Become a better leader for the rest of your life.

This is how CREST will help you be a better leader...


Encounter 1: Taking A Hold of Your Life
The Question: What does your story tell you about your life today and where it is going?
The Outcome: Clarity about where you are in life, and paths to go forward.
Topics Covered:
  • Setting Your Sail (Direction)
  • Digging For Gold (Identity)
  • Thinking Differently (Learning)
  • Navigating Transitions (Transitions)
Encounter 2: Driving Forward with Your Values
The Question: Are you doing today what you thought you would be doing at this time in your life?
The Outcome: Clarity about your life purpose and values, and keys to personal management.
Topics Covered:
  • Knowing Yourself (Values)
  • Being Known (Awareness)
  • Building Trust (Trust)
  • Keeping It Together (Integrity)

Encounter 3: Tightening the Grip On Your Strengths

The Question: Do you know the core strengths with which you are gifted, and are you living from them?
The Outcome: Clarity about how God has gifted you, and what you might do with it.
Topics Covered:
  • Developing Your Strengths (Strengths)
  • Expanding Your Capacity (Health)
  • Following Your Dreams (Desires)
  • Note: Spouses Invited to this encounter


Encounter 4: Investing Wisely in Your Relationships
The Question: What is the most important thing we should be talking about right now?        
The Outcome: How to have conversations that matter, and shape lives
Topics Covered:
  • Maximizing Conversations (Communication)
  • Managing Conflict (Conflict)
  • Building Teams (Teamwork)
  • Leading From Your Centre (Engagement)

Encounter 5: Creating Clarity For Your Strategy

The Question: How do we get there from here?
The Outcome: Tools to lead with a purpose, and decide what kind of difference to make.
Topics Covered:
  • Setting Targets (Planning)
  • Leading Change (Change)
  • Processing Ideas (Collaboration)
  • Enhancing Productivity (Efficiency)

Encounter 6: Looking Ahead to Your Convergence

The Question: How does all this fit together?
The Outcome: Understanding how your experience, knowledge, and passions come together for a purpose.
Topics Covered:
  • Embracing Endings (Vision)
  • Flourishing Forward (Priorities)
  • Fulfilling Purpose (Calling)
  • Synthesizing Your CREST Experience (Graduation)


5 Day Intensive: Complex Leadership Theories and Practice
Paper / Project: Application of learning

Upon successful completion of the first 2 years and the CREST Leadership Diploma, you can apply and pursue a Masters in Christian Leadership. Our Master’s program is an alternative way for you to get a credential that leans into the practical rather than the academic side of leadership. Once you’ve attended the MCL Intensive and with the completion of the assigned project, you can earn a non-academic Masters Degree in Christian Leadership.

Topics Covered:
  • Leadership theory overview
  • The uprising of servant leadership
  • Staying engaged for the long run
  • Making sense of situations in order to lead

How about a Sabbatical?

Two new cohorts beginning this fall.

Alberta Encounters are at King’s Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre about 1 hour outside of Calgary
Ontario Encounters are at The Guelph Bible Conference Centre in Guelph, Ontario 

(Contact us concerning dates for a new cohort in Ontario)

Alberta 12

Encounter 1: October 28-31, 2019

Encounter 2: February 3-6, 2020

Encounter 3: May 11-14, 2020

Encounter 4: September 28-October 1, 2020

Encounter 5: January 18-21, 2021

Encounter 6: May 3-6, 2021

Alberta 13

Encounter 1: November 18-21, 2019

Encounter 2: February 24-27, 2020

Encounter 3: June 8-11, 2020

Encounter 4: October 26-29, 2020

Encounter 5: February 1-4, 2021

Encounter 6: May 31-June 3, 2021


Tuition is $3,997 per year

(plus travel, books, room and board at the venue)

Put down a $500 deposit to reserve your spot.

Requesting funding from your Church Board or Denomination?

We can help with that!


Email us at and we will send you appropriate documents, or we can even talk to them directly if that would help you.

Here is what CURRENT students are saying about CREST!

At midlife, CREST has come at the perfect time!  It’s an opportunity to pause, reflect, recalibrate, and dream new dreams for the second half of life.


CREST has moved me from a floundering frustrated leader to a focused and fulfilled person excited for my future.


CREST has created a space to learn new strategies, become equipped with practical tools to move beyond surviving to thriving in the second half of life!


Have you been wondering, “What if…? What if I could dream again? Could the next 5…10…15 years see an energized me leaning into my full potential?” CREST may be your first next step!


To secure your spot

pay a deposit of $500 CAD.



We only take a limited number of students.

Begin Your Second Half with Confidence!