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MB Graduate Studies: Andrew Dyck

MB Graduate Studies: Andrew Dyck

September 23, 2021

Andrew Dyck
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry

Bomba: Andrew, I’ll start by asking if you could give us some insight into why you chose a path of education/teaching.

Andrew: Oh, wow. You know, this is my third career. I was a physiotherapist and then a pastor, and now a professor. I realized some years ago that it didn’t matter what work I was doing; I always shifted towards the education side of things. I think there’s something about my calling that always ends up having to do with teaching in one way or another. And so, as a physio, it meant I ended up doing lots of work with patient education. A teenager is not going to do their exercises unless they understand how their knee works. And as a pastor, I had the privilege of doing quite a lot of preaching and training in the church. And now this work at CMU. So, I think there’s something of my own sense of who I am that tilts towards teaching.

And then there’s the other side of it, which is that an opportunity came at just the right time. There are those things in timing that we can’t control. And when things line up, you say, “Wow God, this is a wonderful opportunity.” I was pastoring part-time and working on a doctoral degree when an opportunity arose with MB seminary at CMU. So I had a chance to draw on other things I’ve done in my life, not just my education but also my experience with people in the church. I had this opportunity, and I’ve been very grateful to be able to do this.

Bomba: What would you say is the most rewarding aspect?

Andrew: I teach a course every other year called Supervised Ministry Experience, but it’s essentially a practicum course where students do ongoing ministry work and meet with me every two weeks. We meet as a group, four to six students each time, and we’re processing, doing case studies, and paying attention to what the Holy Spirit is doing in people’s lives. They either do it for eight months or twelve. And somewhere around six-seven months, I often start hearing a shift in how students talk about their ministry. They start being calmer. They’re more patient. They rely more on God and not on accomplishing everything themselves. They ask better questions about their ministry and themselves. I’ve seen it happen repeatedly, and I’ve watched how most of those folks are now in some kind of ministry. That’s one of the highlights.

Bomba: What are some of the challenges that you’ve faced?

Andrew: Creating courses. I’ve created ten or a dozen courses since I’ve started here. Each time, I try to think carefully about what’s a good focus? What should people read? What kinds of assignments will be helpful? What am I going to talk to them about? How do I draw students in? Because one of the things I’m committed to is that I’m not just here to lecture to students. There are lots of places where they can get information. But how do I help them process what they’re learning? How do I hear from students? That’s the challenge of teaching. It’s a good challenge. When they get their course syllabus, I often tell my students that the hardest work for me was writing down the main objectives for this course.

Another challenge that’s come up a little more over the last few years is realizing that I need to expand the resources that I’m introducing in my courses so that students can engage a greater diversity of writers. So I need to make sure that they’re not just reading men but also women authors and listening to women’s voices. I’m also thinking about how to draw on Indigenous people as resources for my students. So this is part of my learning curve right now.

Bomba: Wow. That’s amazing. How would you describe the student experience during the pandemic?

Andrew: I tried to create more forums where a student posts a case study on Saturday. On Monday, the others in the class ask questions of clarification. The student responds Wednesday. Then the class starts analyzing and offering proposals and affirmations. By Friday, the student says, here’s what I’ve learned from your feedback, which creates a week-long process. And then the next week, it’s someone else’s turn. Some of those conversations went to deep places and significant conflicts that students had in their ministry, or to challenges they were facing. Maybe it’s because students had more time to reflect. They were in their own space, in their own context. They didn’t have to rush with an opinion. So I watched and guided. There have been upsides in the pandemic.

Bomba: Right. What are the demographics of the majority of the students that you end up teaching?

Andrew: Late twenties, early thirties into early-mid 40s, that’s probably the bulk of students, age-wise. They’ve nearly all got a bachelor’s degree when they come into the seminary programs. The majority are already doing some kind of Christian ministry, so they’re mostly studying part-time. Whereas when I went to seminary, I moved with my family, and we went for two years, I did a two-year degree, and we moved on. But my students—whether they’re single, married, sometimes with young children or even teenagers—are fitting their studies into their life and work.

