Pursuit date

Not only is The Pursuit packed with 95 speakers presenting about 140 learning sessions, there are two pre-event days on April 25th and 26th which offer even more!

  • If you need some spiritual refreshing, you won’t want to miss Leading From Your Knees. I’ve already registered for this one!!
  • If you want to prepare to deal with media generally or in a crisis situation, be sure to attend Engaging Media: With purpose and without fear.
  • If your ministry involves post-abortion counselling, our conference partner, the Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS) is putting on a course Living in Colour: Post-abortion counsellor’s training.

Leading From Your Knees

This full-day course will provide you with a time of spiritual refreshment and practical teaching. Our day will focus on the concept of Presence-Based Leadership. We will discuss BEing vs. DOing, listening prayer, and forms of worship. There will be time to respond to God through worship and prayer in His presence.

Vicky Botsford will lead this experiential day. She is President of LifeSteward Ministries, where she has served since 1996. With over 28 years of consulting and training experience, Vicky helps ministries to grow and develop.

Engaging Media: With purpose and without fear

Are you wrestling with the best way to communicate your organization’s Christian identity, purposes, and activities? Do you want to be fearless in sharing your message on the evening news? On

social media? Or with bloggers? This two-day pre-conference session will prepare you to lead your organization in integrated engagement with both traditional and social media—preparing you to face even the most knee-knocking interviews with purpose and skill.

Part 1 will explore the media, approaches to messaging, social media, and the media ecosystem. Part 2 will cover strategies for engaging and breaking into the news cycle, “be-attitudes” for media relations, and in-depth training on interview practices. There will also be time for Q&A and debriefing.

Anna Marie White has been a media and nonprofit communications professional for over 15 years. She has liaised extensively with media and appeared on all of Canada’s national TV networks, numerous radio syndicates, national newspapers as well as many regional publications and media outlets. In addition to teaching public relations at the University of Victoria, Anna Marie was formerly vice-president of communications at Focus on the Family Canada and now works as an independent consultant in corporate communications serving local community agencies through to national organizations. She has worked with and served on numerous non-profit boards and currently serves on the board of Mountain Park Community Church in Abbotsford, BC.

Living in Colour: Post-abortion counsellor’s training

This two-day course is designed to equip and prepare you to do post-abortion ministry in your unique community, using resources within your reach. Both educational and practical, this course will discuss meeting the post-abortive woman, program options, grief education, problems and pitfalls, resources, training, and facilitation. You will have the opportunity to participate in a small group experience, practice exercises, and role-play.

Jenny McDermid in one of the two presenters. She has been a volunteer peer counsellor for the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre for the past 20 years. During that time she has developed a longing to see women broken by abortion find healing, restoration, and freedom. She is the author of the post-abortion recovery and healing program “Living in Color: the goal of post-abortion recovery,” and she looks forward to equipping others with a heart for this ministry.

Jutta Wittmeier has served at the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre for over 23 years. She began her involvement as a volunteer and is currently the Executive Director. Jutta has a passion for post-abortive women and a firm commitment to provide relevant, sensitive, and meaningful opportunities for healing. Jutta is an expert in maternal/child loss grief issues, a mentor to many pregnancy centre executive directors, and the author of Affirming the Birthmother’s Journey.


For details of cost and time, please visit The Pursuit website and check out the conference schedule details.

See you there!!

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