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.
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 and, by the way, the hotel has a pool. Directions to the hotel are at the bottom of this page.
The retreat begins Monday morning with a focus on BIC heritage and culture. Our denomination began more than 200 years, long before Canadian confederation. There are a few things you need to know about our history of transformation.
To begin the retreat, Todd Lester will provide an overview of the structure and staff who work for the BIC. This will be a quick introduction to the people you will meet and work with as you serve in a BIC church.
Executive Director, Charlie Mashinter, will provide a timeline of the history of our denomination.
Darrell Winger, who has served in in many different roles in the BIC, both in Canada and the US, will join us and share about one of the most important aspects of our theological history. Darrell will cover the topic of the BIC peace position.
The Meeting House, Oakville
Hampton Inn by Hilton, Toronto-Mississauga West
We’re working hard to get ready for you!