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.

Well Done!


Dear Pastors:

We don’t entirely “get it.” We know that. But most of us would like to “get it.” Really, we would. Sometimes, we don’t stop to think of what it’s like to live in your shoes. We don’t always stop to recognize that, for you, it must feel like your work is never done. We must sometimes seem like a bottomless pit of needs to you.

You take the time to listen when we are bereaved or confused. Funny how you almost always can find something to say that helps. Less funny is how your being there helps even when you don’t have words.

You come when a crisis happens in our families. We know you’re not a magician and can’t fix everything, but it really is comforting to know that we matter to you, especially when it feels like life is spiralling out of control. Your presence fills us with trust and hope, reminds us that God is with us. Thanks for bringing His Word when we are having trouble hearing Him.

Your presence in the day-to-day routine helps, too. We don’t need a crisis to feel glad for the encouragement you bring to our lives. To know that you might have an answer to a question we hadn’t thought of, or that you’re there for a friend we don’t know how to help, or can offer a prayer, means a great deal.

You study and pray, long and hard sometimes, to bring us God’s messages to help us get through our week. Even though it seems like we are hardly listening, you need to know that often those messages are exactly what get us through the week. When our child is out of control, our boss is demanding, our friend unfaithful, our efforts unsuccessful, we cling to the hope and truth that you’ve reminded us of.

When your work is all about managing staff, overseeing a project, planning the calendar and all that other administrative stuff that some of you are great at and the rest, well, not so much – all that helps us more than you know, too. Building other leaders multiplies your ministry – we’re so glad you invest in that! Planning helps things go smoothly and uses resources wisely and helps us do the things that God really wants us to do.

Sometimes, we wonder where we would be without you – and we just can’t go there very long; it’s frightening to think of being without a leader, a shepherd, a guide, someone to point us in the right direction and help us get there.

Whether we are the newest addition to the flock or the pastor who retired ten years ago, we need you. You are not indispensable (sorry, no one is but God), but you are valuable. You are not infallible, but you are significant. You bring a sense of stability and security, an assurance of God’s care and presence, a reminder of His truth and goodness.

It’s a tall order, we know. We’ll keep trying to remember that you’re only human and that you have needs, too. But please know today that we see all that you do. We value all that you do. We appreciate who you are and the gifts you bring to us. Truly, though you may not always feel it, we love you and pray that God will reward and bless you for your service and your faithfulness.


His people and your people


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When you create a fresh start or begin a new routine, do you like to be in control of when and how it happens? Or would you prefer being forced to change due to some outside pressure?

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Good leaders don’t always advance, sometimes they retreat.

Great leaders retreat really well.

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A look inside Kerith: An interview with Marshall and Merrie Eizenga

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 Marshall and Merrie Eizenga. Marshall and Merrie began their ministry as the new director couple at Kerith Creek in May and we wanted to give you an opportunity to get to know them a little better. They hope you will come out and meet them at a retreat soon!

Read more: A look inside Kerith: An interview with Marshall and Merrie Eizenga

A look inside Kerith: An interview with Steve and Becky Witmer

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 Steve and Becky Witmer, who are new to our team and occasionally serve as ministry leaders at both Kerith retreat centres. 

Read more: A look inside Kerith: An interview with Steve and Becky Witmer

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