Bomba: What makes the Mennonite Brethren track (MB) unique? If someone is thinking of taking some courses, or maybe they’re just getting started with exploring those options, what would you say to them?

Andrew: Three things. First, we’re a very flexible program. In seminaries that are bigger, they’re able to say: you have to take this course, this course and this course. These courses are offered every year to fit into the stream. Whereas we’re a smaller school. So we say: you can choose which courses you take as long as they meet specific categories. You need a certain number of Bible courses. You need a certain number of theology and history courses and a certain number of ministry courses, but you’ve got a lot more flex. So we’ve developed that into a strength: students can customize their program to match the needs of their calling.

A second benefit is that we’re really affordable. We’re half the price of many seminaries (not all). And the third advantage of this MB track is that every student who wants to do a full program with us will be required to take a certain number of courses with MB profs. In that way, if they sign up in the MB track, we’ll make sure that there’s mentoring or engagement with the conference or church events outside of school. We’re interested in the non-formal or non-academic parts of ministry formation, not simply that you did all your degrees and got your credit. So you’re going to get some MB profs, you’re going to take courses where you’re studying about Mennonite Brethren. You’re going to have engagement with profs by way of your advising, and you’re going to be invited into non-academic ways of getting familiar with the Mennonite Brethren Church in Manitoba. So those would be three key features of this MB track for students.

Bomba: Is there anything else that you’d love to share with anybody that’s reading this right now.

Andrew: Well, if I were doing a commercial, I’d add that students can do this in several different ways. Some students just want to pick up a course here and there, kind of like continuing professional development. Others want to take a program, so they want to get either a certificate or a degree out of it. That’s a different way of studying where the student then fits into a program. Still, others students just want to audit. For example, some students want to improve their preaching. They don’t want to do it for credit, but they want to come to all the classes as a kind of enrichment. So there are a variety of ways they can engage with us.

Bomba: Ok, I have one more question as we close off. I’m aware that you are a phenomenal musician, so I assume you listen to a lot of music. Is that accurate?

Andrew: I have music in my office, probably three-quarters of the time.

Bomba: Ok, what song would you say is the best soundtrack for this season of your life right now?

Andrew: Wow, it’s funny you ask. I’m giving my faith story in chapel on Thursday. I actually chose three songs, so I’m just going to name them. One is “This I Believe (The Creed)”. So that would be a praise and worship song. Then I chose a more meditative, contemplative song from the Taizé Christian Community in France. It’s “Christ the light of the world”. It’s repetitive. It’s prayerful. You can get past the words and offer your prayer while you’re singing. And the third one is a slightly older hymn, “How can I keep from singing?” Through all the stuff in life that’s difficult, how can I keep from singing? It’s like Peter said to Jesus, ”You have the words of eternal life. Where else are we going to go?”

Bomba: That’s incredible. Well, this is great Andrew. Thanks for taking the time to chat. I appreciate this.

Andrew: Thanks for your interest, and I appreciate that we’re doing this for the MB Church of Manitoba.

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The Mind and Attitude of Jesus

The Mind and Attitude of Jesus

September 23, 2021

Cam Priebe
MBCM Provincial Director

Lately, I’ve been focused on John 13 and finding encouragement and hope in the way Jesus loves his disciples. First, even in the midst of a chaotic feeling of knowing that death and suffering are imminent, he chooses to sit and have dinner with those he loves, even those who he knows will betray him. He then decides to serve them by washing their feet.

That image of Jesus washing feet has been present with me recently. I think of it often during meetings or while listening to people. Jesus’ posture would be to pay attention to their needs, and he seeks to love and serve them well. When things feel just beyond my control, or when I wish circumstances were different, I’m reminded that Jesus is sitting with us. Jesus is fully present with those he loves, those that will ultimately betray him and those that will deny him. He chooses to kneel and minister to the needs of the moment. I’m comforted by that image.

