Great Canadian Giving Challenge

We sincerely thank everyone who has partnered with us in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.  


This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge*, and it’s bigger and better than ever! For every donation of $10 or more to any charity via in June, you get one entry to win incredible adventure-themed prizes. CanadaHelps will also be awarding two prizes of $10,000 donations to two charities!

The Military Christian Fellowship of Canada is supported through people like you. Would you consider a one-time gift this June? Your support and prayers are invaluable in our mission to touch lives and share the love of Jesus.

Deployed-Podcast – “DP1”.

“Discussing faith, family, and work life as a Christian.” 

Allow me to introduce myself, Rick Campbell, pastor of Deployed Church, an online ministry of Oromocto Baptist Church.  This online ministry provides audio podcast for you to listen to at your convenience and encourage you in your faith.
The aim of these podcasts is to discuss faith, family, and work life as a Christian who is currently active or retired from the military.
The goal of these podcasts is to pass on the experiences of Christian military members and retirees to other members, their families and to the broader church family.
The topics we discuss are faith, family, and work. The experiences shared in these podcasts, will uplift, and strengthen you in your walk with Christ.
Recording are done in audio and then posted to the podcast platforms. (DP1 Deployed Podcast). Guests have the option of not using their name or using initials or a first name.

Do not hesitate to provide us with feedback or if you have any questions or comments about the podcast you can contact us at the MCF office

In Christ,
Rick Campbell
DP1 Deployed 

How should Christians in the CAF respond to and influence the cultural change that is reaching every aspect of our institution?

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, join the discussion led by panel members who have, like all of us, found themselves facing the inevitable tension between recent cultural change initiatives and their faith in Jesus Christ.

Can we serve without compromising our faith? Can we truly love our non-Christian comrades? Is there still a place for Christians in the CAF?

There are no easy answers, but as Christians we know that where we need to look is to God and his word, as a community. This discussion will provide a chance to listen and ask questions as we all seek to serve faithfully.

To make the discussion available across the country, there will be 2 sessions on 6 Feb, the first from 1900-2030 EST followed by 1900-2030 MST. Feel free to join whichever one works best with your schedule.

The panel will be hosted by the Military Christian Fellowship and open to all members of the military Christian community who are asking these kinds of questions. It will be live on Discord.

Please contact the event coordinator, Andrew Haves through the MCF office for more information and to receive the link to Discord.

Coming March 2024

Again this year we will meet without having to physically travel to a specific location for our AGM. As we did in the past few years, we will be using the teleconferencing application called “ZOOM”. We have had great success with this application for connecting with our members and supporters.

Please contact our office for more details.

Only members of the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada will be given the right to vote at the AGM.


Military Basic Training was a culture shock. Before, I was a student at university working part-time as a janitor in a seniors’ residence in Wolfville, NS. After two years, I had run out of funds and decided to apply to the military; after all, my dad was a former military pilot, and my brother was a serving aeronautical engineer.
Going on exercise was part of Basic Training, as it is part of the military experience in general. Part of the military exercise was a routine called “Stand-to.” The practice of “Stand-to” was a hold-over from WWI when at just before dawn and shortly after dusk, soldiers would stand by their trench with their weapons loaded and ready to fire in the event of an enemy attack, which routinely came at just before dawn or just after dusk. It was part of being ready.

Several months ago, I was on a course led by Dr. Steve Brown, which was entitled “Jesus Centred.” The course was named after the book that Dr. Brown wrote. To me, the book’s gist was about being ready to share and live the gospel in a non-permissive environment. A vital element of the course was focused on Luke 10:2
Dr. Brown emphasized that the number of “harvesters” was diminishing in Canada. I note that local churches and mission agencies are echoing the same message… Gospel messengers are fewer and fewer, and this is when the spread of secularism is increasing. Generally, the Canadian population, including the military community, has little to no information about who Jesus is or the opportunity for eternal life that is available only through Him. 
I shared with Dr. Brown the ministry of the MCF and our mission to bring the gospel to the military community. He was intrigued and asked how it was going. “Not very well,” I responded. Dr. Brown reminded me of Luke 10:2 when Jesus was sending out missionaries and explaining to them the dilemma that many were ready to hear the gospel, but there were too few messengers. Jesus’ solution was to pray for an increase in labourers. Dr. Brown told me he had set the alarm on his phone for 10:02 am every day when he prayed for labourers. This resonated with me, so I set the alarm on my phone for 10:02 am daily. I pray for three things:

  1. Lord, please spread Your gospel throughout the military community.
  2. Lord, please use the MCF as an instrument of your messaging.
  3. Lord, please use me as one of your harvesters.

This prayer takes me about one minute. 
Can you imagine if you were to join me at the same time and pray the same thing every day? Can you imagine if five, or 10 or 50 or 100 of us pray the same thing every day at the same time? I think that God would be moved to answer our requests.
Would you join me at 10:02 am every day to “Stand-to” and pray for these three requests? 
Are you with me?
Gerry Potter
Colonel (Ret’d)

I am saved to be a Missionary.

