Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic

These are unprecedented times in our lives, communities, cities, countries and all over the world. The spread of the coronavirus has caused many of the campuses we minister on to switch to online classes and encourage students to return home. Many churches have...

Psalms to Counteract Fear & Stress

Psalms to Counteract Fear & Stress

This article was originally written by Peter Trautmann, The Navigators' City Collegiate Director for NYC What can we do with our fears when we face a crisis? After reading many newsfeed articles that drain us, these verses from the Psalms can fill us up. They provide...

Spiritual Generations: One life to another

Spiritual Generations: One life to another

Jeff Driediger came to McMaster University to play volleyball and study civil engineering. On his first weekend in Hamilton he met Don Corry, a Navigator staff who was leading the Navigator campus ministry. Jeff and Don met weekly for five years. Jeff endured the ups...

University Isn’t a Waiting Period

University Isn’t a Waiting Period

"University isn't a waiting period for the rest of my life!" exclaimed Kaitlin one Friday morning. She and I have been meeting regularly to discuss apprenticeship to Jesus through our joint passions for social justice and missions. We've chosen to work through a Bible...

CRAE: It’s all about disagreeing well

CRAE: It’s all about disagreeing well

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“This event is based on a controversial assumption: we can deeply disagree with someone and yet still respect them...we can see the world in profoundly different ways and yet still recognize the other as a fellow human who is...

Beauty is Redemption

Beauty is Redemption

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My experience at Sanctuary was unlike any other I’ve had. On the weekend of March 26th, my friend Nic and I drove from Kingston to Toronto for an urban mission experience at Sanctuary Church as part of our involvement with The...

Searching for Isaac

Searching for Isaac

In the book of Genesis, God makes a promise to Abraham: “your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.” (Gen. 17:19, NIV) This promise has been a...

Training Up Disciplemakers

Training Up Disciplemakers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Within The Navigators, leaders known as mobile alongsiders faithfully teach and help other leaders work more effectively in their home contexts. These alongsiders look to see what God is doing and how the local leaders are already...

10 Ways to Cultivate a Thankful Heart

10 Ways to Cultivate a Thankful Heart

No doubt most of us have moments when our hearts spring up with thanks for God’s goodness. But at times we may also find ourselves in wintry spiritual seasons when our sense of gratitude freezes over. During these seasons, gratefulness is a habit you can cultivate. As...

A Foundation of Gospel Workers

A Foundation of Gospel Workers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Felix Koimburi and his wife Mercy are pioneering a Navigator ministry in Mozambique to establish a foundational group of disciplemakers who will advance a gospel movement into the rest of the country. Originally from Kenya, Felix...

Empowering leaders to break the cycle of dependency

Empowering leaders to break the cycle of dependency

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Tsigereda Yemane Mengistu, also known as Tsige, has dedicated her Navigator ministry to pursuing both her passion and the Lord’s calling on her life to work with people in need. From 2000-2011, Tsige was the national leader for the...

Twenty Transformative Minutes

Twenty Transformative Minutes

Last spring, I attended The Navigators’ Base Camp training program at the beautiful Snider Mountain Ranch in New Brunswick. When I arrived, I stepped into the main hall and instantly felt at home! There was a cozy, crackling fireplace, a James Taylor album playing...

Why ministry partners are gifts of blessing

Why ministry partners are gifts of blessing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to the 11 disciples and gave them The Great Commission, where he tells them to go and make disciples. This mission of disciplemaking is for all followers of Christ, not only missionaries or...

Redeeming Discipleship

Redeeming Discipleship

Growing up in the church, Peter Reynolds* was expected to become a leader. His great-grandfather co-founded the church he and his family attended. His father succeeded his grandfather as the church’s senior pastor. His mother is a pastor’s daughter. With such a...

The unexpected perks of discipling on toy-covered carpets

The unexpected perks of discipling on toy-covered carpets

My vision of what my life as a stay-at-home mom would look like does not match my reality. I had envisioned myself as a mom who would have fun with her toddler while keeping the house clean, feeling put-together, and generally being awesome at this job. While my...

