April 29 – May 2, 2019

New CBOQ Pastors’ Orientation (NCPO) has been described as one of the most meaningful event CBOQ holds during the year. The orientation is offered in a retreat format, taking place over four days. It offers an overnight experience, guest speakers, worship, and information sessions and time for solitude, reflection and prayer. Spouses are welcome to attend. 

The ultimate goal is that ministry leaders new to CBOQ and their spouses will have ample opportunity to learn about what CBOQ and our partners offer through meeting the staff and their partners. It is also designed for participants to find encouragement and information meant to increase one’s effectiveness in one’s ministries though interacting with one another. The mix of seasoned pastors and new to pastoral ministry is invaluable for learning and sharing ideas. 

The orientation is a mandatory part of our CBOQ 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 is the last time NCPO will include the seminar “History and Overview of Baptist Distinctives.” Going forward, candidates for CBOQ accreditation will be required to take the “Baptist History and Thought” course at McMaster Divinity College.


If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Carol Gouveia by email.

“Attending NPO 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. NPO will definitely go down as one of the highlights of my year.” – Kathy Brown, First Baptist Church, Wallaceburg


Fairhavens Retreat Centre • Beaverton, Ontario • 800-430-5059
Google Maps: Use the name “Fair Havens Bible Conference”
GPS Coordinates: (44.510294, -79.0945678)

For further directions see Fairhavens Retreat Centre website

For more information about the New Pastors’ Orientation, please contact Jamila Bello

Sample Schedule

Time Session
11:00 am Check in at Webb Lounge | Homework Submission
12:00 pm Lunch at Riverside Inn Restaurant
1:00 pm Gathering and Welcome
1:45 pm CBOQ Vision
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Introduction to Church Life and Leadership Department
Pastoral Ethics
3:45 pm Worship
5:00 pm Dinner at Riverside Inn Restaurant
6:30 pm Introduction to Core Competencies
6:45 pm Where am I From?
7:45 pm Break
8:00 pm Telling My Story
Time Session
8:00 am Breakfast at Riverside Inn Restaurant
9:00 am Coaching and Prayer
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Being a Pastor in a Me-Too Generation
12:15 pm Lunch at Riverside Inn Restaurant
1:15 pm The Shape of Ministry to the Next Generation
2:00 pm Sound Church Policies
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Finance and Pension Benefits, Budgets and My Future
4:00 pm Worship
5:00 pm Dinner at Riverside Inn
6:30 pm My Story
8:30 pm Worship and Communion
Time Session
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Coaching and Prayer
10:30 am Break
11:00 am History and Overview of Baptist Distinctives-part 1
11:45 am Worship
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm History and Overview of Baptist Distinctives-part 2
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Worship
5:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm A Follower Before a Leader
7:15 pm Group Activity
8:00 pm Panel Discussion:; Thoughts on Being a Pastor
8:45 pm Worship
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Accreditation – What’s Next
9:45 am Knowing My Surroundings
10:30 am Break and checkout of rooms
11:00 am Getting Missional: How CBM can Help
11:45 am Worship
12:15 pm Lunch
Retreat adjourns with lunch

Registration for 2019 is closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email Carol Gouveia.

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