The Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (OCMBC) convention explored the theme of living on mission through discussions about collaboration, accountability and blessing.
Some 220 church planters and their spouses, along with 20 denominational leaders, met in Ottawa, Nov. 4–7, for C2C Network’s annual church planter retreat. With keynote addresses by Jeff Vanderstelt, Bruxy Cavey, and Alan Hirsch, and a prayer walk around Parliament Hill led by International House of Prayer, planters left the event with renewed energy and vision.
At its Jan. 27–28 meeting in Abbotsford, B.C., the executive board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) unanimously approved, in principle, the findings and recommendations of the National Ministry Effectiveness Project. The project – a review of all conference ministries – was commissioned by the board in conjunction with its hiring of executive director Willy Reimer in early 2011.
The board of faith and life (BFL) of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches concluded its first look at a “work in progress,” a task force report proposing measures the BFL can take to work more closely with the conference’s executive board. The report was one of the major items on the agenda at the BFL’s fall meeting in Kitchener, Ont., Oct. 25–26.
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“Building infrastructure for our new Canadian seminary is a lot like laying the foundation for a house – it’s critical, but often invisible, work that takes enormous amounts of time and energy.”
The Canadian Conference of MB Churches (CCMBC), together with the Quebec MB conference (L’Association des Églises des frères mennonites du Québec – AEFMQ), is deeply saddened to announce the sudden death of Éric Wingender, 54, vice-president and professor of theology at ETEM (École de Théologie Évangélique de Montréal). Éric succumbed to a massive heart attack on Oct. 5.
The Canadian conference is bolstering its national church planting initiatives by building on leadership already at work. Gord Fleming, director of Church Planting BC, will now serve in a dual role as he becomes director of national church planting strategy.
The executive board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) gathered in Abbotsford, B.C., Jan. 28–29. Discussions centred on a future executive director and task force findings from a recent summit.