LifeWay publications has been a trusted source of printed and online Christian materials for Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC) churches since the denomination’s inception in 1985. LifeWay and the CNBC have also had a long-term relationship for training and missions since the same time.
LifeWay has paid for many Canadian Vacation Bible School (VBS) leaders to be trained and then become leaders and trainers of the great VBS materials that are available for use. This in turn has resulted in many evangelistic opportunities with children in neighbourhoods across Canada during our fleeting summer months. VBS has been instrumental in many young lives turning their hearts toward Jesus.
Although this has indeed been a strange summer across Canada and the United States, it is about the time that churches are looking forward, planning what might be a possibility for next summer. LifeWay has again planned a VBS that is sure to draw young hearts toward Jesus in a fun and interactive way.
|Click on the image above for details on LifeWay's VBS material Destination|
LifeWay also has a plethora of curriculum and Bible study materials available for all ages. These materials are available to our churches through another longstanding partnership: Parasource—the Canadian distributor of LifeWay materials. I have had the privilege of getting to know Ken McDonald (CNBC’s Direct Church Consultant with Parasource) over the last several years and recently conducted an interview with him.
Ken McDonald (Church Direct Consultant at Parasource) works directly with our CNBC churches to find the best resources available
Lynda Blazina for the Weekly Horizon (LB): Thank you, Ken, for spending a few minutes with us and answering a few questions about our partnership. We sure appreciate all that you do for us!
Ken McDonald for Parasource (KM): Hi, Lynda. It is great hearing from you. I really missed being able to see you guys at Convention this year. I would be happy to answer these questions for you.
LB: Tell us a little about yourself (personally) and what you do:
KM: I’ve been married 29 years; we have three kids and I’m a grandfather (or Grampy, as I am called). I serve on staff at my church in Brantford, ON, as the Love and Serve director. Have been in church ministry for 25 years serving in youth, music and kids’ ministry.
LB: Wow. You have a pretty broad range of life and ministry experience. I’m sure that helps in knowing what resources will best meet the needs of our churches. How long have you been working with Parasource and partnering with the CNBC?
KM: I have been with Parasource for seven years, working with the CNBC for about the same. I am a Church Direct Consultant and work with hundreds of churches across Canada, meeting all of their ministry needs. Churches can call or email me when looking for church supplies, small group, curriculum, Bibles—pretty much anything they need for their church—and I will be sure they are receiving the best pricing here in Canada, doing better than anything Stateside or other online stores. We give free shipping over $50 and will do the work to find what the church needs.
LB: Can we get everything “LifeWay” through Parasource?
KM: We are Lifeway’s distributor for Canada and can supply CNBC churches with any of their material.
LB: How does our church order materials through Parasource?
KM: As I mentioned, they can either call or email me when ordering. They can order on our website at www.parasource.com —but working with a rep is sometimes easier and we can offer bulk rates where the web doesn’t do that. There are two consultants in the office and if we are not available, they have the opportunity to talk to someone in our customer care department.
LB: Is there any other information you would like to give our churches?
KM: We can offer CNBC churches a 10% discount if they order from the web, which is on top of the already discounted product they will find. This would only apply to online orders and some products won’t be included, but they will see that in their checkout. We can extend this offer until October 17th and would use the code SAVE10.
LB: Thank you, Ken! We sure appreciate all that you do for us and we missed seeing you—and the Parasource bookstore—at Convention this summer.
With the Lord:
Bill (William Herbert) Cruikshank (brother of Mel Cruikshank—CNBC National University Ministry Leader) of Edmonton, AB, went home to heaven on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Bill was the son of William and Donna Cruikshank and brother to Mel and Heather. Bill married Jo-Ann Cruikshank and was blessed with three sons and daughters-in-law Stephen (Dara-Ann), Craig (Margaret), and Keith (Emily) —and grandchildren, Charollette, William, and an expected granddaughter this fall. A beloved husband, an exceptional father, and a loving grandpa, Bill is remembered for his dedication to his family and his passion for painting.
Randy Gallaway went to be with the Lord September 10, 2020. In 1986 Randy and Mary Ann were called by God to serve in university ministries in Canada and worked for many years alongside the CNBC. They were first in Vancouver and later on were appointed by the IMB to do university ministry in Toronto. Randy's calling began when he lost both his arms in an electrical accident that almost killed him. Randy and Mary Ann wrote a book about their experiences in ministry that details Randy's life and testimony. It is called "Death Knocking, Life Calling" and is available on Amazon.
Do you have a story you would like to share? Please contact Lynda Blazina and let her know. We would love to share your stories with our CNBC family of churches.
CNBC Weekly Horizon
CNBC Mission: We are churches in covenant giving ourselves away to advance the Kingdom.
CNBC Vision: 1000 healthy, Kingdom-focused churches.