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New missional church resources

   

September 28, 2001
Winnipeg, Man.—Mennonite Church Canada has two new resources available for people wanting to bone up on the missional church. Both are joining a growing collection of resources called a "Missional Church travel bag," components of which are available online at www.mennonitechurch.ca/resources/missional or through the Resource Centre.

"Navigating the Missional Church: Understanding the Journey..." presents a quick introduction to the theological vision shaping the new Mennonite Church. Writer Jack Suderman, Executive Secretary of the Christian Witness Council, suggests the six-page resource could be used in a ten-minute devotional or studied in a single discussion class.

"Discover Anew: What God calls us to do" contains six study sessions for those wishing to spend a little more time.

"This one is much more fun," said Suderman, calling it more interactive, inter-generational and experiential. "This would be an excellent thing to do on a six week Sunday school series or small group process."

Ingrid Loepp Thiessen of Shantz Mennonite Church in Baden, Ontario wrote this resource in consultation with eight Mennonite educators.

"This is really good stuff because I can pick it up and I can use it myself , and I am not a pastor," said Kathy Fast, Mission Transition Project Coordinator and junior high Sunday School teacher.

"I really think it is adaptable to junior high," Fast said of the Adult and Young Adult oriented resource. She commended it for a broad range of learning styles, including visuals, drama, and discussion starters in addition to traditional lecture material.

"It is exciting material, it is easy to understand, it's got activities listed that are very appropriate to the lesson, it's just really good stuff."

A sample session of "Discover Anew" is available online, and additional copies are available for $3 CDN from MC Canada's resource centre (204-888-6781). "Navigating the Missional Church" is available on-line. See Resources » Missional education