77 Days of Prayer
Listening prayer is essential to know how to follow God’s lead. At Assembly in May, Rob mentioned that he wanted the CBWC to spend some intentional time in prayer, seeking God’s guidance for direction for the next few years. So, for 77 days, we prayed and listened. The Board and Executives are gathering responses from churches, comparing notes and preparing a longer-term CBWC strategy based on this praying and listening time. We look forward to hearing the results of this discernment process in the next couple months, and together taking the next steps we’ve heard God calling us to.
In June 2017, Pastor Keith Thompson began his ministry at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Winnipeg. When the fall came around he knew he wanted to lead a weekly Bible study, but he was having a hard time deciding what topic to study.
“I happened to look at the CBWC website one day, and I noticed the 77 days of prayer initiative,” Pastor Keith says. He decided then that he would combine a weekly study with the 77 days of prayer. “I realized that since this was a time of new beginnings for our congregation, and for our denomination as a whole, this would be a really good thing for us as a congregation.”
They meet every Wednesday with about 8-10 in attendance. For the 11 weeks of the prayer initiative, they began by reading the listed passage for the week. They spent 30 minutes or so going through the passage to see what it has to say to them, keeping in mind the focus for the week. Following that, they spent time in prayer and then shared their personal thoughts and feedback.
“I appreciate the CBWC and all it has to offer, and very much value the people within our denomination.” — Pastor Keith Thompson
His hope and prayer for the group meetings was to see them begin to discern what God has in store for them as a congregation as well as the CBWC as a whole. Pastor Keith is the first permanent full-time pastor they’ve had in quite some time. Their previous pastor passed away suddenly and since then, Cornerstone had been in transition with some interim pastors.
Pastor Keith took his MDiv, focusing on Pastoral Leadership, at Taylor Seminary in Edmonton, graduating in 2007. In the beginning it was hard for him to find a place to minister. In 2009, he did six months bi-vocational work at Evangelical Baptist in Edmonton, a CBWC church. In November of that year, he began full-time ministry at First Baptist Church in Dawson Creek, BC.
He served for almost four years, then worked various jobs and occasionally preached at other churches in Dawson Creek before moving east to serve at Cornerstone Baptist Church.
“I appreciate the CBWC and all it has to offer, and very much value the people within our denomination,” Pastor Keith says. His hope is to lead the church into stronger community and closer communion with God, in the upcoming years.