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The search committee is happy to announce that Henry Paetkau has agreed to serve as the Interim Executive Minister for Mennonite Church Canada. Henry will begin his employment on October 16, 2018 and continue until a permanent Executive Minister is in place.

August 22, 2018
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Hippolyto and Miriam Tshimanga, along with their sons Emmanuel (15) and Joshua (10), returned to Canada on June 2, 2018 after completing a two-year term in South Africa. Years earlier, Grace Community Church (GCC) in South Africa extended an invitation to Mennonite Church Canada for a Witness Worker Team that could strengthen their Anabaptist identity. “Hippo and Miriam were the obvious choice,” says Executive Director Willard Metzger, as Hippolyto had already served as Director of African Ministries for 11 years.

August 8, 2018

“We are grateful for the depth of leadership and commitment Norm & Lillian and Gregory & Jennifer have brought to their work with Witness,” says Willard Metzger, Executive Minister of Mennonite Church Canada. “The words in Matthew 25 come to mind: ‘well done good and faithful servant.’”

May 10, 2018
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After careful consideration and prayer the Joint Council discerned with Willard Metzger, Executive Director, that this was the time to seek new leadership for Mennonite Church Canada.  The announcement came on May 7 following the Joint Council meetings in Ontario on May 5 and 6. The Joint Council has appointed a Search Committee, chaired by Geraldine Balzer, to determine leadership needs and to find Metzger’s successor.

May 7, 2018
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“It’s my dream and vision that all Burmese people will have an understanding of these teachings,” said Pastor Jehu Lianching at the release of the Hakha-Chin translation of the Confession of Faith in an Anabaptist Perspective. “Today we celebrate the release of the Hakha-Chin translation, and in a few years we will celebrate the Burmese translation in Myanmar!” “And you’re all invited!” quipped Brian Bauman, MCEC Mission Minister.

February 14, 2018
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The first meeting of the newly formed Joint Council took place on December 8th.

December 20, 2017

Delegates strongly approved significant restructuring for Mennonite Church Canada. A 94% approval will result in staff reduction and program realignment to Regional Churches serving congregations.

The staff positions which will continue in the new structure are:

October 19, 2017
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Delegates voted 94% in favour of restructuring most of Mennonite Church Canada’s programs and ministries at a Special Assembly in Winnipeg held from Oct. 13-15.

In the future, Regional Churches will share the responsibility of nationwide agenda. Congregations will now channel funding for nationwide priorities through their regional churches, which will forward agreed upon amounts to Mennonite Church Canada.

October 18, 2017
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Read The Assembled News from Mennonite Church Canada’s Special Assembly 2017. Just over 400 people gathered from Oct. 13-15 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg to worship and converse and contemplate the future structure of Mennonite Church Canada.

October 15, 2017
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Mennonite Church Canada’s Future Directions process has led to a focus on local congregations. The resulting vision, Covenant New, emphasizes the importance of growing congregational ability to nurture and equip faith, engage in worship, and become stronger centres of mission.

October 15, 2017