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Living Hope Church – Saskatoon, SK

Proper Title

Living Hope Church fonds

Dates of Creation

2001–2016

Physical Description

94 cm of textual materials, and 1 photo

Administrative History

In 1998, members of West Portal Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, began to think about planting a new church in the Silverwood Heights area of Saskatoon.  Dwayne K. Harms was hired as a church planter on 1 April 2000, and Living Hope Church held its charter service on 11 March 2001 with 51 members. Pastor Dwayne K. Harms (1967–2005) was given the mission of planting, guiding, and growing Living Hope Church. Dwayne served as pastor from 2001 until 2005, when he lost a brief battle with cancer and died on August 16, 2005.

The congregation rented a facility formerly owned by the Silverwood Baptist Church for five years before purchasing it in 2006. The congregation met on Sunday early in the evening until 2011, when it began meeting on Sunday morning. In 2014, the average attendance on a Sunday morning was 60. The congregation concluded services on 12 June 2016. At Living Hope's invitation, Forest Grove Community Church began a third campus at Living Hope's location in fall 2016. Members from Living Hope did not automatically become members of the new congregation.

Pastors who have given leadership to the church include: Dwayne K. Harms (2001–2005), Joel Diamond (2006–2009), Dan Harder (2010–2014), and Jake Schroeder (interim, 2014–2016).

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of 8 series. Living Hope Church historical materials and governance, church planting and growing, membership files and statistics, bulletins and directories, annual reports and meeting minutes, prayer partner memos and congregational meeting minutes, courses and studies, and correspondence. This fonds documents well the Mennonite Brethren church planting in Saskatoon in the 2000s.

Custodial History

The records in this fonds were donated to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in October 2015 by the Living Hope Church office administrator, Lani Wiens.

Notes

  • Volume 1094, 1473, and 1475.
  • Accession No. 2015-020; 2016-017.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • Described by Jon Isaak 9 October 2015. Updated by Andrew D. Brown October 2017.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • This fonds includes the Living Hope Church 5th Anniversary Celebration group photo (2006) on the west wall in the CMBS archival vault.
  • See also the collection of 128 recordings of worship services from November 2001 to April 2010 in the Audio-Visual Collection, MCD-34-1 to MCD-34-128.

Series Descriptions

I. Historical Materials and Governance.
2001–2015.
3 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of church history (2001–2010), constitutions (2001–2014), and policies (2006–2015).
  • Location: Volume 1094, file nos. 1–8.

II. Church Planting Task Force, Launch Core Team, and Growth Team.
1999–2003.
3 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of church planting documents (1999–2001), church launch goals (2000–2001), and growth team strategies (2002–2003).
  • Location: Volume 1094, file nos. 9–20.

III. Membership Files and Statistics.
2001–2016.
22 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of membership records (2001–2016), attendance (2014–2016), and statistical reports (2001–2015).
  • Location: Volume 1094, file nos. 21–35.

IV. Bulletins and Directories.
2000–2016.
30 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of worship programs/directories (2000–2016) and directories (2001–2016).
  • Location: Volume 1094, file nos. 36–39; and Volume 1473, file nos. 13–24.

V. Annual Reports, Core Leadership, and Board Meeting Minutes.
2000–2016.
15 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of annual reports (2001–2016), leadership meeting minutes (2001–2006), elders meeting minutes (2002–2004), and church board meeting minutes and manuals (2001–2016).
  • Location: Volume 1473, file nos. 25–33; and Volume 1475, file nos. 1–4.

VI. Care Groups, Prayer Partners, and Congregational Meeting Minutes.
2001–2016.
11 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of care group memos (2004–2009), prayer partner memos (2001–2007), and congregational meeting minutes (2001–2016).
  • Location: Volume 1475, file nos. 5–15.

VII. Courses, Studies, and Surveys.
2000–2010.
7 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of church programs and courses (2000–2010), studies (2003), and surveys (2001–2004).
  • Location: Volume 1475, file nos. 16–22.

VIII. Correspondence.
2002–2007.
3 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of letters from missionaries (2002–2005), correspondence (2005–2007), and proposals (2003).
  • Location: Volume 1475, file nos. 23–25.

