New publication to replace MB Herald

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 by Elenore Doerksen in News | Comments (5)

UPDATE – MB Herald was kept in print, but was reduced from 12 issues per year to 6 per year.

May 11, 2015

WINNIPEG—The goal of the Canadian conference is to build a communications strategy that is increasingly mission-focused, strengthens partnerships with provincial conferences and reaches as broad an audience as possible.

Sensing a call to communicate in new ways, conference leadership has announced that, as of December 2015, the MB Herald will be replaced by a new print initiative that will be developed with our provincial and national ministry partners to rally churches around our mission to “multiply Christ-centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.”

“We want to build off a strong past while embracing new opportunities to engage all generations in God’s mission locally, nationally and internationally,” says CCMBC executive director Willy Reimer.

“We know we will publish a new print piece in 2016,” says Reimer, “and are discerning how to facilitate other types of conversations around things such as theology, cultural issues and family news. Our goal is to deliver excellent communication with high impact, regardless of platform.

“For example, CCMBC has utilized several new communication delivery systems over the past year, including GMMiTV, which allows local churches and provinces the ability to livestream, record or simulcast events.”

As well, like many other denominations, the Canadian conference needs to find ways to live within new financial realities. Changes to government requirements for magazine funding have made it likely the Herald would soon be ineligible to receive the grant money that supported print publishing in the past. CCMBC has also experienced a downturn in deposit fund transfers to ministry due to lower returns and increased finance costs, as well as the need for greater church support, all of which have led to reduced ministry budgets.

For these reasons, the Herald – and any subsequent magazine – will operate on a bimonthly production schedule. This means the next issue readers can expect to see in their mailboxes is the August issue, followed by October and December. Space will be set aside in the remaining three issues of the Herald to remember and celebrate 54 years of ministry

UPDATE – MB Herald was kept in print, but was reduced from 12 issues per year to 6 per year.

 

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5 responses to “New publication to replace MB Herald”

  1. Sabrina F says:

    What a loss to the MB community! As a person who came to the MB family as a young adult, the Herald has been one of my favorite ways of staying connected with the broader MB community. It was always a highlight of my month to get the latest copy, and I saw it as a unique way that our community stayed connected with each other – almost like a cross-country family discussion. It has been a place of experiencing ideas across a wide range of ages, and it will be sorely missed.

    I am curious who sensed this call to communicate in new ways? Is this something that constituents are eager about? Is this a decision that was made unilaterally by leadership that reflects their agenda, or is this one that has taken into account how the spirit is moving across the denomination as a whole?

    Thankful for the way that the Herald has helped connect me with the community I’ve come to be a part of. Sad to see it go.

  2. Natasha Friesen says:

    Thank you Laura Kalmar for articulating so well the value of the Herald. I’m saddened to see the Herald coming to an end. It has been the recorded keeper of our Mennonite experience. It was the place to announce births and deaths in our Family in Christ. It keeps us connected from coast to coast as well as over seas. I realize that many who are grieving the loss of the Herald won’t speak out. So I want to ask Willy Reimer, why weren’t we given the option to give our opinion on the value of the Herald? If cost was an issue, why weren’t we given the option to pay for our subscription? The Voice of the multicultural Mennonite experience is being stifled and as part of that community we have been given no voice to Challenge this decision. I believe there should be a poll held throughout our church’s asking for feedback on this decision.

  3. Shirley B. Bergen says:

    I am surprised at this news. I have written for the Herald as a church reporter years ago and always been published. For years now I have been disappointed in lack of people stories. Last few issues have been very good, however. Would hate to see it replaced with admonishes to spread the Good News. Every church now has a local and foreign mission program. We are doing our best. We do not need to be flogged to do more. .

  4. Whitney Barbour says:

    I love the Herald! It’s my favourite piece of mail! I was so excited when I got to put my daughters’ birth announcements in the magazine as well as the write up announcing the beginning of my husband’s pastoral ministry (all three copies are saved in the girls’ baby boxes). Some of my favourite articles off the top of my head are: Nelson Boschman’s “7 ways to pray”, Phil Wagler’s “Things I’m learning from AA”, James Penner’s “Remain in Me”, Merri Ellen Giesbrecht’s “The little boy who went all in: A story of whole-hearted worship”, and James Toews’ “How a girl my worldview”. I am very saddened by this announcement. The above press release says the Herald will “be replaced by a new publication, focusing on our mission to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.” I wish the leadership of the Canadian Conference would pause and reflect on the good work of the Herald because there could not be a more accurate descriptor of the Herald than a magazine which shows how the lives of Canadians are being transformed by the good news of Jesus.

  5. Dana says:

    I’m adding my voice in agreement with what other commenters have already expressed so well.

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