A late-winter blizzard interrupted travel plans for some of Friday night’s speakers for the 65th provincial convention of the Saskatchewan Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches at Parliament Community Church, Regina, Mar. 11–12, but the longest-serving conference minister Ralph Gliege ably coped with the unexpected.
Pondering prayer is somewhat like looking through a periscope for one object in the vastness of the ocean. Numerous volumes about prayer flood the shelves of Christian bookstores and an avalanche of new releases on the subject from online sources can fill email inboxes. Yet, even with commentaries, multiple Bible translations, and all these resources, many still yearn for intimacy with the almighty God of the universe.
After nearly 110 years, most under the somewhat unwieldy moniker Mennonite Brethren Mission and Service International, MBMSI is changing its name to MB Mission. Following a process of consultation with partner organizations, pastors, supporters, and missionaries, the boards approved the new name and fresh visuals.
Disciple Making International (DMI), a division of MB Mission and Service International (MBMSI), is pursuing a new initiative to plant Mennonite Brethren churches overseas, and a sold-out crowd of 350 heard about it from two participating pastors at DMI’s annual banquet May 15 at King Road MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C.
How did the Mennonite Brethren (MB) church emerge in 1860 and where does it stand today are some of the questions raised at the International Community of Mennonite Brethren (ICOMB) symposium held May 13–14 at the Mennoniten-Brüdergemeinde (MBG) church in Oerlinghausen, Germany.
The Kutuzovka Church is a small fellowship made up mostly of Ukrainians from Molochansk and Tokmak; friendly people who are accustomed to the visits of nostalgic Canadian Mennonites who talk about a relative who lived here, owned a mill there, who spoke German and planted trees. Imagine their surprise at seeing Moriki Hatakenaka, a Japanese man, stand in front of the church saying he was Mennonite.
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.”
God needed to do something drastic given the general Christian malaise in the state of Andhra Pradesh, one Indian leader surmised. A few months after devastating floods hit Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Indian MB leaders found reconciliation through the waters of footwashing.
Nominated by a local church or mission leader for their ministry involvement, 19 post-college twentysomethings gathered in Fresno, Cal., from Mar.11–13, for a consultation on MB identity. MB Biblical Seminary, the U.S. MB Conference, and the Canadian conference partnered to bring together young people and conference leaders to “create conversation about things that really matter,” alongside representatives of the national boards of faith and life, and MB Mission and Service International (MBMSI).
Imagine a Sunday morning church service without volunteers: no ushers, praise band, Sunday school teachers or childcare providers; no Scripture readers, or audio visual technicians. Every Sunday, the volunteer efforts of church members make the worship service happen.
After last year’s intense business sessions, the MB Church of Manitoba (MBCM) gave Assembly 2010 delegates a chance to attend equipping workshops and ask God to speak to them about the future. The province’s annual convention, held March 5–6 at Portage Avenue Church in Winnipeg, drew in some 230 delegates, and focused heavily on church planting and compassion ministries.