We are all called to life-long learning and growth whether we are in high school, vocational ministry or retirement. God is at work in many ways; we invite you to discover your next step.
As MBCM meets with our churches to discuss the need to develop strong, Christ-centred, missional leaders, we have become aware of the diverse ways individuals and congregations are equipped. The means we use may differ, but our goal remains the same: to engage and inspire participation in the process. Regardless of where you find yourself on the path, we invite you to ask, where has God placed you? How is God inviting you to grow?
Below is a snapshot of upcoming events and programs. Consider some possibilities to connect in growing your faith.
As you look for direction for your next step, talk with your pastor or a trusted mentor, and let us know how we can help. Regardless of age, gender, cultural background, or other demographic category, we will do our best to help you find your fit.
1. Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (MBCM)
We are hard at work developing a website that will eventually house all of the below information and resources. In the meantime, we would like to keep open lines of communication to work alongside you, our churches and the work you are already engaged in.
A. ELEVATION Apprenticeship Program – https://mbcm.ca/elevation/
i. This is a four-year program that integrates ministry and education. Participants receive a half-time salary funded equally by the church and the conference. They are also funded to take two seminary courses a year through MBBS (6 credit hrs)
ii. We would like to see young women and men utilize this support as they explore calling into pastoral ministry.
2. Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS)
We continue to work alongside the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in both the formal and non-formal platforms to provide leadership development and ministry training for leaders and churches.
A. MinistryLift– www.ministrylift.ca
i. Contact Janelle Braun (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the MBCM username and password to access these resources.
ii. Workshops, training videos, blogs, articles, etc available in the following topics
|1. Apologetics||2. Healthy Boards||3. Millennials|
|4. Faith & Culture||5. Leading Change||6. Prayer|
|7. Spiritual Care||8. Discipleship||9. Small Groups|
|10. Children’s Ministry|
B. Consider Auditing or Taking a seminary course for credit:
i. Foundations for Christian Ministry (available via livestream) with Andrew Dyck (Wednesdays, 2:30-5:15pm, Fall semester)
ii. Mission and Evangelism (weekends) with Andrew Dyck (Sept.28-29, Oct. 26-27, Nov. 30-Dec.1, 8:30am-5:00pm)
iii. Course details and registration online at https://www.cmu.ca/academics.php?s=gradstudies&p=courses
3. Canadian Mennonite University (CMU)
Beyond their undergraduate and graduate degrees, there are often community events open to the public offering opportunities to engage in dialogue and building relationships with others. Courses offered via livestream are also an option for rural or out of the city students.
A. Canadian School of Peacebuilding – June 10-14 & 17-21, 2019
i. Courses at undergraduate and graduate level. Auditing course option available.
ii. To apply online: https://www.cmu.ca/apply_csop.php
iii. More information: http://csop.cmu.ca/
B. OUTTATOWN DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL – http://www.outtatown.com/
i. Program is accepting applications for students ages 17-22
ii. Two-Semester Program: Guatemala & South Africa
5. Steinbach Bible College
A. Steinbach Bible College is offering two 1-month evening intensives for fall 2018.
i. Practices for Effective Servant Leadership (available via livestream) with Dr. Patrick Friesen (Thursdays, 7 – 9pm, from September 20 – October 18.)
ii. Today’s Questions for the Church with Michael Zwaagstra (Thursdays, 7 – 9pm, from September 20 – October 18.)
iii. Both courses available for credit or audit. Course details and registration online at SBCollege.ca/events or call 204-326-6451.
6. MB Mission
A. SOAR HEARTLAND – March 28- April 6, 2019
i. You can participate in a number of ways, take a team or volunteer a day or two, see how God is at work, be inspired.
B. TREK CENTRAL CANADA – May 7, 2018- Feb 8. 2019
ii. Age 21+
iii. Local & International assignments
6. MB Herald
There are a number of additional events and gatherings taking place, bookmark the MB Herald Calendar webpage to keep up to date with upcoming events.