Same Mission, New Brand
March 24, 2010 (Saint John NB) – Thankful for its 81 year history in Canada, the Church Army in Canada will be operating as Threshold Ministries as of May 1, 2010. This name change comes after many years of discernment and discussion with staff and supporters. It became clear that in this new millennium the historic name ‘Church Army’ created more barriers than bridges. The mandate for Threshold Ministries will continue to be “helping bring people, from all walks of life, into a living relationship with Jesus Christ and with His people.” Threshold represents for us a place of new beginnings both for our community of evangelist but more importantly for those who put their trust in Jesus as a result of our ministry. Threshold is the place of entrance into the Kingdom of God and a place of exit into the world in mission.
We have discovered over the years that key to any genuine evangelism is relationship building. An authentic love for people is crucial, just as Jesus loved people. In order to have such opportunities, there can be no unnecessary walls or obstacles to relationships and opportunities to share our faith with others. This ministry is meant to be focused on inviting others to know they are welcome, wanted, needed and loved by Jesus. We do not exist for ourselves. This is not a club. There can be no wall between the message of Jesus and the people.
Over the course of the last number of years, we have tried to examine any ways we may have constructed or accepted barriers that are preventing people from hearing the message we long to share. It is has been a challenging soul-searching exercise. But it is essential to listen if we are truly serious about being effective in sharing our faith in the 21st century.
Our new name, Threshold Ministries, celebrates this mission journey with our Lord! Our passion for the Great Commission and the Great Commandment remains paramount. We believe that the renaming will actually build bridges of opportunity for mission and evangelism. To position ourselves to reach this culture we have agreed that now is the time for a 21st century name.
Globally, Church Army dates back to 1882 and began as a response to minister to those living in the slums of London UK. The official work in Canada began in 1929 based, initially, in Toronto. Today the Church Army has provided the church with trained evangelists, a God-given calling, founded on the Scriptures.