A lot has changed with the Herald in the last year, but much has stayed the same. We still strive to share the life and story of the MB church across Canada, to teach and equip from an evangelical Anabaptist perspective, and to inform our readers about the work of the Mennonite Brethren conference and our church partners in Canada and around the world.
Our publishing schedule was reduced to bimonthly last August – a rhythm that continues into the new year – but 2016 sees a shift to odd months. This means your issue will arrive near the beginning of January, March, May, July, September, November.
There’s a new hand at work in the Herald office, and some familiar touches you’ll see less of. Our thanks to Audrey Plew for the creativity she brought to the look of the magazine since 2007. She has transitioned to work with the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. On this issue, we welcome Colton Floris, a graduate of MEI and the design program at the University of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, B.C. You’ll see evidence of his style emerging as he lays out the pages. Also, our hard-working, veteran reporter, B.C. correspondent Barrie McMaster finished his time with the Herald in December. He may retire, but he won’t fade away; his stories may continue to appear in our pages and I’m sure you’ll still hear his friendly, booming voice at conference and partner events around the Lower Mainland.
Finally, this issue of the Herald is shorter than usual as we bring you the third annual Canadian conference week of prayer (included as a separate insert). This year’s seven reflections on Micah 6:1–8 were curated by Jon Isaak, director of the Centre for MB Studies, and written by members of the board of faith and life. Use this prayer guide individually or in your church, at your time of choice or during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18–25.—KB