Shortly after I became a follower of Jesus, I became captivated by Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus assigned His followers the mission of taking the gospel to all nations, to make disciples and baptize them. Within six months of my conversion, I wanted to leave the military and become a pastor. I was full of enthusiasm. However, my pastor then shared with me 1 Corinthian 7:20; which the Apostle Paul counsels his readers that they “should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.” While the message was clear to me that I should remain in the military and be Christ’s ambassador to my fellow military community members, it was not what I thought I should be doing. My zeal for the Lord was growing, and I just wanted to do what my pastor was doing. Fortunately, I was married to a practical lady from Saskatchewan who saw the wisdom of my pastor’s counsel and encouraged me to press on with my military career. 

During my career, my enthusiasm for the Lord, His gospel and His mission did not diminish. My work environment was my mission field; my colleagues and our work were the subject of my prayers. Today, I am still on the mission of bringing the gospel to the military community at home and abroad.

I would like to share something I have been reading recently. It is an article written by Alan Hirsh and published in Christianity Today/Leadership Journal in 2008. In this article Alan writes about the perspective that if you are a Christian, then your calling is to be a missionary where the Lord has called you. At the end of this article are a few questions that are useful for either reflection on your own or with your fellowship group. Please give this a read and let me know your thoughts.

“A proper understanding of missional begins with recovering a missionary understanding of God. By His very nature, God is a “sent one” who takes the initiative to redeem His creation. This doctrine, known as missio Dei—the sending of God—is causing many to redefine their understanding of the church. Because we are the “sent” people of God, the church is the instrument of God’s mission in the world. As things stand, many people see it the other way around. They believe mission is an instrument of the church; a means by which the church is grown. Although we frequently say, “the church has a mission,” according to missional theology a more correct statement would be “the mission has a church.”

Many churches have mission statements or talk about the importance of mission, but where truly missional churches differ is in their posture toward the world. A missional community sees the mission as both its originating impulse and its organizing principle. A missional community is patterned after what God has done in Jesus Christ. In the incarnation God sent His Son. Similarly, to be missional means to be sent into the world; we do not expect people to come to us. This posture differentiates a missional church from an attractional church.

The attractional model, which has dominated the church in the West, seeks to reach out to the culture and draw people into the church—what I call outreach and in-grab. But this model only works where no significant cultural shift is required when moving from outside to inside the church. And as Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, the attractional model has lost its effectiveness.

The West resembles a cross-cultural missionary context in which attractional church models are self-defeating. The process of extracting people from the culture and assimilating them into the church diminishes their ability to speak to those outside. People cease to be missional and instead leave that work to the clergy.

A missional theology is not content with mission being a church-based work. Rather, it applies to the whole life of every believer. Every disciple is to be an agent of the kingdom of God, and every disciple is to carry the mission of God into every sphere of life. We are all missionaries sent into a non-Christian culture.

Missional represents a significant shift in the way we think about the church. As the people of a missionary God, we should engage the world as He does—by going out rather than just reaching out. To obstruct this movement is to block God’s purposes in and through his people. When the church is on mission, it is the true church.

The following is an excerpt taken from the book: “Planting missional churches” by Ed Stetzer. 

God is a missionary God in this culture and in every culture. His nature does not change with location (or time). Therefore, a missionary posture should be the normal expression of the church at all times and places. The church needs to realize that mission is its fundamental identity. A non-missional church misrepresents the true nature of the church. The Great Commission institutionalizes mission as the raison d’être, the controlling norm of the church. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ and a member of His body is to live a missionary experience in the world. There is no doubt that this was how the earliest Christians understood their calling.

Missionary identity is rooted in the triune and “sending” God. The fact that Jesus was the “sent one” is the most fundamental identification of Jesus. Because of our identity in Christ, we (believers) are to continue the mission of Jesus. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of that mission: the Holy Spirit is the power of that mission: the church is the instrument of that mission, and the culture is the context in which that mission occurs.” Reflect on these two quotes by Branson (p 67)

Our commitment to intercultural life is rooted here: God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) embodies and initiates love that embraces differences and crosses boundaries and calls us to a gospel of reconciliation and love.

Matters of boundary crossing, encountering cultural differences and dealing with issues of inclusion and prejudice are always present in the stories of the missional expansion of the church. (P51)

Questions for consideration and discussion

  1. Does a missional church differ from an attractional church? In what ways?
  2. How would you describe your church? Missional or Attractional. What are some indicators to support your choice?
  3. What is the relationship between being missional and intentionally intercultural?

Becoming aware of God’s presence

EXERCISE 1: At the end of each night, ask yourself:

  • Where have I met Jesus (God or the Holy Spirit) today?
  • Where have I missed Jesus (God or the Holy Spirit today?) 

EXERCISE 2: After feeling comfortable with Exercise 1, you may want to ask yourself: 

  • What helps me pay attention to God? 
  • What hinders me from paying attention to God? 

Next, ask yourself: 

  • If I know what helps me pay attention to God, how often do I seek to engage in those activities or practices? 
  • How can I reduce or remove those hindrances if I recognize what hinders my awareness of God? 

