Opinion: Canadian Mennonite Brethren crisis

Former denominational leader describes problems, offers ideas to overcome shortage of funds, loss of loyalty

Feb 27, 2017 by

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The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches faces many challenges: financial, organizational, ecclesiological, sociological, operational and theological. This article focuses mainly on organizational and financial issues and offer ideas for solutions. Without substantial changes, CCMBC’s future does not evoke optimism.

An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the Feb. 27, 2017 print edition of Mennonite World Review. Read the full version here.

John H. Redekop, of Abbotsford, B.C., was involved in CCMBC boards, commissions, task forces or leadership from 1969 until the early 1990s, including two terms as moderator and as a columnist for the Mennonite Brethren Herald from 1964 to 2003. He is a semiretired professor.


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  • Conrad Ermle

    Are MBs still “Anabaptist” or have they become another evangelical group? – Conrad Ermle

  • Rainer Moeller

    If the Mennonites followed stricter, less mainstreamish ideas about the right way to live, they would have more repercussions and disadvantages – which again would enforce them to be more connected and supportive to each other. No cross, no crown.

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