Executive Board meetings report

Friday, February 26, 2016

Executive Board Meetings Report The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches hosted the provincial representatives in Abbotsford, B.C., Jan. 28, 2016. This annual gathering…

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Hand in hand across borders

Thursday, October 22, 2015

I attended both breakout sessions on missional partnerships. The partnerships being discussed involved the U.S. MB conference, MB Mission, the C2C Network and CCMBC.

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How to worship within and beyond the walls

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Worship and mission have always had an uneasy relationship in the church, as if they were somehow separated from each other. But the reality is that worship of…

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Bring your church to friends

Friday, May 22, 2015

Two young church plants, Grace Fellowship in Saskatoon and The Compass Church in east Regina, are already planting new churches. This year, four-year-old Grace launched a campus in Warman, Sask., and five-year-old Compass started services in north Regina.

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Making disciples from sea to sea

Friday, May 1, 2015

The C2C Network exists to glorify God and make disciples in Canada by planting and multiplying gospel-centred churches and enabling new missional opportunities. Each day, C2C staff pray…

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♥ 2 Sk8rs

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What do you do with an empty 30’x50’x16’ concrete storage locker? You share Jesus.  There’s a whole culture out there of baggy tuques and skateboards with a language…

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Ten simple ways to be missional

Saturday, February 1, 2014

…without adding anything to your schedule 1. Eat with other people We all eat 3 meals a day. That’s 21 opportunities for church and mission each week without adding…

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Rednecks, redemption and reality TV

Friday, January 10, 2014

I’m hooked. I blame Dave Harder and Darren Milley. Dave Harder leads The Journey in Ottawa – a bunch of people on mission, working together for the common…

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One more F-bomb for the road

Friday, January 10, 2014

He took one look at me from across the Vancouver airport restaurant and walked over. With a handshake, he introduced himself as Joe. Before long, we were talking…

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“Will you officiate our wedding?”

Sunday, September 1, 2013

It was my fifth week as lead pastor at The Meeting Place, Winnipeg. Every face was a new face, every story a new story. A young man named Paul* approached me after the Sunday service, beaming, “Pastor John, I got engaged yesterday evening! Would you officiate our wedding?”

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Getting off the bandwagon

Thursday, March 1, 2012

“Have you read this book? It’s going to change our church for the better!” “Yeah. Plus we’re going to use some cool social media that will really rejuvenate our ministry!” Christians seem to be magnetically drawn to all the latest and greatest ministry innovations.

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Discipleship on the road

Friday, October 1, 2010

We learn best when outside our comfort zones. At Metro Community (Willow Park Church) in the core of Kelowna, B.C., the distant cultures of “normal” and “street” cause one to be suddenly off-balance. Serving here, my wife and I discovered early on that our best teachers were broken, addicted, sometimes only a few days along the road to recovery.

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Church planting congress goes “missional”

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Ten years ago, an interdenominational church planting congress in Brampton, Ont. set the stage for a long-term Mennonite Brethren mission strategy.

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