Ministers Gathering is a four day event for District Pastors and their spouses that focuses on spiritual enrichment, personal refreshing, and connection with others. Featuring guest speakers and resources designed to equip and support you, you will be sure to leave this weekend feeling connected and renewed.



You’ll receive top-notch, motivational content that will support your work 365 days of the year. We’re working hard to make sure you leave equipped with the tools you need to help your church thrive in clear and practical ways.



This is when we get to rally together and encourage each other to complete the mission set before us. At this event you’ll meet new people, connect with other pastors like you, and build relationships that are vital for thriving churches.



Bring your spouse or family and get away to rest, find new inspiration, and enjoy life away from regular home and work. This is your time to unwind, do things you love, and focus on self-care and life-building activities.








February 4 – 7


Banff Park Lodge, Banff Alberta


All pastors and influencers in the PAOC


  • $70/p before Jan 3
  • $85/p after Jan 3
  • $90/p onsite reg
  • $10/child

Ministry Guests

David Koop

Dr. David Koop is the founder and lead pastor of Coastal Church, in Downtown Vancouver, BC. Before entering ministry, he founded his own consulting business and small oil producing company. In 1994, David along with his wife answered God’s call to plant the church in the heart of one of Canada’s most densely populated cities.

Murray Cornelius

Murray Cornelius has served as the Executive Director of International Missions for the PAOC since 2006. Together with his wife Cindy, he served in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa for 20 years in Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, Theological Education and Social Engagement.

Kevin and Julia Garratt

Kevin and Julia went to China in 1984 as English teachers. On August 4, 2014, they were “arrested” by the Chinese Ministry of State Security and charged with spying and espionage. Were they spies? Come and listen to their story and find out how it relates to our theme “More than Me.”

Gary Taitinger

Gary led in one of our growing metro churches for 36 years, then transitioned to be our District Superintendent in 2017. His hope is that your District team will be your single most helpful resource in leading and growing your church. His goal is that 80% of our churches will be experiencing incremental growth within the next three years.

Marisa Aud

Marisa has been leading worship in churches across Canada and the US for 20 years. She is a graduate of SouthEastern University in Florida and most recently moved from the Greater Atlanta area to Calgary where she leads the Creative Arts department at Journey Church (formally Church in the Hills).

  • 1:00pm – Registration Begins
  • 2:00pm – 3 on 3 Shinny Tournament (Sign-up here)
  • 4:00pm – Hotel Check-in
  • 7:00pm – General Session
  • 9:00pm – After Party
  • 9:00am – General Session
  • 10:15am – Break
  • 10:30am – Business & Vision
  • 12:00pm – Enjoy Banff
  • 2:30pm – Workshops
  • 4pm – SOFET Discussion Forum
  • 7:00pm – General Session
  • 9:00pm – After Party
  • 9:00am – Business & Vision
  • 10:15am – Break
  • 10:30 am – Workshops
  • 12:00pm – Enjoy Banff
  • 2:30pm – Workshops
  • 7:00pm – General Session
  • 9:00pm – After Party
  • 9:00am – Final Session
  • 11:00am – Dismissal



  • The Church Unleashed – Game Changing Principles to Grow your Church
  • Living Waters – Revitalizing Your Prayer Life
  • Engaging Worship – Designing services that include everybody
  • Sticky Youth – Developing Assimilation Strategies for Youth Ministries
  • Little Missionaries – Creating a Culture of Invitation in Kids Ministry
  • Hope Infused Living – Women Infusing Hope into the World Around Them

Wednesday (10:30am)

  • Ignite Your Team – Creating Spark in Your Volunteers
  • Small Church, Big Dreams – The little things that can make a big difference in your small community.
  • Calming the Storms of Church Conflict
  • Leading When You’re Not in Charge – Leveraging Influence when you Lack Authority
  • Healthy Leader, Healthy Team – Soul Care for the Pastor
  • First Impressions – How to be a Welcoming Church

Wednesday (2:30pm)

  • High Impact Preaching – Change minds, Change Lives, and Change Destinies
  • The Engaging Church – Building Bridges to Reach Your Community
  • Fresh Fire – The Holy Spirit & Revitalization
  • Building Great Worship Teams – Principles for building, developing and leading great worship teams
  • The Future is Now – Reaching Teens in 2020
  • Irresistible Environments – Creating the Kind of Place Kids Dream of
  • You, Me and Tea – Women’s Afternoon Tea at Banff Springs Hotel ($20)


Childcare will be available for children ages 1-5 years. Childcare for children 6+ may be available on a per session basis. Click here to read our Childcare Policies.

After Parties

This year, we will be hosting some incredible After Parties every evening of Ministers Gathering. There will be food, fellowship and lots of fun.

CP Track

Our Children Pastor’s Track include the following workshops: Little Missionaries, Ignite Your Team and Irresistible Environments. We will also have a CP Breakfast and lunch and 2 CP Coffee meetups. Further details on the meals and meetups will be included in the pre-conference email to all attendees.


We have workshops for everyone at MG this year. For a full, detailed list, see the section above.

