Assembly is our annual family reunion, a time for Canadian Baptists from across Ontario and Quebec to gather, worship together, make decisions about our Canadian Baptist family of churches and grow together. We welcome engaging speakers, thoughtful and talented worship leaders and delegates from our churches. We hope your church will send your delegates to Assembly 2017 this June 8-10!

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13

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Pouring In: Equipping each other in the fullness of Christ

Effective ministry rests on a constant renewal of leaders who are being nurtured in their relationship with Christ. Leaders, especially our pastoral leaders, need to be supported in that growing relationship. Our CBOQ Assembly 2017 will explore how congregations can pour into their leaders and how pastors can consistently be replenished in their ministry lives.

Pastors: You need to be refilled yourselves. You need to receive the nurture that allows you to nurture others. Watch your life and doctrine, and allow others to do this for you as well.

Congregants: You need to nurture your leaders and pastors. Are you attending to all aspects of pastoral growth and development? Do you see your leaders as your responsibility and family, rather than merely leaders or employees?

And to all of us: Are we creating the kind of church community that allows for mutual development?  Is there a place of safety for accountability? Is there an expectation that we are all pouring into the lives of others all the time? As we create communities of care, we create a model of the kingdom which is a witness to the world.

This theme reflects one of our CBOQ strategic priorities, Clergy Care. Throughout Assembly, there will be opportunities to explore this issue in more depth, especially in the learning sessions.


About Assembly 2017


monkimageGordon MacDonald is an author, speaker and a teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years. Most recently, he served as the senior minister at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. When he stepped down from that position, the Grace Chapel congregation honored him with the title of Pastor Emeritus. Other pastorates included New York City, southern Illinois, and Kansas. Gordon MacDonald was also president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years. Gordon was named Chancellor of Denver Seminary in 2011 and served as interim president of Denver Seminary (2008-2009). He continues to serve as Chancellor of Denver Seminary and editor-at-large and contributor for Leadership Journal.

He has written more than two dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book is Ordering Your Private World with almost 1.5 million copies in print, and having been translated into a dozen languages. Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Mid-Course Correction and A Resilient Life. His most recent books are Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence (2011) and Building Below the Waterline: Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership (2011).

Drawing on our Assembly theme, Gordon’s plenary talks will be “Better Together: A leader never walks alone,” “Intentions: A leader knows how to manage him/herself” and “Repairs: A leader has a repaired memory and an active imagination.”

Worship Leader

IMG_9282Steve Bell is a songwriter, storyteller, and troubadour for our time. Over the course of a 25-year solo career, he has been sharing a message of love, hope and faith through songs, stories, and writings. He is a purveyor of truth and beauty and champion of kindness, on a focused mission to “encourage Christian faith and thoughtful living through artful word and song.” He is a mentor to many, and an advocate of numerous meaningful causes.

Wednesday, June 7

7:00-9:00 pm Registration opens


Thursday, June 8

8:00 am

9:30 am
Opening worship time with Steve Bell

10:00 am
Annual Business Meeting begins

12:00 pm
Lunch Break*
Over 40 Club Luncheon (by invitation)

2:00 pm
Annual Business Meeting resumes

5:00 pm
Dinner Break*

7:00 pm
Worship: Steve Bell
Theme Speaker: Gordon MacDonald
Better Together: A leader never walks alone

9:00 pm
President’s Reception

Friday, June 9

9:00 am
The Ministries of CBOQ

10:30 am

11:00 am
Our Partners in Ministry

12:00 pm
Lunch Break*
CBM’s She Matters in Song
Registration required

2:00 pm
Pouring In: Approaches to Nurturing the Soul
The Call to Nurture Your Soul: Tim McCoy

3:00 pm
Learning Sessions

5:00 pm
Dinner Break*

7:00 pm
Worship: Steve Bell
Theme Speaker: Gordon MacDonald
Intentions: A leader knows how to manage him/herself

9:00 pm
Story and Song Concert: Steve Bell
Registration required

Saturday, June 10

9:00 am
Pouring In: Strategies for Ministry

11:00 am
Worship: Steve Bell
Theme Speaker:  Gordon MacDonald
Repairs: A leader has a repaired memory and an active imagination.

12:30 pm
Assembly Adjournment


Pouring In:  Approaches to Nurturing the Soul

Friday afternoon, 3:00–4:45 p.m.

Building on the “Call to Nurture Your Soul” from the 2 pm session with Tim McCoy, these learning sessions will explore specific ways to do so. Two of the sessions specifically look at how Clergy Care factors into these practices; these sessions also are tailored to two specific groups: pastors and lay leaders.

A. Ordering Your Private World 

Gordon MacDonald, plenary speaker, author
Chancellor of Denver Seminary 

Looking back over fifty-five years of ministry, I’ve discovered the secret of resilience had everything to do with tending to the issues of the soul. Let’s do some reminiscing.

B. Saints And Ancient Prayers  

Steve Bell, worship leader

Using selected songs from Steve’s body of work, this session delves into the lives of particular saints, considering more deeply the prayers and traditions they’ve left behind to nourish any who follow.

C. Pouring In: A Church Leaders’ Conversation on How our Souls Are Nurtured 

Alvin Lau, Youth Ministries Associate
For Lay Leaders only!

