National Initiatives

Novus Leadership
Development Program

At Mission Canada it is our strong desire and cry to the Lord for our nation to be transformed by the gospel. We believe that one of the keys is to invest in and disciple the next generation of Canadians who will be passionate about reaching the unreached and who will continue to help fulfill the Great Commission.

Recently in a gathering of multiplying leaders, a study of evangelism and millennials was shared. Among Protestant churchgoers who believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, it was found that most feel a responsibility to share the gospel and that most even feel comfortable doing so, but very few actually do it. LifeWay Research [1] surveyed church attending Protestants in the U.S. and Canada: "In the past six months, have you shared with someone how to become a Christian?" They found that 85% of all believers ages 18-29 agree that they have a responsibility to share the gospel with unbelievers, and that 69% of those same people feel comfortable sharing their faith. However, only 25% of them look for ways to share the gospel and only 27% of them intentionally build friendships with unbelievers in order to do so. 

Juxtaposed to the LIFEWAY research is a second and more encouraging research survey[2]. The Barna Group surveyed born again American Christians: "During the past 12 months, I explained my religious beliefs to someone who had different beliefs, in hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour." Millennials are the only generation among whom evangelism is significantly on the rise. Their faith-sharing practices escalated from 56% in 2010 to 65% in 2013. Not only that, but born again Millennials share their faith more than any other generation today. Nearly two-thirds (65%) have presented the gospel to another within the past year, in contrast to the national average of about half (52%) of born again Christians.

 Mission Canada is seeking to identify a total of 50 PAOC high school age students from across the nation in order to convene them for a Novus 12-week online mentorship program in 2016. We desire to nurture and further develop the PAOC ethos of Share Every Day in this next generation. In 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul challenged his young son Timothy in the faith. “I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you”. We believe that this opportunity will be a life changing experience for these students, and for our Fellowship as we encourage spiritual, theological and missional vitality, now and for years to come.  If you have further questions, are interested in being part of this mentorship program, or know someone who would be, please do not hesitate to contact Mission Canada at the PAOC International Office at (905) 542-7400 or via email at missioncanada@paoc.org.

We encourage you to invest in the discipleship of our young people…because we must! 

Toward the Goal,

Brian Egert,

Mission Canada Director

2 Tim. 2:2

 

For more information visit the Novus Website at novus.paoc.org.