New Pastors Orientation Retreat Oct 4-6, 2021

We are so happy that you have chosen to join with us and become part of the BIC family. To welcome you into the BIC family we provide an orientation retreat to share with you important information about the history, theology and polity of the BIC church. We hope that this retreat will provide you with a fuller understanding of the BIC and its long and storied tradition.

What To Expect

Expect to participate in a retreat of renewal and encouragement. Some sessions will have music and worship and prayer while other sessions will focus on practical areas that are important for you to understand.

What To Bring

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 many of the sessions are noteworthy.

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.

Event Accommodations

This year’s retreat accommodations will be at a local hotel. Bring whatever you need for a two night hotel stay and, by the way, the hotel has a pool. Directions to the hotel are at the bottom of this page.


  • Register
    Follow the link above and register for the new pastors orientation retreat. The deadline for registration is September 1st, 2021.
  • Read
    Please read through the documents and articles sent to you in preparation for the event. Prior reading will greatly enhance your experience.
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I truly hope that this event will make you feel welcome into our family. Don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything to help you make this retreat a more meaningful experience.
Todd Lester
Event Director

The Meeting House, Oakville

Hampton Inn by Hilton, Toronto-Mississauga West

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