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.

Tackling pornography in church

Pornography is often in our top ten list of call topics to our counselling line. There was a time when we mostly heard from women had discovered their husbands were using pornography. Occasionally, we would hear from men who wanted to overcome their entrapment, but increasingly now we are hearing from parents who are finding their children not only exposed but in many cases already addicted as teenagers! 

Read more: Tackling pornography in church

How to properly process loss

The older I get, the more I understand about loss simply because I have experienced it more. If I wrote this article when I was 20, I may have had a few valuable things to say, but I wouldn’t have really known what I was writing about. 

Read more: How to properly process loss

The gift of a fresh start

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?

Read more: The gift of a fresh start

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.

Read more: Well Done!

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

TOLL-FREE 1.800.661.9800

Privacy Policy & Terms of Use
© 2016 FOCUS ON THE FAMILY (CANADA) ASSOCIATION is a service of Focus on the Family (Canada) Association.
It is intended as a general, practical reference and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical, mental health or legal advice.

Focus on the Family (Canada) Association is a registered charity (#10684-5969-RR0001)