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.
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?”
Friday the 13th may not seem like the best day for the grand opening of our new retreat centre in East Braintree, Man., but looking back, it was perfect.
I have recently returned home from another exciting cross-Canada tour. This time it was to meet with ministry leaders and key family influencers to hold pre-screening events for our new documentary Irreplaceable, to be shown in 74 theaters from coast to coast tomorrow, May 7th!
What does the significance of the family have to do with the life of the church? Everything!
Some feedback that Focus on the Family Canada has heard (and anticipated) about our recent documentary Irreplaceable has been:
- “What about singles?”
- “Is this relevant to those who are not the perfect, nuclear family?”
- “What about the broken families in our churches and communities? Won’t they just be discouraged by this message of God’s design for the family?”
In response to these questions, I would say that God’s design for the family brings the only lasting answer! The Family Project small-group DVD study begins where the documentary left off. My teenage children observed that Irreplaceable raised a lot of questions without giving too many answers. The small-group study expands on those questions to provide a broader picture of what God intends.
“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.