Reports to the 2015 BCMB convention reflected the “innovate” theme of the meeting, milestones and many activities.
Conference minister Rob Thiessen wants leaders to innovate – “to do new things.” The light bulb was an innovation, he said to the opening session of the annual convention of the B.C. Conference of MB Churches, May 1–2, 2015, at South Langley Church.
These four admonitions were modelled after the letters to the churches in Revelation 2–3 given to delegates at the 2011 B.C. MB convention, “Hearing the Spirit speak to the BCMB churches,” Apr. 29–30, 2011. Click here for convention coverage.
Two churches – who meet at a unique, shared site – hosted this year’s annual convention of the B.C. Conference of MB (BCMB) Churches. Richmond Bethel and Richmond Chinese MB’s co-host pastors told delegates that each church has its normal congregational life in the same building, but they do some things jointly or cooperatively. Pastors Peter Mau and Scott Tolhurst said those joint things must be intentional – they don’t “just happen.”
What’s the most constant need in inner-city work? It’s not necessarily sandwiches. “It’s socks,” says Deb Lowell, a front-line Salvation Army worker. Speaking to B.C. Mennonite Brethren leaders at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, Feb. 23 and 24, Lowell said front-line work isn’t as simple as it may seem. One must temper compassion with knowledge – often learned the hard way…