At the first of thrice-yearly meetings in Abbotsford, B.C., Jan. 23–24, the Board of Faith and Life (BFL) affirmed creation of a Wikipedia-style resource for church leaders. Daniel Beutler, CCMBC ReSource Shelf coordinator and church health associate, will collaborate with Kindred Productions on the resource, as well as make revisions to Following the Call. The BFL-approved church manual, last revised in 1995, provides guidelines for pastors, church boards, and other leaders.
The board agreed to augment another theological tool by giving permission to member conferences of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren to translate BFL’s popular pamphlet series into local languages. Once translated, the pamphlets will also be available in these languages on the Canadian conference website.
Much of the BFL’s two-day meeting was dedicated to reviewing the theme of Study Conference 2009, “Confessing Jesus in a Pluralistic World,” which will be held in Saskatoon in October. To meet the challenge of confessing Christ in Canada’s increasingly multicultural environment, this year’s event will focus on an exalted, magnified Christ as sole source of salvation for the world. Worship in many forms will be an important component.
“Our tendency is to think that we know all we need to know [about Jesus],” planning committee and board member Paul Doerksen told the Herald, “and that our task consists in ‘packaging’ or (God help us) ‘branding’ Jesus so that others will accept him. The honest and humbling truth is that we still have much to learn about Jesus.”
Other topics the BFL discussed include the role of the Board of Faith and Life in defining and shaping the Mennonite Brethren identity, the definition of a “healthy leader,” and the expression of worship through various art forms.
For more information on BFL resources, visit www.mbconf.ca/home/ministries/theology/.
—Karla Braun, from CCMBC release and reports