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A New Season


Barnabas Landing, Keats Island

After all I have been through…

At the end of April 2019 I will complete my role assisting the president and my closest friend Bob Kuhn at Trinity Western University. I have been spending time praying and asking God what He would have me do in this next season of my life – wondering my future role after all I have been through.

During the summer I experienced a remarkable renewal in my life. I’m whistling again and want to do something! Hope welled up within me once again and I began to dream – but what would it be? There were plenty of opportunities – but I wanted to experience a fresh call.

Bob Kuhn, when I was talking to him about this, said that it was highly unlikely God was going to call me to do anything drastically different than how He has used me all my life – mentoring people. His statement sat with me and was a major influence in my decision about the future. In a remarkable series of events I know what I am going to do now. I am going to focus on mentoring and will be working with my friends at Barnabas Landing on Keats Island. I’m joining the team as Special Assistant to the President (a title I have come to love from my time at Trinity Western University).

Keats Island – photo credit Robert Dunning

Those of you who know me well are aware of my family’s relationship with Barnabas. It holds a very dear place in our hearts and we have been engaged there for decades. Brenda always described it as her favourite place on earth – and she had seen a lot of the earth in her lifetime. So, in the new Station building being built our family have sponsored a room in her memory.

Then, there is the more recent loss in my life, that of Ruth Blake. I was engaged to Ruth and she too was taken from us by cancer just less than a month before our wedding. Ruth is Rob’s sister and was a key element of the ministry to young adults at Barnabas.

What will I be doing?

I will spend 50% of my time working alongside Rob Bentall. We will be investing in an initiative where up to a dozen young adults will live on the island for a guided mentorship experience. The participants will be called Barnabas Landing Stewards and together we will learn what it means to live as Christians in a post Christian world. From September until April we will live, work and grow together in community.

In addition the Barnabas Landing mentoring initiative will hold retreats for the baby boomer generation teaching how to recover the role of elder and how to mentor. The Stewards will assist in the training. From May until September I will be working with others creating a mentoring flow that I am very excited about.

The other 50% of my time I will be able to do more writing, executive mentoring/coaching with leaders and organizations, pastoral counselling, and conference and retreat speaking on God’s pursuing love and grace. I also love working with Truefaced and other boards I serve with.

The thought of being able to welcome friends and family to visit on the island thrills me – and of course my grandkids can come anytime!

Ellie, Liam, Georgia, Grandpa, Roland, Mac, Landon at Applegate, Barnabas Landing

New Rhythms

I am also excited about the creation of new rhythms this next season will usher in. It will settle out over time but presently looks something like this:

  • September to April living on Keats Monday through Thursday and back into the city with family and friends Friday to Sunday.
  • Between May and September I will be going to Ireland for a month for creative time, and restoration. I also plan to spend some weeks out on the ocean and of course preparing for the next intake of Stewards.
  • Daily rhythms will involve more quiet time, focus on health and the encouraging of others.
  • And of course…being on and near the water as much as possible.

Following is the release that Barnabas have sent out. I’ll be writing much more about this in the future. – Carson

For Immediate Release

January 17, 2019

Barnabas Family Ministries Appoints Carson Pue to Lead Mentoring Initiative

Keats Island, BC – The management and staff of Barnabas Landing are pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Carson Pue has accepted the appointment to the role Special Assistant to the President and Executive Director Rob Bentall.

The appointment fills an important role after the premature death of Ruth Blake, Rob Bentall’s sister and Carson’s fiancé. Ruth’s passion was ministry to young adults and it seemed clear to all that this vision was not to stop but rather be enhanced. A mentorship program called “Barnabas Landing Stewards” has been developed and Carson will act as the director.

The Barnabas board is very encouraged to have Carson Pue join the staff team. He knows Barnabas well, and his values and expertise around mentoring and community align well with our vision and will enhance young adults and our staff. The Stewards will also be helping teach Baby Boomers how to be effective mentors in this new initiative. Carson will be a great encouragement as special assistant to Rob Bentall, coming alongside with skills in organizational leadership, fundraising, and pastoral help in maintaining the spiritual core of our ministry to families of all ages.

“I am not sure I could have thought up such a timely, meaningful way to serve those I love at Barnabas,” says Carson Pue.  “My love, passion, and vision for young adults has grown while at Trinity Western University and I feel called to do all we can to encourage them moving into adulthood and learning how to be and live as Christians in a post Christian world. What better way to learn and grow than by living together on an island in the Pacific.”

Carson will assume the role of Special Assistant to the President in May 2019. While Barnabas serves as his center, Carson will continue his executive mentoring and leadership work with boards and Christian leaders. Barnabas Landing Stewards will start the first cohort of guided mentorship in September 2019 through April 2020.

