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On My Radar

On My Radar

Phil Gunther, Director of Ministry
 
SKMB Ministry Team Chairs,
 
In our fast-paced world of daily changes, constant challenges and new opportunities, I want to provide you with a sense of what is on my ‘radar’ so-to-speak.  This is not an exhaustive accounting.  Rather, this document highlights a future perspective on some of the current SKMB DM activities.  Please share this with your team.
 
Greater Collaboration
 
I am actively seeking greater collaboration with our provincial counterparts on areas of ministry and training.  Recently we collaborated with the Manitoba MB Conference on a joint Nuts & Bolts equipping event titled “Post Pandemic Mix”.  Three speakers, including our own discipleship coach, led the event with follow-up discussions.  You can read about this in the latest SKMB newsletter and on our website.  In addition, together with our Faith & Life Team, I am seeking to collaborate on pastoral credentialing with the Alberta MB Conference as a means to share resources and cross-pollinate ideas and experiences.  Again, together with the Manitoba Conference we are planning to jointly participate in Postureshift, a missional equipping event helping the church engage the LG.BTQ+ community with the Gospel.  Lastly, I am collaborating with Forest Grove Community Church in promoting their discipling workshops.  I am looking forward to seeing how we can grow this accessible in-province resource.
 
Horizon College & Seminary
 
I am working closely with our Developmental and Faith & Life teams, Randy Klassen and Horizon C&S to provide a quality course: Anabaptist History & Thought (May 10-14).  SKMB has made available ten paid audit slots for SKMB leaders.  Here is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of our Mennonite Brethren family.  Our Faith & Life Team (FLT), myself and a growing number of pastors will participate in this flagship course.  Together with our FLT, I am exploring ways this course can be a staple of our provincial credentialing process.  I am in discussion with Bethany-Thrive on how we can collaborate in utilizing this course in the future.
 
A second course on the subject of conflict resolution and transformation from an Anabaptist – MB perspective is in the works for 2022. 
 
National – Provincial Engagement
 
On the national scene, I have been serving on the National Ministry Team (NMT) and National Executive Board (NEB).  The two big rocks that we have been lifting into place are the Bylaws and the Collaborative Unified Strategic Plan (CUSP).  The CUSP will have the most direct influence on provincial matters as we seek to collaboratively align ministry efforts toward fostering a disciple-making culture and ministry.  The CUSP is not about imposing any agenda on the local church, but rather about inspiring and inviting churches to transform their contexts into disciple-making realities. Provincially, we will be looking at some structural alignment changes.  One example is possibly re-shaping the work of our present Ministry Support Team to invest more of their time into the organization health of SKMB.  Saskatchewan leaders on our ministry teams will also have a greater voice into national collaborative efforts as a result of the CUSP.
 
Discipling Ecosystem
 
I will soon be tasking our Developmental Leadership Team (DLT) to assist me in bringing clarity to our discipling ecosystem.  What I mean by this is that we have a variety of programs and resources available to our SKMB family, however, there is not clarity around what they are and how they work together as an ecosystem for developing disciples in Saskatchewan.  For example, how do our bursaries, courses at Horizon, discipleship coach, Leaders Collective, etc., form a coherent environment to inspire and propagate disciple-making? 
 
Interdenominational Work
 
Serving as the chair of a SK. Evangelical Leaders Cohort, I am forming significant collaborative relationships with key leaders from other denominations.  Working cross-denominationally is the way of the future; more kingdom thinking and efforts is in harmony with Christ’s call for the church to be one (John 17).  Unfortunately, due to COVID our collective efforts have primarily been around being a voice to government and surviving COVID.  I am presently exploring joint Saskatchewan church-planting endeavours with other denominations.
 
Expanding Listening Efforts
 
Recently, I created a second advisory group as a means to help me better get ahead of missional challenges and take advantage of opportunities.  One group meets monthly, the other quarterly.  These are groups of vocational ministry and lay influencers who provide feedback on my work as the DM, on the efforts of the Conference and on opportunities for better accomplishing our mission.
 
 
Virtual Café and Facebook
 
Thanks to Mike Engbers (Parliament Community Church), it looks like we will soon launch our first Virtual Café.  This venture features a digital space dedicated to sharing relevant and current views on discipleship and disciple-making in Saskatchewan.  It also serves as a means to connect, inspire and encourage followers of Jesus in vocational or lay leadership.  I have been inspired by Mike’s vision for this connection point and anticipate good things to come from it.  On another front, I have been working at enlarging my presence on Facebook as yet another channel to connect with the SKMB family.  I have been sharing brief Wednesday encouragements on the topic of joy.  I and just started to talk about leadership resilience.

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On My Radar

SKMB Ministry Team Chairs,
 
In our fast-paced world of daily changes, constant challenges and new opportunities, I want to provide you with a sense of what is on my ‘radar’ so-to-speak.  This is not an exhaustive accounting.  Rather, this document highlights a future perspective on some of the current SKMB DM activities.  Please share this with your team.