It is likely no secret to any Christian pastors, lay-leaders and many churches that our world and our culture has and continues to shift rapidly.  For us the question is not how do we get back to the place where the church and Christian faith were central to society in general, but rather, in the midst of a changed world, how then do we, the church, re-engage our neighbourhoods, towns and cities as local missionaries called to be faithfully present to the people who live around us with the glorious story of God and his mission of shalom, salvation, reconciliation and restoration.  

Coming out of the success of the CBWC January Webinar, Allowing the Spirit to Reorient us Around the Mission of God, staff at CBWC are excited to endorse three further opportunities for our churches and leadership teams to resource, strengthen and widen the ministry and mission of the local church in this rapidly changing world – both within the church and beyond into our neighbourhoods, towns, and cities in which we live, work, play and pray in. 

Currently there are three pathways to learning and coaching available and being offered to our CBWC churches.  Each has been developed, facilitated, and taught by long time CBWC pastors who love our denomination and family of churches.  Joined by other gifted teachers and missional leaders they bring their decades of experience to teach and coach church leaders, pastors, and lay folk locally and far afield within cohorts.   Their desire is to share with their family of churches from their wealth of knowledge and experience to equip our churches as we join God on his mission as local missionaries deeply rooted into our neighbourhoods.   

If you are longing to learn and discover ways to re-engage your church with the community in which you are situated but are not sure where to begin, there is a Pathway for you!   


The Discovery Project is designed for those just putting their toes in the water and exploring what it means to join God on mission in their neighbourhood. Immersing ourselves in the text, we will explore what it means to bear witness to who God is through loving Him with all our hearts, minds, and strength, and by loving our neighbours as we love one another. Many leaders have gone through some missional training and are asking how they might help their people to “discover” some of the exciting opportunities presented to us as followers of Jesus in these difficult days.  The Discovery Project is one response to this question. Facilitated by Cam Roxburgh, this Pathway will encourage a response and equip us for mission.   
There are 2 types of delivery systems: 

  1. Church Specific – a weekend seminar that covers all the same material as the online option plus the advantage of church specific input and consulting.  The fee for this option is $1500.00 plus travel expense (we are working on possibly offsetting some of the travel costs for qualifying churches).   
  1. Online offering of 6 sessions of 2 hours each.  Cost is $59.00 per person or $300 per church.  6 weeks bi-weekly from mid September to end of November.  This option is not church specific.   


The Neighbourhood Project is designed for staff and lay leaders of churches who have been serious about exploring what it is that God is doing in the midst of the crisis the church is facing. Covid is but one of the issues that is causing the rate of change to accelerate and shining a spotlight onto the reality that much is amiss, and God is doing a new thing. This is good news. TNP is for a select number of leaders and churches that get the conversation and are wanting to not go back, but forward into what God is doing.  This is a cohort of leaders journeying together with Allan Roxburgh, Cam Roxburgh and facilitators from The Missional Network and Forge to:  

  • Learn to discern God’s activity in your neighbourhoods.
  • Equip your people to join Jesus in your communities.
  • Explore how to lead in disruptive times.
  •  Shape congregation life from Sunday-centric to neighbourhood-rooted.  filling fast so register today! 

This Pathway is an online offering including monthly sessions, one on one coaching with churches, and cluster cohorts.  There are reading and experimentation expectations.  Cost per church cohort is normally $3000 but with a generous grant we are offering it at $1500.  An application process is required.  Course begins September 2021 and runs through June 2022.  This is filling fast so register today! 


Centre for Leadership Development – “Forming and Reforming Communities of Christ in a Secular Age:  this three-year course in Missional Leadership is geared for congregational teams and individuals offering both onsite or online accessibility and will resource, strengthen and widen the ministry of the local church.  With Tim Dickau, Darrell Guder & Ross Lockhart plus many practitioner guests.  Cost includes lunch for onsite and a private team consultation with Tim.  Cost: $250 per person ($200 online).  $500 for a group up to 5 ($450 online) per year.  This course is geared for teams that have already determined the need to rethink church and are beginning their own internal culture change.  Year 1 begins September 2021.   

We believe this is the right time for churches to begin pursuing one of these Pathways, especially as we emerge with all we have learned during the Covid-19 pandemic. Talk to us about which Pathway is best for your church and leaders!  Contact us to assess which Pathway is right for you and your church. 

Shannon Youell
CBWC Director of Church Planting
Cam Roxburgh
Facilitator/Leader of The Discovery Project & The Neighbourhood Project

Tim Dickau
Facilitator/Leader CML course Forming & Reforming Communities of Christ in a Secular World     

Ken Nettleton 
Facilitator & Lead Pastor New Life Church, Duncan BC

Everything I Need to know about Leadership Training I Learned at Camp

I went to camp. Summer camp. Church summer camp. For the first time….ever!

