GOD AT WORK THIS FAR IN 2019: New People In God’s Word.

May 29, 2019

The year 2019 has been very encouraging as we further the mission by engaging people in relationship with God through knowing His Word.

I’ve traveled more than 25,000 km in the first six months doing training workshops all over Canada.

In February, Abbotsford, BC hosted the first of five Day in the Word Conferences with David and Kay Arthur over the next two years. Over 500 people were in attendance! The most exciting part about this conference was seeing the number of men and teenagers in the pews diligently marking the Scriptures and being engaged in the teaching from both Kay and David.
The Lord continues to work in the province. Leaders have seen increases in their class sizes and churches have opened their doors for training. We’ll be heading back in the fall to offer Precept Upon Precept leader training in Abbotsford and Nanaimo.
In Ontario, the Day in the Word conference to be held in September is at over 50% capacity registration, and we anticipate that the conference will be sold out by August!

The new Precept Upon Precept Leader Training is producing more confident leaders, and we’ve seen an increase in the number
of people wanting to take the training. The leadership training has raised up 21 new Precept Upon Precept leaders in five three-day workshops. In July, we’ll host leader training in our new building, and later in the fall, we’ll be hosting these workshops across Canada. We continue to hear from our Entrust coaches from all over the country as they share testimonies of discipling and coaching their students into the role of a Precept Upon Precept leader. In 2018, we saw a 6% increase in the number of Precept Upon Precept studies distributed and a 32% increase in the number of In & Out studies. These are clear indicators
that new leaders are starting classes, and current leaders are seeing an increase in their class sizes.

We’re thankful that the Lord is stirring up a hunger in people to go deeper in study using Precept Upon Precept courses.
Leaders are seeing the benefit of this new training. This has led our team to develop a new workshop to equip our experienced Precept leaders with the same type of training and coaching. We’ll run our first refresh training in July at our new building.

Our free training workshop Essentials of Inductive Bible Study has become one of the most popular workshops we
offer across Canada. Classrooms are filled with people wanting to learn the basic skills of Observation, Interpretation, and Application. This workshop is fantastic for introducing new people to the inductive method of study.

The workshop has been offered eight times across Canada in the first six months, and each time the class is full of new people! When teaching it, the greatest joy comes when people tell me that they had no idea there was so much to learn in the first 10 verses of 1 Thessalonians. Since we offer this workshop at no cost to the participant, 90% of the funds to cover the expenses of these workshops are covered by your financial gifts. We will continue to provide this workshop for free, as we see hundreds of new people engaged with God’s Word.

In September 2018, our team went through the process of planning our 2019 training schedule, and we set a lofty goal of 100 training workshops in Canada. To meet this goal, our 11 trainers would need to be actively training all across Canada.

As of June, we have 47 total workshops confirmed until December 2019. In the first six months, churches have hosted 30 training workshops with over 400 people being trained, and more than 50% of those being trained are brand new to Precept. Our prayer is that over the next few months, God will open more doors for training workshops. Our training workshops continue to be a proven method for engaging new people in relationship with God through knowing His Word. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop or would like more information, please contact us at training@preceptministries.ca.

I’m encouraged by the growth of the ministry in the first half of the year. Our team is committed to furthering the mission and vision of Precept Ministries in Canada. There’s no greater time than this to invest in Precept with your financial gifts. God is working through this ministry and we’re blessed to partner with you. The Lord has provided a new training facility, and new staff members to coordinate the French ministry effort in Quebec. We have dedicated trainers and Entrust coaches who are raising up new Precept leaders and hundreds of Bible study leaders from coast to coast who are dedicated to engaging students in relationship with God through knowing His Word.

This Plumbline is filled with testimonies of God at work in the lives of people across Canada. Our hope is that we’ll keep seeing this growth continue as we strive to impact this nation for the glory of God.

Would you prayerfully consider investing in Precept Ministries with a one-time financial gift, or ask the Lord if you should join our E-Team as a monthly investor and prayer partner? Thank you for partnering with Precept! I hope you’re as encouraged as I am when you read through the pages of this newsletter.


Mark Sheldrake
Precept Ministries International (Canada), National Director

Yes, I want to partner with Precept so they can continue to raise up and train Bible Study Leaders across Canada!

Hear from one of our trainers, Sandra, about what the Lord is doing through Precept in Ottawa.

Hear Christa’s journey of how Inductive Bible study has changed the way she interacts with God’s Word.

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