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Assembly 2019 - Jesus Is Greater

Parliament Community Church (Regina) hosted the 73rd SKMB Assembly.  This annual gathering witnessed some 125 participants engage with the theme Jesus Is Greater and hear about the life and ministry of Mennonite Brethren globally and locally.  Gwen Machnee from Gateway Community Church (Canora) moderated the Assembly and Ryan Bright from Parliament led the worship in song.

Assembly began Friday afternoon with a heartfelt, personal address from James Penner, the SKMB Pastoral Associate, about how Jesus is greater than his chronic personal struggles with depression.  Penner shared how the Lord allowed him to be moved to the place of utter desperation where He gave him the name ‘prophet’.  This became his calling to this day.  Penner also led a breakout session with Bruce Enns and Mark Wessner on the subject of the prophetic ministry and the church.

A time of listening to the SKMB constituency was again part of the Assembly with a strong call to have lay people involved in SKMB leadership and attending Conference events.  One delegate asked for a day of prayer dedicated to this call.  Another item voiced by delegates was a desire to see greater networking between churches and perhaps seeing more events that allowed for such networking.

Friday evening started with an address by Ingrid Reichard (Director of the National Faith & Life Team).  Reichard moved the Assembly audience to fix their eyes on Jesus no matter what path is before them.  Jesus is worthy to receive all of our attention.  Next, Rudi Plett (Executive Director of the International Community of Mennonite Brethren) shared his heart for greater community followed by Elton DaSilva (National MB Director) and Bruce Enns (Moderator of the Cdn. MB Conference).  Both spoke about the move toward implementing the new Collaborative Model.  Phil Gunther (SKMB Director of Ministry) closed the evening with a state of the province address.  Gunther said he has witnessed a greater unity, collaboration, trust and hope within our provincial Conference.  Further, he said that the recent surplus in the 2018 budget demonstrates a greater investment in the work of the SKMB by churches.  Gunther then called the audience to take real risks for the Gospel.  Whether one’s church is growing, static or surviving, the call to risk applies.  Churches must overcome fear and live by a radical faith that Jesus is indeed greater than anything they face today.

Saturday morning Paul Winter (Multiply Indigenous Ambassador) shared a story about his encounter with the brokenness within the First People’s community and the desperate need for reconciliation.  He said Jesus is greater than our misunderstandings or false perceptions of the First Nations community.  Jesus is also greater than any and all the challenges faced by our First Nations neighbours.

On Saturday afternoon, Gord Fleming (Multiply Executive Director of Church Planting) shared prophetic words about Canada’s place in a global revival.  Within the worldwide Christian community there is a growing belief that Canada will spark a revival which will usher in the return of Christ.  He wondered aloud if within Canada, Saskatchewan might be the ground zero for this revival.  Dr. Bill Hogg (Multiply Missiologist) followed Fleming and called listeners to a clear vision of Jesus.  Jesus is greater, we cannot make Him greater.  He extended a call to the Assembly attenders to submit themselves to the kingship of Jesus Christ.

Some other Assembly highlights included: (1) a renewed relationship with Thrive @ Bethany College, (2) a new partnership with Horizon College & Seminary, (3) the news that the SKMB Leaders Collective should start Fall 2019, (4) a budget of $192,500.00 was passed, (5) Jeff Siemens (West Portal pastor) was elected to the Executive Board and finally, (6) Gwen Machnee was elected to the role of moderator.  The Executive Board now consists of Gwen Machnee, Janet Loback and Jeff Siemens.

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