Called to Lead: stewardship, leadership & the generosity of God (1Life Foundations Conference)

Please note: this event has been cancelled

equipping leaders to strengthen & embody a culture of generosity in the local church

Saturday, April 20 2024, 8:30AM – 4:30PM. 

1Life learning hub (Fleetwood CRC in Surrey)

About the Conference

1Life’s yearly conference exists to help make the spiritual character of the church’s 5 callings clear, attainable and lively. This year’s conference explores the calling of Servant Leadership.

What Can Participants Expect?

  • retreat-style setting that values rest, prayer, encouragement and fellowship
  • eye-opening teaching on stewardship that goes beyond money and volunteerism
  • hands-on practice of outlining the beginnings of a strategic plan for your church


Maynard Wiersma: Maynard is the executive director of Christian Stewardship Services.  He has a self-described ‘fire in his belly’ for wider & deeper understandings of stewardship in the local church. In over 20 different churches and settings, he has helped build leaders who serve as cheerleaders for the whole mission of the church. Maynard practices what he preaches at Maranatha CRC in Cambridge Ontario.

Wilma van der Leek: Wilma is the commissioned pastor of education for Classis BC NW & SE. 20 years in, she is still amazed at how communal reflection on the texts of scripture endlessly strengthens the soul and skill of all Christian leaders. Wilma serves as the curator of the Servant Leadership calling in the 1Life learning hub and is a member of Fleetwood CRC.


Registration: On-line registration opens March 1st. This conference is designed for churches to send a team (2-5) who will work collegially together throughout the day. Please register as a group. 

Cost: $35/person, $30/person for a group of 3 or more

Conference Schedule:

  • 8:30AM – 9:00AM: Coffee fellowship & continental breakfast
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM: Called to Lead: Morning Prayer & Worship
  • 10:00AM – 10:30AM: Break
  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM: Stewardship, Leadership & the Generosity of God: Keynote Address (Maynard Wiersma)
  • 11:30AM – 12:15PM: Responding to Keynote
  • 12:15PM – 1:00PM: Lunch Table Fellowship
  • 1:00PM – 3:00PM: Achieve/Preserve/Avoid: stewardship workshop
  • 3:00PM – 3:30PM: Break
  • 3:30PM – 4:30PM: Fanned into Flame: Closing Commitments, Support, Blessings,  & Prayers
  • 4:30PM: Homeward Bound


Coming from out of town? Prefer not to stay in a hotel? Let our 1Life team know and we’ll host you locally.


Still Wondering if this Conference is For You and Your Church?

Here are the kinds of questions this conference will address:

  • What is a steward and why does God need us?
  • What does the Bible say about stewardship?
  • What does stewardship include?
  • How is giving different at different times of life?
  • Why is it so hard to find volunteers?
  • How much of a church budget should be debt reduction?
  • How can a narrative budget increase joy in giving of all sorts? 
  • What should we stop doing? Start doing? 
  • How can I lead out of joy and not only duty? 



In all our gatherings, 

1Life’s aim is to embody prayerful dependence on God-

Father, Son & Spirit. 

We are committed to providing a hospitable space and a hospitable pace, 

whether in-person or on-line. 

 In the face of all that would distract, confuse or diminish Christian witness, 

1Life is eager to say that this, too, is a good time 

to be disciples, that is learners, and to seek God in all things,

for the world is God’s, and all things in it speak of God:

of God’s mind, God’s designs, God’s unfolding purposes. 

We trust that all are welcome at the table of God! 

For Christ brings peace to all,  

tearing down every hostile wall 

so that the many may become one: 

one heart, one new humanity, 

one life in Christ