How God meets us in our mental health journeys

How God meets us in our mental health journeys

Ron Pagé has been a therapist for 25 years and currently serves with The Navigators as a staff-care and coaching specialist. Ron first encountered The Navigators as a university student. After graduation, he spent three years in France helping start a student ministry...

Bringing Mission Back – MI Ghana 2017

Bringing Mission Back – MI Ghana 2017

The Navigators’ Mission Immersion Project spanned 4 months and ended with an international trip to Ghana that gave our team a vast amount of learning, experience, and adventure. I want to take you on a deep and intimate journey of my experience on this trip. Future of...

Searching for Belonging and Connection – MI Ghana 2017

Searching for Belonging and Connection – MI Ghana 2017

Late on a Saturday evening in Accra, Ghana, kids who live on the street gather together for the night. At the same time, volunteers from an organization called Future of Africa (FOA) regularly go out to be with these kids, hand out dinner and attend to any cuts and...

Is it better in El Guasmo?

Is it better in El Guasmo?

This article was originally published on June 8 on Dan McIver's ministry blog It looked so innocent on the itinerary. Go to the farm to experience a day in the life of our hosts, Omar and Lucy. I’ve known them for five years, but this was my first introduction to...

What we learned at BaseCamp West 2017

What we learned at BaseCamp West 2017

Hey everyone, I got back from The Navigators’ BaseCamp week on Friday (May 5) and it was awesome! I met lots of new people, went on some great hikes and learned a lot of things. Paul [Tan] asked me to share some of what we learned, which you’ll find below. But before...

Giving God a Try

Giving God a Try

When I asked J what he appreciates from our team chapels, he said “I like the fact that no matter what, there’s someone who’s got my back.” This is now my fourth year with the Saint Mary’s University basketball team as their team chaplain. Each year, I feel more and...

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Campus Club

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Campus Club

As soon as you enter the maze of tables at Clubsfest, you know it won’t be easy getting out. You’re surrounded by a sea of people ambling and shuffling along slowly as they investigate the signs, banners and poster boards of nearly every group on campus. Every five...

Root Camp 2016

Root Camp 2016

During the week of May 1-7, Navigator students from across Canada came together at Snider Mountain Ranch in New Brunswick to learn more about deepening their faith in Jesus. Throughout the week, the students heard from veteran Navigator staff on such topics as...

An intern’s perspective: Generations

An intern’s perspective: Generations

The demographics of university fascinate me. Though to a first year student it seems like graduation is a lifetime away, the 4-5 years fly by. Only 6 years ago I was a first year, excitedly joining The Navigators' ministry. The Navigators immediately felt like home to...

New leaders on campus

New leaders on campus

JD Sherman, a recent industrial design graduate from Carleton University, spent this past year interning with The Navigators at the University of Guelph. His assignment has been to re-open the campus ministry there and pioneer a new beginning. In the early 1960s the...

The value of authenticity

The value of authenticity

How do you know when the right time is to share your faith with someone else? Is it five minutes after meeting them? Is it when you’d identify them as a friend? Do you wait until after you’ve known them for a few years? These kinds of questions can often be crippling...

National Director Appointed

National Director Appointed

On September 1, 2014, The Navigators bid a fond farewell to Eric Stolte as our President and National Director. It was a joyous and emotional farewell, with many across the country having felt Eric’s impact on their lives at one time or another. In one smooth...

Missional Money

Missional Money

We are all familiar with the story of how Jesus selected his band of disciples, lived his life with them and invited them to discover their destiny. This life-on-life approach to ministry continues to this day and the Navigators are seeing generations of people...

Family Dinner

Family Dinner

In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to get caught up in activities. Sometimes we sacrifice spending time with others so we can tick off those last few boxes. In the post-secondary environment, where students face intense pressure to succeed, this is especially...

A light in the mine

A light in the mine

Josh Davis always knew he would end up in mining. His birthday, August 17, is the same day gold was first discovered in the Yukon. His passion continued to grow when his grandfather gave him a coin from the first gold poured when one of his mines went into production....

Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead

Part of our Navigator vision is to grow young new leaders into excellent leaders in their communities. One of these new leaders is Andreas Russell in Vancouver, BC. Andreas has been involved with the Navigators for several years as a student, and now as an intern....