Mennonite Central Committee’s four-year, $2.5-million review process is over, and the single most significant outcome is a power shift from MCC’s Akron, Pennsylvania office to its Winnipeg office. MCC binational, the arm of MCC that administered international programming out of Akron, was dissolved Mar. 30, and its work handed to MCC U.S. (also in Akron) and MCC Canada, which had long wanted a role in overseas programs.
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“A cloud of witnesses” gathered Mar. 30, at Akron (Pa.) Mennonite Church to observe the commissioning of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada and MCC U.S. for a new era of ministry. The two organizations now jointly carry out MCC’s mission, purpose, and vision, and administer MCC’s international program, previously directed by the binational MCC organization officially dissolved earlier that day.
“MCC is an arm of the church; it is not a parachurch organization,” said binational chair Herman Bontrager at Mennonite Central Committee’s binational annual general meeting, June 10–11. The executive directors met with MCC delegates, board members, and staff from Canada and the U.S. in Abbotsford, B.C.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is the largest and most influential Anabaptist organization in the world. It has nearly 1,200 workers and an annual budget of $82 million. Its reach extends to 62 countries abroad, and in North America it encompasses 14 denominations, covering the spectrum from Amish grandmothers to The Meeting House, a Brethren in Christ congregation and Canada’s coolest mega-church.
Both the board of faith and life (BFL) and the executive board met in Saskatoon Oct. 14–15 and Oct. 17–18, respectively, bookending the 2009 study conference.