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Building Mentoring Communities: Listening and Learning Together


We are privileged to be hosting a unique event in the Montreal area sponsored by Leighton Ford Ministries Canada and Outreach Canada Ministries, and would love for you to consider attending.  


Building Mentoring Communities:  Listening and learning together
June 11-14 (7 pm Sunday till 5 pm Wednesday)
Ermitage Sainte-Croix
21269, boul. Gouin Ouest

Pierrefonds, Québec  H9K 1C1


For almost 10 years, Leighton Ford Ministries (LFM) has been training mentors and creating mentoring communities that have had global impact.  Even prior to this, Leighton Ford has long valued the mentoring of leaders.  In fact, the Arrow Leadership Program was designed by Dr. Ford with such a vision of mentoring in mind.  We believe that bringing leaders together in mentoring communities is a timely strategy for our challenging context in Quebec and Eastern Ontario.    

The Vision

Leighton Ford’s own conviction is that leaders on the front lines of outreach and evangelism need particular spiritual undergirding and encouragement in order to thrive.  The mission of LFM captures this heart and vision:

To advocate and practice
the art of Christ-centered spiritual mentoring
from generation to generation
so as to enhance the spiritual, emotional, and relational health
of kingdom-seeking leaders
who have a passion to lead for Jesus, like Jesus, and to Jesus
and through his Spirit to be a part of God’s transforming presence
in their communities around the world.


The Event

The three-day training event (beginning Sunday evening June 11th and finishing late Wednesday afternoon) provides participants with both the orientation to the ministry of spiritual mentoring and the opportunity to experience the dynamics of mentoring conversations and relationships.  We also are committed to creating an inter-generational dynamic with both “emerging” and “emerged” leaders present, and we hope that some mentoring relationships and mentoring communities will result from our time together.  Please note that full participation and residing at the centre is required of attendees.

Themes to be developed… and experienced:

This is an experiential seminar, meaning that the teaching provides a spring board for experience.  Break out groups, as well as personal reflective times in this stunning venue, enable us to move these themes from theory to practice.  
•    The why and wherefore of spiritual mentoring and of spiritual mentoring communities
•    Asking spiritual questions
•    Developing the art of spiritual reading of Scripture 
•    Exercising spiritual discernment through listening to others and to God
•    Practicing silence and solitude
•    Sharing our faith journey 
•    Becoming part of a mentoring community

The Venue

Our three-day event is hosted at the Ermitage Ste Croix, a retreat centre in Pierrefonds, the West end of Montreal island (about a 25-minute drive from the Trudeau International airport).  The registration fee includes all meals and accommodation.  Participants are encouraged to arrive for 7 pm on Sunday evening; our first evening event will begin at 8 pm.  Please communicate any dietary concerns on the registration form in the comments-instructions box.
To peruse the facilities:

A map to the Ermitage Ste-Croix:

Our Presenters and Mentors

MaryKate Morse is our main presenter.  Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation in the seminary at George Fox University (Portland, Oregon), she is the Lead Mentor for the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation.  She is also a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach; a conference and retreat speaker; a church planter and author of a number of books, including A Guidebook to Prayer.  An excellent communicator, she has been involved as a trainer and mentor with Leighton Ford Ministries for a number of years. 

Barry Whatley is a missionary with Outreach Canada Ministries, a Canadian ministry committed to providing resources and training for the local church.  His passion is the spiritual development of leaders for the francophone world, with a special focus on Quebec and francophone Africa.  He has spent many years in pastoral ministry and theological education.  The heart of Barry’s personal vision is to serve leaders through coming alongside them with a listening ear, a timely word, and an expansive imagination.  He has been deeply impacted by the vision and heart of LFM.


Marilyn Martin is an alumnus of Ambrose Seminary (formerly Canadian Theological Seminary) and has been involved in pastoral and teaching ministries.  Presently Marilyn works as a work place chaplain as well as mentoring individuals and groups.  In most recent years her focus has been on both the teaching and modelling of spiritual formation practices among diverse communities of believers.  Along with Barry, she has had the privilege of designing and conducting retreat and seminar events with the vision of establishing mentoring communities in Eastern Ontario.

The Details

Thanks to the help of Leighton Ford Ministries we are also able to offer this training at a reduced rate: only $200 per participant, all-inclusive in the beautiful venue of the Ermitage on the west end of Montreal Island.  Our first event begins at 7 PM on Sunday June 11th, and we will wrap up late afternoon on Wednesday June 14th.  This event will be held entirely in English, but there will be opportunity for some break-out groups to share in French. 

Registration deadline:  May 28th (space is limited)

For more information or to register please click on the following link: REGISTER HERE

Or call Barry Whatley:  819-665-1471 (Ottawa-Gatineau); 514-386-4669 (Montreal)

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