The primary agenda item for CCMBC’s executive board during its June 13–15 meeting was prayer and discernment around the conference’s mission, operating principles, preferred culture, and central ministry focus – key elements the board now refers to as a sandbox.
Board members, BFL representatives, and senior staff convened at Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, Lindell Beach, B.C., to work through a process based on T.J. Addington’s Leading from the Sandbox: How to develop, empower, and release high-impact ministry teams. Facilitator Gary Hunter of the Evangelical Free Church of America guided the group as they produced a draft “sandbox” document.
“We believe it’s a good start in documenting how we collectively think and will act missionally as a national MB church,” said moderator Paul Loewen.
The process of dialogue around the draft document will continue via conversations with provincial leaders, staff, seminary and MB Mission representatives, and the delegation at Gathering 2014 in Vancouver next June.
“We encourage you to pray for unity in this process,” said Loewen, “that many people will follow Jesus in the years and decades to come throughout Canada as a result.”
In preparation for CCMBC’s annual general meeting, which will be held at the study conference in Edmonton, Oct. 16, the board processed financial statements and the 2014 budget. It was the last meeting for CFO John Wiebe who confirmed his retirement will take effect Aug. 31, 2013.
“We appreciate all the work and investment John has put in over the past 12 years to provide CCMBC with a good financial foundation for future ministry impact,” said Loewen.
Several other updates were presented at the meeting.
• The Stewardship review is progressing well with the assistance of a third-party legal and accounting team. A more complete report is expected in the next few months.
• MBBS Canada reported on the approval of the MBBS Act by the B.C. Legislature, which provides MBBS with the ability to be an “equal player” in the world of higher education, rather than operating under the umbrella of another educational institution (ACTS Seminaries). MBBS will present new bylaws for approval at Gathering 2014; the executive board provisionally approved those bylaws in the interim.
• Leadership development director Ron Toews gave an extensive presentation to the board on the creation of an “online learning highway,” which will resource and network leaders and pastors across the country.
“Excellent initiatives like those developed by Ron will better help us reach Canada with the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Loewen.
“We’re excited about reports from across the country, as provincial ministries and local churches are intentionally and strategically developing multiplying ministries in a concerted and unified effort to reach Canadians with the gospel. Please be in prayer as we look forward to our AGM in October. See you there!”