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Mennonite Church Canada releases video

   

Dec 3, 2001
Winnipeg, Man.-
"Wow! Jesus did it and now I'm doin' it!"

That's just one of many clips and quotes that bring to life this new video titled "A Missional Church Vision for Mennonite Church Canada."

This twelve minute production serves as a discussion starter for congregations and groups exploring what it means to be a missional people. The video reflects what the grassroots constituents of Mennonite Church Canada are thinking about as they consider how to realize our Vision: Healing & Hope for the church and the world around us.

The missional church vision emerged from a 1999 congregational study called Envisioning a new Mennonite Church. The summary statement of that study acknowledged that we, as Mennonites, "have not yet become all we can be in Christ."

That statement speaks strongly to our collective desire to align ourselves with what God is already doing in the world, says project director Dan Dyck. "The missional vision is a tool we can use to apply our Vision: Healing & Hope as we strive to bring our faith and commitment to Christ into the lives of those around us," he added.

There are various levels in which congregations can become involved in the discussion, says Dyck. A series of seven discussion questions accompany the video.

In addition, groups can get involved at two deeper levels: a dialogue can take place by using the new resource called Navigating the Missional Church (this resource was sent out to all congregations through the regular mailings of Equipping earlier this fall, and is also available from the MC Canada web site at www.mennonitechurch.ca); the video can also be used to introduce a six session missional church study series called Discover Anew: What God calls us to do. (A copy of Discover Anew: What God calls us to do was sent to all congregations earlier this fall. Additional copies are available from the Mennonite Church Canada Resource Centre, resources@mennonitechurch.ca or call 1-866-888-6785).

Alternatively, congregations may choose to present the video in other creative ways, such as a youth, young adult, or adult education hour, a coffee time, a women's or men's group, an annual congregational meeting, or when launching a Bible study or small group meeting.