District Conference & Equip 2019

  • Event Information

    District Conference

    District Conference is a biennial meeting for licensed workers and church delegates in the Pacific District. The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Pacific District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada (C&MA) will also be held during District Conference. Two special resolutions are coming to the meeting for a vote, and they are included here for your preparation.


    Partial Report of the District Conference 2019 Nominating Committee

    The District Conference 2019 Report and Annual Meeting of the Society is now available on myCPD.


    During the business session, a conversation will be held on key decisions made at General Assembly 2018 regarding the Statement on Human Sexuality and the amendment to the Local Church Constitution regarding baptism and membership.

    Evening Service

    Dave Hearn, President of the C&MA, will be speaking at the evening public service on May 14th.


    Equip is an annual training event for licensed workers. Simply put, it is designed to equip you for more effective ministry!

    This year, two Equip sessions are being held in conjunction with District Conference and both are open to the public.

    An Introduction to Conflict Engagement – Practical and Foundational Approaches

    Led by Michelle Derksen and Mardi Dolfo-Smith, this session provides a foundation for conflict engagement that discusses the biblical basis for conflict engagement, understanding values and conflict, styles of conflict engagement in the workplace, and includes practical exercises.

    Journey of a Leader – An Interactive Conversation with Dave Hearn

    Join Errol Rempel in an interactive conversation with our President, Dave Hearn, on Dave’s journey as a leader through many facets of ministry.

    • Date and Time

      May 14, 2019 - May 15, 2019

    • Address

      Vernon Alliance Church
      2601 43rd Avenue Vernon, BC

  • Schedule

    Tuesday, May 14

    11:00am Check-in Opens
    Lunch (on your own)
    1:00pm Equip Session #1
    2:30pm Break
    3:00pm Equip Session #2
    4:30pm Equip concludes
    Dinner (on your own)
    7:00pm Evening Service
    8:30pm Dessert Reception

    Wednesday, May 15

    8:15am Check-in & Continental Breakfast
    9:00am Business Session
    10:15am Coffee Break
    10:45am Business Session
    12:00pm Lunch (provided)
    1:00pm Business Session
    3:00pm Conclusion
  • Speakers
    District Conference & Equip 2019

    Dave Hearn

    President, C&MA

    Rev. David Hearn's passion is to see The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada as a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, and Mission-focused movement. A.B. Simpson declared, "This movement stands for a spirit of self-sacrifice, adjustment, adaptation and single-hearted love for people. We are called to a spirit so possessed with one supreme object, to gain men and women for Christ, that it sweeps over every other consideration in its overmastering purpose of love." David Hearn grew up in a godly home. In his early teens, he was confronted in a powerful way to move away from his concern with image and walk towards intimacy with God. Dave surrendered his life to Jesus and was filled with an overwhelming sense of joy. As he became a passionate follower of Jesus, he began to sense a call into church ministry. His calling was confirmed at Canadian Bible College, where he met his wife Agnes. David and Agnes have been married for over 30 years and have three daughters, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren. They entered into their first ministry in Ontario. From 1984 to 1997, David was Senior Pastor at Bramalea Alliance Church in Brampton, Ontario. David then attended Regent College in Vancouver and received a Masters of Divinity degree. While living in British Columbia, Dave served as Lead Pastor at Lake Country Alliance in Winfield and then as Assistant District Superintendent in the Canadian Pacific District. David has also served on the national Board of Directors (1994–2000) and on District Executive Committees in the Canadian Pacific District and Eastern and Central Canadian Districts.
    District Conference & Equip 2019

    Michelle Derksen

    Michelle Derksen, along with her husband Murray, have been international workers with the C&MA for 27 years. They have lived and served in various countries and continents and presently have the privilege to serve as the Regional Developers for Latin America and the Caribbean (Caribbean Sun) Region. They have 4 adult children. She has seen how often conflict can derail ministry and relationships. That propelled her to do more training, and Michelle graduated from the Justice Institute of BC in December 2017 with her Certification in Conflict Resolution and Third Party Mediation, Associate Certificate in Conflict Coaching, and Associate Certificate in Leadership and Conflict Resolution. She is so thankful for this training and is passionate about helping others learn skills so that they can navigate through conflict and have healthy and productive conversations that benefit each person involved.
    District Conference & Equip 2019

    Mardi Dolfo-Smith

    A graduate of Regent College in Old Testament Studies, Mardi Dolfo-Smith has been pastoring since 1998. She currently working at North Shore Alliance Church as Discipleship Pastor and is serving on the national board of The Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada. Mardi has been training at the Justice Institute of BC and is close to completing a certificate in Third Party Mediation. She has been involved in conflict resolution and team building in the non-profit sector for many years. She is married to Anton and has 4 adult children.
  • Accomodations

    Accommodations are not included. If you require accommodations, there are many hotels in Vernon, and several potential options are listed below:

    Super 8 by Wyndham
    Prestige Hotel Vernon
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Vernon
    Holiday Inn Express & Suites

    Please note that we do not have any discounted rooms or room blocks reserved.

  • Registration

    Cost: $99 per person

    Registration fees include all Equip sessions and a dessert reception on May 14th, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch on May 15th. Hotel, travel, and all other meals are not included.

    Registration is now closed.

    Please read the District Conference Registration & Financial Policies.

    Registration Types

    Accredited Voting Delegates (those with debating and voting rights)

    • All official workers of the CPD
    • Churches who have adopted the Local Church Constitution of the C&MA in Canada may be represented by two lay delegates appointed by the Board of Elders. If the active membership is 150 or more, another lay delegate may be sent for each additional 100 members or fraction thereof.
    • Churches who have adopted the Constitution for Developing Churches of the C&MA in Canada may be represented by one lay delegate appointed by the District Superintendent after consultation with the Advisory Committee
    • Lay members of the District Executive Committee (DEXCOM)
    • Lay leaders of District ministries appointed by DEXCOM
    • Members of the Board of Directors of the C&MA in Canada residing in the CPD
    • International Workers on home assignment residing in the CPD

    Lay delegates appointed by their Board of Elders or Advisory Council are required to submit a completed Lay Delegate Certification Form prior to District Conference to confirm their voting rights. Please submit forms to stacyd@pacificdistrict.ca.

    Corresponding Delegates (those without debating or voting rights)

    • Members of member churches of the C&MA in Canada attending District Conference may be admitted as corresponding delegates
    • Emeritus workers of the CPD