The New Leaf Network is a collaborative missional organization that supports and equips church planters, spiritual entrepreneurs and missional practitioners in post-Christian Canada. Through training, events, story-telling and specialized coaching, this growing collective of Jesus-centred leaders is a community of innovators working to lead from the emerging future.

The New Leaf Network faces both the reality of the shifting spiritual landscape in Canada, seeing the decline of churches in a wide variety of contexts, yet we also see the hope of the Spirit of God at work across our nation in new and innovative ways. That is why we support planters and starters to do something new in Canada. We hold the stuggle and hope together in tension.

Because of our work for partnering with and submitting to networks and denominations, we focus on a centre around Christ, and don’t require a bounded set of beliefs or doctrinal statements to attend New Leaf events.

We work where Jesus is glorified and the Spirit is at work.

With these as our postures towards the broader body of Christ, we have started to realize that while we all may hold distinctive on behaving and belonging, unity is centered on Christ.

Jesus is the filter that influences our understanding of the scripture.
Jesus is the model for our practice.
Bounded set might be required to associate with your denomination or your affiliation.
But our conviction is Jesus-centred-DNA and the fruit of the Spirit is all that is required for Christians working together.
You are welcome at the New Leaf table of fellowship.

Lead Team

Jared Siebert
Jared SiebertIdea Leader
Jared Siebert, currently serves as the National Director for Church Development for the Free Methodist Church in Canada and author of Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting. His main responsibility is to prepare the denomination to respond to the massive cultural change that churches are facing. He accomplishes this through the planting of new kinds of churches and by developing sustained health and contextual conversations at the local church level designed to bring churches face to face with their mission.
Elle Pyke
Elle PykeProject Manager
Elle is the Program Manager at The New Leaf Network and a Lay Minister with the Free Methodist Church of Canada. Elle has served on the board of number of organizations such as Women Powering Technology Global, TEDxWaterlooWomen and The Christian Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization. She loves spending time with friends and family, the great outdoors and all things New Leaf.
Amy Bratton
Amy BrattonContributing Editor
Amy Bratton is the Contributing Editor of the New Leaf Blog. She lives in Saskatoon, SK with her husband, Tim, and their two sons, Oswald and Ira. She is a lay leader at Riversdale Neighbours church and an online course facilitator with Rocky Mountain College in the area of Spiritual Formation. She writes and speaks about the history of Christian spirituality, with a focus on the early Methodist understanding of Christian maturity known as “perfect love.” Read more from her in her book Witnesses of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism.

Advisory Team

Greg Langman
Greg Langman
Greg Langman serves with a few different organizations but most of his time is spent as an Associate District Superintendent with the C&MA. With the rest of his time, he provides coaching, leader development, discernment and assessment as part of Transformational Coaching, Grip-Birkman International, and The Jesus Collective. I’m a Sr. Certified Coach with Leadership Coaching Canada, a Birkman Certified Professional and a Grip-Birkman Trainer with over 25 years of church and denominational experience.
Dallas Friesen
Dallas Friesen
Dallas Friesen resources churches and plants with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. He and his wife, Leanne, served together for over a decade at Mount Hamilton Baptist Church in the neighbourhood they continue to live in with their two children, Josiah and Lucy.
Jon Hand
Jon Hand
Jon is Site Lead Pastor for a multi-site church in southern Ontario called The Meeting House. In the Summer of 2015 Jon and his family moved here from their home in the US where they had been church planting for the previous 8 years. Jon serves on the Advisory Team for the New Leaf Network.

New Leaf Core Values

The New Leaf Network is a collaboration of churches, denominations and individuals across Canada. We are centred around core values, with a focus on diversity. Read the blog series on the core values of the New Leaf Network.