Family Life: 2018 Year in Review

2019-01-21T21:06:33-07:00January 22nd, 2019|All Articles, Exclude|

Break Forth One 2018
More than 4000 believers of all ages, denominations and regions across Canada gathered together for an amazing weekend featuring excellent speakers we won’t forget anytime soon!

Whether it was bible teacher Margaret Feinberg talking about being joyful in times when it doesn’t make sense, or Village Church founding pastor Mark Clark explaining how God works through us no matter who we are or where we come from, there were many powerful messages to encourage and inspire us in our faith. Levi Lusko, an author and the pastor of Fresh Life Church, spoke about our destiny and what we should focus on as Christians. Fellowship Monrovia founding pastor Albert Tate spoke about the importance of being One Church.

Aside from the main speakers, Break Forth 2018 also featured Hillsong Worship, concerts by Israel Houghton & New Breed, Family Force 5, 13 pre-conference workshops and 70 classes on Evangelism, Spiritual Growth, Leadership, Apologetics, Children and Youth Ministry, Worship, Marriage and Relationships, and more. Once again, Canada’s largest non-denominational church renewal and equipping conference joined together Christians in one place as one church!

Tickets are still available for Break Forth 2019 set for January 25 – 27 at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Center, featuring 4 powerful keynote speakers: Bob Goff.  Lisa Bevere. Jon Tyson. Jon Thompson.

Summer of 2018 launched the 30th anniversary year for FamilyLife Canada!

To commemorate our three decades of service, we issued a special 30 Day Challenge for husbands and wives who want to be intentional in demonstrating love and respect for their spouse. Participants were given a booklet containing 30 challenges, and were asked to make a commitment to act on one challenge each day; each challenge was designed to appreciate, celebrate, romance and connect with their spouse, and included an inspirational quote or scripture.

One way God establishes beauty is by putting things that are different next to each other. – Paul David Tripp

Altogether in 2018, 10,754 people attended our events designed to bring help and hope to marriages and families. 34 individuals made a decision to follow Jesus, and 1,042 men and women made a commitment to put Christ a the centre of their life and marriage!

Weekend Getaways
1270 couples deepened and enriched their marriages at one of our 9 FamilyLife Getaway Weekends held across Canada at: Victoria, Whistler and Kelowna, BC; Banff and Jasper, Alberta; Waskasiu Lake, Saskatchewan; Niagara Falls and Blue Mountain, Ontario; and Montebello, Quebec.

We also offered 2 Weekend Getaways in Mandarin.

My husband and I had a great weekend this past weekend. It helped us a lot to know where we are together and made us decide we are going to go back to church and to let God back into our lives. Now we can go home and work better together and make our marriage grow stronger. We plan on doing this every 3-4 years just so we can see what needs fixing…. Thank you for the great weekend and all the speakers were amazing!
– Wife of 3 years

Conferences 
Our leaders learned how to build thriving marriage and family ministries at two Marriage and Family Conferences held in British Columbia (74 attendees) and Ontario (100 attendees). Churches across the country also hosted more than a dozen smaller equipping events.

Homebuilders
More than 500 men and women signed up to be Homebuilders, which is a growing movement that keeps on multiplying! Every new homebuilder agrees to invite another couple to a Weekend Getaway or another FamilyLife event; promote Weekend Getaway in their church or community; host a
5-session Together For Good video series; plan a couples cafe, or become a Marriage Mentor. 

2,550 men and women are now actively doing their part to strengthen their own marriage and family, invest in the lives of others, pass on what they’ve learned, and recruit, inspire and equip others to do the same.

Marriage Mentoring 
Of our 2550 Homebuilders, 1274 individuals have been trained in Marriage Mentoring at one of our 17 FamilyLife mentoring centres across Canada. This series of focused conversations is revolutionizing relationships both for the couples doing the mentoring, and those being mentored! Testimonial

We found renewed hope for our marriage knowing we weren’t alone in our challenges. – Mentor Couple

 

Together For Good
This marriage workshop provides insights and research to help couples understand more fully what is really going on in their marriage relationships, focusing on the areas of communication, conflict, sex and spirituality. Workshop Details

The workshop outlines the great good that marriage is designed to be, and honestly addresses the two great challenges to staying together for good – differences and drift.

Neil Josephson, who leads FamilyLife Canada together with his wife Sharol, wrote a feature article in the Summer 2018 edition of Power to Change Magazine: Differences & Drift: Wisdom for the Challenges Every Marriage Faces.

Please pray that we will continue to reach families with help for today and hope for tomorrow.

Power to Change