General Assembly 2023: April 27-29th, 2023

    General Assembly is a biennial gathering of members, delegates, and guests from EMCC churches across Canada.  It is a time for vision casting, celebrating what God is doing in our midst, learning, connecting, and carrying on the business essential to our life together.


    Our theme is "Walking the Talk - Growing in Christlike Character".

    Post-pandemic leadership mustfocus more on character development than on competency improvement.This will mean an increased emphasis on relationships not just education.

    The key verse for this year's General Assembly is 1 John 2:6.

    Location & Stay

    Assembly Location

    EastRidge Church
    12485 Tenth Line
    Stouffville, ON L4A3E9

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    Online Event

    The General Assembly will be broadcasted live (sessions and workshops). Streaming links will be provided for those registered for online participation prior to the Assembly.

    Hotel Information

    1. Holiday Inn Express Aurora 

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    2. Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Markham

    • Online Booking Link
    • Group Name: EMCC - Evangelical Missionary
    • Group Code: EMC
    • For reservations by phone: 1-905-477-4663 (provide group code "EMC" and group name "EMCC - Evangelical Missionary" with your arrival-departure date)
    • Check-in: April 26, 2023; Check-out: May 1, 2023
    • Make reservation deadline due by 11:59PM ET on Sunday, March 26th, 2023
      Individual Cancellation Policy: 5 days prior to arrival date up to 2 rooms per night in total group block will not be subject to any penalty. Should you wish to cancel your individual room 5 days within the arrival date, your room will be subject to one night’s room and tax.

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    Download the 2023 Assembly Book here:

    2023 Assembly Book

    Looking to carpool?

    If you would like to carpool with other attendees to and from hotel and airport, you can add yourself to the carpool classifieds list. If someone is able to coordinate with you based on the information you have provided, they will contact you. If you see an attendee that you can carpool with, feel free to contact them via the email address provided and coordinate.

    *Please note that EMCC is not responsible in coordinating transportation, it is the responsibility of the attendee to arrange transportation during their stay for the Assembly.

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    Mark BuchananMark Buchanan

    Mark is a pastor, author, and Associate Professor of Theology at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. His books include “God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul” and the ever popular “The Rest of God.” He regularly contributes to the Leadership Journal and Christianity Today.

    “My goal in life is to be a saint, but I often have to settle, simply, for not complaining while carrying out the trash or getting stuck in traffic. I take all the small victories I can get.”


    All times are in EST.      Download PDF agenda

    Thursday, April 27
    6:00-7:00pm Registration Opens
    7:00-8:30pm Welcome & Worship
    Session 1 - Walking the Talk (Micah 6:8)
    8:30-9:30pm Refreshments
    Friday, April 28
    8:30-9:30am Registration Opens
    9:30-11:30am Workshop - Developing a Posture that Fosters a Welcome Space for Singles, LGBTQ, Divorced and Common-Law Relationships
    11:30am-1:00pm Lunch (Catered light lunch - paid attendees only)
    Next Gen Lunch Option
    1:00-2:30pm Welcome & Worship
    Session 2 - Character Matters + World Partners Update (Led by John Cressman & Friends)
    2:30-3:30pm Refreshment Break
    3:30-5:00pm Session 3 - Future Ready Report
    5:00-7:00pm Supper Break (on your own)
    7:00-9:00pm "IF": A Guided, Spiritual Listening Experience Around 2 Chronicles 7:14
    Saturday, April 29
    9:00-9:30am Coffee time
    9:30-11:30am Workshop - Silent No Longer: Understanding and Responding with Character to Abuse in the Church
    11:30am-12:30pm Lunch (Catered light lunch - paid attendees only)

    Business Meeting - EMCC National Board

    • In-person check-in at 12:30pm
    • Online check-in at 12:45pm
    3:00-3:30pm Refreshment Break
    3:30-5:00pm Closing Session: Honouring & Commissioning


    Worship will be led by Daniel + Amy Mutter and Friends.

    Cost: $300*

    Register For Assembly Here!

    “Post pandemic leadership is not just an invitation to innovation but a call for character.” EMCC Pastors Retreat 2021

    “Effective leadership is not all about giftedness and ability. Fundamentally, its about holiness.” Alistair Begg

    “So, the key to a ministry that is useful to the Master is not less than teaching the Word faithfully, but it is more than that. It is godliness. Many of us subconsciously find that unappealing because it’s harder and longer work to clean our characters.” Rico Tice