Communications Survey

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The Survey is now Closed! Thank you for your participation.

 

We are reaching out to Mennonite Brethren to share their opinions on how to build community between MB churches and to determine the kinds of resources that can help with discipleship. The MB Herald publication is one example of a resource that helps build community among MBs so we’re hoping to hear your opinions on this and other resources that CCMBC could provide. Insights will be collected via a nation-wide survey, beginning September 10th.

The survey will be available from September 10th–25th and can be completed at www.mbsurvey.ca.

MB Herald editor transitions to MCC Canada

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WINNIPEG—Laura Kalmar resigned from her 10-year ministry with the Canadian Conference of MB Churches, effective Aug. 21, 2015.

In late August, Laura will begin work as associate director of communications and donor relations for Mennonite Central Committee Canada.

“Laura has been a great team member as we have worked together to communicate God’s activity among us as a family of churches,” says CCMBC executive director Willy Reimer. “Her heart for Christ, the local church and our faith family has been evident in her leadership and her writing. Laura has led well through multiple transitions and I know God will work through her in her new role.”

As editor of the Mennonite Brethren Herald (2005–2015), Laura exercised pastoral gifts (developed previously as children’s pastor at Bakerview Church, Abbotsford, B.C.) within a congregation of 14,500 MB readers across Canada. She guided the magazine through a redesign from black and white to full colour, and presided over the switch from publishing every three weeks to monthly, and more recently to a bimonthly cycle.

Over the course of changes in leadership at the Canadian conference, Laura was appointed interim communications director in 2012. Her title was changed to Communications Team Lead in 2014 as she capably continued to provide cohesion and coherence to the department and external messaging for Canadian MB churches.

Under Laura’s leadership, the Canadian conference also established itself in the social media world, with website redesigns to mobile friendly templates for CCMBC and the MB Herald, and the initiation of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presences for conference ministries.

“I’ve counted it a privilege to be able to speak into the life of our denomination over the past 10 years, and feel a deep connection to our churches and members,” says Laura. “It’s now time to pass the MB communications torch to someone else. I’m looking forward to being part of the significant ministry of MCC Canada.”

Laura and her husband Jason Topnik are members of Eastview Community Church and have two children, Sophia and Alexander.

A more complete announcement will be made in the October issue of the Herald.—a Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches release

New publication to replace MB Herald

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.