Pastors’ News

If you are a CBOQ Pastor, this is for you!

Below you will find links to recent issues of the CBOQ Pastors’ Update, news about where your fellow pastors are starting or finishing ministry and information about important upcoming events that are geared towards you and your ministry.

Book Club

May 4 | 11 | 28 | 25 at 1pm

In preparation for Reignite, we would like to invite you to join a four-week book club to unpack and reflect on the themes and implications of Root’s ground-breaking book ‘The Pastor in a Secular Age.

Can’t make every session? Don’t have the book? Haven’t had time to read the book?  Come anyway and participate as you can.


In The Pastor in a Secular Age, Root explores how the secular age has impacted the identity and practice of the pastor, obscuring his or her core vocation: to call and assist others into the experience of ministry. Using examples of pastors throughout history–from Augustine and Jonathan Edwards to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nadia Bolz-Weber–Root shows how pastors have both perpetuated and responded to the secular age. Root turns to Old Testament texts and to the theology of Robert Jenson to explain how pastors can regain the important role of attending to people’s experiences of divine action, offering a new vision for pastoral ministry today.

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Frustrated? Run down? Feeling Depressed? Family issues?

Don’t let these fester inside. Talk to someone! Your benefits include an Employee and Family Assistance Programme. All services are confidential and easily accessible to you and those who live with you. Check out all it has to offer. You can access the service by calling 800-287-4765. Your organization is Canadian Baptist Ministries.

This is a confidential service and no one on staff will know you have made use of it.

Remember that your benefits through Canada Life also provide you with access to more than just prescriptions and eye care. It includes the registered services of massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, and counselling among other things.

Here are some resources to provide you with some support and encouragement.

  1. Work life Health – This is a 24/7 hotline available to you at no cost through your benefits. Call 1-800-387-4765 (English)  or  1-800-361-5676 (French)  or visit: 
  2. Counselling
    Tyndale Counselling Services – available for individuals, couples, and families
    Living Waters Counselling Centre – available in English and Cantonese
  3. Spiritual Direction
    Emmaus Formation Centre  – please contact Sandy Broadus for referrals. 
    Tyndale Association of Spiritual Directors (TASD)

Feel free to contact Paul Lam if you have any questions about these resources.

Pastoral Transitions

Beginning Ministry

David B. Williams (interim) Whitby Baptist Church May 1, 2022
Philip Butler (interim) First Yarmouth Plains Baptist Church May 9, 2022
Shaun Turner West Guilford Baptist Church July 1, 2022
Amy Turner West Guilford Baptist Church July 1, 2022

Concluding Ministry

Rose Wang North Toronto Chinese Baptist Church March 31, 2022
Derek Wong East Toronto Chinese Baptist Church April 24, 2022
Ross Carkner Whitby Baptist Church April 30, 2022
Margaret Bell First Yarmouth Plains Baptist Church May 8, 2022

Examining Council

Steven Ng Markham Chinese Baptist Church April 24, 2022
Jonathan Nip Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church May 4, 2022


Richard Langston Heart Lake Baptist Church April 3, 2022
Hannah Fairbanks Immauel Baptist Church, Toronto April 30, 2022
Karen Wong Montreal City West Baptist Church June 5, 2022

Weekly Pastor’s Prayer

CBOQ hosts a weekly prayer time for pastors, Tuesdays at 11am. Sign up here and we  will send you a weekly reminder:

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Monthly Pastors’ Update

Missed an issue? The Pastors’ Update is sent out on the third Thursday of each month.

If you have any questions about the Pastors’ Update, or if you’re not receiving the Pastors’ Update on a monthly basis, please contact Carol Gouveia, Team Coordinator, Church Life and Leadership.

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Upcoming Events

  • CBOQ Assembly 2022

    June 9 - June 11
  • Reignite 2.0

    What is Reignite 2.0? Reignite 2.0 is a virtual conference for ministry and church leaders sponsore...

    September 28 - September 29