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Board of Discipleship Ministries (2002–2005)

Proper Title

Board of Discipleship Ministries series

Dates of Creation

2001–2005

Physical Description

25 cm textual material

Administrative History

The Board of Discipleship Ministries was first established at the Mennonite Brethren Convention in 2002. At this time, the Board of Christian Education Ministries, the Board of Communications, and all Advisory Committees, such as the Archives Committee, were dissolved and their duties amalgamated into one board and staff. The Board itself was made up of 9 members, who were to be elected at the Mennonite Brethren Conventions for a 4 year period.

The main purpose of the board was to equip reproducing leaders and to empower people for Christian life and ministry. This meant developing training programs, maintaining networks of ministry leaders and recommending resources. The Board of Discipleship Ministries had several programs: the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Kindred Productions, Periodicals (such as the MB Herald, Le Lien, Mennonitische Rundschau and the Chinese Herald) and Age-Level-Specialists (Children, Youth and Adult). Bruce Elwood was the Age-Level-Specialist for Children's Ministry, while Sherryl Koop and Sharon Johnson operated the Youth and Adult Ministries. The variety of programs provided under the Board of Discipleship Ministries allowed for different resourcing formats and avenues of communication with leaders and churches. In 2003, Cam Rowland was hired as the board's Executive Director. He was presented and affirmed at Gathering 2004.

The new Governing Model was also approved at Gathering 2004, necessitating a restructuring of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. The Board of Discipleship Ministries was one of many boards that were dissolved, effectively ending its ministry in 2004–2005. Many of the programs under the Board of Discipleship Ministries were reorganized under the new Governing Model and are still essential avenues of ministry and communication in the present structure of the Canadian Conference.

Scope and Content

This series belongs to the Boards and Committees sous-fonds and the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren churches fonds. The records provide documentation of the preliminary concepts and mandates for the development of the Board of Discipleship Ministries, as well as meeting minutes, reports, and various correspondence. The materials range from the creation of the board to its dissolution in 2004/2005.

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a regular basis from committee/board members and employees.

Notes

  • Volumes 1310, 1376.
  • Accession 2005-030, 2006-040, 2009-25, 2013-32.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • Described by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander April 15, 2013. Updated by Kate Woltmann, 2014, 2015. Updated by Phil Enns, 2016.
  • Some restrictions on access.
  • English language.

File List

Volume 1310

31. Inter-institutional Consultation. Reports, minutes. -- 2003.
32. Board of Discipleship Ministries budgets. -- 2002.
33. Preliminary creation documents for Board of Discipleship Ministries; presentation of the board to the Executive board. -- 2001-2002.
34. Board of Discipleship Ministries design team minutes, correspondence; board member selection/ description of various ministry positions.. -- 2002.
35. Open Space event; introduction of Board of Discipleship Ministries (presentations, budgets and correspondence). -- 2002.
36. Director Search. Minutes, correspondence, resumes, reference documents. -- 2002.
37. Board of Discipleship orientation board meeting minutes, notes, departmental mandates. -- 2002.
38. Age Level Specialist Program minutes, position descriptions and applications. -- 2002.
39. Board of Discipleship Ministries meeting minutes and reports (Jan-Mar). -- 2003.
40. Board of Discipleship Ministries minutes and reports (Apr-June). -- 2003.
41. Board of Discipleship Ministries staff meeting minutes, correspondence and related documents; staff retreat minutes; staff newsletters. -- 2002-2003.
42. Board of Discipleship Ministries correspondence with the MB Herald. -- 2002, 2004.
43. Board of Discipleship Ministries staff and staff director meeting minutes, correspondence and related documents; staff retreat minutes. -- 2004.
44. Board of Discipleship Ministries phone conference minutes. -- 2004.
45. Board of Discipleship Ministries policies research. -- 2004.
46. Board of Discipleship Ministries meeting minutes and reports (Jan.). -- 2004.
47. Board of Discipleship Ministries meeting minutes and reports (June). -- 2004.
48. "Plug into Ministry Resources" pamphlet. CCMBC. -- [2002?]

Volume 1376

38. Board of Discipleship Ministries. Description of a Discipled Person. Messages/sermons and presentations. -- 1996–2003.

  • Marvin Dyck
  • Ed Klassen
  • Andrew Dyck
  • Marcus Tso
  • David Wiebe

39. Board of Discipleship Ministries. Ten seminar and lecture manuscripts. "Moving Beyond: God's Curriculum for your Development," by Mel Fehr. -- 1997.
40. Board of Discipleship Ministries. Seminar materials. "Moving Beyond 'Filling Positions' to Growing Devoted Disciples," by Sharon Johnson. -- 2002?
41. Seminar Materials. Adult Ministries. "Parenting on Purpose," by Victor H. Neufeld. -- 1997.
42. Study Manual. "Journey into Spiritual Growth" by Waldo Hiebert and David Wiebe. -- 1990.
43. Adult Ministries ideas. Collection of pamphlets and brochures from several MB churches: Central Heights Church (BC), Willingdon Church (BC), Northview Community Church (BC), and Westview Christian Fellowship (ON). -- 2002.
44. Christian Education Seminar. "Taking your spiritual temperature" by Sharon Johnson. Transparency slides and notes. -- 2001.
45. Christian Education Seminar. "Devoted Disciple's Prayer Life" by Sharon Johnson. Transparency slides and notes. -- 2001.
46. Christian Education Seminar. "Spiritual Gifts" by Sharon Johnson. Presentation notes. -- 2005.
47. Christian Education Seminar. "Self Care for Stressed-Out Ministers and Leaders" by Sharon Johnson. Transparency slides and notes. -- 2002.
48. Christian Education Seminary. "The Life Steps Plan: How do we nurture children's faith?" by Sharon Johnson. Presentation notes. -- 2001.
49. Family Camp presentations on "Life Steps Plan" and "Description of a Growing Disciple" by Sharon and Mark Johnson. Camp Crossroads (ON). Transparency slides and notes. -- 2001.
50. 55+ Retreat file. Banff Park Lodge, Alberta. Correspondence, Evaluations, Planning notes, Schedule, List of Participants, report in MB Herald, etc. -- 2003.
51. 55+ Retreat file. Hotel Mont Gabriel, Quebec. Correspondence, Evaluations, Planning notes, Schedule, List of Participants, report in MB Herald, etc. -- 2005.
52. Refresh BC 2004, Langley, BC. Planning notes, correspondence, and evaluations. -- 2004.
53. Recharge 2004. Part of Gathering 2004, Toronto. Planning notes, correspondence, and evaluations. -- 2004.
54. Board of Discipleship Ministries. Executive Director evaluation. Restricted. -- 2004–2005.

Volume 1419

70. Gil Brandt/Directory Correspondence. -- 1984.
71. Board of Resource Ministries. Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence. -- 1991–2000.
72. Anabaptist Curriculum Project for Children. Writer's Manual. -- 1992.73. Jubilee Updates and Replacement Items Lists. -- 1993–2006.
74. Rejoice! Publishing/Marketing. Meeting Minutes and Correspondence. -- 1995–1999.
75. Board of Faith and Life 55+ Retreat. Correspondence. -- 2001.

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