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posted 31 Oct 2018, 22:16 by June Miller, MCA Communications

 

What's happening in November?

posted 21 Aug 2018, 12:34 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 21 Aug 2018, 12:36 ]

What's happening in November? 

The weekend event on November 16 and 17 (location TBD) will mark the beginning of Phase Two: Opening to God's Leading and is open to all MCA constituents.   Wondering what will be happening at this said event? The event will have a Three-Part focus.

Part I Focus: Being the church in the 21st Century context

   i. Factors influencing 21st Society i.e. social media, social norms, post-modernity, consumerism, environmental concert, etc . . .

  ii. Implications for spiritual, emotional health and congregational life.

 iii. Ingredients for church health in an age of anxiety

 iv. The gift and hope for the church in the current age; being the church in the 21st century context. 

  v. Unity and diversity in the church and for the world.


Part II Focus: Worship

   i. Forms of prayer that support listening for God's leading


Part III Focus: Review

    i. Rhythms of renewal
    ii. Sharing of survey responses
   iii. Discussion regarding MCA's current reality
   iv. Identification of key questions for prayerful discernment

An Image to Guide the Conversation

posted 21 Aug 2018, 12:32 by June Miller, MCA Communications

An Image to Guide the Conversation

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Congregations and denominations generally move through three distinct stages over the course of their lives. These stages are represented in the diagram below.

·        Living for God:  Congregations / denominations begin full of vitality, energy and a sense of God’s presence. As the vision and mission become clear, the congregation does many things well. 

·        Allowing for God:  There comes a time in the life of most congregations / denominations where things do not go as well as people had hoped, usually for a variety of reasons. During this time, members of the congregation are invited to surrender themselves to God, letting go of what was in order to awaken to the new that God is seeking to do among them.

·        Listening for God:  As the congregation / denomination opens itself to God, it practices listening for how God is leading the congregation. This stage invites members to be renewed in their faith even as the congregation is renewed.

Testimony from Ryan Siemens, Executive Minister of MC Sask

posted 21 Aug 2018, 12:29 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Testimony from Ryan Siemens, Executive Minister of MC Sask

At our Annual Delegate Session in March 2018, Ryan Siemens, Executive Minister of MC Sask, shared about their re-visioning journey. "Just over a year ago, we invited Betty Pries to lead us through Refresh, Refocus, Renew; a year-long process to pray and reflect upon who we think we are, who we actually are and who we desire to be." Ryan continued, "At the beginning of this year, Betty invited us to do a survey. Much of what was said in that survey could be summarized by the following comment:


'MC Sask is more about community, relationships, and belonging than about structure. As congregations, we very much want to follow Jesus’ command to love each other and our neighbors.'"

When asked about the benefits of the process, Ryan highlighted four points.
  • First, it gave us something to focus on as a community of congregations.
  • Second, it sets out a three-year agenda with themes to help sharpen our vision.
  • Thirdly, as we move into post Christendom, this provides an opportunity to reimagine the vocation of the church today.
  • Lastly, it gave us space to affirm who we are and our desire to continue as church together.

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