“Our unity as a denominational family is to be based not on ethnicity, but on our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” says Andrew Dyck, member of the Board of Faith…
Chinese MB churches
English Ministry Crisis in Chinese Canadian Churches
Author: Matthew Richard Sheldon Todd
Many bicultural Chinese churches are grappling with the issue of the “silent exodus” of Canadian-born Chinese (CBC). This book from Matthew Todd, based on the survey research for his doctoral thesis, is a great resource for pastors, church leadership and lay leaders. It provides insights on the leading factors affecting those who “drop out” and those who “remain in.”
The pastor of a south Vancouver church plant used to be an engineer. Then Nick Suen traded his calculations for benedictions and went on staff, for almost eight years, at a Chinese MB church in Vancouver. That was before he answered the call to plant a new church in an old but changing neighbourhood, Vancouver’s Marpole.
Ethnic Chinese have been living in Canadian cities for a very long time, but the development of Chinese Mennonite Brethren churches has only occurred fairly recently. In 1972, pastor Henry Klassen of Pacific Grace Mission Chapel in Vancouver saw the increasing number of Chinese residents in his area and decided to pioneer outreach to the Chinese. Since then, the Chinese MB family has grown to over 20 churches in three countries.