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Notes from Joint Council

posted 10 May 2018, 19:00 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Notes from Joint Council 
May 4-6, 2018

2019 Budget Approved

Joint Council approved in principle a budget of $2,085,746 for year ending Jan 31,2019. This represents a commitment to full Witness Worker funding through June, 2018 as promised by the former General Board. The target of $1,922,000 as presented as at Assembly 2017 will be achieved in fiscal year ending Jan. 31,2020.

Delegate Assembly Plans

The first Delegate Assembly of the newly formed MC Canada: our nationwide community of faith, will be June 29-July 1, 2019 in BC. A planning committee of representatives from each Regional Church will begin to develop the Inspirational Event that will be part of this exciting weekend.

Communication Strategy

Leaders have been developing a nationwide communication strategy for Regional Churches that have covenanted together as Mennonite Church Canada. Regional Church communicators will be gathering together May 28-30, 2018 in Winnipeg to work with consultants from Barefoot Creative. This is an important step in the development of the strategy.

Pastoral Leadership

What are the gifts and training required for congregational leaders in the future? That is the question before the Regional Church leaders and Presidents of our four Denominational schools who will be meeting together June 14 as part of the creation of a pastoral leadership development strategy. Being proactive in anticipating the future needs of pastoral leadership will be the focus of the gathering.

Indigenous/Settler Relationship

The recent participation of Steve Heinrichs, Director of Indigenous/Settler Relations at the Burnaby Mountain Prayer Witness was discussed at the Joint Council meeting held in Toronto May 5-6. While there is a difference of opinion regarding the resulting arrest of Heinrichs, the Joint Council remains committed to the ministry and the statements made by the church in the past. The topic will continue to be discerned together.

MCEC Feedback

As has become routine practice, congregational members were invited to meet with the Joint Council during their meetings in Ontario May 5-6. Participants were invited to express their dreams and anxieties for the newly formed nationwide community of faith. This important opportunity for face to face dialogue with the Council is an important avenue for congregational feedback.