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Transitions (2004–2012)

Proper Title

Transitions 2004–2012 series

Dates of Creation

2004–2012

Physical Description

80 cm of textual material

Administrative History

Mennonite Brethren are historically known among the Anabaptist-Mennonite collection of churches to be a growth-oriented denomination, as seen by their predisposition to renewal, mission, evangelism, and church planting. Accompanying a growth-orientation, there is often a readiness to embrace change or innovation, if it is perceived as increasing growth potential.

The name of this series is called Transitions 2004–2012 and attempts to document the transitions in governance patterns that were initiated and developed during this period of time.

The transitions began in 2004 when the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches was reorganized under the Governance Model designed by Les Stahlke (for more details, see Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren churches fonds description). Under the new Governance Model, six focus areas were presented to Mennonite Brethren constituents: faith and life, healthy churches, reaching out, leadership development, communication, and financial services.

The reorganization of the Conference and its staff involved the dissolution of all boards and committees and the formation of departments that corresponded to these foci. The boards were given until January 2005 to bring closure to their projects, at which time their duties were relocated within the new departments. For example, Cam Rowland, originally the director of the Board of Discipleship Ministries, became the director of Church Health and Communication, and Ewald Unruh, previously the director of the Board of Evangelism, became the director of Evangelism Canada and Leadership Development.

With the Key City Initiative program ending in 2006, the Conference searched for another way to keep the national motivation for church planting alive. ReGenerate 21-01 was introduced in 2008 in an effort to connect 21st century churches with the vitality of the 1st century churches (21-01) by focusing on church planting, church health, and leadership development. Cam Rowland remained director of Communication, while Ewald Unruh became director of ReGenerate 21-01. This department was renamed in 2010, becoming the department of Church Ministries.

The service of "reaching out" remained under Church Ministries until 2011, when Gord Fleming was hired by the Canadian Conference as the national church planting director. Having spent many years on the board of Church Planting BC, Gord brought along a vision for a national church planting community that worked together with the provincial conferences. In order to realign the national and provincial church planting effort, the C2C Network emerged as the Canadian Conference's national church planting network in 2012.

In 2012 the transitions began to settle out with Church Ministries dividing into two departments: Church Planting (i.e., the C2C Network) and Leadership Development/Church Health. Ron Toews became director of Leadership Development in 2012, working together with Church Health administrator, Dave Jackson. In 2013, this department was renamed "Resourcing Churches Developing Leaders," a name which was replaced with "L2L" (an acronym left intentionally ambiguous, meaning: Learners to Leaders or Leaders to Learners) shortly after in 2014. The L2L network continues to provide leadership development and church health resources to churches. By 2014, the C2C Network was collaborating with some 15 other denominational church planting efforts across Canada, offering services of assessment, coaching, internships, and apprenticeships.

Scope and Content

This series belongs to the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren churches fonds.

Custodial History

Files are transferred to the Centre for MB Studies in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a regular basis.

Notes

  • Volumes 1414-1415
  • Accession Nos.: 2013-03
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • Described by Kate Regier, 2015.
  • Related materials: Board of Evangelism series.
  • Some restrictions on access.
  • Language: English.
  • More accruals expected.

File List

Vol. 1414

1. Leadership Training Matching Grant (LTMG) Proposal, Rationale, and Policies. -- 2002–2007.
2. Leadership Training Matching Grant Brochures and Promotion. -- 2002–2007.
3. Leadership Training Matching Grant Proposed Changes Discussion and Results. -- 2004–2008.
4. Leadership Development Correspondence with MBBS-ACTS and MBBS-Fresno. -- 2002–2007.
5. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: A-C. -- 2003–2009.
6. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: D-E. -- 2004–2009.
7. Leadership Training Matching Grant: F-I. -- 2003–2009.
8. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: K-L. -- 2003–2010.
9. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: M-N. -- 2002–2009.
10. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: O-Q. -- 2003–2009.
11. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: R-S. -- 2003–2010.
12. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: T-V. -- 2003–2008.
13. Leadership Training Matching Grant Applications: W-Z. -- 2003–2010.
14. Natural Church Development (NCD) Promotional Material. – [200-].
15. Eight Essential Elements Survey Results for MB Churches. – 1997–2000.
16. NCD Follow-up Questionnaire and Lay Person Questionnaire. -- 2000–[200-].
17. NCD Participants and Statistics. -- 1999–2004.
18. “The NCD Cycle” Guidebook. -- 2003.
19. Governance Model Correspondence. -- 2004.
20. NCD Survey Instructions. -- 2004.
21. NCD Correspondence. -- 2001–2010.
22. Canadian Youth Workers Conference. -- 2007–2009.
23. Leadership Training Matching Program Summary of Scholarship Amounts. -- 2002–2006.
24. CCMBC Healthy Churches video script. -- 2004.
25. Natural Church Development (NCD) introduction booklet for churches. -- 2008.
26. NCD Survey Profile Results for Various MB Churches. -- 2007–2009.
27. CCMBC Lilly Endowment Grant Application. Entering Leadership Project. -- 2008.
28. CCMBC Leadership Development Survey for Lead and Associate Pastors. -- 2010.
29. Canadian Conference of MB Churches Coaching Plan. -- [2007?].
30. Ministry Advantage Program Proposal, Correspondence and Promotion. -- 2009.
31. Coach Training and Focusing Leaders Promotion, Correspondence and Schedule of Events. -- 2007–2009.
32. CoachNet Mentors Correspondence, Preparation and Training. -- 2006–2007.
33. CoachNet Administrator’s Manual. -- 2006.
34. Leadership Development Trail Map Brochure Design, Preparation, Rough Draft and Contracts. -- 2006–2007.
35. Canadian Conference of MB Churches Internship Program. -- 2008–2011.
36. Church Ministries Administrative Assistant Job Description. -- 2011.
37. Canadian Mennonite Brethren Pastoral Report (1975–2004). -- 2005.
38. Study Conference Young Leaders Forum. -- 2007.
39. Eagle’s Flight Initiative Program Licensing, Training and Correspondence. -- 2007–2008.
40. CoachNet Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, and Events. -- 2005–2008.
41. “The Leading Edge” Study Series for Spiritual Leaders. -- [200-].
42. Leadership Summit Conference Correspondence and Event Information. -- 2008–2009.
43. Leading Women Christian Leadership Conference Preparation, Attendees and Scholarships. -- 2007–2008.
44. Leading Women Christian Leadership Conference Promotion. -- 2007–2008.
45. Next Level Women’s Leadership Training Correspondence and Scholarships. -- 2008.
46. Leading Women Conference. -- 2002–2009.
47. Coaching Ministries Resources. -- 2008.

