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We are committed to calling young adults to join together in which they support each other in doing mission in vulnerable neighbourhoods. Our prayer is that these “young adults” will plant churches or participate in struggling churches and provide the energy and purpose needed for the church to join them in reaching out to the neighbourhood.  The goal will be for the church to become a sending hub for missional actions within the at – risk neighbourhood it is located in.

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VOLUNTEER OR INTERN

Though we work with young adults from every walk of life (from those involved as full – time students to those who have full – time careers) one of the key foundational programs at Connect City is our Internship Program. Each year we seek to take on young emerging leaders who have a desire to gain ministry experience and develop their leadership potential. We send them out to do mission together while partnering with local churches or church plants in  vulnerable neighbourhoods. 

At the beginning of our year we do not know what kind of mission the Lord will create through our Interns as they head out but we trust His Spirit to guide and direct our Interns into doing some God inspired things.  While our Interns our doing ministry Connect City comes alongside to train, coach and mentor them (and the churches they serve in) in their ministry and leadership development. At the same time we try to recruit other young adults to work alongside our Interns by joining them in their mission community and the work our Interns are involved in.  

Any Intern that wishes to get a Bachelors or Masters degree in Theology or Mission can enroll in our partner the “Antioch School Of Church Planting And Leadership Development” as a furtherance to their education. For more information on our school please see the “Antioch School” link in our menu at the top of this page.

There is a financial commitment we require from our Interns to cover housing, food, transportation and other costs. Interns are encouraged to raise their support and all donations are tax receiptable if from Canada or the U.S.A. Once accepted as an Intern Connect will work with you in helping you raise your support. For more information please download the Intern FAQ Information Sheet below. 

If interested in becoming an Intern please download the Intern Application Package below. 

Frequently Asked Questions PDF File

 

REASONS TO SUPPORT CONNECT

Timothy Keller states; The vigorous, continual planting (or revitalizing) of congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal & revival of existing churches in a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, or church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting (and revitalizing). This is an eyebrow raising statement. But to those who have done any study at all, it is not even controversial.”  Connect replants struggling churches or plants new churches  in at—risk neighbourhoods to  be mission hubs within their neighbourhoods.

Ernest Becker once asked; “When will the church realize that youth was meant for heroism not pleasure.” Connect  equips heroic young leaders & sends them into at—risk neighbourhoods to do mission through churches  or church plants located in these communities. By doing this we not only reach children, youth & adults for Jesus but also replant via struggling urban churches or birth church plants through a new generation of youthful energy. We desire the church to be the living Body of Christ in high – risk neighbourhoods energized through youthful leadership.

Connect has partnered with a Seminary in the US to develop local leadership right here in Toronto’s housing projects to be leaders & pastors in churches located in their own at-risk neighbourhoods.  We provide an affordable education & grant accredited Bachelor & Masters Degree’s for young leaders living in Government Housing Projects.

 

Connect has partnered with a Seminary in the US to develop local leadership right here in Toronto’s housing projects to be leaders & pastors in churches located in their own at-risk neighbourhoods.  We provide an affordable education & grant accredited Bachelor & Masters Degree’s for young leaders living in Government Housing Projects.

esus prayed;

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me , that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me & I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe you have sent me…” John 17:20—23.

Connect  unifies the Body of Christ by crossing denominational lines & partnering the church & para – church together to be unified by Jesus’ mission over & above church history or minor doctrinal differences. Working together & sharing resources to see people come to Jesus & vulnerable neighbourhoods transformed through    revitalized churches or church plants is what drives us.

PRAY FOR US

We are fully aware that what we are doing needs to be empowered by the living and active presence of God. He must be in all we do. We also realize that we will be in the depths of enemy territory simply because we are involved in God’s greatest loves – His bride the church and those who do not yet know about His love for them. Spiritual warfare will be a big reality that we will have to face. However, we are comforted in knowing that God is already active in the at – risk communities we are called to serve. Through prayer we can join with Him to do His works. 

Below is a general prayer list followed by downloadable Prayer Cards to help you pray intelligently for Connect Ministries. However, we hope you sign up for our newsletter so you will be updated on all the latest happenings so that you are better equipped to pray for us in a more detailed manner. Sign up today and support us in prayer! If interested in being part of our Prayer Team please contact us at – colin@connectministries.org and we will contact you on various ways you can pray for our work.

As for general prayer requests, they are as follows:

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

1. The Mission Of Connect Ministries

Pray to God to provide for all of our needs so we can be empowered through Christ to serve in His mission. Ask God to provide funding, volunteers, church partners, etc. to work with us in accomplishing the mission of God. Pray to the Holy Spirit to empower Connect Ministries and our mission wherever we serve. Ask God to work through us in developing a movement of young adults who are sold out for Jesus and his mission. Also, pray for our involvement in other countries as we hope to spread this missional movement globally.

2. The Leadership Of Connect Ministries

Pray that God will work through the Board as they oversee Connect Ministries. Also pray for Rev. Colin and Judith McCartney – that God will guide them as they lead this ministry. Pray safety over their lives and their family. Ask God to empower them as they live surrendered lives to His will.

3. Our Interns And The Antioch School Of Church Planting And Leadership Development

Pray that God will call the right Interns to serve at Connect Ministries. Ask God to work through them as they boldly create and do mission through churches and church plants in vulnerable communities. Pray for their safety and development as missional leaders.

Also, pray for our Interns and students involved in our school. That they will develop their leadership and character as well as theological knowledge while doing mission in the vulnerable church neighbourhoods they serve.

4. The Communities, Churches And Church Plants We Work With

Pray that God will grant favour on Connect Ministries and our partners as we serve in the vulnerable neighbourhoods we are located in. Ask God to provide us safety and resources to bless the “Missional Communities” we birth as well as the churches we work with and the church plants we are involved in producing as well as the communities we are active in.

Churches and communities to pray for in the GTA are as follows:

* Jane And Finch – Jane Finch Faith Community Church

* South Scarborough – Warden Woods Community Church

* South Etobicoke – Richview Baptist Church

Church and community to pray for in the Ottawa area:

* Vanier – The Village International Church

Download our Prayer Card


Common Prayer Tool

One of the great tools we have found helpful in developing our prayer life is The Book Of Common Prayer. It is now available online  at – http://commonprayer.net. Feel free to use it as a guide in your prayer time alone with Jesus and when it states “Pray For Others” please pray for us!!!