At Gathering 2010, delegates heard about specific plans for seminary restructuring in Canada, following the recent transfer of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) to Fresno Pacific University (FPU). John Unger and Jack Falk (Canadian task force leaders), together with Lynn Jost (president of MBBS) explained why the seminary merged with FPU in the U.S. and shared the proposed plans for Canada.
On Sept. 27–28, the Canadian caucus of the MBBS board, led by John Unger (MBBS board chair), met for the first time at Fraserview MB Church in Richmond, B.C., to prepare two items for the Canadian conference executive board meetings mid-October.
Both concerned the formation of the Canadian Seminary Commission, including its proposed terms of reference and its slate of nominees. The board-appointed commission will work with the caucus to design the future of MB seminary training in Canada.
“Pastoral training and leadership development is the best investment we can make in the future of Mennonite Brethren churches in Canada,” said Unger. “Right now we have a window of opportunity.” The next meeting of the Canadian caucus is scheduled for Nov. 5–6 in Winnipeg, and will include both Canadian and U.S. board members.