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.

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. 

Read more: Can Christmas really bring Sabbath?

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.

Read more: Why we are here

Knowing when it’s time to leave

“Is it time for me to leave my church?” Many pastors find themselves asking this question. The challenge is to make the decision based on solid Spirit-led discernment, not short-sighted impulse thinking.

There is no easy answer to this question. There are, however, factors to consider when deciding to stay or leave. 

Read more: Knowing when it’s time to leave

October is Clergy Appreciation Month!

When I reflect on my years of serving as a pastor, there are a couple moments that come to mind that continue to be a source of encouragement to me. 

Read more: October is Clergy Appreciation Month!

Being both a pastor and a parent

It was just another evening family drive, or so I thought. My wife and I had all the kids packed into the minivan and were headed downtown. Once we were on our way home, I decided to make a quick detour to the church office. No sooner did I make the initial turn off the direct route home, than I heard a choir of complaining from the back seats. 

“Dad, why is it that every time we go someplace you have to stop by work?” 

Read more: Being both a pastor and a parent

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