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Mennonite Church Canada will bid farewell to Tym Elias


Winnipeg, Man.—Tym Elias, director of outreach and church planting, will leave his position at the end of this year to become pastor at Home Street Mennonite Church, an inner city congregation here.

Elias began his work with Mennonite Church Canada in the fall of 1992 as assistant to then executive secretary of congregational resources board, Rudy Regehr. He later became executive secretary of what is now the Resources Commission, moving through ministries and then into his current position.

A highlight of Elias' work here was the Canadian Mission Leaders Retreat held in March of this year. "I felt a sense of God's Spirit joining us into a body. As members of one body, the mission leaders learned to appreciate what each had to contribute. I feel the direction and momentum of outreach and church planting will challenge and inspire the church for some time," said Elias.

Elias formally responded to Home Street's invitation in September. "I feel a particular calling to congregational ministry, Home Street is a great church, and it will give me the opportunity to put the new missional church model into practice," said Elias, referring to a missional church model in which people and not just pastors are engaged in the ministry of the gospel in word and deed.