Banff Pastors & Spouses Conference

TOV: Fostering a Culture of Goodness

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

The past year was 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 had to lead through uncharted waters. Unhealth that may have been below the surface in ourselves and in our churches may have risen to the surface, but 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 God declared “it is good” over all creation, so we are invited to live that goodness in the ways we relate, work and worship. But 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 might we foster empathy, grace, truth, justice, and more for the well being of the whole? Dr. Scot McKnight will be exploring leadership and relationship patterns in the church that have the potential to disrupt toxicity and resist abuse of power. Check out his new book “A Church Called Tov” now available on Amazon.

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 for Banff 20221 will tentatively open on June 1, 2021.
Early bird registration: August 30, 2021.
Regular registration deadline: September 30, 2021.
Dates: November 1 – 4, 2021
Dr. Scot McKnight (book)

Bible Study: Rev. Leanne Friesen
Worship: Craig Bosnick & Dan Bennett and team
Monday Concert: Steve Bell

*The viability of this conference is based on the level of gathering restrictions (if any) that are in place by October 1, 2021. Please watch for website and inbox updates or follow us on social media.*

Scot McKnight: Keynote Speaker
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.

Leanne Friesen: Bible Study Speaker
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