Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Luke 5:15-16, emphasis added

Working in ministry isn’t a job; it’s a calling.

You are called to lead, to care, to be available to your congregation at the best moments of their lives… and the worst. It’s an honour that God has entrusted to you, but that doesn’t make it easy. Pastors and leaders also need a chance to be pastored and to reignite their passion for ministry. Reignite is a CBOQ pastor and ministry leaders’ conference designed to encourage, inspire, connect and refresh all our ministry workers. Take a few days away from the intensity of ministry and reignite your passion for Christ alongside old and new friends. We invite you to come, or, if you’re not a ministry leader, consider encouraging your pastors to come to Reignite and give them a chance to recharge and be strengthened to serve your church better.


Speaker: Dwight Friesen

Dr. Dwight J. Friesen comes to us from the Lake Hills neighborhood of Seattle’s Eastside, though he was born and raised in Manitoba. Dwight is an author, parish professor and church futurist; currently teaching practical parish theology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, is faculty director of the Leadership in the New Parish think-tank, and works closely with the Parish Collective hosting the annual Inhabit Conference. His writings include Thy Kingdom Connected, and Routes & Radishes, and The New Parish. With over fifteen years of experience as a pastor,  Dwight and his colleagues have walked hundreds of parishes all over the world, learning with and from leaders who are seeking to live and lead faithfully present.

Worship Leader: Rachelle Luk

Rachelle Luk is a Covenant award-winning singer-songwriter and worship leader who serves as Director of Music Ministries at Mississauga City Baptist Church. Her music is widely available on online music services and has received airplay on Canadian Christian radio.  Rachelle is a Personic Creative Collective artist and is currently working toward her next CD to be released in 2019. She resides with her husband in Mississauga.

A letter from Rachelle

As I think about gathering with you all next month, I wonder about the churches and ministries you have been called to lead. What story is God writing in your ministry journey and in the lives of those you serve? What joys are you celebrating and what challenges are you facing? Are you experiencing a season of abundance and victory, or of scarcity and struggle?
When I first started working in ministry, it didn’t take long before I questioned my calling. Overwhelmed by obstacles, conflicts, and an unexpected sense of loneliness, I reasoned that either I had misheard God’s call for me, or that I had somehow lost his blessing and favour. I still remember the words of a wise mentor at that time: “When God calls us into ministry, He doesn’t promise that we will have success. But he does promise that we will always have his presence.”
In the years since then, I have held on to that promise, reminding my soul to find its deepest joy and hope to persevere in the sweetness of Christ’s presence, rather than in visible measures of outward success. When I feel defeated or cynical, or just worn down, He speaks this invitation to me: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).
I pray that each of us will be refreshed and encouraged as we enjoy the richness of our Saviour’s life-giving presence together at Reignite. I’m so looking forward to worshipping with you then!
Grace and peace,


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