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.
  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.

Hope Restored: A new option for couples in crisis

Ron and Rochelle are sitting in your office. They can barely look at one another. You are not even sure what they are doing there. You have had several marriage counselling sessions with them already, with little progress to show for it. It breaks your heart to see these two people who once loved one another sniping at one another, hurling accusations, criticism and anger around the room. Every now and then it even lands on you. “Pastor,” they plead, “why can’t you tell us something that will actually help us?!”

Read more: Hope Restored: A new option for couples in crisis

Understanding compassion fatigue

Are there risks and pitfalls that we need to be aware of when it comes to providing care and compassion? Can a person who naturally has a heart of compassion come to a place of no longer being able to be compassionate? Is it sinful for me to step back and allow others to help provide care? As a pastor, am I shirking my responsibilities by doing so?

Read more: Understanding compassion fatigue

How to become emotionally intelligent

Nowadays, there’s not really any need for us to show our true emotions. Not when we have emojis at our fingertips that we can send to friends and family – even when they don’t really live up to what we’re actually feeling. These little faces cover a wide range of emotions, so we can feel like we are more emotionally intelligent, right? 

Read more: How to become emotionally intelligent

Viewing Lent through new eyes

The season of Lent is upon us. However, as I reflect on my formative years, Lent was always that looming darkness, echoing over and over again to me: You’ll never be good enough, You’re just a bad kid, Who are you trying to fool? 

Read more: Viewing Lent through new eyes

Why pastors need friends too

Recently I had one of those “aha” moments that causes you to sit back, take stock and re-evaluate your life. Being relatively new to social media, it was refreshing to discover how many friends I had on Facebook. That is until I scrolled down and discovered that many of them were unknown strangers. How did they become my “friends” without me even being aware? When did social media gain the right to redefine something as essential as friendship?

Read more: Why pastors need friends too

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