Equipping & Resources

We believe that you will receive some incredible teaching and resources this year to help you lead more effectively in 2019.

Women In Ministry

We have 2 WIM events happening at MG this year. The first one is a workshop on Tuesday afternoon called, Hope Infused Living with guest speaker, Wendy Burton. The second is an afternoon tea on Wednesday at the Banff Springs Hotel.

5x5 Session

We will be having a 5x5 session at Ministers Gathering this year where 5 speakers give back to back talks at 5 minutes each.


This year we are hosting meetups for different groups. For example, there will be a breakfast meetup for Songwriters, a coffee meetup for Youth Pastors, and a coffee meetup for Children’s Pastors. A full list of meetups will be included in the conference email sent out to attendees prior to Ministers Gathering.

Worship Track

Our Worship Track includes 2 workshops: Engaging Worship, and Building Great Worship Teams. There will also be a Songwriters breakfast meetup on Thursday morning. Details regarding the breakfast will be emailed to attendees prior to the conference.



Our Youth Pastors Track include the following workshops: Sticky Youth, Ignite Your Team and The Future Is Now. We will also have 2 YP Breakfasts and a YP Coffee meetup. Further details on the breakfast and meetups will be included in the pre-conference email to all attendees.

PK Party

We love our Pastors Kids. And this year, we want them to know that. We are hosting a PK bowling and pizza party with games and giveaways on the Wednesday night of Ministers Gathering. More details will be included in the pre-conference email to all attendees.

District Conference

This year we are combining District Conference into Ministers Gathering. There will be 2 business sessions included in the conference. The items we will be voting on will be emailed to all attendees prior to the conference

Banff Park Lodge

222 Lynx Street. Ph: 1-800-661-9266 $133/night

All main conference sessions will be held at this 4-star property. In your time off, enjoy a meal at the Crave Grill or Terrace Lounge or relax in the pool and eucalyptus steam room. Just blocks away from the heart of Banff town’s centre.

Bow View Lodge

228 Bow Ave. Ph: 1-800-661-9266 $103/night

Just a few short steps from Banff Park Lodge, this 2-star property is the sister hotel to Banff Park Lodge and an economical option for accommodations in Banff.

Rundlestone Lodge

537 Banff Ave. Ph: 1-800-661-8630 $80/night

Just a few minutes drive from Banff Park Lodge, Rundlestone is a beautiful and affordable place to stay. Book by phone or website, using the code, “PAC203.” Rooms are first come, first served.

Book before January 3, 2019, to ensure availability and room rate.

When calling the hotel, use the name “Pentecostal Assemblies”. Reservations can be made online at using Group ID: 28690 and Password: 531. Room reservations are the responsibility of each registrant.

Indoor parking ($12/day) not included in guest room rates. Free on-street and open parkade parking is available, but limited.

District Conference

District Conference Business

Historically, almost half of the churches in our District have had to choose between attending either District Conference or Ministers Gathering. We understand that finances are an issue, and attending these events is not even a reality for many. That’s why we have decided to combine District Conference and Ministers Gathering in 2019. The District invests substantially into both these events. By combining the two, not only will we join in one place, we will be able to reallocate resources, increase efficiency, and plan more intentionally to serve you better.

What’s being voted on?

Churches are encouraged to send lay delegates to the business session. In consideration of the Conference, resolutions should be submitted to the Chairman of the Resolutions Committee in care of the District Office twenty days (January 14) prior to the conference. The elections for the following are scheduled: four District Leadership Team (ie. ABNWT board) member elections and any resolutions.

Equipping you to do ministry

Check out what our pastors had to say

The best thing about this conference was the practicality. I imagine that every pastor could take something tangible and implementable from the time together.

Kevin Janzen

The welcome, the worship and the speakers were awesome and very uplifting. I left the conference encouraged, with a fresh focus and drive.

Simon Sichangwa

My favourite part of the conference was connecting with other leaders of likeminded passions who understand where you’re at and can encourage each other.

Vahen King



Is there childcare?

Childcare will be available for children ages 1-5 years. Childcare for children 6+ may be available on a per session basis. Click here to read our Childcare Policies.

Are meals provided?
There are no regular meals provided during the conference. We encourage you to connect with other Pastors in our District and enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants Banff has to offer. And, of course, we’ll have our regular “Eat and Meet” with some great appetizer foods and multiple coffee breaks to fuel you up.
Will there be voting this year?

Starting in 2019, we will be combining Ministers Gathering and District Conference, so there will always be voting at Ministers Gathering in Banff. These sessions will be streamlined and organized so that we can complete constitutional business with efficiency and clarity.

What are the dates for 2020?

February 3-6, 2020.

Will District Conference always be a part of Ministers Gathering now?
Yes our hope is to consolidate events and resources to bring you a better experience that you can look forward to year after year.
Is there financial assistance?
We are “better together” and hope every lead pastor in our District will be able to attend this event. If money is tight or you’re travelling a long distance, please contact our office to see if you qualify for a subsidy. For assistance, contact Corey Randell.