouraging to see how dedicated they are to lead the church in glorifying God every week. Music ministry is an important part of our church and we aim to build on what God has given us over the past years. We are encouraged in Colossians 3:17 and 1 Corinthians 10:31 that whatever we do, to do it all in the name of Jesus to the glory of God. Continue to pray that God guides us in working out the leadership roles in our worship ministry.
Over the past year, we added elders and currently have 18 elders, 14 lay elders and 4 pastor elders. With the congregation's affirmation we hope to complete our goal of having 20 elders. This year we will implement a rotation of elders serving to be able to add new faces and provide needed rest for the longest serving elders.
Please continue to pray for unity our church as we work together to bring a clear message of hope into a broken world that desperately needs Christ. It is a pleasure to serve the body of Christ at Willingdon Church and, on behalf of the Elders, I thank you for your support and encouragement this past year. Please continue to pray for us, that we will lead well to the honour and glory of Jesus Christ and for the spiritual well-being of our church that we dearly love.
Moderator of the Elders
When I survey the historical landscape of Willingdon Church, I discover deep roots in the areas of worship, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, pastoral care, biblical preaching, community life, leadership equipping, and kingdom generosity. God has woven us into a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual family in a strategic Metro Vancouver location.
In the Old Testament, God often reminded the people of Israel of their spiritual foundations and then called them to enter a new season. The prophet Isaiah writes to the Israelites in exile, "Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19). The new thing for the exiles was a renewal of what had been received in the past.
In what ways is God doing a new thing at Willingdon? Over the past year, First Impression Ministries equipped us to warmly welcome newcomers and those with special needs to weekend services. God led us through a peaceful transition in music worship ministry and raised up a new team of worship leaders. Prayer ministry was integrated into the ebb and flow of more and more ministry areas. We are grateful for God's goodness.
Through an intentional focus on evangelism, God worked through our church family to lead 730 individuals to first commitments to Jesus in 2018. The Global Mission team sent a record number of participants on short-term mission assignments. The Local Mission Outreach team facilitated a "Love Our City" weekend designed to serve the city of Burnaby. ILM fellowships continued to reach out to their language communities through a plethora of outreach initiatives.
Discipleship Ministries launched Alpha, the Discipleship Pathway, and strengthened leadership training through seminars and WSB classes. Kids and Student Ministries intentionally reached out to children, students and their families. Care Ministries took significant steps to strengthen visitation, phone, and benevolence ministries. The 11:45am Connection service gained a new focus on young adults with additional preaching opportunities for our young pastors and interns. We celebrate what God is doing!
The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16:, "But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life". The Willingdon Church family is called to proclaim the gospel in Metro Vancouver and beyond; that is, to "bring the Gentiles to obedience - by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God" (Romans 15:18-19). May we walk into this new season of ministry with the faith of Abraham, who grew stronger and stronger in his faith as he gave glory to God (Romans 4:17-21). May we be the sweet aroma of Christ wherever God leads us!
Sally is one of the 730 people at Willingdon Church who committed to following Jesus this past year.
Sally did not know Jesus. She and her family moved to Burnaby this year and were hoping to get to know their neighbours and the community around them. They longed to find a place where they could meet people, enjoy life, and build meaningful friendships.
Everyone has a unique story - whether one is seeking or even avoiding the Lord; God, in His grace, calls us to Himself. Often times, God uses His people to help guide others and to speak into their lives. We praise God and give Him the glory that 18% of the congregation at Willingdon led someone to faith in 2018.
Perhaps some of them spoke to Sally and her family along the way.
Our 'Willingdon Church Ministry Philosophy' provides the framework for His ministry at Willingdon, to bring clarity to body life, and to empower members for service. At the heart of our church, is the desire for everyone to know Jesus and to encourage them in a life-long journey of becoming a disciple who makes disciples.
As disciples of Jesus, we desire to lift high the name of Jesus, share the Good News of salvation in Jesus gather in authentic community around Jesus, pass on what we have received from Jesus and encourage every disciple to follow Jesus' calling on their lives.
To know Jesus Christ personally and to carry on His ministry
To Make Disciples of Jesus
EXALT— Encountering God as we lift high the name of Jesus
EVANGELIZE — Reaching people with the Good News of Jesus in word and deed
ENGAGE — Connecting with the family of Jesus for authentic relationship
EQUIP — Growing gifted disciples of Jesus to be Kingdom servants
EMPOWER— Sending equipped servants to follow their calling, both locally and globally
Throughout this report, we pray you will be inspired by the story of Sally and her family as God led them to Him through the ministries and people of His church called Willingdon. To Him we give all the glory!
