The leadership development department has changed its name to Resourcing Churches & Developing Leaders (RCDL).
The change in department name reflects the action-oriented nature of the department. The new name places an emphasis on church development and the support that the department offers churches. Stewardship representatives are now a part of this department. RCDL is a title under which stewardship, leadership development, and church health can flourish.
The RCDL department will be launching new initiatives in the upcoming months. One is Leaders2Learners (L2L), an online community website that will provide learning opportunities for leaders and ministry teams in the areas of spiritual renewal, theological enrichment, and skill development (life skills and ministry skills).
L2L users will be encouraged to post resources in a variety of languages, increasing the availability of resources for leaders and ministry teams from diverse backgrounds. The website is expected to launch in early 2014.
Coach Me/Coach Us assessment
Through the Coach Me/Coach Us assessment, leaders and churches will identify where they are in their developmental journey. With prayerful discernment, RCDL staff will design a coaching arrangement that fits the needs of leaders and churches. RCDL is committed to ensuring every leader who desires a coach/mentor will receive one.
RCDL’s mandate is to support MB church leaders in transforming Canada with the good news of Jesus Christ and discipling them in churches on mission. A Christian coaching model, COACH – Connect, Outcome, Awareness, Choices, Highlights – will be used to engage in ongoing conversations with leaders to empower them to fully live out God’s calling. The first gathering of leaders to be trained in applying COACH to their ministry contexts will occur Dec. 3–4.
Directors of Christian camps connected to the MB conference gathered Oct. 7–9 to develop relationships, resource and serve one another, and pray together. The event highlighted best practices for developing young women and men to be godly in their camp ministry roles. Participants discussed how churches and camps can partner in the development of young leaders.
President’s network gathering
Presidents from MB colleges, universities, and the seminary across Canada came together Oct. 18–19 for a network meeting. The goals were to connect, provide mutual support, and understand the opportunities and challenges in the areas where each institution is located. This is the second gathering of this kind; the first occurred in May 2013.
Another RCDL initiative, Windjammer, is an experiential learning opportunity that teaches participants that living generously brings tremendous joy, freedom, and fulfillment. The video series “The Genius of Generosity” is paired with Windjammer resources. Together these tools offer a reminder that generosity is a choice that flows from the heart. Stewardship representatives received training in Windjammer in September.
For more information, contact Ron Toews, director of Resourcing Churches & Developing Leaders.
—Canadian Conference of MB Churches release
More conference updates found in News in Story:
- New C2C Network national associate director appointed
- New website provides online learning for church leaders
Did you know?
There are 21 Canadian MB Chinese churches (or fellowships under the wing of a larger congregation).
Find out about the MB Chinese Churches Association on their new website www.mbcca.ca available in English and Chinese (simplified and traditional). Keep in touch with the community’s news and activities through the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MBCCA).
Connect with the conference
Stories posted on mennonitebrethren.ca in October: