Board Announces Leadership Change

The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) announced today that Willy Reimer will be leaving his position as Executive Director effective November 25, 2016.

After much discussion and prayer, the Board came to consensus that a leadership change was required for the opportunities and challenges facing the conference at this time. This difficult decision followed a thorough and thoughtful process in board sessions which included mapping out the strengths and challenges in our conference. The process included the use of an external facilitator who helped the board synthesize the diverse perspectives from previous conversations held with Executive Board members, staff, conference leaders and churches.

David Miller, the chair of BFL reflected “The BFL, in accordance with CCMBC governance principles, has walked with the Executive Board throughout the process.  The Executive Board has sought to serve in an approach rooted in love and discernment as expressed in Philippians 1:9-11.”

“Willy is a passionate man of God who excelled at articulating the vision and mission of the denomination,” said Bruce Enns, Acting Moderator. “We hope that Willy will continue to use his gifts to serve the Kingdom in some capacity.”

In his years as Executive Director, Willy led the conference in the establishment of a new vision around the mission of multiplying “Christ centred churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ.”  In addition he led the process of renewing an alignment of conference ministries and strengthened the partnerships between the national and provincial conferences to serve all our MB churches, which include the ministries of L2L and C2C.

The board has begun an evaluative process to review governance challenges that the board must own; as well as  leadership needs within the denomination.  Our desire as a board is to continue to align conference ministries to address the missional realities that local churches find themselves in as they serve in their communities and the world.

Please join the board in holding Willy and Gwen in prayer as they trust God for directing their future ministry.

The Board, together with our staff, remains committed to our mission of multiplying Christ-centered churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ. Your continued prayers towards that end are deeply appreciated.

For more information contact mbboard@mbchurches.ca

CCMBC Executive Board

Bruce Enns (SK), Acting Moderator

Marilyn Hiebert (BC), Secretary

Michael Dick (BC), Member-at-Large

David MacLean (BC), Member-at-Large

Howie Wall (SK), Member-at-Large

Karen Grace Pankratz (MB), Member-at-Large

Don Petker, BC Moderator

Matt Dyck, AB Moderator

Tony Martens, SK Moderator

Ruth Schellenberg, MB Moderator

Karen West, ON Representative

Zacharie Leclair, QC Representative

Paul Lam, BFL Representative

David Miller, BFL Representative

Executive Board Transitions to Acting Moderator

The Executive Board of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (CCMBC) announces the transition from Moderator Harold Froese to Acting Moderator Bruce Enns.

The Executive Board regretfully accepted Harold’s resignation, effective September 12, 2016. At the request of the Executive Board, the current Assistant Moderator, Bruce Enns, has agreed to assume the role of Acting Moderator.  This decision follows the process outlined in the CCMBC Executive Board governance manual.

Harold began serving on the Executive Board in 2011 and he assumed the role of Moderator in 2014. We deeply appreciate the wisdom and leadership that he provided to the Executive Board, as well as the Finance, and Audit Review Committees. Harold assumed the role of Moderator during the time that CCMBC was without a Director of Finance and was facing some major financial decisions, including the decision to form the Legacy Fund. He helped lead the conference through these decisions with expertise and integrity.

Harold submitted his resignation for personal reasons related to governance and operational issues between CCMBC senior staff and Board leadership. Harold states, “I continue to be very excited about the ministry opportunities God has before us. Thank you again for the privilege of serving with you. My faith has grown as we have discerned God’s leading together and, I thank you all.”

Harold will remain as an active member of the Legacy Fund first Directors Board, continuing to give direction and stability to our financial future. Bruce Enns states, “We are so thankful for Harold’s significant contribution to our conference, and for having his ongoing wisdom and input in the Legacy Fund”.

The Executive Board held a special meeting on September 13th to pray and discern a plan moving forward, and will continue to keep its constituents informed as well as continuing to build stronger and more accountable relationships with CCMBC staff and constituency. The Board, together with our staff, remains committed to our mission of multiplying Christ-centered churches to see Canada transformed by the good news of Jesus Christ. Your prayers towards that end are deeply appreciated.

For more information contact mbboard@mbchurches.ca

CCMBC Executive Board
Michael Dick (BC)
Gerald Dyck (MB)
Matt Dyck (AB)
Bruce Enns (Sask.)
Marilyn Hiebert (BC)
Paul Lam (BC)
Zacharie Leclair (QC)
David Maclean (BC)
Tony Martens (SK)
Karen Grace Pankratz (MB)
Don Petker (BC)
Howie Wall (SK)
Karen West (ON)

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.

 

 

 

 

July 2016

“For years, we’ve been praying that God would move in new and dynamic ways across Canada. We know from history that prior to any of the Great Awakenings, prior to any of the great movements of God around the world – where God suddenly moved and people responded and people came to Christ or their faith was renewed – we know from history and from the writings of people like Dr. J. Edwin Orr that those revivals were proceeded by incredible times of prayer.”

For a full PDF transcript, click here.