Statement on study conference from the boards
At the January 2016 meetings of the Board of Faith and Life (Jan. 24–26, 2016) and Executive Board (Jan. 26–28, 2016) of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, both groups spent significant time processing feedback they received on the October 2015 Study Conference via personal comments, event evaluations, meetings with church leaders and letters of affirmation and concern sent to both boards. Over the course of the meetings, the BFL and EB began responding to the letters addressing specific concerns.
The EB affirms the work of BFL to provide theological watchcare to CCMBC by upholding the Confession of Faith. We recognize that though the October 2015 Study Conference “God, Sex and Church: A theology of human sexuality” was well received by some, it led others to question CCMBC leadership’s commitment to the Confession of Faith.
The EB affirms the work of BFL and their commitment to Scripture as articulated through the MB Confession of Faith. The EB is fully committed to the Bible as the infallible Word of God and the authoritative guide for faith and practice. We stand with the BFL in upholding our historical biblical definition of marriage as a covenant relationship intended to unite a man and a woman for life. We are committed to the teaching that sexual intimacy rightfully takes place only within marriage between a woman and a man.
The EB encourages churches to engage with and study the Confession of Faith, applying its teaching with diligence and grace as we seek to be a redeeming community focused on Christ and his gospel.
moderator, Executive Board
vice-chair, Board of Faith and Life (2015)
Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches