Are you considering ministry in The United Church of Canada?

Discernment retreats are a chance to briefly withdraw from your daily life and fully engage in discerning your call. The experience will help you question, challenge, and affirm your inklings as you intentionally discern what God’s purpose for you might be. This discernment retreat is an invitation to immerse yourself in exploring what a call to ministry might look like with the support and resources to help you make a decision. Discerning is a lifelong practice, so your decision might be identifying a lifelong call or a single next step on an unforeseen path.

Discernment retreats are not mandatory to begin Candidacy Pathway but they do come highly recommended by leaders and previous participants.


The retreat will begin with a shared meal on Friday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. The retreat will conclude following lunch on Sunday, November 10.

Participants will be expected to stay at Five Oaks for the whole retreat.

Accommodation and Agenda

Each participant will have a single-occupancy room for two evenings. All meals and snacks will be provided between dinner on Friday night until lunch on Sunday.

The agenda will be shared with participants in advance of the event and will include worship, group discussion, and individual reflection on topics such as being attentive to God’s call, exploring the streams of ministry in The United Church of Canada, and engaging in theological and biblical reflection.


  • Rev. Marlene Britton, Office of Vocation Minister, North & Central Ontario
  • Tanya Cameron, Office of Vocation Minister, Southwestern Ontario
  • Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator, Ministry Recruitment


$300: includes retreat program, accommodation, and food

Register here

For More Information

Bronwyn CorlettProgram Coordinator, Ministry Recruitmentbcorlett [at] united-church.ca416-231-7680 ext. 3022
1-800-268-3781 ext. 3022