We believe God has ordained three basic institutions – the Church, the family and the government – for the benefit of all humankind.
The Church exists to minister to individuals and families by sharing the love of God and the message of repentance and salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Caring for pastors and their families

  Confidential counselling and encouragement for pastors and their families. Call 1-888-5-CLERGY (1-888-525-3749) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  We offer two beautiful retreat centres – one near Calgary, Alberta, and a second near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our Kerith Retreats are dedicated to the strengthening of marriage and family relationships, and the spiritual restoration of those in ministry.
Pastor Events   Join us at one of our half-day pastors’ gatherings for encouragement and fellowship, or bring your spouse to a pastoral couples’ retreat and focus on building your marriage.

Helping minister to churches

Events   All through the year, we host family- and faith-building events across Canada to equip and encourage the families in your church.
Marriage Connection
  An interactive experience designed to help couples make a new connection in their marriage or take a good marriage to new heights.
Speakers & Teachers   Our experienced and dedicated speakers and teachers are here to address your church or other group on a wide variety of family ministry topics.

How church leaders can finish well

A few years ago, I was sitting in a restaurant having coffee with a friend who’s also in the ministry. Since we were separated by two provinces due to our latest ministry positions, we would make a point to check in with each other during denominational committee work. We really enjoyed the opportunity to catch up on family and ministry life.

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Changing lives: The Drop Box and the local church

One of the great joys of ministry life is being able to sit back and see all of the different people God has placed in your life. 

Every church I have served in has been distinct and unique, and when we embrace others who have different passions, gifts and interests than we do, we are reminded of the heart of God. It makes me think of Jesus and his 12 disciples and how different they all were, and I am so thankful for the great variety of people that I have been able to meet and share a journey with because of the local church. 

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Can Christmas really bring Sabbath?

It’s the Christmas season again? You would think that this time of year would bring a sense of wonder and excitement; however, for many years, the Christmas season brought on more panic and stress. With all of the preparations that I expected to do by myself, it's no big surprise that the joy that I sang about was nowhere to be found. 

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A pastor's wife without a pastor

This month, we are sharing a heartbreaking story from one of your own – a pastor's wife who lost her beloved husband suddenly and without warning. She wanted to share her story to encourage other pastors and their families to live their lives in preparation for what happened to her and her family. We appreciate the vulnerability she showed by telling her story, and we hope it will inspire you to cherish every moment you have with those you love and to tell them, frequently, what they mean to you. 

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Why we are here

A few weeks ago, I was in a room filled with pastors and, as usual, I looked around the room, checking to see how everyone was doing. I know far too well from my own past experience that during gatherings like these, many of them will put on a brave face. If they come at all, they will want everyone to think they are doing well. The stories they tell will either be made up or from days long ago when they were last encouraged. Now, I want to clarify that this is not something that all pastors are feeling. Some are new to the ministry or have recently moved to a new church, and some are in a really good place right now – I want to be careful not to paint everyone with the same brush.

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