Gathered around tables with elected church leaders, we’ll discuss together the approaches we are using to stay soul-healthy and look specifically at ways our congregations can build capacity to care for our pastors, each other and to create a healthy church culture. Come to learn from each other through guided conversation in order to encourage others in our family of churches toward better practices.

D. Pouring In:  A Pastors’ Conversation on How our Souls Are Nurtured  

Dallas Friesen, Director of Congregational Development For Pastors Only!

Gathered around tables with pastoral colleagues, we’ll discuss together the approaches we are using to staying soul-healthy and specifically ways our congregations do and/or could support our ongoing development. You will provide the learning in this session. Come to learn from each other; we’ll collect the ideas shared to be able to encourage others in our family of churches toward better practices.

Pouring In:  Strategies for Ministry

Saturday morning, 9-10:30 a.m.

Targeted toward specific approaches and tasks in ministry, these workshops will provide tools you need for your local congregations. Choose one workshop.

1. Leader-building  

Gordon MacDonald, plenary speaker, author
Chancellor of Denver Seminary 

The most important thing a Christian leader can do is provide a steady stream of leaders for tomorrow.  Yes! More important than preaching. How might it be done?

2. The Craft of Listening 

Jason Hildebrand, actor, writer, filmmaker and communication coach

The craft of listening for the voice of God is a lifelong pursuit. The Trinity is in continual communication and invites us into that intimate conversation.  However, the demands of the day and media bombardment can actively work against our ability to hear. Come to this workshop to enhance your listening toolbox and hone the craft of hearing his voice.

3. Help our church is running out of money! 

Dallas Friesen, Director of Congregational Development

It can be a wonderful gift when a church accepts that it is running out of money. The honesty needed to make that declaration can lead a church to take some next steps: praying differently; simplifying the mission; clarifying the values; developing new skills to deal with a new reality. Join with other church leaders as we look at some next steps that your church could take to re-imagine a new future – even when the money appears to be running out.

4. What Are We Really Afraid Of? 

Elie and Mireille Hadad, Global Field Staff,
Canadian Baptist Ministries

Hear from Elie and Mireille Haddad who are currently serving in Lebanon, as they share lessons from the Arab Church. Find out how God is transforming lives and churches in the Middle East and participate in a conversation about how the Church in North American must adapt to changing religious realities here and around the world.

5. Learning to Say No 

Leanne Friesen, Lead Pastor
Mount Hamilton Baptist Church

As followers of Jesus, we want to be open to respond to the work to which Jesus calls us. Yet sometimes there are so many things to which we say “yes” that we find ourselves overburdened, tried and even resentful of the things we agreed to do with good intentions. In this interactive workshop, we will explore together why “saying no” can be an important spiritual discipline towards thriving faith and sustainable ministry.

6. A Theology of Cafechurch 

Cid Latty, Congregational Development Associate

This seminar will offer a theological and biblical basis for cafechurch to help a church explore ways of being missional. It will share the UK story as well as biblical underpinning for the concept. You will also get some practical pointers, too. This seminar will give examples of three different forms of cafechurch which you might like to try when you get home.

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7. From the Horse’s Mouth

Karen Lowe, Clergy Care Associate with a panel of pastors

How do you build in spiritual rhythms of rest and reflection to increase sustainability and vitality in ministry for pastors, Christian leaders and congregational members? Pastors will share how God has used such practices as: sabbatical, spiritual direction, silence, spiritual retreat and scripture memorization. What steps do you take in starting a new practice?  How can a church support their pastor in these practices? What practice might God be calling you to investigate?

8. CB Group Benefits and Pension How much is enough?  

Rob Jackett, Director of Administration,
Canadian Baptist Ministries

Understanding your Benefit and Retirement options within your Canadian Baptist Pension Plan (CBPP) and Canadian Baptist Benefit Plan (CBBP)

9. Optimize Your Time

Ellen Duffield, Director of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods

Time. One of God’s first creations and a precious gift we all want to steward well. Yet, how can we manage it wisely when our lives are filled with so many competing expectations and very real needs? Come engage in honest dialogue. Come away with wise practices and fresh tools.

10. Imaginative Hope: Engaging & Reaching the Next Generation 

Matt Wilkinson, Director of Next Generation Ministries

Our young people—those under 18—are no longer the millennial generation that grew up in the church but left in droves. There is a new generation: Generation Z (ages 5-18). They are not leaving the church; they have never been in our churches to begin with.  What must we do to reach and engage these young people with the person and message of Jesus?  This session will explore what the church needs to do to respond to this generation and the Christian faith.


Assembly 2017 will take place at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale at 6750 Mississauga Rd in Mississauga, ON.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton. The rate is $136/night for single or double occupancy with an extra charge of $15/night/person staying in the room, up to four people. The conference rate cut-off date is May 15. To book accommodations click the button below or call 1-800-445-8667 and quote the call-in code “CBO.”


Attendees are responsible for their meals, but we will provide you with a list of local restaurants for your convenience.


Parking is free. Daily commuters must sign in with plate information at the CBOQ Info Centre to avoid ticketing.

Please follow the links to find the forms and information you need for Assembly 2017.

For questions about registration, contact Kristi Pollard, Registrar.


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