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
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.
Excitement, nervousness, anticipation – these were some of the feelings that we experienced a year ago as we prepared for the grand opening of the Kerith Retreat centre in East Braintree, Man. There were many last-minute construction details that needed to be taken care of along with final touches to the décor to ensure that our guests would find their accommodations welcoming and restful. Our kitchen needed to be stocked with delicious, healthy food and our staff had to be equipped and ready to go.
Being responsible for the leadership of Focus on the Family Canada’s Kerith Retreats does not mean that I don’t experience loss. In the midst of the day-to-day demands of my ministry, from caring for my staff and our constituents, to learning how to lead this ministry, to making sure I practice what I preach, life can be very challenging.
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.
In the church that I attended as a youth, Easter was a special time of year. Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! It was God who raised Jesus from the dead and this resurrection was supernatural! This was considered one of the most important events on the Christian calendar.
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.