I’m praying for you as church leaders and MBCM churches that you would experience the love of Jesus in practical ways. In the unknown, constant change and questions of the next best step – Jesus is sitting in with us. I’m praying that as we interact with others, we would have the love of Jesus to sit with people and make every effort to truly understand others. I’m praying for patience, grace, and understanding and that we would have the mind and attitude of Jesus.

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Fourth Avenue Church

Fourth Avenue Church

September 21, 2021

Abe Klassen
Lead Pastor

Encouragement and hope during the pandemic.

During this COVID reality, we have experienced differences in opinions and perspectives around the pandemic, but overall, people have been respectful. We continue to find ways to engage in relevant conversations. In our adult Bible School, we are unpacking the book of Revelation with an approach of “let’s be ready” but not getting consumed by all the conspiracy theories.

There have been some challenges in people’s lives around marriages and financial circumstances, followed by some incredible miracles where folks have seen significant help in economic and relational situations even over a short period. While this can be a lonely and depressing time for some, we’ve continued to make efforts to connect with people even through doorstep visits. 

In the midst of challenges, we are constantly reminded that God is still working by providing strength and courage. Some people were struggling with their spiritual lives and have now come back to the faith!  There are stories of healing that can only be attributed to God’s divine intervention. Lives are being changed. God is at work. We are grateful for how He provides guidance and direction during these times.

Our programming opens up this Sunday, and we are excited to see full engagement from the congregation already. Pray that we would be unified with a Christ-centered focus. Pray that we would honour God with our lives and foster a desire to worship and praise Jesus. Pray that our leaders would be caring, loving and respectful, despite various opinions.

 
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Elmwood MB Church

Elmwood MB Church

August 17, 2021

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Ken Stoesz (Lead Pastor) from Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church about the ways God has been working at Elmwood and the community. We hope that you feel as encouraged as we did by this conversation!

The Church

Revitalize – that probably articulates best what we have been trying to do at Elmwood. Though the theme of ‘Revitalize’ was present to Elmwood before the pandemic hit in early 2020, it still continues through to today.

Elmwood MB Church is over 100 years old, but one is never too old to hear the gospel. Elmwood needed to hear the gospel. We needed to repent collectively, and more than that, to be, as Paul says in Ephesians, to pray that God would supernaturally help us understand His great love for us. We needed transformation by His grace, love & mercy. Elmwood didn’t need a hug; we needed to come face to face with hard truths.”

Covid-19

When Covid hit, we decided early on to commit to three things:

    • To be consistent
    • To be accessible
    • And to be “us.”

We realized that what our congregation needed was a sense of normalcy. Everything was changing. Nothing was normal. Can we just provide normal? Can Elmwood be the one thing that remains stable? The answer was yes, and after trying a few things, we landed on the simplicity of an iPhone and a mic for streaming our services.

We also realized early that we needed to be transparent with the church as much as possible in our writing and our speaking. Transparency meaning that no one is promising that they know exactly what to do and that they won’t be able to get covid ‘right.’ 

There have been struggles dealing with covid itself, specifically how the church would handle the health orders. There are a portion of people who support the health orders, a portion of people who do not support the health orders and a portion of people who might be found more in the middle. I found myself having to navigate these conversations. Back in May, we had a 3-hour zoom call and walked through: 

    • What does scripture say about medicine?
    • What does scripture say about the government?
    • What does scripture say about how we relate to one another? 

We found that the bible says less about medicine, a little more about government, but a ton about how we should relate to one another. And really specific things. So the meeting ended with realizing that we all have different opinions about these things. You’re going to pull a verse out of here to defend, that’s fine, but you actually don’t have a lot on either side, but you have a ton of direct commands like ‘you cannot slander each other.’  So we unpacked those texts and tried to do it with a ton of grace, realizing that we are all in this together.

Leadership

Elmwood has a leadership council consisting of about 11 people, and we have been training towards this council being the spiritual leaders of the church and co-pastoring alongside the pastors. This has been one of the highlights during covid – watching the council step up and say “yes” to the care of the people in Elmwood. Practically, that has looked like a lot of phone calls and intentional conversations with members. It’s been awkward and hard. To pray with people and ask them how they are doing and what God has been teaching them, not just Netflix shows and lamenting about the jets, but saying – the reason I am calling you is because I have a mandate before God and before the church that I would give an account for your soul one day.

The council has really stepped up during this season.

Another leadership gift came when we hired a new pastor, Conrad Dueck, three months before Covid hit. I can’t even underestimate what he’s brought to the table this last year. I don’t know where I’d be.

Missions

Elmwood is an incredibly generous church, and we found ourselves in a place where we collectively felt that it was time to do something with the gospel we’d been learning about. People were ready. Together we have:

    • Began a partnership in NorthEast India and have sent three teams out to assist new pastors in training. 
    • Sponsored a family living in a Ugandan refugee camp through MCC that is in the final stages of moving to Canada. 
    • Begun to build relationships with some people living in a camp along the Red River. 

The Future

Although it isn’t known what church will look like in the fall when people start to trickle back in, we are sure about one thing: The goal isn’t a fixed building or a new awesome program, but it is people who know God and are growing in maturity and love and affection for Him. That’s the goal. That’s what we are trying to do here.

Praying for Elmwood

Pray that we are steadfast in our love for one another. Pray that we would be steadfast in God’s word. Pray that we would be instilled with a  desire to reach the unreached with the gospel. Pray that God leads around this corner and that we would become a great commission church. A church that is actively faithfully reaching out to share Christ. Pray for perseverance in ministry, healthy marriages and joy in the ministry even in the midst of opposition, rejection and confusion.

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Boats, Booths and the Body

Boats, Booths and the Body

June 10, 2021

Written by Robbie Friesen – Youth Pastor @ La Salle Community Fellowship

In the book of Leviticus, God introduced something called the festival of booths, a yearly festival that continues to this day. The festival begins with everyone building an outdoor tent and then living in it for seven days. It was instituted to remember the 40 years the Israelites lived in tents under God’s protection. Recently, it was stated that this festival was also a great equalizer of the people. No matter your occupation, income or age, you were to live outside in a tent with all of God’s people. It would seem as though this festival may be an excellent lens through which to view our pandemic. No matter one’s occupation, income, age, or anything else, everyone has been faced with living in the midst of this together.

We start to see the differences in the different ways people react today, to this great equalizer. Some choose to ignore this festival and go on living as if nothing in the world has changed. Others take great caution to make sure their tents are precisely in accordance with the law. Finally, the third and largest camp accepts the reality of this time and looks for ways to acknowledge the festival and find unique ways of continuing their lives.

Our church has found itself living in the third camp for the past 15 months. There is an acceptance that COVID is among us and a desire to find ways to live well through it. A recent example of this was the SOAR program run by Multiply at the end of March. SOAR is a regular on the church’s calendar year and a time of unparalleled growth for many young people. As SOAR approached, our church had two main questions to wrestle through. What does success look like this year, and how might God use our circumstances to reveal himself to us?

The first question was tough to work through. In a typical year, it is easy to see what a successful SOAR looks like. Large gatherings of countless youth on fire for Jesus, people choosing to give up vacations and holidays to serve the inner city of Winnipeg and finally, the sights of Jesus overtaking their lives as they surrender their hearts to God. This was a hard vision to give up. However, with our numbers dwindling and restrictions making it impossible for churches to gather together, we needed a new vision of success. Our church decided to make the event open to all ages and encouraged church members to attend sessions over the five days. 

It was in this place that God met our church. Not in a room bustling with young energy as the songs of praise rose to God, but in a small circle with one youth and nine devoted pillars of the church. 

