As you may have seen, MB Seminary has recently released a statement (http://www.mbseminary.ca/restructuring-2020-05/) in regards to decisions they have made. This communication is to further process the implications of the place we Manitoba MB churches find ourselves as a result of the status of MB Seminary.
MB Seminary and Canadian Mennonite University have a long history of partnering with each other to provide graduate level training in service to our churches and leaders. In 2012, MB Seminary and CMU entered a formal affiliation agreement to further that purpose in Manitoba. This relationship has included Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba funding 50% of one faculty member, namely Andrew Dyck. Both MB Seminary faculty in Manitoba, Andrew and Pierre Gilbert have served our MBCM family by preaching, teaching, and engaging with our churches.
Due to the financial exigency of MB Seminary, there will be significant changes in June of 2021 that will impact this current reality. MBCM board and staff have been in dialogue about what this means for graduate level pastoral training in Manitoba.
We are writing to you today to inform you about the ongoing discernment process. We will need your perspective and insight to find the best future in the midst of complex realities. We are planning to have a formal conversation with you in the fall of 2020.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to continuing in this discernment together.