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District Conference 2019

  • Wellspring Church 4457 New Street Burlington, ON, L7L 1T8 Canada (map)

District Conference 2019




Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (WELLSPRING & DMC)

9:00am - Workshop #1 (Wellspring & DMC)
10:15am - Break
10:45am - Workshop #2 (Wellspring & DMC)
12:00pm - LUNCH BREAK (not provided)
1:30pm - Workshop #3 (Wellspring & DMC)
2:45pm - Break
3:15pm - Workshop #4 (Wellspring & DMC)
4:30pm - DINNER BREAK (not provided)
5:30pm - Conference Registration Opens & Appetizer Reception (Wellspring)
7:00pm - Celebration of Praise and Fellowship (Wellspring)

Thursday, May 23, 2019 (WELLSPRING ALL DAY)

7:00am - Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Worship
9:30am - Business Session #1
11:30am - Committee Connections
12:00pm - LUNCH (provided)
1:30pm - Business Session #2
4:00pm - CLOSE

CONFERENCE ROLES (Who’s in charge?)

Conference Moderator - Jacob Birch

Conference Vice-Moderator - Albert Mak

Conference Secretary - Carrie McFarland

Conference Administration - Nancy Wing, Ann Charpentier & Lisa Herbert


Get practical about topics of interest to you and your ministry during pre-conference workshops! Workshops will be taking place at two sites this year: Wellspring Church (conference location) & the District Ministry Centre. During registration, you will have the opportunity to select up to 4 of the following workshops:

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Cultural Missiology with Rev. Darryl Buckle, Erin Village

The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few and far between, frustrated and feeling a little discouraged. We’re distracted and honestly daft sometimes. Asleep at the wheel, calling in sick, on a union break, a lunch break, broken and ready for Jesus to reawaken in us a passion to be a part of what Jesus is already doing all around us. Let’s talk about the work of evangelism and what we can do, as far as it depends on us, to be a part of the gospel again.

We’re going to explore:

  • the beginning and the end of evangelism

  • The problem with Evangelism: (it’s that it’s work.)

  • Biblical metaphors that can help us talk tactically about the work of evangelism.


Social Media with Katee Duarte, co-founder of Duarte Group

So, your church has a Facebook page and you’ve been tasked with running it… but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you have a handle on Instagram but social ads? No clue.. and you want to learn!

You may have noticed that we’ve stepped up our social media game over the last year, and we’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to share and connect with you online! In fact, we’ve become so passionate about social media that we’ve decided to host another workshop on it!

Join us pre-conference for our social media workshop! We’ll cover the basics and best practices, and then dive into a hearty Q+A where our very own social girl, Katee, will answer any/all of your questions! Come prepared or send your questions our way ahead of time and we’ll make sure to cover it!

Get the workshop presentation here.


Leading Through Change & Transition with Suresh Gunaratnam

It is said that 65% of change initiatives fail. And yet, given the dynamic environment that we live in, change is inevitable. So what do you as a pastor & leader do when change is necessary? How do you make the changes you need and beat the odds?

In this workshop, we will look at overarching principles and critical practices involved in implementing successful change. Under the empowerment of the Spirit of God and with good strategy, you can plan, implement & endure sustainable change.

Get the workshop worksheet here.


Soul Reflections with Christa Hesselink, founder of soulplay

When you look in the mirror, who do you see? When others look at you, who do they see? When God looks at you, who does God see? If we are being honest, the “who” that is being seen is different in all three situations. Yet, the work of being human and the goal of our transformation, is to live out of our one True Self. This is the work of a lifetime, and an imperative for those in leadership! This workshop will explore these concepts and present spiritual practices to help us loosen and relax the grip on our “false” selves so we can be more open and receptive to letting the flow of Christ well up within us and overflow to those we serve.


#ChurchToo - Sexual Abuse in the Church with Sandy Reynolds

Sexual abuse is a spiritual issue for victims who find themselves alone and wondering where or how God fits into the picture. Unfortunately, this issue is not adequately addressed in churches. Given the statistics 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 6 men - sexual abuse is experienced by members within your congregation.

This workshop will explore ways for pastors and church leaders to address the issue within their congregation and create a safe space for healing. In addition, we will discuss how being a community that talks about difficult subjects, like sexual abuse, will foster dialogue and openness.

Listen to Sandy's Story here -


Going Global and Living Local with Vince Vetro and IWs

What is God is doing around the world through our churches? We will be sharing stories from the field with some amazing International Workers and exploring how we engage Going Global with Living Local.


All licensed workers are encouraged to participate with District Conference Committees. This is your opportunity to shape the ministry future of the CCD.


The Church Ministry Committee is responsible to review matters relating to the establishment, growth and health of churches in our District, overseas ministries and to ministries to specific ethnic groups in Canada, and matters relating to education, including the official Colleges of the C&MA in Canada, and the work of the District and National Christian Education Committees.

Committee Members:



The Finance Committee shall consider the financial status of the entire District.

Committee Members:



This committee presents one name in nominations for each office to be filled according to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Committee Members:

Attached you will find Committee Instructions that outlines how licensed workers can engage in the conversation, timelines for reports, descriptions of other committees, etc. Basically, READ THE REPORTS! Anything you have thoughts, questions or recommendations about, contact the relevant committee at the numbers provided above! We will also arrange Zoom meetings in March and April, and you will have the opportunity to talk with the committee members at Conference on May 23rd.

Don't miss this opportunity to shape our future.


The Nominating Committee is ready to accept nominations for the following:

Earlier Event: May 13
Alliance History & Thought
Later Event: August 1
Canoe Trip