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Special Assembly 2017 News

Several aids for you as you report to your congregations.

  • Bulletin Announcement:
    Future Directions: Covenant New
    Delegates to the 2017 Special Assembly in Winnipeg charted a new course for Mennonite Church Canada with a 94% approval of the Covenant New restructuring proposal. The new structure revisions MC Canada as the covenant partnership created by the five nationwide Regional Churches. Working together, Regional Churches have been mandated to foster the health and vitality of local congregations, who are engaged in mission in their immediate neighbourhoods and around the world. While delegates celebrated a structure that has served them well in the past and grieved its passing, they also embraced the vision of a vibrant, nationwide Mennonite Church that is actively engaging our world with the peace of Jesus Christ. To learn more, visit www.futuredirectionsmc.ca.
  • Bulletin Insert
    Download this bulletin insert that you can photocopy for your bulletin. (side by side for photocopy purposes)
  • The Assembled News
    Highlights and decisions from the Assembly.
  • Recorded streamed video of all sessions.
  • All videos shown at Assembly are accessible via Winnipeg 2017

Discernment Guide Supplement

Get the latest update: New! Covenant New: DISCERNMENT GUIDE SUPPLEMENT on the Documents page.

Assembly Streaming

The 2017 Special Delegate Assembly will have streaming video available for those unable to attend. Check out Video: 2017 Special Delegate Assembly starting on October 13.

Program Guide Now Available

The PROGRAM GUIDE for Special Assembly 2017, including a schedule, is now available on the Documents page.

A hopeful lament: Holding on and letting go

Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada, was recently interviewed on the Church Matters podcast and shared what’s on his heart for the future of the church.

The interview is one more excellent way to prepare for Special Assembly 2017 (Oct. 13-15) in Winnipeg as delegates take the next steps in discerning the future of the Mennonite Church in Canada.

Stream the interview.

Why Change?

That’s the question a lot of folks are asking about the proposals of the Future Directions process being considered at Assembly 2017. Mennonite Church Alberta created a bulletin insert to serve as another angle on discussion and shares it with the rest of Canada.

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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