Willingdon Church is a community of believers whose purpose is to "know Jesus Christ personally and to carry on His ministry". We are a multicultural, multi-generational church which reflects the diversity of our city.
As we seek to reach our multi-ethnic city with the Gospel message, our language ministries are motivated by Acts 2:6, "... each heard them speaking in his own language." We have commitment to reflect the multi-ethnic community in which we live and actively try to ensure everyone can worship together as one family.
This year the new “First Impressions Ministries” was launched in September with the opening of a new Welcome Center, the restructuring of our parking ministry and the introduction of a more visible presence for visitors to be able to identify those who serve in this ministry. The creation of a new Connect Card helps us to ensure we are connecting with visitors. How exciting that every weekend approximately 10% of those who are attending a service is a first time visitor!
Our Ministry Philosophy is to
Creating a warm, welcoming, and hospitable climate in our church begins in the parking lot and continues into the heart of the congregation. This ministry is the responsibility of the entire church family, not just the volunteers who serve in the ministries. To ensure people are experiencing the love of Christ, love needs to be manifest in practical ways.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciple, if you love one another.” - John 13:35
As we follow our mission statement "to know Jesus Christ personally and to carry on His ministry" and commit to our central ministry focus "to make disciples of Jesus" we (volunteers, members and leaders) as the body of Christ will move towards a better understanding of the importance of welcoming guests and creating an environment of acceptance and love for one another as Christ loved us. Revealing the love of Christ in practical ways will increase the quality and quantity of transformational fellowship in our church.
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” - Romans 15:7
Through God’s grace and guidance, we pray will be able to honour Him by welcoming those that do not know Him and those that do know Him and are longing to transform their lives, grow in their faith, and disciple others.
The Administration and Operations team provides support services to all the ministries. This includes finance office, human resources, communications, information technology, events, food services, and building maintenance. As a team, we feel privileged and blessed to serve in the roles that we do “behind the scenes” and praise God for the opportunity to serve Him, His people, and His Church.
Safety - To ensure our staff and volunteers are prepared for emergencies, evacuation training sessions and fire drills are conducted each year and a dedicated team of volunteers and staff are trained in Emergency First Aid every year.
The Communications team is committed to ensure Jesus is glorified in all the work we create. We provided design, graphic, and print support for all ministry areas.
MAC Ministry represents all areas having to do with worship in the seven weekend services as well as special events and seasonal celebrations. This includes choir, orchestra, junior orchestra, worship bands, worship interns, video production, sound, lighting, screen presentation for all services, translation services, the website (willingdon.org), and the order of services.
This year we celebrated Pastor Ron Clark’s 25 years of faithful service in the Worship Ministries here at Willingdon Church. We are so grateful for the lives that have been impacted by Pastor Ron and his ministry, including the raising up of worship leaders through the internship program. His heart to empower and give opportunity to the leaders of the future has provided us with leaders who are passionate to continue our legacy of worship through music. We wish Pastor Ron all the best as he passes the torch and look forward this next chapter in our history.
The Christmas Musical Presentation is always a highlight for our team and requires months of preparation. This past Christmas we presented ’Christmas at Willingdon’, an evening of music with the choir, orchestra, choreography, and special musical guests Tenoré.
Our website offers information about Willingdon Church, its ministries, events, an archive of our weekend services for people to view, and many other resources.
At Children‘s Ministries, we have the joy of serving kids and their families by providing opportunities for worship, prayer, open-Bible teaching, fellowship, and discipleship during weekly programs and special events.
Through our events and weekend programs, we have the opportunity to share God‘s Word to children in fun and engaging ways. We are also blessed with opportunities to reach the families of the children through our ministries.
PlaySpace is a drop-in early childhood program that welcomes about 30 preschool-age children each week, accompanied by a parent or guardian, some of whom are visiting Willingdon for the very first time.
Mom's Connect gives moms the opportunity to study the Bible, pray, encourage, and build community in a welcoming, kid- and baby- friendly setting.
The Student Ministries department is a dynamic ministry made up of Jr. High Students (Grades 6-9), Sr. High Students (Grades 10-12) and Young Adults (Ages 18-30).
It is such a joy for Student Ministries to see the passion our students have for Jesus. As children transition into our ministries, and as our youth transition into adults; we hope to lay a firm biblical foundation in each of their hearts.
