Empey Centre 2023


Following are the ministries we are offering and envisioning this year; be sure to return to this page for ministry updates and ongoing resources.

Online Ministers' Gathering


We invite any who are in vocational ministry to join together once a month to learn, share, and pray together online via Zoom. There is no cost to join these meetings. In these meetings, there will be a brief teaching around an element of restorative Christian ministry, space to discuss ministry and ask questions, and to encourage and pray for one another.

Our next Breathe  topic will be "The Burden of Ministry: Blessed Brokenness" on November 29 at 11am Eastern Time.



Spiritual Guidance

If you are looking to connect one-on-one with someone for spiritual guidance or direction, we would be happy to have someone meet with you at no cost. We recognize that sometimes it is difficult to know who to talk to when you are a minister, and it can be a challenge to afford professional services. We are partnering with trained ministers and spiritual directors to offer this service at no charge for those serving in vocational ministry.



Read & Reflect

On our resource page we will have a number of articles, book recommendations, spiritual exercises and more to help you develop practices for a healthy, restorative Christian ministry. These resources will cover such topics as knowing God, overcoming vices, learning to rest, and loving people well. Updates will be made regularly, so be sure to come back often and see what's new.


Formative Learning for Faithful Living

Courses 2023

We will be offering the following video courses this year to equip you in your ministry. Watch for updates as courses will open soon!
The Shepherd & the Soul

Within scripture, God is pictured as a shepherding God and Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd. Within the Old Testament, prophets, priests and kings are spoken of as shepherds of the people of God. Jesus calls his disciples into a shepherding role and the apostle Paul uses this language for leaders in the early church. This course will examine what it means to be a shepherd in today's church.

Practicing Presence

Within a mobile culture (in more ways than one) we have lost connection. Presence is a central biblical theme, whether we are talking about the presence of God among his people or the presence God's people are to practice with one another. This course looks at how to lead presence-based ministry in the local church, discerning above all else God's presence among us.

A Living Text

In the reading of scripture, whether privately or publicly, we are invited into another world. When watching a good movie, reading a great novel, or listening to a powerful piece of music, we are moved in a deep place within our being. With the Bible, however, the experience has often become dry, dutiful, and void of that deep encounter with something more. In this course we will search for more in sacred scripture than meets the eye.

Coming Soon . . .

We are Excited for What is Coming Soon!

Over this year (2023) we anticipate offering guided sabbath retreats for ministers and their families, a restorative ministry conference for ministers and church leaders, and securing a retreat house for ministers to come and rest.

Sabbath Retreats

We are planning to hold one or more sabbath retreats before the end of 2023. The purpose of these will be twofold: first, they will be a time of rest; secondly, they will be a time of learning how to incorporate rest into your regular rhythm.

Restorative Ministry Conference

Plans are in motion for a Fall 2023 Restorative Ministry Conference for you and your leadership. This will be an in-person conference structured around restorative ministry principles and practices.

Retreat House

We are presently looking into options for an Empey Centre retreat house where ministers can come to rest and renew; during this time we will provide practical guidance and instruction so they will return better equipped to practice restorative ministry in their context.

Renovaré Canada

Ministries for Your Church

Renovaré Canada has a number of events and resources which are geared to help members of your church mature in their own spiritual formation.