From the rugged coast of his home Province of Newfoundland, to the flat land of the Prairies, and back to Ontario where he received his Bible College training and met his incredible wife Lyn, Barry has served for 20 years in Children’s, Youth and Lead Pastor positions.
Over the last 5 years, God gave Barry some unique Pastoral training and preparation for his new role at LifeSpring by having him work in the trades as a Commercial Painter, then starting his own Painting business and as well serving as a Corporate Chaplain and Life Coach. These everyday life environments gave Barry the opportunity to connect with and encourage many who might not otherwise connect with a church or pastor. Barry is excited to use these experiences to help inform and shape the culture of LifeSpring in being a "church that unchurched people love to attend."
Children's Ministry co-lead
Children's Ministry co-lead
Plan2Protect and Children's Ministry
Jr and Sr Youth lead, Worship Team and Tech Team
Sr. Youth Lead and Children's Ministry
Sr. Youth lead
LifeCare Team lead
Finance Team lead and First Impressions
Elders Board member and past Chair
Elders Board member and Sunday Morning Hosting Team lead
Elders Board member and LifeGroups Team lead
Elders Board member and Administrator
Every organization and every church has a culture. At LifeSpring we use the analogy of a Road Trip to communicate our desired culture. Life is like a road trip, full of adventure, risk and mystery. We're all on a journey that requires travelling together on a road with its detours and ups & downs. Join us for this adventure. To understand more of the culture of our community, take a look at the Road Trip.
… to be a church that unchurched people love to attend.
... to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, loving them one story at a time.
... to create environments where people are engaged, encouraged and equipped to pursue:
> intimacy with God,
> community with insiders, and
> influence with outsiders.
About the Scriptures...
We believe the entire Bible is the written Word of God, the record of God's self-revelation to humankind, inspired by God to be written by human beings. We believe that the Bible is true and trustworthy, the final authority in the lives of Christ-followers and the life of the church.
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Saviour of the world.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
We believe that the death of Jesus Christ on a cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life...
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church...
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have been restored to a relationship with God by placing their faith in Jesus Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him, loving our neighbours, and by making Jesus Christ known to the world.
For more information about our beliefs, see LifeSpring's formal Statement of Faith.
Every week people from the LifeSpring community gather in smaller pockets to develop friendships, to share in Kingdom initiatives, pursue wholeness, to ask big questions and share life together. It’s the best way to connect, grow deeper and equip people for love and life. We call these gatherings, LifeGroups (LG).
Below are a combination of six key principles that we characterize as our LG, experience.
1. Connecting Takes Time
LGs intentionally deepen what is tasted on Sunday. The goal here is to gain a greater understanding of the message. Revisiting the message with others cultivates a genuine hunger for God. Further, it creates a culture of people who desire to work out the “message” of Jesus. This takes time and a lot of conversation.
2. Growing New Stories
Our LGs are effective catalysts for story building. Our groups go deeper by planning, working out and acting out the Good News. It takes time. Therefore they meet for a minimum of 12 months, working through our Sunday series, doing dinner parties and local Kingdom endeavours. Great stories and great relationships are grown here.
3. Irresistible Spaces
It’s firstly important for everyone to see that they will be loved for who they are, prayed for in their challenges, encouraged in their faith and celebrated in their journey. This is ultimately the key to creating Irresistible spaces.
Too often small group "theory" dictates strategies that often place too much pressure on an average leader to be a “strategist" instead of a relationship builder. We help LG leaders relax and use their natural desire to serve in ways that help their group grow closer.
We understand the tension between a group growing closer together and asking them to split up in order to multiply irresistibility. We choose to live in that tension by having the LG leaders be in conversation and planning with the Pastor of LGs. There’s excitement in being involved in a growing church-wide effort.
4. Leadership Potential, not Proven Leaders
Part of our connection and discipleship strategy is designed to first get people serving and then releasing them to be leaders. We’re not waiting for perfect people to show up. All we need is people who are willing, teachable and obedient. We patiently discern where people fit so as not to place them in a situation where they would not thrive. It’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon.
5. People Need Good Help
Not all groups are created equal. Some groups have mature disciples within them and some are filled with brand new believers or have been liberally sprinkled with challenging types of people. In any case, people always need help whether it is spiritual, mental, marital, etc.
We ask the LG leaders not to “fix” people. Sometimes the group dynamic dictates the right amount and kind of care an individual needs.
Getting people help can go really well or really badly. We choose to get people the best help and have it go really well. We ask our leaders to be discerning and wise to know when to engage the LG Pastor as to next steps in getting help for their group members. We recognize that we are not pros and a lot times people need professional help.
6. Leaders Facilitate not Dominate
The foundation of a LG is not the leader. It’s Christ. We ask each leader to be very mindful of the fact that everyone has a view and a voice. In LGs we value what people have to say. That means that the leader’s main job is to coordinate the gatherings, plan and facilitate discussion. People, no matter the age, need a place to talk and ask big questions, whether its about life or God.
If you are interested in a LifeGroup, please check out our calendar for various LifeGroup times, locations, contact information, etc.
Also, feel free to contact John Lewis at 519-886-0358.