Church Leaders Retreat

Church Leaders Retreat 2020


Timothy Witmer
Steve West


May 11-13, 2020


Muskoka Bible Centre
8 Pioneer Avenue
Huntsville, ON P1H 2J3

Map and Directions

Speaker Biographies


Conference Description

You are invited to Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region for a time of encouragement and rest, May 11-13, 2020. The Shepherd Leader, featuring speakers Tim Witmer and Steve West, will focus on the centrality of the shepherding metaphor in the Scriptural picture of leadership. How are we to think about this ancient agricultural imagery in the modern world? What does it look like in the church and in the home? Come and hear about the biblical mandate to care for our flocks, our brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as practical approaches to shepherding. 

Church leaders from Canada and the United States are welcome to attend, and we encourage you to bring your spouse for a getaway. We know that you have demanding jobs and full calendars—understanding the importance of rest we've built time into the schedule for you to enjoy the retreat center. The Muskoka Bible Centre (MBC) is located in a spectacular setting and offers delicious meals and a variety of accommodations to suit your preferences. There are also many activities to participate in including mini-golf, disc golf, tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce, as well as waterfront activities (weather dependent) and walking trails. For more information about MBC, visit their website or call them at 705-789-0123.  


Monday, May 11th
2:00-5:00 p.m.  Registration
5:30 p.m.  Dinner
6:30 p.m.  Shepherding: The Biblical Leadership Imperative
7:15 p.m.  Break
7:30 p.m.  Shepherding in the Church
8:15 p.m.  Q&A 

Tuesday, May 12th
9:00 a.m.  Shepherding in Culture 
9:45 a.m.  Break
10:15 a.m.  Shepherding & Contemporary Issues
11:00 a.m.  Break
11:15 a.m.  Q&A 
12:00 p.m.  Lunch & Free Time
5:30 p.m.  Dinner
7:00 p.m.  Shepherding in the Home 

Wednesday, May 13th
8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  How to Be Sheep 
10:00 a.m.  Break
10:30 a.m.  Q&A 
12:00 p.m.  Lunch & Depart


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Timothy Witmer is the senior pastor at St. Stephen Reformed Church in New Holland, Pennsylvania. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Timothy attended Westminster Theological Seminary where he completed the Master of Divinity degree, and later went on to receive his doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary. Timothy is the author of several books, including The Shepherd Leader and The Shepherd Leader at Home. He was motivated to write these books as he became aware of increasing numbers of congregations who were like sheep without a shepherd. His objective is to see all church leaders embrace their calling to shepherd the flock. Timothy is married to his high school sweetheart, Barbara, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Steve West is a pastor at Crestwicke Baptist Church in Guelph, Ontario, and also serves as an adjunct professor at both Heritage Seminary (Cambridge) and Toronto Baptist Seminary (Toronto). He has preached and taught in North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Steve is the author of The Righteous Will Flourish: Living Christian Ethics (2019), Head, Heart, Hands: Life-Transforming Apologetics (2015), and Resurrection, Scripture, and Reformed Apologetics, which is part of the McMaster Theological Studies Series (2012). His ministry focuses on biblical preaching, theological engagement, and exploring and defending the Christian worldview.



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