Be realistic, select, and focus on just one help and one hindrance to avoid frustration. 

Sharing Life, Hope and Jesus on Alpha

It’s time to consider whom to invite to our next Alpha course. Registration is underway and we would love for you to join us on the online Alpha course the MCF is offering this winter.

The Alpha course is an excellent tool we use in accomplishing the core mission of the MCF, “to bring the gospel to the Military Community”.

If you haven’t been on an Alpha course, please consider joining us this February.  If you have been on the course, then talk to your military community friend or family member about joining us, we are using the online platform and there is plenty of room for everyone.

Watch the ‘trailer‘ then get out there and invite (virtually) your colleagues, your friends and your family, and register soon for the  MCF Alpha course. The experience will change them and you…forever

Are you ready to join us, is someone you know ready for an extraordinary life change? Here are the coordinates for the group:

Sunday, 05 February online at 7:00 pm EST 
Leading the sessions: Gerry Potter
Alpha Coordinator: Nicole

To register and for more information: Connect with us

Responding to Him this Christmas.

Like most, over the past few weeks, I have been reading through the scriptures that present the foretelling and fulfillment of the virgin birth of Jesus. It remains a wonder to me the prominence of the Holy Spirit in Matthew and Luke’s narrative of the events surrounding the miracle of Jesus’ human-divine conception. Even more of a wonder is the immediate acceptance by Mary and Joseph of their assigned roles. Much like a good military person, their response to the Holy Spirit’s direction and the implications of Mary becoming pregnant before the two were wed was not just yes, but a complete surrender to the Lord’s will and faith-filled engagement with their assigned tasks. Mary and Joseph were wonderful examples of obedience. I find myself desiring that depth of faith. 
While reading Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts, I was drawn to Psalm 42 and David’s words as he expressed his desire for the Lord. “As a deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for you, God, for the living God….”
As we celebrate Christmas with family and friends, many of us will experience very enjoyable times, friendly times, and caring times and rightly so. Some, though, may find themselves in times of challenge, testing, and needing the living God, the God who interacts with His chosen. Take comfort in the fact that Immanuel is with us (Mat 1:23); He is the same today as He was when He came upon Mary and then spoke to Mary and Joseph and when He inspired David to write of his soul’s need of Him.
Those of us who are engaged in the ministry of the MCF find ourselves experiencing the full spectrum of the human responses represented in these referenced passages. We are in awe at what God has done this year and what He will do. Our souls ache for more of Him in our lives and the lives of those we are called to serve in bringing the gospel to them.
How about you? Are you experiencing wonder over the call the living God has for you? Have you, like Mary and Joseph, surrendered yourself to that call in obedience? Do you, like David, desire the Lord? Then join us, and together we will experience Him in and through us as we respond to the Spirit’s direction to bring the gospel to the military community.

Mission ImPossible

Prior to my entrance into the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) my understanding of the term mission was based upon the 1966 television series “Mission Impossible,” which ran for seven seasons. A mission was a seemingly impossible task that a hero received via a pre-recorded message that itself would self-destruct after having delivered the information. Each week a new impossible mission would be assigned, and the hero given the option to accept or reject the mission. The hero always accepted, and the impossible mission was always completed. It seemed odd to me that those impossible missions were rather simplistic and could always be accomplished.
My experiences in the military shed new light on the term mission. Unlike the task assigned to the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), military missions were complex, involving both willing and not-so-willing participants and at times were frustratingly unachievable. Welcome to real life Gerry. Military missions notoriously suffer from insufficient resources, partially engaged personnel and uncertainty due to multiple foreseeable and unforeseeable factors. Reality tends to foster an attitude of partial commitment towards the mission. Passionate engagement is difficult to find.

In the book of Matthew, chapter 28 verses 18-20, Jesus, like the deep voiced operations officer on the self-destructing tape, offered to his disciples an impossible mission – to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded the disciples. Bringing liberation from the eternal catastrophic consequences of personal sin and subsequent alignment with the principles and precepts of the Living God to all the world is an impossible mission that trumps any the IMF were called to accomplish. In fact, the mission of Christ is truly impossible. So, why would the disciples or even myself for that matter undertake to pursue this mission?
For one, unlike military missions, Jesus has promised to not only be with me, but He has assured me that He will bring to bear all the authority that has been given to Him.  How much authority? All authority. This means unlimited power, unlimited resources, unlimited effects. With that kind of support, the mission is not only possible, its accomplishment is 100% assured. For that reason alone I would be keen to join the winning team. Yet, there is a second reason, the object of the mission – saving people’s lives. Serving the Supreme Commander as He changes lives forever. 
There are a lot of different missions that people choose to undertake. Some are for a short time, while others are for extended durations. At its inception in 1973 the Military Christian Fellowship (MCF) chose to accept the impossible mission of bringing the gospel to the military community at home and abroad. Members of the MCF are Christ’s IMF to you, your neighbours, and your colleagues in the military community. 
Join us.