New to CBOQ Pastors’ Orientation (NCPO) is a two-part orientation for new and new-to-CBOQ pastors. The first part is given through a virtual learning platform that allows pastors to learn at their own pace in the comfort of their ministry settings. The second part is a two day, in-person retreat. 

NCPO Part 1 consists of eight learning modules offering a comprehensive introduction to Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec and its associated ministries.  

Part 2 features the staff of the Church Life and Leadership Team and other guest speakers for in-person worship, learning, and time for connecting, solitude, reflection, and prayer. Spouses are welcome to attend Part 2.  

The goal of NCPO is for ministry leaders new to CBOQ to have ample opportunity to learn how CBOQ and its partners can resource, encourage, and enhance their ministry effectiveness at the local level. The mix of seasoned pastors and those new to pastoral ministry is invaluable for learning and sharing ideas.  

The orientation is a mandatory part of ourCBOQ pastors’ accreditation process. As such, it is a required step toward ordination through a CBOQ congregation. More importantly, it is a great opportunity to build lasting relationships with colleagues in our family of churches. 

Please note 2019 was the last time NCPO included the seminar “History and Overview of Baptist Distinctives.” Candidates for CBOQ accreditation are required to take the “Baptist History and Thought” course at McMaster Divinity College.

“Attending NCPO was a bit daunting at first: I was a country mouse meeting with a pack of educated city mice. But getting to know the other participants through the small group exercises helped me to feel like I am part of a larger, supportive community. I was also pleasantly surprised that it was not just a work event but a time when we could draw close to God. The communion service with Brian Craig was likely one of the most touching I’d ever attended. NCPO will definitely go down as one of the highlights of my year.” – Kathy Brown, First Baptist Church, Wallaceburg

For more information about the New to CBOQ Pastors’ Orientation, please contact Jenya Bakai.

Upcoming Dates: October 23-25

NCPO begins with lunch on Monday and finishes with lunch on Wednesday. Spouses are welcome and encouraged to attend with you.

Accommodations will be single occupancy unless you are attending with your spouse.

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