Ministry Commitment Calculations
BCMB Conference purpose
We envision a movement of fresh, authentic healthy churches led by healthy leaders, who depend on God and team together with a passion to reach their friends, neighbours and world for Him.
How does the ministry commitment support that purpose?
We recognize that each church to varying degrees will need the foundational support of the conference ministry office. To see our vision achieved in BC, we will focus on:
1) Healthy Leaders
2) Healthy Churches
3)Healthy Ministries & Collaboration
Through God’s leading and direction, the BCMB Conference ministry staff achieves this vision through the following practical steps:
Resourcing local churches
- visit churches to preach and pray
- offer training by means of monthly Networks, Theological Monday, Boot Camp, and In Service
- facilitate interests in planting churches
- resource established churches for planting new churches
- be available to advise churches in best practices (technical, legal, governance, policy)
- group buying resource – ie. Insurance, licenses
- coach & mentor senior/lead pastors, church planters, and camp directors for life-long learning
- coach & mentor associate/staff pastors for life-long learning
- coach & mentor primary “lay” church leadership teams and camp boards for effective leadership
- discern new pastoral ministry leaders by means of CCPAC and apprenticeships
- raise up new leaders by means of apprenticeships in camps, churches, and church plants
Supporting Church Planting
Church Planter Support: C2C BC Region has a strategy that supports pastors through the first years of planting a church. This includes;
- financial support so they do not need to be concerned about how to house and feed their families,
- training in outreach, ministry development, and leadership development
- encouragement and support
Apprentice Assessment and Support: C2C BC has a vigorous assessment and interview period which any person or couple hired on as church planter goes through. C2C BC staff train, assist and supervise all apprentices in the following requirements to becoming a church planter;
- Completion of the credentialing requirements managed by Pastoral Ministries Committee.
- Placement with an existing Church Plant that has been in operation for a few years as an apprentice.
- Working with the Church Planter as the ministry leader, and then the apprentice is assigned a CP coach.
Supporting ongoing healthy ministry: This is monitored through the following practical processes and procedures;
- C2C BC signs an agreement with each church planting indicating how long C2C BC will support their salary.
- There is also an agreement each year for the support given to the church plant based on their ministry goals and what they have been able to accomplish in the previous year.
- Regardless of their level of financial support, all church planters are included in the training and teaching resources provided.
BCMB provides the following support to the BCMB Conference Camps
- direct financial subsidies
- assistance through a bursary program with a vision that “no child is turned away from camp for financial reasons”
- Camp Director, staff and camp board support, training and mentoring
CampsBC is dependent on God and people. Any contribution is an investment, whether from individuals, families, organizations, churches, foundations, businesses, a will or an estate. Camp Ministry provides diverse opportunity to relate with and invite people of all ages into God’s Grand Story.
Supporting Columbia Bible College
BCMB Conference ministry in cooperation with the MCBC Conference provide direct financial support through an annual subsidy to assist Columbia Bible College with offsetting the financial cost that each student must pay to attend a Christian college.
The college exists primarily to undergird the ministry of the local church in providing healthy leaders and is dependent upon its support, counsel and prayers. Supporting Columbia will allow the students to continue to grow personally, spiritually, relationally, and academically. Reaching out to the leaders of tomorrow is rewarding as it ensures a better future for students who have a passion for learning and a desire to make a difference in the world.
The calculations for the Ministry Commitment for the BC Conference from each church was approved to be 5% of the receipted donations (Line 4500) that each church recorded on the latest filing for their charity tax return (T3010 A/B). For example, if your year end is December 31 each year and you prepare your budgets in November or December you would base your calculation on the 2008 tax return, line 4500. It is very helpful if this ministry commitment support is received at the BC Conference office at #101 - 32310 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford BC V2T 1X1 on a monthly or quarterly basis.
The calculation for the Canadian Conference Ministry Support Fund is done using the same formula but using 3%. This support is sent to the Canadian Conference office at 1310 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3M 3Z6.