Training Immigrant Pastors
Many of Canada’s fastest growing congregations come from immigrant
communities, and older Canadian churches and seminaries are helping
them manage growth with wisdom. By Debra Fieguth
Ministry in the Philippines was going beautifully for church planter Narry Santos, who had built a congregation of a thousand people at a church with a property
that included a school for kindergarten to
Grade 12. Then he was asked to uproot his
family and move to Toronto.
“It didn’t logically make sense, leaving
the comfort of the ministry,” he says. But
his parent church, Greenhills Christian
Fellowship, was anxious to send him to
Canada to plant churches here. Because
“the Great Commission is nothing less
than global,” he and his family, includ-
ing two daughters, arrived in April 2007.
“We basically told people we were here
in Canada by God’s purpose, not because
we [were seeking] a good future for our
The Canadian branch of Greenhills
now has six churches, including three in
the Toronto area and one each in Vancou-
ver, Calgary and Winnipeg.