The executive board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is reviewing its missional options as it moves into 2012.
Meeting prior to the start of the study conference in Kitchener, Ont., board members discussed the mission statement of the MB churches of Canada – Healthy growing churches reaching their worlds – and current suggestions that the statement be updated and revised.
The central focus of a statement, said moderator Paul Loewen, is the commitment by MBs to “reach Canada with the good news of Jesus Christ.” Board members discussed the accomplishments of the past year and considered what the Canadian conference can do interdenominationally, especially relative to resources, personnel, and programs.
The board also reviewed the proposal to harmonize the work of the executive board and the BFL to facilitate more functional collaboration on initiatives. “From a strategic standpoint,” Loewen said, “that’s really important.” He, along with BFL chair Brian Cooper and executive director Willy Reimer provided a report to both boards on possibilities for greater collaboration.
Loewen said both boards share the vision to reach the rest of Canada with the gospel. One of the ways this vision is already evidenced is by the development of the C2C Network (national church planting, led by Gord Fleming), and by the increased interest and commitment on the part of provincial conferences.
The executive board also discussed Mennonite Central Committee’s “New Wineskins” proposals to bring the relief and development organization more intentionally alongside its participating denominations. The board decided to continue its relationship with MCC Canada with a hope to increase MB values and voice, said Loewen.