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CLOSED: Job Opportunity: MBCM Communications / Admin Assistant- 1 year term

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (MBCM) is seeking a part-time (0.5 EFT) Communications and Administrative Assistant for a one year term. The selected individual will report to the provincial director.

Position Status: Part-time (0.5 EFT) beginning January 7, 2019. Flexible work hours

Duties will include:

  • Copywriting for event promotion, MBCM.ca, monthly e-newsletters and other outgoing and internal documents
  • Management of MBCM social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo
  • Assistance in event planning
  • Office administration tasks such as inputting donations, responding to general e-mail inquiries and coordinating tasks and communications as part of the MBCM team.

Priority consideration will be given to candidates who:

  • are committed Christ followers
  • have formal experience in applied office skills
  • have a general working knowledge of Evernote
  • have a proficiency with WordPress (knowledge of HTML coding and development is not required)

Qualifications:

  • Complete high school education Manitoba standards, required.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Proficiency with computerized systems (Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel) is essential.
  • Experience with email and computerized calendars.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to prioritize a large workload and independently complete a variety of secretarial duties.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively contribute to a team environment.

Starting Salary/Rate: $20/hr

If interested, please submit resumes with minimum three (3) references by November 30, 2018 to Gerald Dyck at:

E-mail: gerald@mbcm.ca

Phone: 204-654-5760

Mailing address:

Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba

1310 Taylor Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba

R3M 3Z6

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Announcing Cam Priebe as new provincial director

With great anticipation, the MBCM board announces Cam Priebe as provincial director beginning in late spring 2019.

Cam currently serves as the director of the Outtatown program with Canadian Mennonite University, a role he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he served the newly restructured leadership development department for the Canadian Conference with a focus on emerging leaders. (2009-11), and director of Ministry Quest, a program of MB Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Cal. (2006–09).

Cam has extensive experience and passion working in team to equip and develop leaders.

We look forward to the new leadership and direction Cam will bring to the congregations and leaders of the Manitoba MB churches as we seek to discover and live out our mission in serving Christ.

We have joyful confidence that Cam’s gifts of coaching, mentoring, teaching, and leadership will assist in fulfilling the conference initiatives of developing leaders, building community, multiplying churches, and resourcing ministries.

“My desire is to bring my gifts to promote an atmosphere of discipleship in learning to love and follow Jesus Christ,” says Priebe.

Cam completed a Master of Arts in Christian ministry from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) in Fresno, Cal. He and his wife Shauna currently attend The Meeting Place, Winnipeg. They have three children, Tyson married to Alanna, Megan, and Madison.

Interim provincial director, Gerald Dyck will continue in this capacity until Cam begins in late spring 2019. At which point he will resume his role as director of church ministries.

“The MBCM team are fully affirming of this decision. We eagerly look forward to beginning our work alongside such a gifted leader.”, says Dyck.

“I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the leaders and communities of the Manitoba churches, paying attention and responding together to the Holy Spirit at work among us,” says Priebe.

The MBCM Board and Staff are grateful to see Cam step into this leadership role within the Manitoba MB Conference and continue to pray a blessing over him and his family in this season of transition ahead.

  • MBCM news release on behalf of the board
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Emerging Intercultural & Indigenous Church Discussion

Twelve leaders who work with emerging Intercultural and Indigenous Churches in Manitoba gathered in Winnipeg on October 4th for a half day of passionate discussion.  Some of the topics addressed were “What are some compelling reasons to make the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba (MBCM) a more welcoming place for Emerging Intercultural and Indigenous Churches?” and “How can Mennonite Brethren leaders help create belonging as equal partners with all our differences?”

Pastor Andaza Hezekiah, Nigerian born pastor of a multicultural church in Winnipeg, said that “The church of tomorrow is going to look more intercultural then we think.”  Paul Kroeker with C2C Church Planting Network said that “Canada represents this diversity already – we are a land full of opportunity.  The Mennonite Brethren are called by God to this reality.”

With this sense of passion for the church as a multicultural reality, the participants agreed that because the Gospel of Jesus Christ unites First Canadians, New Canadians and all Generations of Canadians, this discussion is essential.  We are called to embrace the church on earth as it is in heaven!  Participants acknowledged the challenges of mutual racism, misunderstandings due to cultural differences and institutional practices that keep us divided.

Mennonite Brethren are uniquely equipped to build bridges and extend hospitality to people of different cultures here in Manitoba.  MBs have immigrant roots and many MB churches in Manitoba are involved in refugee resettlement programs.  The MB denomination is local, national and global with many ministry partnerships which have allowed for international experience.  Learning opportunities like the TRC’s “Blanket Exercise” and church partnerships with Indigenous and Intercultural churches are already happening!  Participants believed that the dream of an MB Church in Manitoba that includes all the diverse peoples within Canada is worth pursuing.  If we continue to make room in our lives for hospitality, it was agreed that, with hard work, the MB Church in Manitoba could provide a place of belonging for Indigenous and Intercultural churches.

Even though there is a sense of urgency to respond to current opportunities, participants urged each other to take the time required for solid relationships to develop.  Wisdom dictates that church partners need to create a solid common theological foundation.  Time is required for the clarity of shared convictions to emerge.  Welcoming Intercultural and Indigenous churches into the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba and credentialing their pastors must take place in an atmosphere of mutual respect with full understanding of each other’s theological center.  Safe Place Policy practices and compliance with Canadian laws governing churches will require training and support.

Why would we want to make the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba more hospitable to Intercultural and Indigenous churches?  Through C2C, MBCM and Multiply, there are at least eight churches and their pastors asking to belong to the MB denomination.  This question is a live one for MBCM!  Here is how this group of 12 MB leaders answered the question:

“Why make a MBCM a welcoming place for Emerging Intercultural and Indigenous Churches?”

  • Because every culture has unique insights we can learn from
  • Because the Church on earth should look the same as it is in heaven
  • Because the Gospel of Jesus Christ unites us
  • Because this is who we already are
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