Along with members from the Multiply team, we sat in silence and listened for the voice of God together. It did not take long for a particular image to rise to the forefront of our time together. A simple image of a shipwrecked boat with a broken mast filled with sailors trying to get the ship to work again. For those unfamiliar with the church in La Salle, this boat represented an accurate depiction of the state of our church family. Shipwrecked, a broken mast, and a group of people looking to make it go again.

As we continued listening, God placed our members on the boat itself. We laughed, cried and rejoiced as we understood the vital role that each person in the circle had in repairing, organizing and encouraging the restoration of our church body. At the end of our time together, it was evident that God used our circumstances to show up to our larger church body in a way we were not expecting.

But this is not where the story ends for our church. A few weeks later, the Leadership Team met and wrestled with this same image. As we spoke together, we once again noticed new things, we reshaped our idea of what God wanted from our church, and we prayed for guidance and discernment as we moved after God’s heart.

Finally, this image emerged one final time in the course of our church life. In a conversation with a pastoral candidate, the Leadership Team asked Kevin Dyck where he saw himself in this image. His answer was a true testament to God’s direction to our church. It would seem as if his role filled the very gap that would aid our church in unifying itself once again. This is just one reason why our church is so excited to welcome him onto our Pastoral Staff this summer!

So what have we learned from all of this? It seems as though there was something divine about the origins of this year’s SOAR program. God challenged our church to leave our comfort and predictable models of success for something new. To live outdoors as an equalized people to make space for God to work. He brought together a group of devoted parishioners to share a vision of where the church was now; as well as where the church is going. We are moving after this mission with the help of everyone in the room and the future help that he would send.

I’m not sure what the context of your church’s ship is. It could be broken. It could be a well-oiled machine. It could be that you’re overflowing and ready to put another ship in the water! In any event, God is calling you to find yourself on the waters with a gift and a task. Will you choose to enter into this to bring about God’s glory here on earth?

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God at work at Westside Community Church

God at work at Westside Community Church

April 13, 2021

Written by Gerald Dyck – Lead Pastor @Westide Community Church (WCC)

How we’ve seen God at work at WCC this past year? Wow, what a question! It’s been a year of “survival.” We’ve attempted to learn as much as possible by viewing  The challenge as an opportunity. 

It’s been a year of continual adjusting and maneuvering. When gatherings restrictions were put in place, we faced challenges such as, how do we stay connected, how do we provide content, how do we as staff justify getting paid? (Just kidding, of course) But more importantly, how do we carry out the mission of the Church in a time when the church is needed more than ever.

Right from the beginning, it seemed as though God was saying, “Who are you or what are you about when you don’t have Sunday morning available to you?” We can’t say we had a great plan or strategy. We simply wanted to love and care for our community with a posture of humility and an eye on the hope of Jesus Christ. Here are some of the things we’ve done and how the Kingdom has been revealed to and through the church.

Going Remote

We decided early on that we wouldn’t record and post a typical-for-us worship service. We didn’t have much online presence in March 2020, but we did have some people from our church who are skilled in film production –Golden Hour Creative Agency, who now had some time available. They had the passion and vision for producing content that would be engaging and of high production value. This allowed us to film weekly messages from remote locations around our community. For eight months, we recorded in greenhouses, cemeteries, bars, museums, city jail, chicken coops, a baseball dugout, sunflower fields, cow pastures, woods, etc. 

We hoped to promote our community spaces while we fed the people of Westside. We also hoped this would appeal to our community to discover where we were filming each week. As a result, we’ve had many Kingdom conversations with our community business owners, grocery stores and other workplaces.

It’s been great to receive online interaction with many who appreciate our attempts at connection. One individual shared, “You won’t see me in a church, but I have cancer, and someone told me to watch what your church is doing. I did, and now I would like to talk about life and death, you know, a light conversation or two.” We’ve been able to connect and share the gospel message in a very real way. 

