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
|A beautiful retreat centre near Calgary, Alberta, 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.
||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.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 as paraphrased in The Message)
Most retreats ministry leaders attend are not really a retreat from much. They tend to be packed with teaching sessions, workshops, networking and activity. A little over five years ago Focus on the Family Canada began changing that.
After serving the Lord in full-time pastoral ministry for 19 years, we found ourselves at a place that we never would have imagined. We were being pulled in every direction by ministry responsibilities, family crises and emotional health and the effort that it took to do just the everyday things was overwhelming. We knew we needed to regroup and take the time to process everything that was going on, but that sounded easier than it was. How do you do that in the midst of all the demands that life brings?
During my 20 years in the field of psychiatry specializing in emergency mental health, I came to realize that, contrary to what I once believed, virtually anyone can be brought to their breaking point emotionally, given the right set of circumstances and responses – and those in ministry are no exception.
I love seeing my parents at weddings. They have been married for over 50 years, and the sight of them holding each other nice and close while they are dancing tells me and everyone around them that they are still deeply in love. The years are showing on them now as they have weathered a lot of change over the years, not only in their appearance, but also in the way they love each other. This picture, though, isn’t a perfect reflection of the whole of their relationship –it wasn’t always like this.
When we welcome babies home, new moms and dads often spend weeks “cocooning” at home. What they are doing may seem a bit pointless to some people. They are not especially productive and they don’t get a lot done. As I recall, those days involved a lot of sitting around with a baby cuddled in our arms, dozing, marvelling, cooing and bonding. All of life revolved around responding to the baby’s needs over and over again.