Intersection between faith and work through connections in business.

An Incredible Journey

CBMC Barrie exists to assist Christians in keeping God central in their workplace, life, and vocation. Monthly gatherings provide an opportunity for mutual encouragement in a safe environment for sharing of faith to occur.

All are welcome to attend and become a part of sharing and exploring the message of Jesus with each other.

Monthly Gatherings

Join us for encouragement and inspiration on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to June. Hear testimonies of business leaders working through their challenges in the marketplace with God’s help. Through hearing their stories of faith, hope, love, and trust in God, you will be inspired.

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You will be inspired.



Wednesday June 8, 2022

Sponsored by Effect Hope – The Leprosy Mission Canada

Workshop Cost: $50 (Register here).

Don’t miss this powerful workshop (following the luncheon from 12-1 p.m. – paid separately) to navigate the perks and pitfalls of perfecting your pivot with author, Bible teacher, conference speaker, serial entrepreneur, and radio show host – Sherry Stahl!! During the preliminary catered lunch from 12 – 1:00 p.m. at Barrie Southshore Community Centre, Sherry will share some of her personal journey in discovering some of the markers in navigating her own pivot. Then from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. be prepared for a two-part navigation plan from Sherry’s course on Perfecting the Pivot. Register online today or in-person on June 8th, 2022!



Missed a Forum?

In case you missed a forum with one of our incredible speakers this year, you can take 20 minutes to catch up on any of the videos. Go to the archived recordings on our YouTube channel.


Archives

Visit our YouTube page (link below) to view some of the archived talks. Subscribe to CBMC Barrie’s YouTube page to stay up-to-date.

Historical picture of Barrie – see https://downtownbarrie.ca/history/

History

CBMC was started in the U.S.A. in the 1930’s and spread to Canada by the late 1940’s. CBMC Canada was started either in 1947 or 1948 but the Barrie chapter was formed in 1948 with its first chair being Les Cooke who later served multiple terms as the Mayor of Barrie in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Ellsworth Beers was the first treasurer and he was the treasurer of Emmanuel Baptist as well for many decades.

In 1988, monthly luncheons commenced and have continued to the present time. Periodic special outreach breakfasts, engagement with mayor’s prayer breakfasts, and various small study or discipleship groups have also continued from that point in time. The most interesting group was CORPATH which focused on how leaders can see their work as a vocation from God and a means to serve God and others with their time and talents.

In 2000 under the leadership of Canadian Executive Director, Gerry Organ, the name of the organization changed to Christian Business Ministries Canada to reflect the direction God was taking the ministry, recognizing the increasing number of business women in the marketplace.

Throughout the years, CBMC Barrie has grown to include many throughout central Ontario through monthly luncheons, CORPATH groups, mayoral prayer breakfasts, and special outreaches. The president’s role of the local chapter has included various business leaders in the last 25 years such as Trevor Owen, Scott Jackson, Ron Brooks, and … is now being coordinated by Sean Elliott. Over the last 30+ years, many other Christian women and men have led business groups, breakfast meetings, and outreaches that have contributed to the inter-denominational fellowship.

Monthly luncheons at The Southshore Community Centre on Lakeshore Drive on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon have been the primary form of gathering throughout 2000 to 2019. These involved business people sharing their story of how they came to know Jesus and how that relationship is impacting their lives at home and at work.

Presently, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, online forums are being hosted with a video testimony and a Q & A networking time on the second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon. This allows people to be inspired through a testimony and encouraged during a networking time while ensuring a safe environment. We look forward to returning to in-person gatherings when safe protocols can be met in the near future. Plan on joining us for the next forum on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Get yourself a lunch and/or coffee while you watch a touching video testimony and then interact online with a network of business people in central Ontario. Let’s explore how to grow in our faith and walk with the Lord Jesus together.

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courtesy of Ted Handy & Assoc. https://thandyarchitect.on.ca/

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