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Steadfastness in light of many changes

2024 MBCM Assembly summary

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MBCM director of ministries, Jason Dyck leads Assembly guests and delegates in communion at Fort Garry MB Church (Winnipeg).

Manitoba churches met at Fort Garry MB Church in Winnipeg on March 1 and 2, 2024.

Steeped in the book of John, MBCM had three main objectives for Assembly: faith in Christ strengthened; love for Jesus deepened; Christ-followers equipped to share Jesus.

The special guest for the Assembly was Nasser al’Qahtani, a member of Multiply’s Global Lead Team and Regional Team Leader for North Africa and the Middle East. Al’Qhtani delivered three keynotes from John chapters 1 and 13 with an insider’s perspective on Middle Eastern written and oral traditions.

“Leave today reignited in your love for the Word — the foundation. We are invited into God’s story and invited to share it with the world,” said al’Qahtani at the onset of his Friday lecture.

Manitoba MB pastors and church leaders participated in an equipping day on Friday, followed by worship, conference business, reporting and workshops on Saturday. Learning sessions on various topics were presented, including the 1999 Confession of Faith (Ken Esau), Keeping Your Credentials (Jason Dyck and Mark Wessner), and Open Hearts, Open Hands: A framework for including ALL people in our faith community (Johnny Dodsworth).

Meeting for the second time in 2024 as an assembled body of congregations, Moderator Dave Ens acknowledged the challenges faced in recent years:

“Living together in harmony is not always easy. I am praying that God grants us the steadfastness we need.”

MBCM Provincial Director Cam Priebe announced his resignation. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to lead these past five years,” said Priebe. His tenure will end following the Manitoba pastor’s retreat in May.

Among the slate of board and committee nominees was Terry Dueck of Winkler, MB. Dueck was appointed as Board Moderator, serving a single-year term until March 2025. Dueck has nine years of experience with the MBCM board.

MBCM reported a strong fiscal positioning, with an unexpected surplus credited to increased church giving and other one-time gifts.

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