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Joint Council Report back

posted 29 Jan 2020, 17:56 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Joint Council Report back

Joint Council meetings were held January 25-27, 2020 at Conrad Grebel University in Ontario. Calvin Quan, moderator of Mennonite Church Canada, led discussions on key topics including Communications, International Witness, Finances, Sustainability and Global Youth Summit delegates.

Katie Doke-Sawatsky, Communications Officer for MC Canada, supplied Joint Council with a brief on the status of current nationwide projects. An area of attention is the role that Canadian Mennonite magazine will continue to have as a critical part of MC Canada's communications strategy.

International Witness has struggled with the original model of relationship funding, Witness Support Teams, which relies heavily on individual involvement and support. A new model is being proposed in which congregations are the primary support framework for Witness Workers. Congregations will be connected to the Witness Worker and to each other through Witness Support Networks. Jeanette Hanson will introduce Witness Support Networks at our March delegate sessions in Edmonton.

Joint Council recognizes declining trends in giving and has been adapting to this by changing meeting locations and utilizing MC Canada office space. Savings in accommodation costs have also been found. For this meeting, Conrad Grebel graciously offered meeting rooms free of charge.

The Executive Staff Group (ESG) submitted a summary on Sustainability, identifying three-areas of impact: Economic, Environmental, and Social. Joint Council approved exploring ways in which we can live more sustainably and will develop tools for congregations, Regional Churches, and MC Canada to better understand the impact we have in our world.

Global Youth Summit delegates have been selected and approved. Look for a press release soon to introduce our Regional Church and MC Canada delegates!