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.
While 85 per cent of the Canadian population lives in cities, 90 per cent of our landscape is ministered to by rural pastors and churches. Often misunderstood and definitely underappreciated, rural pastors faithfully serve our rural regions without notice or fanfare. Yet, the pulse of rural ministry is infused with joy and challenge.
Over the last few years, we have become more informed about mental health concerns with a great deal of focus on depression. Some of our information has come from reading books, speaking to experts in this field and attending a couple of seminars. While that information is extremely important, it still leaves a broad measure of unknowns.
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.
Do you ever struggle with truly feeling loved? Loved by God? Loved by your spouse? Loved by those you love? In your head, maybe you know that people love you or God loves you, but it might not always translate into your heart or soul.
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.