I was invited to participate in the Leadership Training and Discipleship (LTD) program at Gull Lake Camp. I taught the Level Two (second year of three) students spiritual formation.  It was intimidating, demanding, stretching, incredibly rich and humbling to journey alongside young people and be a part of their formation, their intentional discipleship.  What a great privilege to rise up as leaders and innovators and entrepreneurs in the world which will soon be theirs to mold!

I have written on this blog about our need as churches to become more intentional about discipleship as ways to develop us as communities equipped and empowered to be the presence of Christ in whatever sphere of life we are in, and to demonstrate the characteristics of the kingdom. Please enjoy the following article written by Steve Roadhouse and note the marks of discipleship, of community building, that all the staff at Gull Lake Camp are devoted to. They are crucial elements of how we can build our communities stronger and more effective for the work set before us.


~Shannon Youell, CBWC Church Planting Director


My name is Steve Roadhouse, I am the director at Gull Lake Centre, the CBWC camp on Gull Lake in Central Alberta. At the camp we run a high school leadership program called LTD (Leadership Training and Discipleship), and we also have a great summer staff program. This year we will have over 1000 campers in our overnight camps. But it is our leadership programs that we are best at.

At Gull Lake we create space for campers to connect with Christ and each other.  e are incredibly protective of the culture that is necessary to create the space conducive to those connections. Here are a few things that we do well at camp to help create that space:

1. We work together: Jobs are never done alone. Everyone is part of a team. Program Team, Kitchen Team, Cabin Leading Team, Full Time Staff Team–the list goes on. The LTDs are never alone either: they are always intentionally paired with a mentor that we think they will benefit from. You get to know someone when you work beside them.  One of the first things that we make the first year LTDs do when they start the program is pick rocks out of a mud pit together. There are actually some great reasons behind this, but it is a long story. You grow close when you are stuck in the muck and mire together.

Annihilation-42. We play together: We have fun at camp. Heaps and heaps of it! Work days are long here: from 7:30am to about 10:00pm, with 2 hours of time off. So play is important. We have fun while we work. We compete and joke and tell stories and try out the games and the food. Morale is incredibly important to the culture here and having fun is a great way to keep morale up. How much fun people are having is also a good indicator of your morale level.

3. We worship together: The second year LTDs focus on spiritual practices during LTD training week. So often in our churches we get stuck thinking that singing is the only form of worship. The Level 2s are charged with the task of leading the entire camp in a worship service one evening and it always becomes this beautifully eclectic collection of ways of worshiping at camp. Often with some singing, but also with Scripture, communion, art, poetry, conversation, and silence. Worship cannot be forced.  We can only invite people in and create a safe space for them to enter.

This safe space can only be created together. It does not come from one person,
it comes from the group. We also do not confine worship to the set “worship” times on the schedule. Our play is worship, our work is worship. We worship God by serving Him and others, as well as by pausing to sing songs of praise.

4. We cry together: There is a joke at camp that no one can enter my office without crying. It is a huge compliment to me that people feel safe enough to come to me and be open enough to cry. Camp is exhausting sometimes. The days are long, it’s hot, and you are constantly pouring yourself out into the campers. Some days you just run out of gas and need a good cry.  That’s ok here.

We also engage in deep relationships with each other and share our joys, hurts, longings, and sorrows. Sometimes we cry when we do this. It’s a good thing.

5. We spend time together: We spend a lot of time together actually. I know that quality time is important, but quantity time means a lot too. We do everything together. We share rooms, we all eat together, we have leader meetings and team meetings every single day, everything we do at camp we do together. Summer staff are together 14 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 10 weeks. That is a lot of time.

glc_2015_007886. We make memories together:  We do some ridiculous stuff at camp. Crazy stuff. All safe mind you, but it feels crazy! That is what you remember. Can you remember that time you drove somewhere six months ago? No, you can’t. Can you remember that time you were driving and your friend laughed so hard that Slurpee came out her nose? Probably. Well, probably not because that likely didn’t happen to you, but if it did, you would remember!

We don’t remember the mundane and the ordinary.  We remember the ridiculous, the special, the spectacular. I remember the late night conversations. I remember doing a speech while riding on my friend’s back like a horse only to have him fall and have us both tumble down the hill in front of everyone (only our pride was hurt). I remember feeling like I was laying in the palm of God’s hand. At camp, we create space for these memories to be made.

Does discipleship outside of the camp context need these 6 elements as well? What are your great memories of discipleship? Comment on this blog or contact me directly at

For more information about Steve’s work at the Centre, visit