Church Administrators Conference


Interdenominational Church Administrators Conference
May 11-13, 2020

Every year in May, church administrators are invited to Crieff Hills for worship, learning and connecting with others who share their calling. Whether you work full or part time, this is a chance to gather with others from various denominations who share and understand this special position. It is a time to listen and to share, as well as to gain insight into new situations and learn new skills. Between sessions there is time for fellowship, reflection or a hike through the beautiful grounds.

This year, seminar leaders include the Rev. Michelle Sim, Laurie Hunt, Melina Pearson, Kim Arnold & Bob Anger. See below for full workshop descriptions.



$265 double room
$345 single room
$220 commuter

Limited one day registrations are available for Tuesday May 12 (Cost is $110 for the day, including lunch and breaks).


Payment may be made by cheque, e-transfer or calling the office to pay by credit card. Please register before April 20th. For more information email

Practicing Unconditional Love with Rev. Michelle Sim Monday May 11 (afternoon) 

We know what motivates us in our role, but the bigger challenge is what is the motivation behind others when trouble erupts, when schisms happen, when things may even fall apart? Let’s talk about it and come up with some “Resolution Solutions” that would truly please our God and take us, as the Body of Christ, to a place of Love and Unity.

Michelle is an ordained minister who spent her teen years in northern Ontario before moving to the Greater Toronto Area after marrying her husband, Ian. She has two grown sons, one with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Michelle is also a recording artist, songwriter, playwright, and music industry seminar organizer.

Managing and Preserving Your Congregation’s Archives with Kim Arnold and Bob Anger Tuesday May 12 (morning) 

Our goal is to make the task of caring for church records a little less daunting. Ultimately, the archivists will focus their talk on the permanent and vital records held by congregations. We will touch on basic records management tips, microfilming and digitizing records, records preservation and conservation, security of the records, policies around access to information and privacy -- and a little a about the PCC Archives operation; our collections and services.

Kim Arnold serves as the Archivist of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. She graduated in history from the University of Toronto and has worked in the Archives since 1980. Bob Anger serves as the Assistant Archivist. He graduated from the School of Information Studies at the University of Toronto and has worked in the Archives since 1998.

Understanding Grief with Melina Pearson Tuesday May 12  (afternoon) 

This session will provide a high-level understanding of what people might experience when grieving and provide ideas and strategies for how to cope. We will discuss how grief looks different on everyone, and some of the ways it can present. We discuss the myths around grief. The workshop will offer suggestions on how to support a grieving person and what not to say and what to say, as well as coping strategies.

Melina Pearson has first hand experience from her previous position of 13 years as a Pastoral Minister, and recognizes the importance of having outside resources that enable us to help our faith community. Melina is the Outreach Coordinator of Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region.


Nurturing Possibility with Laurie Hunt Wednesday May 13 (morning) 

Mindset is like a dial setting on your brain. Your mindset influences your potential and opportunities. The types of conversations you have with yourself - positive and open or fixed and critical - determine your ability to learn, adapt and grow. Getting moving (unstuck) requires a growth mindset. The good news is that you can change your dial setting!

In this workshop you will learn the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, your default mindset in certain situations and how to shift your perspective with simple practical tools and activities that will increase your energy, fuel your creativity and nurture possibility.

Laurie Hunt is the founder of the More-In-Me Movement. She believes every person has untapped internal resources and potential waiting to be explored. The focus of her coaching, mentoring and leadership work is to engage people in discovering new possibilities and to access their unique ‘more-in-me’ by raising awareness of habits and patterns and creating intentional daily practices that result in an upward spiral of initiative and energy.

This conference typically offers several days of retreat in a rural setting. There is time to walk the trails or the labyrinth as well as participate in the educational program. Meals are served in Maclean Hall, our dining facility, where communal tables allow for great conversation. 

What to bring:

  • Appropriate clothing & footwear for walking the Crieff property
  • Umbrella
  • Alarm clock & flashlight
  • Bible
  • Personal items & medications
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • Board games for evening free time
  • Bedding and towels are supplied
  • Dress is casual