Breaking News: New job position: Director of Innovation, Leader and Thought Development

In recent months the Issachar research and discernment project has been revealing our preferred future of District Office service and engagement to you and with you, our constituency. Among other key priorities, greater emphasis must be given to catalyzing the work of Jesus in our midst as a people who make disciples who make disciples (Christ-centred), who step deeply into the freedom and empowerment through the Holy Spirit (Spirit-empowered), and extending the gospel to the least reached, wherever they are (Mission-focused). These are our Big 3 priorities.

To that end we are establishing a new team within the office of the WCD, focusing on The Big 3 in terms of thought leadership, innovation in ministry and in the development of leaders. Beginning June 1, 2019, Doug Balzer has been appointed as Director of Innovation, Thought and Leader Development. In the near future he will begin to form a team of people who will champion the development and integration of The Big 3: catalyzing Disciple-Making, Spiritual Renewal and effective Canadian/Global mission (including diaspora peoples, global engagement, the None’s and the Done’s, international students, millennials, the 4-14 window, church planting, new ventures and so on).

At WCD District Conference there will be more information given our plans to implement Issachar recommendations.  Click here to register.

Bio of Doug Balzer

Doug Balzer was adopted into a Christian home at 3 months of age after being born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1969. Growing up in Calgary he surrendered his life to Christ at 14 years of age and felt not so much a call to vocational ministry, but a calling to say “yes” to Jesus for whatever, whenever and wherever he would be directed by him. Doug’s schooling later involved a year at Capernwray Bible School – Sweden and earning an undergrad in Biblical Studies at Canadian Bible College in 1993 in Regina, Saskatchewan. After completing the Arrow Leadership Program and Summer School in the Holy Land at Tantur Institute, Jerusalem, Doug earned his M

aster of Arts in Leadership and Ministry at Ambrose Seminary in 2006. In spring of 2019 and through Alliance Theological Seminary (New York) Doug earned a Doctor of Ministry & Christian Leadership in the Global Context and was awarded the DMin. Dissertation Award. His dissertation was a focused study of the effects of deliverance upon the well-being of 46 Christian leaders. The outcome of the research can be summed up quite simply: ‘Jesus is infinitely more powerful than we realize and brings deeper personal freedom and empowerment to fruitful mission than we could ever dream of.’

Doug married his high school sweetheart, Teri, and their first ministry posting was at the Alliance church in the oil-boom city of Fort McMurray, Alberta where he served as Associate and Youth Pastor from 1995-1998. Following this, Doug took up the Senior Pastor role at High River Alliance Church (near Calgary) and served this growing congregation for 10 years. In 2008 he was called to serve on the Western Canadian District team in the capacity of Church Planting and Leader Development Coach. Since 2014 and serving out of this same office, much of Doug’s time has been invested in catalyzing renewal in the WCD, the Canadian CMA church and beyond — training people in spiritual formation, physical & inner healing, deliverance, and empowered mission. He and Teri have ministered to thousands of people in various places including countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, frequently partnering with International Workers. Doug and Teri have two sons, Jason (19) and Austin (17), and are part of the body of believers at Kingdom City, our CMA church in Airdrie, Alberta.