Remembering Goodness: God. Church. Calling.

Psalm 27:13 “I am confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

The past 2 years have been a season where ministry has been shaped by continuous adaptations through the pandemic—where polarization and politics have created fraction and fear, and leaders have been forced to lead through uncharted waters. While unhealth that perhaps had been below the surface in ourselves and in our churches may have risen to the surface, we may also have seen the strength and resilience of people in their generous, grace-filled responses to neighbour and friend.

We look forward to a post-pandemic future that gleans wise practices from past experiences and embodies them in our communities. As we look towards the coming year, what are the key elements to developing an ethos of goodness in our churches, where we are shaped by shalom and equipped to resist a toxic culture within our church? How do we need to be reminded of the goodness of God? Where do we need to be reignited in our calling to lead and love in a ministry context? As God declared “It is good” over all creation, so we are invited to live that goodness in the ways we relate, work and worship in our homes, workplaces, and community.

Those in pastoral leadership know that restful rhythms do not just happen – space must be created for rest and renewal. It has been a privilege to provide such space to our pastors and spouses for the past 44 years in one of the most picturesque locales in the world!  November 2021 will be our 45th year to gather together in Banff for restoration of mind, body, soul and spirit.  We hope you can join us!

Registration remains open with accommodations at Banff Springs subject to availability.
Dates: November 1 – 4, 2021

Scot McKnight: Keynote Speaker | A Church Called TOV
Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of some seventy-five books, is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lisle, IL. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986) and has been a professor for more than three decades. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Libertyville, Illinois. They enjoy traveling, long walks, gardening, and cooking. They have two adult children, Laura and Lukas, and two grandchildren: Aksel and Finley.

Due to ongoing COVID-19 and border restrictions, Dr. Scot McKnight will be joining us via livestream. We will explore leadership and relationship patterns in the church that have the potential to disrupt toxicity and create an ethos of goodness. Check out his new book “A Church Called Tov”, now available on Amazon. The livestream session will include an extended Q & A with Dr. McKnight.

Brian Louw: Keynote Speaker | The Goodness of God in the Land of the Living
Brian began in pastoral ministry 16 years ago in South Africa. After following the call of God in 2016, he and his family now call BC home where he serves as the senior pastor at White Rock Baptist church. Brian has a passion to not only proclaim the gospel through preaching and teaching, but to actively serve the broader community with the gospel. White Rock Baptist church continually asks how they can impact their world with the love of Jesus and, therefore, continually look for new ways to minister. This has been evident in their approach to keep on serving even in the midst of the challenging season that was Covid-19. While they were willing to step out in faith though innovative ideas, they are quick to point back to the evidence of God’s goodness to them. Brian is married to Cindy and they have two teenage children.

Leanne Friesen: Keynote & Bible Study | Remembering the Goodness of Being Called
Rev. Leanne Friesen is the Lead Pastor of a Mount Hamilton Baptist Church (CBOQ) in Hamilton, Ontario, where she has served for 16 years. She is also a conference speaker and writer, who is passionate about making the Bible meaningful and accessible to everyone, especially people exploring faith for the first time. She writes at

Steve Bell: Monday Evening Concert
JUNO-award winning singer/songwriter, Steve Bell, has been referred to as a modern-day troubadour, a lyric poet sent to bear a message of love. Since 1989, he has released 20 solo CDs with combined sales of over 400,000 units.

Craig Bosnick and Dan Bennett: Worship
Craig is the worship pastor at Southside Community Church, and Dan facilitates the worship teams at First Baptist Church, Kelowna. Before Dan’s move to the Okanagan, they served at Southside together for over 19

** The Banff Springs Hotel will be implementing the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP), which requires that anyone staying at the hotel after October 25th (or using any of their facilities) must show proof of double vaccination for the Covid-19 virus. The only exceptions will be documentation of a medical exemption or proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test completed 72 hours prior to arrival (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Labs are not admissible). CBWC and Banff Springs Fairmont remain committed to ensuring guest safety by following provincial public health orders in addition to enhanced cleaning, mandatory masks indoors, pexiglass barriers and hand sanitizer stations located throughout the premises. 

We encourage anyone wishing to attend the Conference to get fully vaccinated as quickly as possible. 

*** The viability of this conference is based on the level of provincial gathering restrictions (if any) that are in place by November 2021. If the conference is cancelled because of provincial guidelines a full refund will be administered.