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MC Canada's budget: What people are saying

   

January 27, 2003
MC Canada release by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man.—Mennonite Church Canada leadership and staff have received counsel, criticism, and encouragement about the recent budgetary difficulties and the resulting plans to reduce MC Canada ’s capacity for ministry.

One message in particular encouraged leaders to consult with congregations and seek counsel; MC Canada leadership is discussing the possibility of a Canada-wide phone consultation with congregational leaders.

In the meantime, MC Canada wishes to share in a broader way some of the responses that have arrived so far.

Direct responses from individuals:

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“The recent notice of the ‘error’ in financial recording is disturbing and a grave concern. After all the years… and months of ‘transition’, when will it ever be completed? With prayers for peace…”

-British Columbia

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“I want to express my affirmation… I have never been so excited about the direction in which the Mennonite church is heading… I believe the vision of the missional church is a strong one that has inspired and motivated people.

Financial errors are unavoidable since we have never been to this place before regarding transformation… My prayers will be with you and others in your office as you discern God's direction at this time.”

-Ontario

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The news of the shortfall, or planning oversight… is bothersome… It must be frustrating to have been so closely involved in the process leading up to this point, and, now to be frustrated by the normal means of fulfilling the vision. It is my prayer that through the gift of administration, through creative - out of the box - thinking, and through down right shrewd cunning, that God will continue to work in and through you, the staff and the many, many people who have the capacity to see a broad vision of the missional church.

-Manitoba

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“What a tough situation for you and really all of us to be in… In my mind, this seems like the second time this has happened, some accounting/budgeting oversight…

Regardless, we will pray with you and for you, that the "jar of oil and the jar of flour" will have what is needed for our daily bread. God is trustworthy in all things. While we may need to suffer some consequences (lean times), in the end, God will bring us through.”

-Ontario

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I’m wondering about some of the ‘less than visible’ aspects of this story . . . yet I am not interested in the blame element so much as to understand the what, why, and how of these kinds of stories coming at us...

May the Lord grant you and all your co-workers wisdom, strength, courage, dreams and visions (cf. Joel/Acts 2) and the power of love in truth, as you engage this process…

-British Columbia

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I was devastated yesterday (to learn)… that MC Canada is experiencing a significant financial shortfall…

I trust that if staff lay-offs must be made you will also consider assessing the abilities of the leadership…

-Manitoba

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Sometimes the troubles that were thought to have been addressed do come back and bite from another direction! My prayers will be with you, staff and elected leadership as you wrestle this one to the ground.

-USA

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Thank-you for openly and candidly sharing the MC Canada financial and programming situation with us. I believe you did the right thing by quickly and forthrightly informing the churches.

I regret that you, other staff and elected persons now must make difficult decisions and live with the stress that inevitably ensues. Please be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Also, I want to remind you that I and many persons in our church are very supportive of you and the work you and others at MC Canada are doing, and we identify well with the Conference and the vision we have together.

God bless you richly, and make sure you have a refreshing, life-giving Christmas season.

-Manitoba