Singing for Apprentices?!

“Why are you going to seminary to study worship? All a song leader needs to do is open the hymnal and choose 3 songs.” My aunt said this to me just before my family and I moved to Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 1994. I was…

Trusting slowness

“There is one fault I must find with the twentieth century, And I’ll put it in a couple of words: Too adventury. What I’d like would be some nice dull monotony If anyone’s gotony.” I recently stumbled upon these words by Ogden Nash. (My high…

Going behind the scenes at pastors retreat [VIDEO]

Have you ever wondered what MBCM pastors retreat is like? Perhaps you’re on the fence about whether or not you’d like to try it out. Well look no further than the BockFive vlog (that’s short for video blog) for a behind the scenes look. This is how Steve and Karen…

Walls of Freedom van

Photo essay: Walls of Freedom Outreach Centre

Photographer Tony Schellenberg and I visited Walls of Freedom Outreach Centre on March 24, 2017 to meet with pastor Jim Wiseman. The community service plaque signed by Queen Elizabeth that hung behind his desk was the first thing we noticed. It was awarded to Wiseman during his days as a military recreation…

Assembly 2017 photo essay

A gospel for the world Photography by Anthony Mark Photography Drummer Todd DeChateauvert Elenore Doerksen assists at the registration desk. Loralee wears a beautiful and musical jingle dress.  La Salle Community Fellowship worship minister Darren Willems makes a new friend. MBCM executive director Elton DaSilva, C2C regional director Ewald…

MBCM 12-month dashboard

A family snapshot of the MB church in Manitoba.

Foresight Ministries

Photo essay: 2016 C2C Dessert Celebrations

This fall, C2C Network hosted four dessert celebrations across the province of Manitoba, sharing dessert and stories of God’s transformational work with 550 people. Many new partners joined the C2C Network team in prayer support while $40,000 was raised toward church planting and multiplication. Here are a few…

La Salle

La Salle Community Fellowship: helping each other follow Christ through everyday life

“La Salle Community Fellowship participates in just about everything else the town has to offer,” says pastor Kelly Cochrane, who began leading the 20-year-old congregation in 2015, after founding pastor Ray Klassen retired. Located 10 minutes south of Winnipeg, La Salle is a growing town…

2016 Pastor and spouse retreat in review

I was apprehensive about attending this year’s pastors and spouses retreat. My official first day of on-staff pastoral ministry at Crossroads MB church wasn’t until June 1, 2016 – after the retreat. As someone new to professional ministry, I was concerned that I would not be…

Canadian MB churches welcome refugees

In May 2016, CCMBC distributed a questionnaire to Canadian MB churches. Out of the responses received it can be known that: 43 MB churches either have already welcomed refugee families or are expecting the arrival a family soon (17%). Another 15 have begun the process of…