Developing leaders

Leadership Forums are training sessions for youth leaders, focused on a particular area of leadership or discipleship. These days are bi-annual (Spring and Fall), in three different cities throughout the Western Ontario District. They are designed to be practical and interactive.

Forums are created for youth pastors primarily.  If you wish to bring an intern, please let us know. These days are not designed for your leadership team.

All forums run from 10:00am - 2:00pm (unless otherwise noted below), and lunch is included. Cost is free. Book your calendars now for the upcoming forums!





This forum will focus on the healthy and unhealthy aspects of being a vulnerable leader.   Leading from a place of vulnerability takes courage.  It also can be inspiring: building a sense of authenticity with others, and increasing your capacity to build relationship with those you are discipling.  This day will look at areas that we all encounter as human beings in leadership that can hinder us from leading from a place of vulnerability, including insecurities, competition, submission, why networking matters, blind spots, entitlement, and work ethic.  On the other end of the spectrum, we will discuss how we keep balance with our own self-care and need for boundaries, and yet be vulnerable in our leadership. Join us for some great moments of teaching, and interaction as we walk through this topic together.

*Blair & Angela Mercer will be at the Mississauga and London forums only.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
PORTICO Community Church
Mississauga, ON

OCTOBER 4, 2018
Gateway Church
London, ON

OCTOBER 23, 2018
Glad Tidings Church
Sudbury, ON


DO I NEED TO RSVP? No, you do not have to RSVP to reserve your spot at a forum.

DO I HAVE TO GO TO THE LOCATION THAT IS CLOSEST TO MY CHURCH?  No, you do not have to go to the forum that is located closest to your church. If another forum date works better for you, you are welcome to attend that forum instead.

CAN I BRING MY INTERN(S)?  Forums are created for youth pastors primarily.  If you wish to bring an intern, you must first get permission from Mark Colwell. These days are not designed for your leadership team.

CAN I BRING A FRIEND IN MINISTRY WHO IS NOT FROM A PAOC CHURCH? Absolutely! Pastors from other denominations are welcome.

DO YOU ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS?  Unfortunately, we are unable to care for special dietary requests at the forums. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE FORUMS?  Forums include teaching on a specific leadership topic. They are highly interactive sessions that can include Q&A, group discussion, personal reflection, or even games.