Training Events & Seminars

Day of Encouragement – Eastern Canada

Apr 7th, 2018 8:30am - 3:15pm   |   Posted by Erin Knight   |   Day of Encouragement Events,Deacons Training

Theme: “What will the future hold?”

Each day when we see the hurt and despair permeating our society and our world, we can quickly become discouraged. You are invited to join us for a day of learning and encouragement! Our hope is that the various speakers and workshops will provide insight and hope: for today AND tomorrow. 

The purpose of this day is to provide space for deacons, leaders and interested people to rub shoulders with each other, get to know each other, share food, learn together, build community. This day is open to EVERYONE – anyone involved in diakonia: the act of bringing God’s presence to a suffering humanity.

Here are the details so far!

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time: 9:30am – 3:15pm

Place: Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Brockville, ON

Our keynote speaker for the day will be Pastor Sid Ypma, Chaplain at the University of Ottawa. We are also excited to offer workshops about Justice, Christians & Technology, Writing Great Benevolence Policies, and so much more!

Check back soon for more information.

Adaptive Leadership in Local Ministry Conference

Apr 21st, 2018 8:00am - 8:45pm   |   Posted by Erin Knight   |   Deacons Training

Does the challenge of leading into uncharted territory sometimes feel overwhelming?

Resonate Global Mission, Diaconal Ministries Canada and the Connections Project invite you and other leaders from your congregation to an inspiring one-day event exploring Adaptive Leadership and what it can mean for your ministry and congregation, with keynote speaker Tod Bolsinger, author of ‘Canoeing the Mountains’.

Saturday, April 21, 2018; 8:00 AM – 8:45 PM, 

at the Hilton Garden Inn (Airport) Hotel, Toronto (3311 Caroga Dr., Mississauga, ON)

This event will feature dynamic worship, relevant workshops, fellowship with other ministry leaders, discussion groups, and three keynote sessions with author Tod Bolsinger.

Although explorers Lewis and Clark were prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, they instead found themselves facing the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel you are leading in a context you were not expecting. Tod Bolsinger brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory to help you re-imagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains of ministry, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools.

Tod will lead us through interactive teachings on the topic of Adaptive Leadership – how to guide our communities with vision and hope ​through challenge and change. Drawing from his extensive experience as a pastor, consultant, and teaching practical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Tod brings decades of expertise in guiding churches and organizations through uncharted territory.  He offers a combination of illuminating insights and practical tools to help you re-imagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world.

$99 person (includes breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner)

Three keynote sessions with Tod Bolsinger:

  • The World in Front of Us is Nothing Like the World Behind Us
  • We Need to Learn to Lead All Over Again
  • Forming Leaders for a Changing World

PLUS an afternoon workshop for CRC attendees (to be held at the neighbouring Hampton Inn)


The primary organizer of this event is the Canadian Synod of the Reformed Church of America.  The RCA has graciously extended the invitation for CRC participants.  However, SPACE IS LIMITED and we expect that demand will exceed our capacity. Therefore, we urge you to register NOW.

Once you complete the REGISTRATION FORM, we will send you an electronic invoice. Please note: Registration is confirmed upon receipt of your payment. 

For additional information, please email:

For those requiring overnight hotel accommodations, a limited number of rooms are available at a special rate of $135/night by calling the Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto Airport at 905-678-0041 and using event promo code B97 (valid until March 20).