INSPIRED BY GRACE
Canadian Revival Fellowship was born out of the Canadian Revival in the early 1970’s. Through the next forty years God would use this ministry to encourage tens of thousands of believers across Canada. Today we are inspired by the tremendous grace God has given us, and compelled all the more to serve the local church.
In 1966 Pastor Bill McLeod had been faithfully shepherding Ebenezer Baptist Church for four years. Through this time he brought in evangelists, musical quartets, speakers, and more, but saw himself and his church make little spiritual advancement. In desperation, he shut the doors, closed down the events, and brought the church together so they could pray for revival. The Wednesday night prayer meeting slowly grew from a mere 25 to finally 175 (more than the church membership), and for many, many years they persevered in this manner not knowing what marvelous things God had in store.
Finally, Pastor Bill invited two evangelists, Ralph & Lou Sutera, to speak to his congregation. With much anticipation the first night of the meetings came, but nothing happened. The first night passed, the second, the third, but on the fourth night, October 17, 1971, God in His sovereignty came in revival. Without human means or explanation, the revival spread from church to church, community to community, city to city, and not long after from province to province.
With the worship of God being refreshed in hundreds of churches, and thousands being transformed with the display of God’s glory, a core group formed to serve pastors and churches while the revival continued. Pastor Bill, the Suteras, Harold Lutzer, and others of this group administrated meetings across the country, supported pastors, and managed financial support. In 1972 this group officially became the Canadian Revival Fellowship.
COMPELLED TO SERVE
EVENTS: You pour your life into others. Let us pour some life into you.
PREACHING: God-centered, radically Christ-glorifying, passionate, practical, messages from the Word of God. We provide respected, experienced, and qualified teachers from Canadian Revival Fellowship or from other organizations to insure profitable teaching.
PRAISE: We provide skilled musicians leading in solid, God-centered, theological songs in which all can join, express worship to God, give thanks, and edify each other.
PRAYER: United, group prayer that is filled with edifying thanksgiving, profitable intercession, humbling confession, and worthy praise of God by the Holy Spirit.
FELLOWSHIP: Regenerate believers meeting together for the purpose of seeking the display of God’s glory resulting in fellowship that is sweet, refreshing, instructive, correcting, and uniting for life.
HOSPITALITY: We want to create a welcoming, friendly, and holy environment that encourages and enables connection. Your experience is important to us, and we don’t want anything to deter from it, but rather help you have the best experience possible.
QUALITY: We provide venues, sound, video and other experiential elements which enhance, but do not detract, from the preaching and response to the Word of God.
TRAINING: We want to see you get what you came for. Thats why we motivate and give you clear opportunities to interact with our teachers for personal one-on-one training. Not one of our speakers are off-limits.
DISTRIBUTION: Canadian Revival Fellowship distributes all of our resources online for free download and distribution. We share it as easily as possible to give it to as many people as possible.
WEBSITE: What we are sharing with the world every day.
REKINDLE BLOG: Is a blog from our Director of Ministry, Charles Audette. Charles gives his comments and commendations pertaining to the journey of life and love relating to God, the Gospel, and the Holy Spirit as we live out our life in ministry. One of our greatest convictions here at CRF is that when we focus on the glory of God, our passion for Him will be rekindled, thus our love for others will advance, and our struggles with sin will be overcome.
REFLECT COUNSEL: Daily new articles from respected and qualified teachers writing on important areas of life and church leadership. Experienced teachers write on spiritual advancement, familial wellness, relational unity, emotional perseverance, physical health, financial stability and so on. The resources offered enable readers, as they take time daily, to reflect biblically and prayerfully on their own state that they may achieve and maintain vitality.
RENEW MEDIA: We freely offer online classic audio and video sermons from CRF’s past forty years of ministry. You can copy, share, duplicate and distribute them to others all at no charge, and we encourage you to do it! Why? Because as we teach, and preach we do it in order that the glory of God will be treasured by pastors of local churches across Canada and beyond. Ministry has its burdens, distractions, consuming programs, and costly material; but with us, we trust you are always encouraged and renewed.
REFRESH MAGAZINE: Much of what shifts across the our table each week is unwanted presentations, flyers, programs, and advertisements. ReFresh magazine focuses on the personal gain and establishment of believers by presenting our best teachings on what matters most to them. Writings are from skilled teachers on the attributes of God, the centrality of the Gospel, living Spirit-filled lives and such like. With every carefully crafted sentence, and with every page we bring something worthwhile and refreshing.
MAGAZINE: Reading that is always refreshing.
PURPOSE: Every time we sit down to make this magazine we do it in such a way as to refresh every reader, every time. Reading is important, what we read will determine our spiritual growth. Books don’t transform us, sentences do. Thats why we purposefully write every sentence and each article to encourage and enable refreshment. We provide our best teachings for the personal gain and spiritual advancement of all readers.
THEOLOGICAL: Its important to be Christians who are able to discuss, apply, and live the doctrinal teaching of the Bible. We don’t attempt to “improve” on the Bible, but we strive to teach ourselves and others what the Scriptures say. Therefore we write on the important truths of the Bible such as God’s attributes, the nature of man, the cross of Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit in us to enlarge our delight in the glories of God revealed in His Word.
PRACTICAL: Ideas have consequences, and what we believe is the greatest influence of what we do. Application to life is a necessary part of the proper pursuit of understanding what God says to us in His Word. Therefore, we write in such a way that the Christian reading this magazine will find their Christian life not only theologically deeper, but practically refreshed as a result.
TEACHERS: We invite qualified and respected teachers from Canadian Revival Fellowship and other organizations and churches to write for us. Each article is written prayerfully and is to be read in the same manner. The truths written are imparted with humility, engaging the mind and heart of each reader. As we said in the beginning, these truths are given to equip each reader to express their praise and delight in God.
NETWORK: What makes us not just any organization.
CONNECTION: We believe it important to identify visitors, provide follow-up, and for those who have expressed interest in Canadian Revival Fellowship, get them connected with us and with others.
EVENTS: We encourage and provide new opportunities for those who attend our events to connect with like passioned people. Conferences, small retreats, workshops, prayer groups, and discussion groups provide a special opportunity not only to meet God themselves, but also to seek Him with others in a significant way.
WEBSITE: With so many people visiting our website it can be a challenge to get them connected to us and with others. So to serve you better we are developing online forums which will allow anyone to participate with a nationwide class of learners.
PASTORS: Pastors have a special place here at Canadian Revival Fellowship. They are God’s men for this time in Church history. Whether its through one of our pastor retreats, our online forum, or a simple phone call we want to connect our teachers with pastors, and connect pastors with pastors.
STUDENTS: We have a whole generation preparing to lead in the Church, students. Thats why we provide students with the opportunities to connect with our speakers and active pastors across Canada to get further head, heart, and hands-on training.