Counselling & Retreats
This annual retreat is a time of relaxation, inspiration, and fellowship for licensed workers and their spouses. This informal District family event is designed to draw us together and spring us into the rest of the ministry year. District Staff Retreat is in beautiful Whistler annually in November!
Ministry life can be both exhilarating and challenging and the need for refreshing soul time with God is essential for sustainability. This retreat is designed to create an opportunity for you to “…come away by yourselves to a quiet place” (Mark 6:31).
We focus on both a reflective and practical experience for ongoing spiritual health. Please consider this 24 hours as a gift to enjoy and experience sacred space with God. Our time together will be facilitated by the Soul Formation Team.
In today’s world of ministry, many leaders are discovering an acute need to deepen the care of their own soul in ways that lead to experiential union with Christ. Making this journey on the ‘being’ side allows them to enter the world of ‘doing’ with greater effectiveness and sustainability.
- becoming intentional about one’s own spiritual formation
- learning how to become a spiritual director or ‘soul friend’ for other leaders
- learning how to lead a church or organization toward intentional, holistic spiritual formation
Two other helpful books are The Rest of God and Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan.
The Clergy Care Network is a ministry of Focus on the Family Canada in partnership with nine Canadian denominations, including the C&MA. They offer practical information and encouragement for pastors, their family members, and international workers. To access this care, call toll-free at 1.888.5.CLERGY or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They can serve you through complimentary phone counselling, consultation, resource or retreat suggestions, or counselling referrals.
Their motto ‘A Place Where Lives are Changed’ perfectly describes this 23 acre piece of property on the shores of Shuswap Lake in southern BC. They believe that once you come to Eagle Bay Camp you will long to return. It is at this very special place that many people have found peace, purpose, and answers to some of life’s difficult questions during their time spent at Eagle Bay Camp.
Fairhaven is committed to providing a retreat ministry where Christian leaders can be encouraged, supported, and restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Their prime focus is serving those in church, missions, and para-church leadership.
Journey Canada is a community-based, Christ-centred discipleship ministry that exists to help people find hope and live life through experiencing Jesus in their relationships and sexuality. They carry out their mission by partnering with churches to offer safe places for spiritual care and experiential discipleship. The staff, volunteers and partners work together to see people living healthy, hope-filled lives in their relationships, families and communities.
Kawkawa Camp is situated on 20 picturesque acres of land on the eastern shore of Kawkawa Lake in Hope, BC and they offer a Pastoral Suite to licensed workers for use as a personal retreat. To book this, contact the camp directly.
Oasis, based in Abbotsford, BC, connects you with a team of mentors for pastors, missionaries, leaders, and spouses through Oasis Retreats, Oasis Individual Focus Encounters, and proactively through Oasis Health Check Workshops.
When you, your spouse, or your leaders are faced with some of the toughest times in your personal or ministry life, discerning your next steps for ministry, or simply wanting to keep up on your game by proactively checking on your spiritual, emotional, and relational well-being, Oasis offers professional and confidential help.