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God’s People Now! Listening Tour

   
 


Jack Suderman

   

February 3, 2006
-by Pam Peters-Pries

Winnipeg, Man. - Jack Suderman, General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada since December 1, 2005, is planning a listening tour to churches across Canada.

The listening tour shares the theme name of the upcoming annual assembly in Edmonton (July 4-7) and will begin in late March. Like the assembly, the tour’s purpose is to build up God’s people in MC Canada.

Suderman began dreaming about how he and the church could encourage each other through face-to-face visits last summer when his appointment as General Secretary was announced.

Suderman is eagerly anticipating the visits. “It is my dream and hope to visit every MC Canada congregation on their own turf to ‘take the pulse’ of how we are, what we are doing, and where the felt needs are,” he said. The God’s People Now! Listening Tour is expected to conclude in fall.

Respondents to the constituency-wide survey conducted by MC Canada last year said that visits from MC Canada staff are one of the most valued ways of communicating. “We want to seriously engage groups that want to be heard in our constituency, and nurture these important and good relationships,” said Suderman.

The tour’s planning team is consulting with leadership in each of the area conferences, seeking their blessing for the visits and inviting their participation in the tour.

The tour will take place in several phases, each one focusing on an area conference or region within an area conference. A preliminary schedule and invitation to participate will be sent to all MC Canada area conferences and congregations in late February.