It’s a great blessing to learn from those who are different than you and be together as one, said Derek Parenteau at the 88th convention of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Feb. 22–23, 2019, at Glencairn Church, Kitchener, Ont. Plenary speaker at the event, he serves among Indigenous people near Parry Sound, Ont.
“I didn’t expect to meet God at [an annual general] meeting,” said worship leader Matt Unruh at the 84th annual convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches (ONMB). Some 130 people worshipped and listened to inspiring stories at Waterloo Mennonite Brethren (Ont.) Church Feb. 21. Guests and partners joined the 95 delegates from 21 of 27 member churches in the Ontario Conference who returned Saturday to make decisions.
The Ontario Conference of MB Churches ushered in a new era of leadership at their 81st annual convention in Virgil, Ont., Feb. 17–18, as they elected a new governance board and handed over provincial church planting activities to C2C Network. Karen West, pastor of missional initiatives at Waterloo MB Church, will serve as chair of the new board of directors, while Kevin Bayne, lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, will fill the seat of vice-chair.
As is typical of most family get-togethers, the 80th convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches called attendees to “Remember, Reflect and Renew.” And like most family gatherings, the Feb. 18–19, 2011 meeting of leaders and 156 delegates at Waterloo MB Church included encouraging celebrations and tough conversations.
Ontario church plants have found their way to the big city, and are discovering innovative ways of being salt and light among their neighbours – and they want to encourage established churches to do the same. Hosted by the Ontario board of church extension (BOCE), Feb. 19–20, the 79th annual convention of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches challenged some 140 participants, and attempted to build bridges between the province’s old and new ministries.
The agenda was full – with reports, workshops, worship, and three sermons – and so it clipped along, with next to no discussion from the floor. For all its efficiency, however, the 78th convention of the Ontario Conference of MB Churches, held at Port Rowan MB Church Feb. 20–21, 2009, had a strong spirit of interactive engagement about it. Calls of “Amen” and “That’s right” were occasionally heard from the delegation of 155 and, from the podium, the news this year seemed mostly good.