Rob Bentall says, “I can’t believe how God has directed and brought all this about. I am thrilled to have Carson as a new addition to our team and I believe that this will forward our ministry to strengthen, educate and encourage families for decades to come.”

ABOUT BARNABAS LANDING

Established in 1986 as a non-profit Christian ministry, Barnabas Family Ministries is dedicated to strengthening, educating and encouraging families through Christian retreats. Barnabas Landing strives to create a place where young adults, couples, families and Christian leaders can retreat from the demands of life.  In this atmosphere of rest and authenticity, we believe relationships and faith can flourish. It is place to refocus on what matters the most—your relationships and faith.

For more information, please visit www.barnabasfm.org

For information on the young adult mentoring initiative called “Barnabas Landing Stewards”, please visit www.barnabaslanding.org.

  1. January 28, 2019 at 11:37 am

    This is exciting news, Carson! It is perfect. God has certainly been directing you, and many people will be blessed by your mentoring. The Kingdom of God will be the greatest beneficiary. We look forward to seeing you when we come to pastors and spouses’ retreats. Barnabas is the BEST!

  2. Christina
    January 19, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Hey, Uncle Carson!  So glad to hear about the new direction God is taking you, not so far off your previous experiences and definitely in line with your skill set! Can’t wait to hear all the ways God uses you to refine future leaders and expecting a new book on leadership focusing on the younger generation and Gods plan for them! Love ya and always in our prayers, CJ formerly known as CP the second 😘 Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  3. Tony dewaal
    January 18, 2019 at 10:12 am

    This is very exciting. May the God of grace fill you with joy and peace as you continue to let Him lead you on this journey. Blessings.

  4. Paul Sailhamer
    January 18, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Carson, It sounds like a great fit for all involved. Count on our prayers. Send updates as it all comes together! psailhamer Habakkuk 1:5…different circumstance, same principle!

    • January 18, 2019 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Paul. I’ll fill you and Sue in more soon.

  5. JoAnne Fouser
    January 18, 2019 at 5:52 am

    This is such wonderful news Carson! Especially the part about finding peace in life again. God is good! I know your new role in life will be meaningful and can’t help thinking how lucky each person will be as you mentor them in this important step in their life. May God bless you abundantly as you take on this next chapter He has given you. I think of you often and remember my sweet Brenda with such love. Lovingly always. JoAnne Fouser

  6. Bob & Heather Thomson
    January 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    What great news, not just for you, but for Rob as well. What a great team you will make. We know that Barnabas has played such a role in your life and this just seems like such a natural move for you. Jer. 33:11 “Call upon me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things.” And this is a great and mighty thing. All the best as you mentor others and continue the great work that is going on at Barnabas. Bob & Heather Thomson

    And bye the way, it was great catching up with you on the ferry awhile back. Our door is always open if you have some free time in Gibsons.

    • January 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks so much Heather and I would love to get a ride in Bob’s car one day in Gibsons. 😊

  7. Anne Lang
    January 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    What a wonderful post, Carson! Your new venture sounds perfect for you and for the new “class”. I really do like the teaching of post-Christianity living! I forwarded this to my siblings – it’s so interesting!! BTW, what is Bob going to do with his time after he “finishes university”?😉

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  8. Peter Fassbender
    January 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Greetings from the Caribbean! This is great news Carson!!

    Bless you!

    Peter & Charlene

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    • January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

      Thanks you two. Enjoy one another and being out at sea. 😊

  9. David Bentall
    January 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Very very exciting!
    So happy for you…and for Rob

    👍👍

    David C. Bentall
    Next Step Advisors

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    • January 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

      Looking forward to many Keats times together.

  10. Valerie McGoran
    January 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Carson,This such great news! I am astounded at how far you have moved forward in your life after such devastating experiences – God is good. I am so happy for you.Love,GeorgePS: “Assistant to the President” was my favorite title also 🙂

    • January 18, 2019 at 12:02 am

      Love that last comment. Those were great years working together and just look where Arrow is now. Someday I would love to share with you the testimony of how I got to this point. It wasn’t a straight line for sure. Love you George ❤️
      PS – Aklilu and I are working together again – you should come for coffee!

  11. Mo Macfarlane Hogg
    January 17, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I am really thrilled at your new future on Keats and slightly jealous of the peace you find there. Praying God’s deepest blessing on your new ministry. What an honour to be involved in the raising up of new leaders and the continuing role you play in all our lives. Exciting times ahead.

    love Mo.

    • January 18, 2019 at 12:03 am

      Thanks Mo – you two will have to come up and visit when I’m at Barnabas.

  12. ednagrenz@gmail.com
    January 17, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Dear Carson! I’m so happy for you and your new found joy and purpose! (And all without chocolate covered garlic?) Many blessings on you! Edna

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