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Each year in November,  pastors and spouses from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia gather in Banff, AB, for an outstanding time of worship, inspiration and relaxation. This event is a good reminder that we are a part of a larger ministry that extends across Western Canada, and it is an opportunity to build relationships with pastoral colleagues from across western Canada. Those who attend enjoy the wonder of Banff National Park, and the encouragement and challenge from outstanding speakers. Renewal, relaxation and rest are the order of the day.

2023 Banff Pastor & Spouse Retreat

Pastors of Western Canada

Speaker: Jerry Shepherd
Crucifixion and Christian Ministry

The Christian pastor is not only one who serves a Lord who was crucified, but engages in a ministry that is carried out “under the shadow of the cross” as well. In other words, the Christian ministry is to be a “crucified ministry.” What does this look like? How is this to be done? And how does it all relate to the resurrection? We will try to answer these questions by looking, in particular, at four examples of “crucified ministry”: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jesus, and Paul, and see what the implications are for the Christian pastor today.

Dr. Jerry Shepherd is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament at Taylor Seminary, as well as Adjunct Professor at several other institutions. He taught Old Testament, biblical theology and biblical languages at Taylor for 28 years. Jerry has written a commentary on Ecclesiastes for the Revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and on Leviticus for the Story of God Bible Commentary series and he has also been a contributor to various biblical dictionaries.Jerry also enjoys being a frequent speaker at churches, camps, Sunday Schools, workshops and conferences. He has been married to Cheryl for 49 years, has three grown children, three grandchildren and one grand-dog.

Rundlestone Lodge is a part of the greater Banff Lodging Company.
Room Costs:
Superior King Room $190/night (including all taxes and fees and underground parking)

*If you are not quite able to register yet, but plan on attending, please email Andrea at or call 780-733-2380.  We need to have an idea of how many plan on being a part of this retreat as soon as possible.


Option One

Full Retreat includes:

  • registration ($250/person), 
  • selected meals
  • 3 day accommodation at conference hotel. (ABA will book the room).

Option Two:

  • registration ($250/person)
  • selected meals
  • Book your own hotel.  See below.

To book your own hotel at another location within the Greater Banff Lodging Company: 
Call 1-800-563-8764 and ask for the Alberta Baptist Association. Promo Code: ENJOYBLC.  The rates are variable according to hotel and availability.  (The names of the hotels in this family are located at the bottom of the RundleStone Lodge website homepage).

*If you are not staying for the full retreat, please register with the "Partial Registration" Option and call the ABA Office at 780-733-2380 to make arrangements.

Conference Schedule:
*All meetings will be held in the Baker Room
4:00 pm          Check-in time begins
6:30-7:30 pm Registration in Baker Room
7:30 pm           Welcome
9:30 am           Breakfast at The Keg, 521 Banff Ave
10:30 am         Session 1
12:00 pm         Free Time
7:00 pm           Session 2
9:30 am          Breakfast at The Keg, 521 Banff Ave
10:30 am        Session 3
12:00 am        Free Time
5:00 pm         Group Dinner at Chili's, 461 Banff Ave
7:00 pm          Session 4
9:00 am         Session 5
10:30 am       Brunch Buffet, at Pacini's,  345 Banff Ave
11:00 am        Check-out time 

Register Here