Discovery and Alpha are led by a very dedicated and passionate group of leaders. It is a joy to see how these leaders engage with participants who want to discover who Jesus is and what it means to follow Him. These ministries continue to be an effective way of introducing people to Christ and helping them integrate into the larger life of the church. It was very exciting to see 4 Alpha attendees choose to follow Jesus. Some of the groups will continue to meet in Discovering Jesus and other study groups. Deep relationships have been developed that people want to continue.
We consider Life Groups the hub of our ministry. They are the place where we can encourage, support, and challenge one another. God doesn't want any of us to walk alone - we need each other. We want to be a church community, not a crowd!
This year, WSB offered new courses in the Gospel of John and the Book of Genesis. Some classes, such as 130 Intro to Biblical Studies and 304 Romans, were also offered in Mandarin and Spanish.
2018 was a year of new beginnings for Discipleship Ministries. We launched the Ascent Leaders Conference and Base Camp Church-wide conference to equip people to be disciples who make disciples as Jesus has called us to do. It has been exciting to see "Willingdoners" embrace the Discipleship Pathway and increasingly participate in discipleship growth opportunities such as the Bible Journaling Plan, Discipleship Groups, and Life Groups.
This fall we look forward to launching Community Groups.
Our goal as a church and at Discipleship Ministries is for followers of Christ to be firmly rooted in the Word of God, and to make disciples who can make more disciples. We encourage all believers to strengthen their walk with Christ and analyze their own hearts through the lens of Scripture. May we as disciples of Christ continue to grow in faith!
In John 21:15-17, after His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus asks Simon Peter to share the love both He and Peter have for each other by caring for the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of Jesus’ sheep. Each and every day the women and men who faithfully serve in the 10 ministry areas that encompass Care Ministries demonstrate love for all people through the love they experience from Jesus.
By prayerful petition to God the Father and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, our purpose is to meet the needs of people in the areas of practical support, functional independence, spiritual wholeness, and wellness.
As an integral part of a community that cares for all people the Care Ministries mandate is to be a witness of Willingdon’s mission statement, “To know Jesus Christ personally and to carry on His ministry.” Care Ministries exist to offer help and hope to others and provide missional opportunities in response to people’s need for Christ-like love.
Willingdon is a local church with a global reach. We are eager to provide opportunities for each person in our church family to engage in God's mission, here and around the globe. From local ministry opportunities, long-term missionary assignments to short-term teams around the world, from prayer opportunities to opportunities to invest financially -- there is a way that you can engage. Our goal is this: that every believer at Willingdon Church will be inspired, equipped, and positioned to engage passionately and effectively in God's mission.
We want to be a church that loves and serves our city, to be great neighbours, and have opportunities to introduce people to Jesus. On April 6, 2019, we had our first ‘Love Our City’ Serve Day, where we spent the day serving and loving our neighbours and city.
A group of faithful volunteers meet regularly to pray for missionaries, sew quilts, and to assemble kits to be distributed around the world. Thousands of people have been blessed through this ministry.
Like Sally, we celebrate the 730 who committed their lives to Jesus and the 53 people who were baptized in 2018. Here are a few of their stories.
As we followed Sally and her family through her journey here at
Willingdon Church, we are humbled and reminded of God's grace towards
all of us. Each one of us are brought together into the family of God by
the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour - Jesus Christ.
As each of us are called into His family, and as we serve the Church body, we are given the opportunity to speak to new visitors like Sally, and are priviledged to be taking part in God's Great Commission.
We thank everyone who serves with faithfulness and love here at Willingdon, who make it possible for people like Sally to feel welcomed into God's family.
Without the tireless efforts of our faithful volunteers we would not be able to serve the ministries at Willingdon Church. They are a vital part of our ministries and we are grateful for our partnership with them in serving our Lord and Saviour at Willingdon Church. On behalf of Pastor Ray and the Team Leaders, we praise God for our volunteers in every ministry and thank them for their faithful service!
"For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks to you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him." - Ephesians 1:15-17
Our pastoral and staff team is comprised of gifted men and women who faithfully serve at Willingdon Church. On behalf of Pastor Ray and the Team Leaders we are grateful for their dedication, commitment, and the pure joy of serving alongside each other as a team and brothers and sisters in Christ. Please continue to pray for all of our teams, their families, and their ministries as we serve for God’s glory.
To our congregation, on behalf of our pastors and staff we thank you for your ongoing love, support, affirmation, and prayers. We feel blessed for the privilege of serving you and our Lord and Saviour at Willingdon Church. To God be the glory!!!