General Ontario Conference



Mission and Leadership Summit

March 4-5, 2022

Posted: January 27th, 2022

On Friday, March 4, and Sabbath, March 5, Ontario Conference is hosting a province-wide Mission and Leadership Summit. It will run from 6:30-8:30 pm on Friday, and 4-7 pm on Sabbath, Eastern time. As in 2021, our primary mission this year will be “Connecting Like Jesus” and making disciples for Him; however, in 2022, we will also focus on developing the spiritual leaders needed to accomplish this mission in every congregation.

This summit will take a fresh approach to the topic of spiritual leadership via TED talk-style presentations with thought leaders and engaging intergenerational roundtables. It will help churches understand mission, spiritual gifts and transformative leadership tools. It will aim to foster a culture that mentors, motivates and equips effective, Christ-centred leaders.

In the lead-up to this event, all churches across our Conference have been asked to play a message by President Mansfield Edwards this Sabbath, January 29. Edwards’ message will cast the vision for spiritual leadership in 2022 and set a foundation for the March summit.

The time for such an event is now. Local church evaluations have revealed that most of our congregations are declining or plateauing. Sadly, some of our large congregations are not healthy, and some congregations are busy but not active in their primary purposes of ministry and mission. As author, coach and speaker John Maxwell said, “People never rise higher than their leaders.” Thus, this summit will move us toward becoming a conference of growing and multiplying congregations. Speaking on the significance of this event,

Edwards stated, “We are undoubtedly living in momentous times. The coming of Christ is near, and the Church must rise up and be the body of Christ in this world. It is time to return to the ministry and mission Christ laid out for us. Our leadership summit will thus be a Conference-wide refocus for our churches, leaders and officers. Let us gain the leadership tools to help our churches connect like Jesus and hasten His return.”

Ontario Conference Communications and Office of the President

How to watch the January 29th sermon:

Online/At Home (YouTube Premiere):

Click here to watch the message on January 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Local Church Divine Service (Download):

Below are some choices of download links based on quality and your local church requirements:

  1. Very high-quality 4k video: For the churches that have the computing power and internet bandwidth. Best for those who will include the video in their production and/or will re-render the video: Click HERE to download video in 4K
  1. Medium quality 1080p video: Suitable for most churches. Best for those who will just play the video during their full HD live stream: Click HERE to download video in 1080p
  1. Light but lower quality 720p video: Suitable for those who do not have good internet. This file works well for those who will share their screen during zoom worship. Click HERE to download video in 720p
  1. High bitrate 1080p video without texts: Suitable for the churches who will translate the video and will edit it to add the texts in their preferred language: Click HERE to download video without graphics/texts (for translation)

Below are some promotional graphics for the sermon: