April 23-26, 2018
Fair Havens Retreat Centre

New Pastors’ Orientation (NPO) has been described as the most meaningful event CBOQ holds during the year. The retreat takes place over four days, offering an overnight experience, guest speakers, worship, and information sessions. Spouses are welcome to attend.

The ultimate goal is that new ministry leaders and their spouses will have ample opportunity to learn about the opportunities and services offered by the CBOQ and our partners, will meet CBOQ and partner staff, interact with one another over a longer period of time and be encouraged and informed to increase effectiveness in their ministries.

This retreat 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.


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

“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

For more information about the New Pastors’ Orientation, please contact Sheila Dyck.

Sample Schedule




Time Session Speaker
11:00 am Check in at Webb Lounge and collection of Homework Sheila Dyck
Admin. Assistant, Leadership Development, CBOQ
12:00 pm Lunch at Riverside Inn Restaurant
1:00 pm Introduction
CBOQ Vision
Leading from your CALL:
A foundation for ministry life
Tim McCoy,
Executive Minister, CBOQ
3:00 pm Break
3:20 pm Naming Your Story in God’s Story Dallas Friesen,
Director of Congregational Development, CBOQ
6:30 pm Connections and Stories
8:00 pm Snack
5:00 pm Dinner at Riverside Inn Restaurant




Time Session Speaker
8:00 am Breakfast at Riverside Inn Restaurant
9:00 am Morning Devotional  Dallas Friesen
9:30 am Key Issues in Ministry Leadership Tim McCoy
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Understanding CBOQ life and culture

  • Events
  • Accreditation
  • Structures, resources and systems
CBOQ Staff
12:00 pm Lunch at Riverside Inn Restaurant
1:30 pm Healthy Churches  Dallas Friesen
3:00 pm Free Time
5:00 pm Dinner at Riverside Inn Restaurant
6:00 pm Partner Presentation: McMaster Divinity College
A History and Overview of Baptist Distinctives
Gord Heath,
Associate Professor of Christian History,
McMaster Divinity College




Time Session Speaker
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Morning Devotional  Tim McCoy
9:30 am CBOQ Next Generation Ministries Matt Wilkinson,
Director of Next Generation Ministries, CBOQ
10:00 am Being a Member Congregation Melody Currier,
Director of Operations and Membership, CBOQ
10:30 am Break
11:15 am Partner Presentation:
Canadian Baptist Women of Ontario and Quebec
Diane McBeth,
Executive Director, CBWOQ
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Character and Pastoral Ethics and Practices  Tim McCoy
3:30 pm Free Time/Reflection
5:00 pm Dinner
6:30 pm Communion and Worship Service




Time Session Speaker
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am
9:00 am
Morning Devotional
Ministry Toolbox
Cid Latty,
Congregational Development Associate, CBOQ
10:00 am Break and checkout of rooms
10:30 am Partner Presentation:
Canadian Baptist Ministries
Anne Drost,
Regional Representative,
Central Canada, CBM
11:15 am Church Administration and Finances Peris Kamotho,
Director of Administration and Finance, CBOQ
12:00 pm Sending each other back to our everyday ministries
12:30 pm Lunch
Retreat adjourns with lunch


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