Thank You!

September, 2017

Dear Working, Listening, and Reference Groups:

On behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and with deep gratitude, I thank each individual member and the chair of the numerous Working, Listening, and Reference Groups that were initiated by the Future Directions process early in 2017.

Over the course of your work, approximately 80 people agreed to join in conversation on the vital topic of how we will be the church in the 21st century. Your solid thinking and passionate conversations led to reports that were immensely helpful to the Interim Council and the Executive Staff Group in the time leading up to our Special Assembly 2017. Many more have been informed by your work.

Your work is now complete and available to delegates as we together consider the future of our church at every level, from Congregations to Area Churches to National Church when we meet in Winnipeg from Oct. 13-15. Your work not only serves us in this time of change, but will illuminate future generations as it becomes a historical record of our collective journey. Put together, your efforts paint a picture of how we are striving and have strived to be followers of Jesus, lovers of God, and listeners to the Holy Spirit in our time.

You have served with sacrifice, dedication and commitment. I commend you.

Calvin Quan, Moderator
Mennonite Church Canada

Special Assembly 2017 Documents Now Available

The Interim Council is pleased to send you the Discernment documents you will need to help inform your congregation about and prepare your delegates for Special Assembly 2017 in Winnipeg, Oct. 13 – 15.

 

Discernment documents now available.

 

Special Assembly 2017 is a milestone event in the life of the five Area Churches that comprise Mennonite Church Canada as we discern re-organization proposals that will strengthen local Congregations as centres of worship and mission, enhance Area Churches to better resource congregations in their work, and re-imagine Mennonite Church Canada as our connecting point for Mennonite identity and witness.

 

If you have not yet appointed your delegates and/or registered for Special Assembly 2017, we urge you to do so as soon as possible via the 2017 Special Delegate Assembly page.

Working Group Full Length Reports

The reports below represent as fully as possible the outcomes of the Working Groups. The first document in the order provides a one page status summary of work to date by the various Working Groups, plus prior work by Reference Groups. Executive Summaries of these outputs will appear in the Future Directions Full Report to Special Assembly 2017, yet to be released.

  1. Working and Reference Group Activity and Document Summary Table (1 pp)
  2. Vision and Identity (16 pp)
  3. International Witness (35 pp)
  4. Canada Witness (11 pp)
  5. Congregational Vitality (18 pp)
  6. Community of Spiritual Leadership, originally called “Congregational of Ministerial Leadership” (3 pp)
  7. Camp Programmes (1 pp)
  8. Communications revised July 31 2017 (6 pp)

 

Feedback Needed

May 19, 2017: Update – The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who responded.

The International Witness/Relationships Working Group is consulting with pastors and other congregational leaders to hear their views on how to make our international work most effective.

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Progress Update from Keith – March 2017

We are excited to report that since the last update on our Future Directions process, much progress has been made! There are many, many people and levels to work with on these large scale changes. Progress may seem slow to observers, but it is gratifying to share with you that much activity is going on. Outcomes of all these efforts will be made available when the work has been completed – likely in late June or July. Below is a brief update on activities to date.

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A Proposal for Revitalizing MC Canada and Area Churches

by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator
January 27, 2017

The proposal released here provides some initial detail about vision and structure for MC Canada. This proposal flows from the approval of the Future Directions Task Force Report and Addendum by the delegate assembly in July 2016 in Saskatoon.

You can download the documents from the links below or from the documents page.

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Working Groups – Progress Report!

Slates for 9 of 11 Working Groups and the Listening/Reference Group are nearing completion and are now available here. Updates to this list will be published as more information becomes available.

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New Visuals Posted

Two newly designed graphics have been posted to help readers visualize:

  1. the way leadership has organized itself for our transition process, and;
  2. a timeline that takes us to a special assembly in Oct., 2017.

These and other documents related to the transition process are found via the “Documents” link in the menu of this web site.

Working Groups Called Into Service

Working Groups Posted!

Large numbers of invitations have been sent out to candidates of Working Groups. Generous and positive responses are already flowing back. This is very encouraging. The names of and Terms of Reference for the Working Groups have been posted in here.

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Seeking Diversity, or Saying “Yes”

By Lee Dyck, Moderator, MCBC, and Calvin Quan, Moderator, MC Canada, on behalf of the Interim Council

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Lee Dyck and Calvin Quan

A previous post, “Leadership for the transition of churches in Mennonite Church Canada” has generated robust conversation on the theme of gender and ethnic diversity in the leadership structures of our national and area church bodies.

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