According to Statistics Canada and the 2006 census, francophones (those who reported French as their mother tongue) make up just over 22% of the population of Canada.

Approximately 85% of Canada’s francophones live in Quebec but there are also large concentrations in northern Ontario, the Ottawa Valley, northern New Brunswick and on the east coast of New Brunswick. Only 0.54% (half of one percent) of Canada’s francophones identify themselves as evangelical Christians, which makes Canada’s French-speaking population the most unreached mission field in North America.

At the end of 2014, the Fellowship French Mission retired after more than 55 years of service for the Lord within the Fellowship. The mission was founded in 1958 during which time evangelicals were being persecuted in Quebec. Former Director, David Dobson, writes: “Since then God has used the Fellowship French Mission…to give front-line help and support in the planting of almost 100 French-speaking churches. Churches and believers from across Canada have fervently prayed and literally given millions of dollars to support the work in French Canada. Over those five and a half decades, we have truly been eyewitnesses to supernatural growth, to the point that today there are 88 French-speaking churches led by excellent French Canadian leadership—all to the glory of God.”

The strength of the French Mission lay in its wonderful team of missionaries. Most of them were born in Quebec, and experienced a dramatic conversion experience when they met Jesus Christ and committed their lives to Him. They devoted themselves to ministry and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to their own people.

But just because the Fellowship French Mission has retired does not mean that the work is done. In 1958, Quebec was a “religious” society, persecuting evangelicals. Today it is a secular society, ignoring evangelicals. “The reality is,” writes Dobson, “…right now, still less than 1% of the population would self-identify as evangelical Christians, and so there are multitudes that have yet to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel.” This is one of the lowest percentages in the world.

Even though there are today about 9,000 believers who worship every Sunday in our AÉBÉQ churches there are still another 6,000,000 francophones living in Quebec—as well as the 1,000,000 elsewhere in Canada—who are largely unreached with the Gospel. The stark reality is that almost no one from beyond our borders is seeking to reach the francophone population in Quebec or the rest of Canada, and so that vitally important mission falls to our Fellowship of churches.

The Vision

Fellowship churches and individual donors from across Canada are encouraged to engage in collaborative relationships with francophone church plants through direct and strategic partnerships. These partnerships could manifest themselves in the sharing of resources, work teams, prayer support, and financial support, to name a few examples.

Our new partnership strategy will continue to focus primarily on Quebec, where 85% of Canada’s francophones live. However, we will also focus on the other French-speaking regions of our country. It is our sincere hope and expectation that dynamic church planting partnerships will be developed between English-speaking congregations and/or individual donors and francophone church plants across our nation.

These strategic partnerships will be brokered by Fellowship National and managed by the Church Planting Director in the region where the francophone church plant is located. Below is a listing of current partnerships.

Note that the following partnerships are currently fully supported:

  • St-Léonard, Montreal
  • Plessisville, QC
  • St-Jérôme, QC
  • Bécancour, QC
  • Abitibi, QC
Details related to the Abitibi region's ministry.
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Details related to the Bécancour ministry.
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Details related to the Deux-Montagnes ministry.
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Eastern Quebec
Details related to the Eastern Quebec ministry.
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Église 21 Montréal
Details related to the Église 21 Montréal ministry.
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Le Flambeau (Granby)
Granby (Le Flambeau) profile
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Details related to the Plessisville ministry.
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St-Hyacinthe, QC
Details related to the St-Hyacinthe ministry.
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Details related to the St-Jérôme ministry.
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Details related to the St-Léonard ministry.
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Details related to the Terrebonne-Mascouche ministry.
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