Do you love family reunions? If so, then you won’t want to miss The Gathering in High River May 23-25th! CBWC family members from all over western Canada will be gathering together to engage in a little bit of business and a whole lot of learning, encouragement and laughter, as we take a few days to rejoice in and pray for this new season of ministry God has called us to.


  • Road Trip Playlist: With special thanks to the High River Baptist Church worship teams, and the leadership of Paul Stelter (HRBC), these songs have been gathered as some that will be a part of our worship times together.  Why not add to your playlists for your roadtrip or flight to Calgary?  It’s a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with the songs so you can full-heartedly take part in worship as a community of churches.
  • Directions to High River: use exit 194A exit towards Vulcan and follow signs to church
  • Workshops: If you have not already signed up for workshops using our online system, you will be able to select your choice upon arrival at High River Baptist
  • Wifi: There will be very limited wifi available due to the expected high demand on the system during our conference.  A dedicated guest computer with internet connectivity will be available at the Welcome Centre for your use as well as preloaded USB’s for downloading the docket.  For personal use, please ensure you have a cell phone with data plan as needed.


Registration Information:

Delegate: Every church may register one (1) pastor and two (2) elected delegates to vote, plus one (1) delegate for every 50 members above the first 100 members.

Visitors: are welcome and must register as non-voting guests.




Online Registration has now closed but if you would like to register please call Esther Kitchener at 604.225.5916.


The Gathering 2019 | Theme: Resilience
“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Isaiah 40:31

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tim Schroeder
Teaching pastor at Trinity Church, Kelowna, BC, and a regular presenter for the Global Leadership Network.

High River Baptist Church, High River, Alberta
May 23rd-25th (Ordination Examining Council is May 22nd and morning of May 23rd)
Earlybird $167/person until March 31 midnight | Regular $180/person until April 20 midnight
** This fee includes meals from Thursday Reception/Friday Lunch and Dinner & Saturday Brunch but does not include Friday breakfast or overnight accommodations.
Ramada Inn: High River (403) 603-3183
Super 8: High River (403) 652-4448
*When booking a room please let Guest Services know that you are with a room block under the group name “Canadian Baptists of Western Canada”. Guests are responsible for paying their own hotel fees.

Promo materials:  Poster  |  Postcard  |  Bulletin Insert  | Powerpoint Slide


WORKSHOP A: Rev. Shannon Youell & Cailey Morgan

Staying is the New Going: Abundant Life Together on Mission

What if being a follower of Jesus means following Him into the places we already are? What if being a follower of Jesus invites us into shared practices to help us reshape how we view our world? What if following Jesus really means dying to self for the sake of others? And what if that new life can happen right where we live, work, and play together? Join Shannon and Cailey for a conversation about discovering abundant life for us and our neighbours through engaging intentional, everyday rhythms as local missionaries. 

WORKSHOP B: Dr. Paul Spate

Developing Spiritual Resilience: using tools from the EQ Toolkit

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize and manage our emotions successfully. The result is that we approach life and function in our relationships more effectively. They assist us as we seek to connect at a deeper and more meaningful level with God and our brother’s and sister’s in Christ. They can also help us as we seek to be more spiritually discerning and learn to respond appropriately to situations with wisdom and maturity. This seminar will introduce you to the benefits of growing your EQ skills and use them to enrich your spiritual life.

WORKSHOP C: Dr. Tim Schroeder

The Design And Implementation of A Personal Resilience Plan

This is for those who are serious about resilience but it comes with a warning:  Our spiritual walk is not a separate compartment. It is vitally connected to the way we manage the totality of our lives, including relationships, diet and exercise.  

WORKSHOP D: Victor Ku & Louanne Haugan

Resilience: The Transformative Power of Radical Generosity

Life has a way of bending us out of shape. Relationships come under pressure – finances are continually being stretched. God’s desire for us is to be a people who don’t stay bent-out-of-shape by circumstance, rather continually return to our original shape – the reflected image of the One who created us. How can we model a resilient walk with God by being a generous person, a generous church and a generous generation?

WORKSHOP E: Rev. Faye Reynolds

Resiliency in our Global Sisters 

Faye Reynolds will share about the women she met in her recent trip to Nairobi and the projects supported by Women in Focus and Candy Josephson will share about “Eagle’s Wings”, the sewing project we support in Bolivia with Kallie and Tim Hutton.

Kennedy’s Parable will be hosting a pop-up book shop and cafe during our time together. Please view our schedule for book shop hours.

New This Year: Youth Rally

Friday, May 24 6:30-9pm at High River Baptist.
Worship, games, pizza and speaker Randy Carter.
Contact Next Generation Ministries Director Peter Anderson for more info.