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New Mennonite Church Canada Councils meet for first time


Oct 4, 2001
Pinawa, Man.-The three new oversight councils of Mennonite Church Canada held their inaugural meetings here on Sept 27-Sept 30.

Staff joined the event on Sept 29 for a meet and greet time. Approximately one-third of council members are new in their roles, while several are relatively new to Mennonite Church Canada. For council members it was an important time of getting a handle on their role in the new structure, building team relationships, and goal setting.

The agenda focused on what it means to be in leadership and differentiating the roles of staff and council members. General Secretary Dan Nighswander commented, "The mood of the councils was reflective, while the mood of staff was energetic, which is exactly where it should be (in relation to the process of defining roles)."

Resource person Patrick Kiefert provided inspiration and biblical study for plenary sessions. Kiefert challenged the Councils with two important questions: Will our children have faith? and will our faith have children? Jack Suderman of the Christian Witness Council suggested that these two questions encapsulate the structure of Mennonite Church Canada. "In Christian Formation we focus on encouraging the faith of our children, in the Witness Council we focus on how our faith begets other children."