CMU Centre for Faith and Life

Workshops for Pastors and Ministry and Congregational Leaders

The CMU Centre for Faith and Life connects individuals, congregations, and the broader community to opportunities and resources focused on strengthening ministry capacity, theological reflection, and faith-filled living.

The following 2017-2018 workshops form one part of that commitment to resource and strengthen the church.


Upcoming Workshops

Journeying Together: Accompanying the Aging

Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A workshop for deacons, congregational care teams, pastors, Christians working in health care, and other caregivers for those in their last third of life.

How can deacons, congregational care teams, pastors, and churches faithfully accompany those in the later stages of life? How might professionals who work with the elderly in health care settings navigate questions related to their Christian faith? How can Christian caregivers of all kinds engage prayers for miracles and end-of-life challenges? Join fellow caregivers as they explore what it might mean for Christians to journey together with the aging.

Featuring keynote addresses on faith and resilience from Heather Campbell-Enns (PhD) and accompanying the aging in "the archives of their hearts" from John H. Neufeld (DMin).

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Keynote Speakers

Heather Campbell-Enns (PhD), Researcher and Educator on Aging

Heather is trained in psychosocial health across the life span. She specializes in topics related to aging, end-of-life, family systems, and resilience. A seasoned teacher, she recently taught for CMU's psychology department. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow and is studying the needs of older adults in supportive housing and long-term care. An active member of Bethel Mennonite Church, Heather provides insights that are deeply rooted in her academic expertise and Christian faith.

John H. Neufeld (DMin), former Pastor and President Emeritus of Canadian Mennonite Bible College

John H. Neufeld retired from a 40-year career in teaching, pastoring, and serving as President and Professor at Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU). Since retiring in 1997 he has pursued several major topics including aging and mortality, reading the Bible responsibly, revisiting revelation, forgiveness and forbearance, and has given presentations in seniors' complexes, adult education settings and at conferences in Western Canada. He received his training at CMBC (BChrEd), UBC (Teachers College), University of Western Washington (BA), Anabaptist Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN (MDiv), and Bethany Theological Seminary, Oakbrook, IL (DMin).


9:00 AM      Registration, coffee, & muffins

9:20  AM     Keynote: "Exploring the Archives of the Heart" with John H. Neufeld

10:30 AM    Coffee break

10:45 AM    Breakout sessions:

12:00 PM     Lunch (available for purchase)

1:00 PM       Afternoon introduction

1:15 PM       Breakout sessions:

2:30 PM       Keynote: "Beyond Visitation: Building Resilience in the Aging Church" with Heather Campbell-Enns

3:45 PM       Adjourn


Full Day: $65 ($50 when 2 more register from the same congregation)
Half-Day: $35
Late Registration Fee (for registration after March 4): $10
Group rate available (when more than 4 register from the same congregation) – contact Peter Epp at

Note: lunch available for purchase on-site.



Past Workshops

Better Decisions, Engaged Congregations: Facilitating Effective Decision-Making

Saturday, September 30, 2017

How might leaders guide decision-making to strengthen their congregational ministry and mission?


More Than a Job: The Lifecycle of Pastoral Employment

Saturday, October 21, 2017

How might specific employment practices strengthen care for ministry leaders and for the church's mission?


From Taking Sides to Pulling Together: A Fresh Approach to Congregational Tensions

Saturday, November 18, 2017

How might church conflict move from polarizing to transforming?


The Word Wore Red: Reimagining Biblical Preaching for the 21st Century World

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 1:00–5:00 PM

How might our preaching unfold ancient texts, capture the imagination and open an encounter with the living God, whose Grand Story is still going on?

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