June 16 Conference Call Audio

Click here to listen to the conference call from June 16.



On Friday, June 16, there will be a 90 minute conference call that all MB church attenders are invited to participate in, as first announced in the MB Mission/C2C Q&A document. The purpose of the call is to answer questions regarding the proposed motion “that MB Mission assume responsibility for the mission and ministry of C2C network”. This motion will be brought to a vote by the delegates on November 1, 2017 at a Special General Meeting prior to Equip Study Conference 2017.

The call will be held at 9:30 am (Pacific Time) and will begin with the moderator of the call introducing presenters Steve Berg (CCMBC Interim Executive Director), Jim Davidson (CCMBC CFO), Michael Dick (Executive Board Assistant Moderator) and Executive Board Moderator Bruce Enns providing an introduction to the call. This will be followed by a Q&A.

The Q&A format will allow participants to enter a question queue. The operator will give instructions on how to enter the queue before the call begins. As the participant’s turn comes up they must provide their name, their church, to whom they are addressing the question and then their question. They will then be muted (to maintain sound quality) and the question will be answered. If a participant has more than one question they will have to re-enter the queue.

To participate in the call, you may use the numbers listed below. Once dialed, you will be greeted by an operator saying that you are joining the CCMBC Conference Call and will be asked your name and what church you attend, followed by the instructions for entering the queue.

The company providing the service is called Chorus Call.

Canada/USA toll free: 1-800-319-4610
Calgary Toll: +1-403-351-0324
Montreal Toll: +1-514-375-0364
Toronto Toll: +1-416-915-3239
Vancouver Toll: +1-604-638-5340
Callers should dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time and simply ask to join your call.

Please share this information with your church congregation to ensure all are aware of the opportunity and have the instructions.

Update on C2C & MB Mission Task Force

A first draft of the Terms of Reference has been prepared regarding the task force that combines the C2C Network and MB Mission.

The document will be finalized by the CCMBC Executive Board at their meetings in November.

Click here to read the C2C and MBmission Task Force Terms of Reference.





C2C Network appoints Atlantic regional director

Atlantic Canada director appointed

In partnership with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada, the C2C Network has appointed Chad MacDonald regional director for Atlantic Canada. The former pastor of ministry development from Vancouver’s Westside Church begins Jan. 2, 2015 – in answer to many prayers.

“God has sort of primed the pump,” says MacDonald.

About two years ago, MacDonald and his wife Lynda began to sense “promptings, or an urge, to consider ‘what would it look like to go back to Nova Scotia?’” says the Atlantic native. But with Westside’s purchase of The Centre in 2013, MacDonald’s energies were taken up and the subject of returning east was shelved.

MacDonald “wasn’t disgruntled” when left his Nova Scotia home at 18, but he didn’t expect to return. He studied at Toronto’s Tyndale University and met Lynda through a young people’s group at The Meeting House, Oakville, Ont. They worked as site leaders for Canadian Mennonite University’s Outtatown program. Continuing west, he studied to be a paramedic and began pastoring at Westside Church where both he and Lynda served part-time in myriad capacities for the young church plant.

By the end of his eighth year, MacDonald’s work comprised staff administration, volunteer ministry teams coordination, arts group rentals in the former Vancouver Centre for the Performing Arts, and serving on the elder board.

“It’s evident God has been building my resume,” he says.

A call to the Atlantic field

As Mennonite Brethren were hearing a call to focus on church planting in Canada, the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) were also recognizing they needed “to face Canada as a mission field from sea to sea,” says C&MA director of new ventures David Enns.

Some seven years ago, the denomination began a church planting initiative called “Sea to Sea” with the tagline: “Christ Centred, Spirit Empowered, Mission Focused.”

“Many movements and denominations come to similar influences at similar time periods,” he observes of the uncanny similarity to the Mennonite Brethren’s C2C Network.

Over the years, Alliance leadership connected with C2C over assessment centres and training activities, watched how C2C played out in the regions and began building friendships “which led to greater trust,” says Enns.

“We’d been praying for leaders and collaborative DNA…to see new churches across Atlantic Canada,” says Enns. “Our dream would be to be present in Atlantic Canada. We do not have the resources to do that alone.”
Neither does the C2C Network, which received approval last year to hire a part-time director.

Through conversations that started with church planting leadership and ended with the denomination’s directors, the two organizations with small budgets but big dreams for Atlantic Canada decided to pool their resources to build churches for one kingdom.

“It seemed right and appropriate,” says Enns. “This partnership has come out of relationship not just out of convenience.”

“We felt that the Holy Spirit had put the thoughts in our hearts,” says C2C Network director Gord Fleming. “The level of trust and desire to collaborate was so significant that we knew that this was the Lord at work.”

A divine conductor

The threads began to converge in June 2014 when Westside hosted the biennial MB Canadian conference Gathering. In a chance lobby conversation, Fleming told MacDonald about the developments for the Atlantic Canada position, and MacDonald shared his stirrings to return.

“We were in tears together, praying, ‘Lord, if this is something from you, let’s see what you’re up to here,’” says MacDonald.

Things moved quickly as Westside blessed MacDonald to go through the interview process. “It’s been nothing but affirmation [from Westside]; green light after green light,” says MacDonald. “The most surprising thing about this has been the support and encouragement from Westside in this transition and helping me in the discernment process.”

