“Forum on Church Renewal in Atlantic Canada”

February 9-12, 2015

Amid the challenges that churches face as our society changes, God is doing great things in congregations in Atlantic Canada.  There is new spiritual vitality, new opportunity for outreach, and a renewed understanding of the church’s mission.  Churches and their leaders are learning what it means to make disciples in the 21st century in Atlantic Canada.

The 2015 Simpson Lectures provided a practical forum on renewal in the local church.  The program involved three important elements:

  • Four plenary sessions (Monday to Thursday) contained practical guidance for pastors and church leaders who want to lead spiritual and missional renewal. 
  • Afternoon panels were led by key pastors who are providing spiritually vital leadership in their own particular ministry contexts.   
  • Evening sessions where six pastors of missional churches provided guidance and inspiration for leading churches in these times of change.

Renewal IS possible, and it is happening here.  



Below are some links to videos, graphics and presenter notes that were used during the 2015 Simpson Lectures on Church Renewal.  Feel free to use these resources in your church or on social media to continue the conversation. If you have any problems with these, or have different technical requirements, please let us know by emailing adcevents@acadiau.ca or calling 902-585-2217.



Spiritual Vitality in the Small Church and Community

Greg Jones, CABC - Facilitator
Michael Palmer, Florenceville Baptist Church, NB 
Marc Potvin, Centreville Baptist Church, NS
Patty Beals, Lawrencetown Baptist Church, NS
Rob Heffernan, Billtown Baptist Church, NS

Pastoral Leadership for Renewal

Garth Williams, CABC - Facilitator
Rhonda Britton, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, NS
John Wilton, Birch Cove Baptist Church, NS
Kirby Spivey, New Beginnings Church, NS
Philip Woodworth, Cornerstone Baptist Church, PE
Danny Smith, Middleton Baptist Church, NS

Reaching the Next Generation

Renée Embree, CABC - Facilitator
Micah Linkletter, Immanuel Baptist Church, NS
Dan Pyke, Douglas Baptist Church, NB
Nancy Murphy, Brunswick Street Baptist Church, NB
Matt Snow, RiverCross Church, NB

Book Table

Click Here to download a list of books that have been recommended by our evening session speakers.


Detailed Event Schedule: PDF


The 2015 Simpson Lectures were offered in partnership with the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches. 

The Simpson Lectures are an annual lecture series in Preaching and Practical Theology providing continuing education for students. Established in 1979 by Gerald K. Simpson of Deer Island, New Brunswick, this lectureship has welcomed many distinguished preachers including Haddon W. Robinson, Alan Sell and Gardner Taylor.
We are grateful for Gerald Simpson’s generosity, by which this lectureship is now offered free of charge.