Assist our ministry
If you are aware of assemblies and churches who may need to borrow funds to renovate or enlarge their facilities, please refer them to this website and our Contact page.
Pray for all the assemblies and churches who are growing and using the funds of Stewards Canada. They have taken a step of faith in assuming debt to assist in the growth of their ministries. They need to be supported by prayer as they manage their financial affairs carefully while not compromising their ministry for the Lord.
Donations to Stewards Canada should be sent to the address on the Contact page.
Stewards Canada offers opportunities for individuals to invest in the growth of churches in Canada. Please see Investments for more information. Read more...
How do we use our funds?
Typical financing is a loan secured with a first mortgage on the property and building. Most mortgage amortization periods are 15 to 20 years. The interest rate charged on mortgages is set periodically by Stewards Canada Board of Directors after considering current and projected changes in mortgage financing markets.
Stewards Canada also provides mortgage financing to churches outside Brethren assemblies. This only occurs when a church agrees with our Statement of Faith, has goals that match our Mission, and when funds are not required by Brethren projects. At all times, Brethren assemblies receive top priority.
Interested in a Stewards Canada mortgage? Please go to Mortgages page.
What is Stewards Canada?
How it works
Private individuals invest their funds into Stewards Canada and earn an investment rate of return. In turn, Stewards invests the funds into mortgages of assembly and church properties, serving the Christian community. By investing in their buildings, local assemblies and churches are able to serve the Lord in their individual communities.
Stewards Canada has been actively providing financing to Canadian assemblies and churches since January 31,1952. Since then, over 340 churches have received financing assistance. Stewards Canada has assisted churches in all Canadian provinces by taking care in assessing the loan risk and the faithfulness of entities to which we loan funds.
Stewards Canada has no governance or financial ties to any other charity.
Our mission & logo
Stewards Canada mission is “Investing for Service”. This is our visual branding tagline which describes our involvement in the Christian community in three ways. First, private individuals invest their funds into Stewards Canada and earn an investment rate of return at the same time as they serve the Lord’s work.
Second, we are then able to invest the funds into mortgages of assembly and church properties, serving the Christian community.
Finally, by investing in their buildings, local assemblies and churches are able to serve the Lord in their individual communities. Investing for Service, private individuals, Stewards Canada and local assemblies are a three-fold cord not easily broken!
Our visual branding
The elements of our visual brand, is a person’s hand brandishing a green olive branch, Stewards Canada name and Mission statement of Investing for Service. Key symbology of the visual branding are:
The green in the branch signifies growth, alluding to our interest in growing both Brethren assemblies and Christian evangelical churches and in fostering investment growth for individual investors.
The olive branch held by a hand signifies peace, hope and care. You may recall that Noah and the other inhabitants of the ark saw a dove with an olive branch as they were preparing to exit the ark. God had brought peace and new growth symbolized in the olive branch after a period of destruction on the earth. Hope and newness of life are cornerstone concepts of the gospel that churches bring to their local communities.
Our name, Stewards applies in a dual sense: first, we safeguard and grow the investments of private individuals that are entrusted to our care; and second, we are stewards of our investment of funds into churches and assemblies who intend to improve or build new facilities to proclaim Christ in their neighbourhoods. We are reminded “it is required of stewards, that they be found trustworthy” (I Corinthians 4:2).
The Canada in our name reflects that our sphere of service is limited to Canada. We are not involved in any work outside Canada’s borders and as a charity, we are registered only in Canada.
Our tagline “Investing for Service” reflects our investment and service philosophy in three areas, as explained in Our Mission above.
Statement of faith
The mission of Stewards Canada is summarized in its tagline “Investing for Service” which includes serving evangelical Christian churches and para-church organizations with mortgages and investment bonds, assisting with the spread of the gospel. The Statement of Faith outlines what we believe the Bible teaches regarding essential doctrines with which Stewards Canada client organizations must be in full agreement.
God the Father:
We believe in one God, creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
The Holy Spirit:
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, who convicts humanity of sin and who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin and the archenemy of God and man.
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.
We believe that salvation is by the grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were inspired by the Spirit of God and are infallible, that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.
The local church:
We believe that a church is a company of believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members and the propagation of the faith. Believers in a local church practice the ordinances of baptism and communion.
Terry W. Cretney