New Pastors Orientation

Oct 4 - 6, 2021

We are so happy that you have chosen to join with us in the BIC family. To welcome you into your new denomination we, the BIC leadership and staff, provide you with an orientation retreat. At the ‘O Retreat’ we share with you important information about the history, theology, culture and polity of the BIC church. We believe that this retreat will provide you with a fuller understanding of the BIC’s long and storied tradition. Understanding our vision and values will be important to your success as a pastor in the BIC church.

What To Expect

Expect to meet some great people including fellow pastors and BIC denominational staff. Also, come expecting to participate in a retreat like environment with lots of learning and renewal opportunities. Some sessions will have music and worship and prayer while other sessions will focus on practical areas that are important for you to understand to be successful in your new role.

What To Bring

Bring whatever tools best help you learn. There will be presentations with many speakers using slide decks to communicate their material. Tables will be setup to allow you to use laptops and tablets during the sessions. Also, feel free to bring a notebook, Bible and pen as you might find many of the sessions are worth taking notes for future reference.

Event Location

Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, we will be holding this year’s retreat at The Meeting House in Oakville. The Meeting House has a large enough facility to allow for us to gather together while also maintaining the recommended 2m distance. If you are uncomfortable meeting together please let us know and we will provide accommodations for you. Directions to The Meeting House are at the bottom of this page. This year’s retreat accommodations will be at a local hotel. Bring whatever you need for a two night hotel stay. Directions to the hotel are at the bottom of this page.

I hope that you will find this event helpful and instructive as you begin your journey with the Be In Christ Church of Canada. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything to help you make this retreat a more meaningful experience. See you soon!
Todd Lester
Event Director

SCHEDULE

Register
Follow the link above and register for new pastors orientation by no later than Sep 1, 2021. We need to reserve a hotel room for you so advance registration is required.
September 1, 2021
Read
Ensure that you have read the documents and materials sent to you in advance of the retreat. You will get much more from the experience if you come prepared.
September 15, 2021
Review
Review all prior email communication and the notes on this webpage to ensure you have everything you need to get the most out of our 3-day retreat together.
October 1, 2021

The Meeting House, Oakville

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Toronto-Mississauga West

We’re working hard to get ready for you!