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What The Navigators are about:

The Navigators of Canada is part of a global network of Navigator ministries serving in more than 100 countries. We are a movement of people dedicated to following Jesus by living out Jesus’ teaching to love God and love others.

Our aim is to develop apprentices, or what Jesus called ‘disciples,’ who will in turn mentor others in the path of Christian discipleship.

Navigators choose to approach discipleship through “life-on-life” relationships in the middle of everyday life: where we live, work, study, volunteer and play. Our hope is to help our neighbours and colleagues experience God’s love for them and translate that goodness into positive action in our communities and cities.

As God’s presence breaks more wonderfully into the lives of people, we believe everyone can become an agent of positive transformation in their families, workplaces, communities and cities, joining a wave that is spreading around the globe!

Who we are

History, Values and the Long-Term Impact of Discipleship

As an organization, The Navigators are a product of disciples making disciples.

Dawson Trotman, the founder of The Navigators, was a lumberyard worker in the 1930s. As a young man, he discovered the importance of helping people grow spiritually, one by one. His vision for discipleship led him to U.S. Navy sailor Les Spencer. Dawson began investing in Les’ life by teaching him to follow Jesus while digging deeper into knowing God and the Bible. He encouraged Les to pass his learnings on to his fellow sailors. The movement that grew out of this intentional discipleship has spread across the world. Today, The Navigators are present in more than 100 countries, sharing, coaching and equipping others in the way of discipleship.

The Navigators are animated by the same [values] Dawson passed on to Les and the other sailors:

  • Knowing and becoming like Jesus
  • The truth and sufficiency of the scriptures for every area of life
  • The transforming power of the gospel
  • The dignity and value of every individual

We love that God has called us to deeply invest in people and walk alongside them! As Navigators we embrace the challenge of joining with God and others in this lifelong task of spiritually developing individuals and communities in their various contexts.

We want to know Christ and make His good Name known and valued in every city, culture and nation!

What we do

Where You Can Find Us

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The Navigators are financially accountable to the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC) and carry their seal of accountability. For more information,visit the CCCC's website >>

The Navigators are affiliated with the Evangelical Fellowship of
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