JOINING CBOQ

Join CBOQ

For over 120 years, Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec have been on a journey of intentional collaboration and mutual mission as we impact our communities with the love and salvation of Jesus Christ. God has blessed our family of churches with strength, creativity and diversity. We seek to support and enable our member churches to be healthy, mission-minded congregations as we serve God together. We look forward to the possibility of partnering with you.

If you are a new church, either an existing congregation or one in formative stages of organization, that is interested in learning more about what it means to be part of CBOQ, please contact Clint Mix or Carol Gouveia at416-620-2949.

The Benefits of Partnership

  • Shared relationship and identity as Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
  • Training and resources for ministry leaders
  • Growth of relationships between ministry leaders and between member churches that create an increased commitment to our shared goals and identity
  • Consultations with churches to develop integral ministry responses in their communities
  • Accreditation services for mutual benefit of churches and ministry leaders
  • Training and resources for church leaders and administrators in developing functional church structures
  • Youth, children and family ministries resources, including retreats and curriculum
  • Clergy care services
  • Church renewal services
  • Extensive benefits program for active and retired ministry professionals
  • Pastoral search and placement services
  • Consultations for church planting initiatives
  • Grants to churches for new ministry initiatives
  • Partnership across Canada with Canadian Baptists of Western Canada, Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and the Union d’Eglises de Baptistes, and internationally through Canadian Baptist Ministries
  • Assistance with construction and renovations through an extensive Mortgage Loan Program
  • Resources for churches and ministry leaders

 The Joining Process

The first step to becoming a part of CBOQ is joining with your local CBOQ association. Following is a list of information the Association and CBOQ would like to review with you:

  • Your story – How long have you been meeting? Why did you start meeting?
  • Your beliefs – What are your church’s values and goals in mission, your covenanting principles and ministry practices? These should be contained in your church constitution.
  • Leadership - Who is your pastor? Other church leaders? Specific contact information?
  • Why CBOQ – We’d like a letter with a motion from your congregation indicating its desire to seek affiliation with CBOQ.
  • Commitment – Signed copy of CBOQ and Church Covenant Agreement.
  • Your status – Copy of CRA-approved application for charitable status that indicates charitable registration number.
  • Location and Contact – Where do you gather to meet? Specific address and other contact information?
  • Association Recommendation – We’d like a letter from your local Association indicating their welcome and recommendation.

We welcome mutual exploration with your church about becoming a member church of CBOQ.

Helpful Links

For Associations – Application Process

CBOQ Covenant Agreement

CBOQ Guide to Church Constitutions

CBOQ Church Incorporation Guide