Written by Keith Regehr, Transition Coordinator
As Transition Coordinator, I want to communicate news and information as often as necessary and as clearly as possible about all that our transition entails. But I do not work in isolation. And, I fully anticipate missteps. I ask for grace from God and from you as I watch and listen for the Spirit to “show up” as I noted in another post on this site.
For those interested in such details, I share below the nuts and bolts of how and who I am working with on this giant project of being God’s church in a changing world.
- The General Board continues to fulfill its ongoing responsibilities for the governance and leadership of the ongoing programme of MC Canada. While the transition work has been delegated, there are still some matters related to the transition process that the General Board will need to address. This is also the case with the boards of the Area Churches.
- The Transition Coordinator is accountable to the Interim Council, which is the body given the job of overall leadership of the transition. The Interim Council (IC) is made up of the Moderators of all the Area Churches and the Moderator and Vice Moderator of MC Canada:
- Calvin Quan, Moderator, MC Canada
- Aldred Neufeldt, Vice Moderator, MC Canada
- Lee Dyck, MC British Columbia
- Dan Jack, MC Alberta
- Ken Warkentin, MC Saskatchewan
- Peter Rempel, MC Manitoba
- Paul Wideman, MC Eastern Canada
- The Executive Staff Group (ESG) provides staff support for the transition process and plays an important place for testing initial ideas. This group is made up of the executive leaders of each Area Church and MC Canada:
- Willard Metzger, Executive Director, MC Canada
- Coreena Stewart, Chief Administrative Officer, MC Canada
- Garry Janzen, Executive Minister, MC British Columbia
- Tim Wiebe Neufeld, Future Directions Coordinator, MC Alberta
- Ryan Siemens, Area Church Minister, MC Saskatchewan
- Ken Warkentin, Executive Director, MC Manitoba
- David Martin, Executive Minister, MC Eastern Canada
- Working Groups will be doing the hard work of providing detailed responses to proposed plans for various aspects of church life that will be affected by the transition. The Interim Council has identified a series of ten such groups. Potential names for membership on these groups have been identified. Once people have been invited and have accepted their roles a complete list of working groups and their membership will be posted on this website.
- A Listening Group composed of a diverse age, gender and ethnic makeup will be invited to speak into church processes. This group will be consulted by the Transition Coordinator as a way to test ideas throughout the process.