Vol. 1415

1. “The Church Alive: A Study Guide.” -- n.d.
2. Filing Info. -- n.d.
3. Multiplying Church Ministries Admin Job Description and Fundraising Schedule. -- n.d.
4. Focused Ministry Resource Kit Facilitator’s Manual for Corportate Process: Refocusing Churches. -- 1999.
5. Leadership Development Task Force. Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence. -- 1999–2003.
6. BC Conference Workshop. Church Secretary Seminar. -- 2002.
7. Focusing Leaders Network Facilitator’s Manual. -- [2003].
8. Focusing Leaders Network Participant’s Manual. -- [2003].
9. Leadership Development Task Force. Preparation Packet and Reports. -- 2003.
10. Church Ministries Provincial Collaboration. Correspondence and Reports. -- 2003–2008.
11. Church Ministries. Ewald Unruh Presentations. -- 2003–2009.
12. Leadership Development. Reports and Correspondence. -- 2005–2009.
13. Leadership Development. Pastoral Trends Survey a) Survey Results. -- 2006.
14. Leadership Development. Pastoral Trends Survey b) Survey Results (Originals). -- 2006.
15. Leadership Development. Pastoral Trends Survey c) Survey Questions. -- 2006.
16. Leadership Development. Pastoral Trends Survey d) Minutes. -- 2006.
17. Leadership Development. Pastoral Trends Survey e) Notes, Letters, Action Plan, etc. -- 2006.
18. Gathering 06. Church Health Table Group Discussions. -- 2006.
19. Leading Women. Correspondence. -- 2006–2008.
20. Resource Shelf Proposal, Team Minutes and Correspondence. -- 2006–2009.
21. Database: CCMBC. Meeting Minutes and Correspondence. -- 2006–2011.
22. Leadership Development. ETEM Strategic Proposal (English and French). -- 2007.
23. R21-01: Vision Documents. – [2007].
24. Regenerate 21-01: Church Ministries Stats and Measurements. -- 2007–2012.
25. R21-01: Evaluation Framework. Reports and Correspondence. -- 2008.
26. R21-01: Gathering 08 Responses to Survey. -- 2008.
27. R21-01 Staff Meeting Minutes and Admin Staff Report. -- 2008.
28. R21-01 Staffing and Miscellaneous. -- 2008.
29. Refocusing Resources. -- [2008].
30. R21-01 Executive Board Documents. Reports. -- 2008–2009.
31. R21-01: Ewald Unruh Presentations. -- 2008–2010.
32. R21-01: Communications. Minutes, Reports, and Correspondence. -- 2008–2011.
33. Healthy Churches Overview of Ministry and Description of Resources (includes Refocusing MOU). -- 2008–2011.
34. Church Ministries Brochures. -- 2008–2012.
35. Healthy Churches Refocusing Process, Staff/Retreat Schedules, Minutes and Church Samples. -- 2008–2012.
36. Staff Orientation Binder (CCMBC) Master Copy. -- 2008–2012.
37. Church Ministries. Reaching Out Vision and Budget. – 2008–2018.
38. CCMBC: Ministry Systems Ideas and Minutes. -- 2009–2010.
39. Ministry Advantage Meeting Minutes and Correspondence. -- 2009–2010.
40. National and Provincial Developmental DNA Meetings. -- 2009–2010.
41. R21-01 Budget Narrative. -- 2009–2012.
42. R21-01 Prayer Initiative. Responses and Meeting Minutes. -- 2010.
43. Regenerate 21-01 Field Staff “Next 30” Initiative. Correspondence and minutes. -- 2010.
44. ABMB Workshop Notes. -- 2010–2011.
45. Church Ministries. Job Descriptions and Miscellaneous Reports. -- 2010–2012.
46. Church Ministries Leadership Development. Minutes and Correspondence. -- 2010–2012.
47. Church Ministries Department Overview. -- 2012.

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