Recorded streamed video of all sessions, Assembled News summarizing the event, and videos shown at the event are all accessible via Winnipeg 2017
Willard Metzger, Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada, was recently interviewed on the Church Matters podcast and shared what’s on his heart for the future of the church.
The interview is one more excellent way to prepare for Special Assembly 2017 (Oct. 13-15) in Winnipeg as delegates take the next steps in discerning the future of the Mennonite Church in Canada.
Dear Working, Listening, and Reference Groups:
On behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and with deep gratitude, I thank each individual member and the chair of the numerous Working, Listening, and Reference Groups that were initiated by the Future Directions process early in 2017.
Over the course of your work, approximately 80 people agreed to join in conversation on the vital topic of how we will be the church in the 21st century. Your solid thinking and passionate conversations led to reports that were immensely helpful to the Interim Council and the Executive Staff Group in the time leading up to our Special Assembly 2017. Many more have been informed by your work.
Your work is now complete and available to delegates as we together consider the future of our church at every level, from Congregations to Area Churches to National Church when we meet in Winnipeg from Oct. 13-15. Your work not only serves us in this time of change, but will illuminate future generations as it becomes a historical record of our collective journey. Put together, your efforts paint a picture of how we are striving and have strived to be followers of Jesus, lovers of God, and listeners to the Holy Spirit in our time.
You have served with sacrifice, dedication and commitment. I commend you.
Calvin Quan, Moderator
Mennonite Church Canada
The Interim Council is pleased to send you the Discernment documents you will need to help inform your congregation about and prepare your delegates for Special Assembly 2017 in Winnipeg, Oct. 13 – 15.
Discernment documents now available.
Special Assembly 2017 is a milestone event in the life of the five Area Churches that comprise Mennonite Church Canada as we discern re-organization proposals that will strengthen local Congregations as centres of worship and mission, enhance Area Churches to better resource congregations in their work, and re-imagine Mennonite Church Canada as our connecting point for Mennonite identity and witness.
If you have not yet appointed your delegates and/or registered for Special Assembly 2017, we urge you to do so as soon as possible via the 2017 Special Delegate Assembly page.
The reports below represent as fully as possible the outcomes of the Working Groups. The first document in the order provides a one page status summary of work to date by the various Working Groups, plus prior work by Reference Groups. Executive Summaries of these outputs will appear in the Future Directions Full Report to Special Assembly 2017, yet to be released.
- Working and Reference Group Activity and Document Summary Table (1 pp)
- Vision and Identity (16 pp)
- International Witness (35 pp)
- Canada Witness (11 pp)
- Congregational Vitality (18 pp)
- Community of Spiritual Leadership, originally called “Congregational of Ministerial Leadership” (3 pp)
- Camp Programmes (1 pp)
- Communications revised July 31 2017 (6 pp)