In 1994, Rev. Martin Contant decided to become the regional leader for the Home Missions Western Canada team. At the time, he thought he might serve in that role for a few years and then go back to being a pastor.
But God had other plans. Sixteen years later, Martin still leads the Western Canada team, serving the churches of a region he has lived in for 29 years. “That’s 29 years of building relationships and knowing the culture, people, pastors, and churches,” he says. “It’s been such a rich blessing.”
Martin, who, along with his wife Sue, has three sons and six grandchildren, still feels as inspired by his role as he was the day he started. "We are in such an exciting time within the CRC," he says. "We need to understand our own calling to be missional. Being sent as Christ followers into our communities and neighborhoods is at the heart of llving out the gospel."
The Western Canada team works to give leadership to the region through a wide range of gifts and expertise in coaching, helping churches discern their next ministry chapters, parenting, church planting and multiplication, and resourcing churches to become more missional. “We desire to help churches see Western Canada as the enormous mission field it really is,” Martin says. “Less than 3% of people in most major cities here are churched. There is a huge opportunity to share and demonstrate the Gospel to them."
WESTERN CANADA REGIONAL TEAM:
Meet the Team
Canadian Ministries Spring 2013
Lake Superior (Canada)
GLIMPSES OF GOD AT WORK
The campus ministry at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia, has blessed the students, faculty, and administration as a valued service to the university. One of the ministry's administratiors recently took a similar position in student services at Kwantlen University. She contacted Martin to ask. . . Read More