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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)


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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Transition Coordinator Appointment

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Dear Congregational Leaders and Church Boards,
At the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016, delegates passed the Future Directions Task Force final report and addendum that calls for a reimagining of how we are church together locally and nationally.

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Beginning the Transition

With the passing of the recommendations of the Future Directions Task Force, Mennonite Church Canada is entering a period of transition planning.

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