New Pastors Orientation
Oct 1-4, 2023
We are so happy that you have chosen to join with us in the BIC family. To welcome you into your new denomination we, the BIC leadership and staff, provide you with an orientation retreat. At the ‘O Retreat’ we share with you important information about the history, theology, culture and polity of the BIC church. We believe that this retreat will provide you with a fuller understanding of the BIC’s long and storied tradition. Understanding our vision and values will be important to your success as a pastor in the BIC church.
What To Expect
Expect to meet some great people including fellow pastors and BIC denominational staff. Also, come expecting to participate in a retreat like environment with lots of learning and renewal opportunities. Some sessions will have music and worship and prayer while other sessions will focus on practical areas that are important for you to understand to be successful in your new role.
What To Bring
Bring whatever tools best help you learn. There will be presentations with many speakers using slide decks to communicate their material. Tables will be setup to allow you to use laptops and tablets during the sessions. Also, feel free to bring a notebook, Bible and pen as you might find many of the sessions are worth taking notes for future reference.
Our plan is to host the retreat at Camp Kahquah. There is nothing quite as beautiful as looking over Ahmic Lake, drinking your coffee and learning about all things BIC.
The retreat begins Wednesday morning with a focus on BIC heritage and culture. Our denomination began more than 200 years, long before Canadian confederation. There are a few things you need to know about our history of transformation.
To begin the retreat, Todd Lester will provide an overview of the structure and staff who work for the BIC. This will be a quick introduction to the people you will meet and work with as you serve in a BIC church.
Executive Director, Charlie Mashinter, will provide a timeline of the history of our denomination.
Darrell Winger, who has served in many different roles in the BIC, both in Canada and the US, will share about some of the most important aspects of our theological history.
In the afternoon, we will focus on our theological uniqueness. Charlie Mashinter and Todd Lester will talk about some of our unique anabaptist thinking around the life of following Jesus.