Christmas Tree

We have a large oak tree at the front of our church, which is off the main highway through the middle of Morden, and we decided to light it up for Christmas. After purchasing lights and renting scissor lifts, the tree was lit for the entire city to see. We hoped it would be a symbol of joy and hope. We were surprised at how many appreciative comments we received from those who did not have any pre-existing connection to the church. Comments such as “I smile every time I pass that tree” and “I feel hope, and I know this COVID season won’t last forever when I drive by,” or “Please keep that tree lit when Christmas is over.” (The tree remains lit, and the plan is to keep it that way.) It’s just a tree with lights, but it’s actually so much more. The tree serves as a nightly reminder that we are to be a light to the world, not to be hidden but to be bold and in the world. 

Co-op Grocery Store Shrink

“Shrink” is the soon-to-be postdated or damaged packaged goods that grocery stores usually discard. For the past year, we have entered into a partnership that has us picking up food and distributing hampers on Mondays to various families and stocking other food cupboards. Past its prime, produce and bread can go to feed livestock. This has opened the doors to relationships with so many who wouldn’t usually come through our church doors. We were also given the opportunity to be the community food bank for a month over Christmas. 

The local Co-op recently created a Facebook promo of partnership with a local church and how they appreciate the relationship and look to expand the partnership in the future. 

Weekly Soup

We collaborated with a chef in our congregation to make approximately 275 bowls of soup a week. The soup was then distributed to our front-line workers such as hospital staff, clinics, teachers, daycares, city administration, seniors,  city workers, police, etc. To date, we have provided approximately 4 thousand bowls of soup to our community. 

These simple acts have generated goodwill with our community. They have been a way for us to be the Church in ways we probably wouldn’t have taken on without the reality of society in isolation and times of desperation.  As we have begun to resume Sunday services, we have some new faces in the building and new ways to engage with others. 

I’ve been impressed by how other Mennonite Brethren churches have been reaching out to serve others. We indeed followed some great examples. Just to name a few, Winkler MB Church has been doing work like this for years, and we steal as many ideas from them as we can. Jubilee Church in Winnipeg and 188 Princess have modelled what it looks like to be deeply involved with the people in their neighbourhoods. 

It’s a challenge to be engaged directly in community work which automatically makes us a messier place. But through our interactions with our community, we have been invited into more and more opportunities to serve others.

We’ve also noticed that the more we know, the less we know. We’ve been humbled by our ignorance and are daunted by the opportunities. We know that only God can pull off what’s next. Our reliance on Him is paramount. It’s only through prayer and availability can we be who God has called us to be. God has been teaching us to love our community. Our Sunday morning gatherings should be about equipping all those in attendance or watching online to embrace the gospel message and extend it to others each day of the week.

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Words from Janelle Braun…

Words from Janelle Braun…

January 19, 2021

Janelle Braun

Could it really be 2021 already? For most of us, 2020 was a strange year. One filled with new realities, new obstacles, new blessings and an ever-changing “new normal.” Although each of us carried our own unique experience this past year, we all carried a shared reality. Things had to be done differently.

Often, I embrace change with a very optimistic perspective, that this newness will shape me and bring forth growth opportunities. But to be honest, this past year, I’ve struggled to maintain this optimistic attitude. Upon returning from my maternity leave in March of 2020, little did I know I’d be leaving again in January 2021 without having had the chance to reconnect with many of you in the meaningful ways I had imagined. 

One of the aspects of my role with MBCM that I have enjoyed the most is growing and learning together with and from you, the greater MB family here in Manitoba and beyond. However, in reflecting over this past year, I can honestly say, amidst the grief, sadness, confusion and exhaustion, I do have much to be thankful for.

Although we have been restricted by the type of gatherings we’ve been able to have, I am thankful that we’ve been able to walk through this together. Reminding one another of truth, the power of community & togetherness and the gracious sustaining nature of our God. God’s presence has not changed, nor has God’s promise of redemption and restoration for our hurting world. The message of hope that we as the church hold is needed more than ever. Of this, I remain confident.

