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"Supporting SKMB Churches and Camps in making disciples."

Greetings SKMB Leaders,

Grace to you as you continue to navigate what it means to be the Church in such a challenging season. Please know that, as an Executive Board, we continue to lift you up in prayer and consider ways in which we can serve you better. One of the ways that we do want to serve you, is by fulfilling our commitment to journey with you in discerning our SKMB Common Understandings and Our Common Covenant.

In 2019 we adopted a new collaborative model of governance and a strategic framework for the mission and ministry of the denomination. Also, in 2019, the SKMB introduced a five-year strategic framework for mission and ministry at the Leadership Forum. And so, it seemed timely that the churches that make up the provincial and national Conferences take time to discern their past, present and future commitment to the direction of their denomination. In this light, the SKMB Executive Board introduced a proposal to create a Common Understandings and a Common Covenant document for decision by the member churches. At Assembly 2020, the Executive Board received affirmation to draft a document which was affirmed at our 2021 Assembly this past March. The next step will be to vote to adopt this document at Assembly in 2022. 

And between now and then, the process is to have the churches review and discern the documents alongside us, as an Executive Board. So, in partnership with Phil Gunther, our Director of Ministry, and our SKMB Faith and Life Team, we have put together a Church Engagement Strategy and Guide to assist in this process. In the attached Guide, you will find our plan for engagement with the Common Understandings and Common Covenant. We are preparing to hold a number of Town Hall meetings for open dialogue in addition to reaching out to our Church Moderators and Pastors. Our plan will ensure that there is proper avenues of communication and that there is room for corporate collaboration. The guide also includes some frequently asked questions about the documents, as well as some discussion points. 

Once again, I would like to remind you that our goal is to articulate specific, tangible faith & ministry convictions and expectations for all member churches of the SKMB family. The Common Understandings and Our Common Covenant has been prioritized to provide a clear template for what it means to be a member church in good standing, and to be a transparent and concise witness to the community of member churches of what it means to belong to the SKMB family. 

I truly believe that being an MB Church and knowing that it means to be an MB Church, is something that is to be celebrated and cherished. This is not meant to be a legalistic or divisive practice, but rather a unifying process that brings clarity to our collaborative relationship and mission. I am excited to have our provincial community engage this document and believe our collective mission and ministry will profit.

In unity, we work to see a Church passionately in love with God, led by His Spirit on mission, bringing Jesus’ Gospel of redemption and restoration to the four corners of Saskatchewan. May God bless you as you take time to explore the attached Common Understandings and Our Common Covenant as well as the accompanying church engagement guide.

Yours in Christ and in service to our SKMB family,

Jeff Siemens

SKMB Executive Board Moderator

Cell (306) 290-6995

exebd@skmb.ca

www.skmb.ca

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Saskatchewan Conference of MB Churches

604 Webster St.

Saskatoon, SK.  S7N 3P9

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