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August 2011 Volume 25 | Number 07 www.christianweek.org


Summertime means VBS Page 3


Aaron Epp Manitoba Correspondent


WINNIPEG, MB—When it comes to making music, critically-acclaimed Canadian hip-hop artist Shad can’t help but use it to express his faith. “I think that anything that’s important


to you, you can express through music,” the 29-year-old, born Shadrach Kabango, said on June 23 during a lecture at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church. “Also, I think music is spiritual,


period,” he continued. “Whether you’re expressly talking about faith or not, it doesn’t matter. [Music] impacts people on such a deep level. That’s the magic of it—even if there are no lyrics, it’s still spiritual. It still comes from such a deep place. I don’t think that’s anything you ever have to shy away from.” The night before giving a concert at Winnipeg’s Pyramid Cabaret, Shad spoke at St. Margaret’s as part of the church’s Slater-Maguire Lectures, a series that aims to foster intellectually rigorous discussion about faith and culture.


Please see Shad on page 16 Hip-hop artist Shadrach “Shad” Kabango won a Juno award in 2010 and has twice been shortlisted for the Polaris Prize.


CMU alumni, faculty work to establish CMU Farm


Recovering lost sheep Churches use different strategies to follow-up with former attendees


Aaron Epp Manitoba Correspondent


CMU has launched a one-acre on-campus farm. Rachel Bergen


Manitoba Correspondent


WINNIPEG, MB—While some people lament the huge numbers of hungry people in the world, a few in Winnipeg are willing to actively work at practic- ing land stewardship, food security and project development while growing healthy, local food.


Please see CMU on page 16


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WINNIPEG, MB—As they walked out of church one Sunday last September, attendees at Waverley Fellowship Baptist Church stopped to sign three cards, one each for three couples who had con- tributed significantly to the life of the congregation and who had all, in the past 18 months, decided to leave that church and go elsewhere. The reasons they left were each dif-


ferent, says lead pastor Mark Kraft, but he wanted the couples to know the impact they had made while at the church, and that the church wished them all the best in the future. People leave churches for a variety of reasons—they have a relational falling out, they experience a life crisis, or they begin to feel disconnected for some other reason. Some find a different


Mark Kraft is lead pastor at Waverly Fellowship Baptist Church.


church to attend, and some stop attending church altogether. Just as there are many reasons why


people leave, there are a number of ways that churches respond. Kraft says that whenever possible,


he and his church’s leadership try to meet with the people who are leaving


to discuss why. It’s an informal exit interview that can take place over coffee.


“When that’s possible, I encourage


our leadership to do that,” Kraft says. “I make myself available for those things


Please see Lost sheep on page 15


Survey helps discern congregation’s health


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