And now, as I look forward to yet more change, adding another little human to our family and stepping away from the MBCM team, I want to leave you with a word of encouragement in your work and service. Wherever you find yourself in this season, I pray that you would be given fresh wind beneath your wings, to know that every little thing you do, when you do it unto the Lord, can and will be used in mighty ways! May you continue the good work that God has already begun and will continue to accomplish in and through you. I love you, my brothers and sisters, and am thankful to be a part of this family.

Philippians 1:6 (The Voice) – a newer translation that was introduced to me this past year: “ I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world.”

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Prayer Requests (Nov 2020)

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Prayer Requests (Nov 2020)

November 26, 2020

– Pray for people in our community as they look for housing as the cold approaches. Pray for perseverance & courage as they seek to get off the street. Pray for those of us who are advocating and trying to help them as well.

– Like all churches, we are struggling to stay connected. Many of the people that are part of our community have no other means of connection (online, phone, etc). Pray that we will be able to find creative ways to remain a positive presence in people’s lives.
 
-We are grateful for those who continue to support the work of One88 in this economic climate. Pray for the on-going sustainability of this work in the downtown, particularly as we look to expand our network.
 
 – Pray that we would have enough food for community families during this challenging season 
 
– Pray for enough funds to continue providing emergency services  
 
– Pray for God to create new connections with our northern partners and put us in contact with new partners during the pandemic
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Please pray for peace in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Habtemicael Beraki is one of our lead pastors (Philadelphia Eritrean Church) in the family of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. Habtemicael has two brothers living in Mikele, the capital of Tigray in Ethiopia. All communication with his family has been cut off. Here’s some news on the matter. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-55037162

From Pastor Habtemicael. “First of all I would like to say peace and grace for all brothers and sisters in Christ. I am writing this on behalf of all Ethiopians and Eritreans. Our countries are in a terrible war situation and our peoples are between life and death and now in the moment thousands are dying. So we need your urgent prayers.”

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PostureShift Postponed

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PostureShift Postponed

October 13, 2020

EVENT POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 29 & 30, 2021

On October 7, a group of MBCM leaders met in person to the degree that it was possible, with others via zoom, to work toward the following outcome. A strategy in place that accurately reflects our path forward, honors our confessional convictions and leads our churches to be places where LGBTQ+ persons experience the love and care of Jesus.

We recognized the discouraging necessity of this kind of sentiment, as every person should be able to experience the love and care of Jesus in our churches, and yet acknowledge that this hasn’t been the case for some. We made good progress in our conversation and look forward to moving this strategy forward in the days to come.

One space of discernment was the timing of PostureShift. There was universal agreement that PostureShift would be a significantly positive resource for our churches, leaders and families toward a better future. We also recognize that this moment in time carries significant weight that works to diminish investment in a resource like PostureShift. People are focused on survival and the necessary in the midst of pandemic uncertainty. That’s ok, it’s kind of a big deal. In light of this reality, we have decided to postpone PostureShift until we can more fully engage with this important resource as a larger community.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more opportunities to engage in resourcing opportunities. Thank you for your understanding.

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Pastoral Transitions (June – August, 2020)

Pastoral Transitions (June – August, 2020)

July 9, 2020

Join us in welcoming the following into their new positions:

  • Shannon Wiebe – Youth Pastor @ Boissevain MB Church(Summer 2020)
  • Joe Welty – (Transitional) Lead pastor @ Crossroads MB (Summer 2020)
  • Greg Wiens – Lead pastor @ Westwood Community Church (June, 2020)

We are grateful the following individuals who have served well within our MBCM Churches and we honour their impact within our community as they move on:

  • Delbert Ens, Eastview Community Church (Retired, June)
  • Marvin Dyck Retired (Retired, June)
  • Hugh Froese, Manitou Christian Fellowship – (Resigned, August)
  • Greg Armstrong – One88 (Retiring, Summer of 2020)