In 2006, three young church leaders decided to revolutionize the consumerism of Christmas by encouraging their communities to “spend less, give more, love all, and worship fully” the ultimate gift of Christ.
The response was overwhelming and Advent Conspiracy was born (www.adventconspiracy.org). Today, Advent Conspiracy is a movement that promotes innovative yet practical ways for churches to give relationally, as God gave his son.
“Essentially, Advent Conspiracy is one practical way of carrying out the vision of Regenerate 21-01,” says Stephanie Jean-Paul, ministries administrative assistant at the Canadian conference, “encouraging a life-changing process of personal and church renewal as we proclaim Christ and reach out to help those in need. We pray that people will be challenged to think about how their resources are spent during the Christmas season and that churches will be excited to be a part of this.”
Willy Reimer, pastor at SunWest Christian Fellowship, Calgary, says that in 2008 their church “received Advent Conspiracy quite enthusiastically,” giving $28,000 to The Mustard Seed (Calgary) and MCC water well drilling projects.
Bruce Enns, pastor of Forest Grove Community Church, Saskatoon, says in 2008, “Advent Conspiracy helped us turn Christmas inside out – making it more about others and less about ourselves. It truly helped us move closer to God’s purpose in the Christmas story.”
To date, some 20 Mennonite Brethren churches are participating in Advent Conspiracy initiatives. To get involved, contact Stephanie Jean Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-669-6575.
—Canadian Conference of MB Churches