“It’s a bittersweet thing” to say goodbye to a beloved colleague, says Westside lead pastor Norm Funk, “but this is a God-led thing.”

The church has pledged financial support to C2C for the Atlantic Canada portfolio. “As much as we can help the church planting movement in Canada, that’s great,” says Funk. “We’re for planting.”

On the ground

As Atlantic Canada regional director, MacDonald will support the existing MB (3) and C&MA (5) churches; support, coach and assist the new plants (2); and interview and assess potential planters. He will work on prayer ministry and training opportunities, and form relationships with existing churches “to develop a multiplication culture,” says Fleming.

MacDonald will be a C2C Network employee but will also wear an Alliance hat, catalyzing those churches and relating to the Sea to Sea team as well.

Enns notes that the C&MA presence in Atlantic Canada is mostly minority-ethnicity based, and their style of church development in the region has been more grassroots. C2C comes with refined structures and processes at the outset. “Our denominations could be a great complement to each other as we leverage each other’s strengths and learn from each other,” he says.

“There’s a strong conviction that God has led us here at this time,” says Enns. “It’s a response to a lot of prayers that have been made.”

“I know there were people praying for years that my journey would lead me back [to the Maritimes],” says MacDonald. “God had a plan for me to get equipped and be trained and eventually make my way back there for the kingdom.”

The story “isn’t about the MacDonalds but about what God is doing across the country,” says MacDonald.

Grace Fellowship attendees sit on the most comfortable pews in town

Photo: Pastor Murray McLellan (left) stands with Clay Bitner, an elder candidate and church volunteer at Grace Fellowship. (Photo by Andrew Spearin, Bridges)

Nestled in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, Grace Fellowship is a Christian community intent on digging deeper into the transformational message of the gospel. On Sundays they meet in a local movie theatre, possibly sitting on the most comfortable pews in town. During the week, the church meets in small gospel community groups that bring Christians and non-Christians together to discuss tough issues, learn, and grow.“We’re trying to really reach out to people who are not church people, never grew up in church, non-Christians,” says head pastor Murray McLellan. “That’s my own background personally and the people who are dechurched is the other group we look at. People who have not been connected with a church but have some sort of background.”

McLellan tries to create a church atmosphere that allows people to ask tough questions, even encouraging listeners to text in questions during his sermons so he can answer them at the end. He also strives to create an environment that is not intimidating for the un-churched, which is part of the reason Grace Fellowship meets in a movie theatre. “It’s all about Jesus and the gospel, therefore we don’t have a separate message for unbelievers and one for believers,” says McLellan. “So we don’t have to distinguish and say ‘this is going to be evangelism Sunday’. In that sense every Sunday is gospel Sunday. That’s what melts my heart.”

Grace Fellowship works hard to distinguish between ‘religion’ and ‘gospel’ in the minds and hearts of the community. For many unchurched, including a young McLellan, ‘religion’ is a word which means rules, or the right ritual routine to be accepted by God. It gives a distorted view of God.

The good news of the gospel, by contrast, is motivating and transforming, wonderful and powerful.

Grace Fellowship and Pastor McLellan request prayer for:

  • Wisdom as they continue to grow and church leadership makes important decisions for the future.
  • New leaders to be raised up from within the gospel community groups.
  • “That the gospel keeps transforming our own hearts and minds, and that we never lose our awe …if we ever lose our awe of the gospel, then we’re in trouble” (Pastor McLellan)

Visit Grace Fellowship online at: www.gracesask.com.

Paul Esau is a communications intern with CCMBC and the MB Herald.

CCMBC hires missiologist to resource churches

The C2C Network has appointed Bill Hogg as national missiologist to support and resource established churches to follow Jesus faithfully and fruitfully into the Canadian mission field.

“This appointment represents C2C’s commitment not only to launch new churches across Canada to reach the lost, but to serve and support existing churches as they also strive to live out the great commission,” says C2C director Gord Fleming.

Hogg, formerly pastor at Gracepoint (MB) Community Church, Surrey, B.C., has served as professor, evangelist, radio host, and movie extra. He was involved in pioneer evangelism in his native Scotland where he launched Youth For Christ. Hogg has served on the Arrow Leadership Ministries faculty for the past 10 years, offering congregational and local church leaders training in evangelism. He is currently pursuing doctoral research in the area of leadership approaches to congregational renewal and missional renaissance. Author of Bill Hogg’s Most Excellent Guide to Praying and contributor to Fast Moving Currents in Youth Culture, Hogg is currently writing an evangelism primer for leaders. Hogg and his wife Morag have two adult children, Naomi and Peter.

-A Canadian Conference of MB Churches news release

Bruxy Cavey featured speaker at Church Planter’s Training Day

Yesterday (Sept. 20), Gord Fleming, national director of church planting at the Canadian Conference of MB Churches (CCMBC), facilitated a day of teaching, prayer and connecting for a group of more than 150 B.C. church planters and pastors in Vancouver.

The event, the first of four province-wide gatherings sponsored by Church Planting BC for the 2011-2012 ministry year, featured guest speaker, Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor at The Meeting House in Toronto, and his site leadership pastor, Paul Morris.

Training days of this kind are being planned for other provinces in the future as part of CCMBCs C2C national church planting strategy.