- The Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission accepted with regret the resignation of Ken Reddig at their annual meeting May 15–16 in Fresno, Cal. The commission expressed deep appreciation for Reddig’s many years of service as a commission member and as executive secretary. Abe Dueck of Winnipeg will serve as interim executive secretary. The commission is publishing a global history of the Mennonite Brethren, and is planning a symposium for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the MB church, to be celebrated in 2010. —MBHC
- ETEM, in Montreal, was the site of the Pastors Credentialing Orientation May 13–15, attended by 56 pastors and leaders from across Canada. The annual event, a collaborative effort of the Canadian conference and MB Biblical Seminary, is designed for pastors new to the conference and any pastor looking for a refresher. MBBS professors and conference leaders led sessions on Anabaptist and MB history, the church and God’s mission in the world, discipleship, and pastoral ethics. Go to www.mbherald.com and click on PCO Journal for a chronicle and photos of the event.
- Sunwest Christian Fellowship pastor Willy Reimer began as the Canadian conference’s Ministry Advantage director on a volunteer basis May 1. The leadership ministry matches an experienced pastor with a church leader for an over-the-phone coaching relationship, using core leadership curriculum to address the leader’s situation. Pastors can join Ministry Advantage at any time and participate in the process as long as desired.