Rates are changing October 1, 2017! Be sure to register by September 30, 2017, and we will honour the existing rates – even for retreats that occur after October 1. Register today!

Ministry Leaders Renewal Retreat

Do you and your spouse feel overwhelmed by the constant pressures and demands of your personal and ministry lives? Do you feel worn down and tired? Do you want to take the opportunity to be still and learn the rhythms of grace in your life? Kerith Retreats provides a quiet sanctuary where you can receive from God and deepen your connection with Him, with your spouse and with your calling.

This seven-day ministry leaders renewal retreat offers you personalized care and group instruction to help rekindle your marriage and vocational commitments.

Pausing from the busyness of ministry life has helped almost 300 ministry couples and individuals examine and overcome the distractions that have hindered their personal lives and relationships. Those who have attended this retreat have returned to their homes and churches feeling refreshed and renewed through His Spirit.


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Attendance fees:

The total cost of a retreat is $4000, but Focus on the Family Canada’s donors generously cover more than half of your attendance fees. Thus, couples only pay $1400 while individuals pay just $1000 to attend.

COST PER COUPLE: $1400

COST FOR INDIVIDUAL: $1000

Free resources for pastors

What's included:

  • Private suite in a beautiful lodge
  • All food and snacks (excluding any specific dietary needs)
  • Personal discussion time with the program directors
  • Program and group teachings
  • Resources throughout the week
  • A year of personalized follow-up and encouragement from the program directors

Schedule of events

Program Directors

Sam & Pauline Doerksen

As they served together in the same church for 22 years, Sam and Pauline Doerksen noticed an increasing need for someone who would help to take care of those who are in ministry. 

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Brian & Sharon Heaney

Brian & Sharon Heaney have been involved in ministry since 1980. They have a passion for assisting people to develop a biblically-based lifestyle. They are very aware of how valuable and how difficult it is to implement healthy rhythms of work, rest and play in everyday life.

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Steve & Becky Witmer

Steve and Becky warm, authentic and safe individuals who are easy to get to know. A lifetime of ministry experience has given them a compassionate concern for the emotional and spiritual health of pastors and their families. They have a genuine love for ministry leaders and are known as "Papa" and "Nana" to many.  

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Marshall & Merrie Eizenga

Marshall and Merrie have learned the wisdom of being intentional about taking time to be renewed. On their days off, they love to hop on their Harley and tour back country roads. 

As a pastoral couple, they have first-hand experience with the joys and challenges of life in ministry, having served together for over 30 years.

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Calendar – Ministry Leaders Renewal Retreat

Date Location Availability
Sep 26 – Oct 3, 2017 Kerith Creek, Alberta Full Register
Oct 17 – Oct 24, 2017 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 2 rooms left Register
Oct 31 – Nov 7, 2017 Kerith Creek, Alberta Full Register
Nov 14 – Nov 21, 2017 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Jan 16 – Jan 23, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 2 rooms left Register
Jan 23 – Jan 30, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Feb 20 – Feb 27, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 3 rooms left Register
Mar 13 – Mar 20, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Mar 20 – Mar 27, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Apr 10 – Apr 17, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Apr 24 – May 1, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 3 rooms left Register
May 8 – May 15, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
May 22 – May 29, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Jun 5 – Jun 12, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Jun 19 – Jun 26, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Jul 3 – Jul 10, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Jul 17 – Jul 24, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Jul 24 – Jul 31, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Jul 31 – Aug 7, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Aug 7 – Aug 14, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Aug 21 – Aug 28, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Sep 4 – Sep 11, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Sep 18 – Sep 25, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Oct 9 – Oct 16, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Oct 23 – Oct 30, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register
Nov 6 – Nov 13, 2018 Kerith Pines, Manitoba 4 rooms left Register
Nov 20 – Nov 27, 2018 Kerith Creek, Alberta 4 rooms left Register