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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.
     
     

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.
   
 Resources
  Check out great resources from Focus on the Family to help you strengthen marriages in your church, plus DVD-based small group studies and more.

A look inside Kerith: An interview with Brian and Sharon Heaney

Over the next number of months, Focus on Pastors is taking the opportunity to introduce you to some of the newer ministry couples who serve at Kerith Retreats. One of these couples is Brian and Sharon Heaney, who have been serving for about a year at Kerith Creek near Calgary, Alta. 

Read more: A look inside Kerith: An interview with Brian and Sharon Heaney

Pastors, stress and the Easter message

Do the big church holidays find you feeling extra stressed? 

Read more: Pastors, stress and the Easter message

Outstanding in their field: The joys and challenges facing those called to rural ministry

While 85 per cent of the Canadian population lives in cities, 90 per cent of our landscape is ministered to by rural pastors and churches. Often misunderstood and definitely underappreciated, rural pastors faithfully serve our rural regions without notice or fanfare. Yet, the pulse of rural ministry is infused with joy and challenge. 

Read more: Outstanding in their field: The joys and challenges facing those called to rural ministry

Honouring marriages in your church

Marriage is the number one topic that callers reference when they call Focus on the Family Canada. Usually, the calls are not happy ones:

Read more: Honouring marriages in your church

Depression: Who really understands it?

Over the last few years, we have become more informed about mental health concerns with a great deal of focus on depression. Some of our information has come from reading books, speaking to experts in this field and attending a couple of seminars. While that information is extremely important, it still leaves a broad measure of unknowns. 

Read more: Depression: Who really understands it?

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