File List

Volume 1094

  1. Living Hope Church History. -- 2001–2010.
  2. Promotional materials. Opening Service program. List of charter members. -- 2001–2004.
  3. Photo directory. -- 2001.
  4. Living Hope Church By-laws and Articles of Incorporation. -- 2009–2015.
  5. Living Hope Church Policies and Procedures. -- 2006–2008.
  6. Living Hope Church 5th Anniversary and Church Dedication Card. -- 2006.
  7. Living Hope Church Constitutions. -- 2001–2014.
  8. Living Hope Church Chartering Service. -- 2001.
  9. Living Hope Church Launch Core Team Manual. -- 2000–2001.
  10. Living Hope Church Launch Core Team Overhead Sheets. -- 2000–2001.
  11. Living Hope Church Launch Core Team Spiritual Gifts Discernment. -- 2000–2001.
  12. Living Hope Church Launch Core Team Service Evaluations. -- 2000.
  13. Living Hope Church Growth Team Minutes. -- 2002–2003.
  14. Church Plant Task Force Meeting Minutes. -- 1999–2001.
  15. Church Plant Task Force Methodology. -- 2000.
  16. Church Plant Task Force Proposal. -- 2000.
  17. Church Plant Task Force Demographics. -- 2000.
  18. Church Plant Task Force Church Planter. -- 2000.
  19. Church Plant Task Force Timeline. -- 1999–2001.
  20. Church Planting Series at West Portal Church. -- 1999.
  21. Living Hope Church Statistics. -- 2001–2015.
  22. Living Hope Church Quarterly Tracking Reports. -- 2001–2014.
  23. Living Hope Church Annual Tracking Reports. -- 2001–2014.
  24. Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference Annual Statistical Reports. -- 2001–2006.
  25. Living Hope Church Attendance Records. -- 2014–2016.
  26. Living Hope Church Baptisms and Memberships in Process. -- 2001–2010
  27. Living Hope Church Inactive Members. -- 2001–2013.
  28. Living Hope Church Membership Statements. -- 2001–2016.
  29. Living Hope Church Active Member Files. -- 2001–2016.
  30. Living Hope Church Transferred or Released Memberships. Anderson–Goertzen. -- 2001–2016.
  31. Living Hope Church Transferred or Released Memberships. Hardy–Lucky. -- 2001–2016.
  32. Living Hope Church Transferred or Released Memberships. Makaroff–Pollum. -- 2001–2016.
  33. Living Hope Church Transferred or Released Memberships. Redekop–Willems. -- 2001–2016.
  34. Living Hope Church Former Members Cards. -- 2001–2016.
  35. Living Hope Church Membership Register. -- 2001–2016.
  36. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2000–2001.
  37. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2002.
  38. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2003.
  39. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2004.

Volume 1473

  1. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2005.
  2. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2006.
  3. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2007.
  4. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2008.
  5. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2009.
  6. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2010.
  7. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2011.
  8. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2012.
  9. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2013.
  10. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2014.
  11. Worship Programs/Bulletins. -- 2015–2016.
  12. Living Hope Church Directories. -- 2001–2016.
  13. Living Hope Church Pastor Profiles. -- 2000.
  14. Living Hope Church Employment Records. -- 2000.
  15. Living Hope Church Staff Policy Manual. -- 2002.
  16. Living Hope Church Board Manual. -- 2008.
  17. Living Hope Church Board Manual, Version 2. -- 2014.
  18. Living Hope Church Board Manual, Version 3. -- 2015.
  19. Living Hope Church Annual Reports. -- 2001–2013.
  20. Living Hope Church Annual General Meeting Reports. -- 2013–2016.
  21. Living Hope Church Elders Team Meeting Minutes. -- 2002–2004.

Volume 1475

  1. Living Hope Church Elders Team Policy Manual. -- 2004.
  2. Living Hope Church Core Leadership Team Meeting Minutes. -- 2001–2006.
  3. Living Hope Church Board Meeting Minutes. -- 2001–2010.
  4. Living Hope Church Board Meeting Minutes. -- 2011–2016.
  5. Living Hope Church Prayer Partners. -- 2001.
  6. Living Hope Church Prayer Partners. -- 2002.
  7. Living Hope Church Prayer Partners. -- 2003.
  8. Living Hope Church Prayer Partners. -- 2004.
  9. Living Hope Church Prayer Partners. -- 2005–2007.
  10. Care Group Leaders, meeting minutes. "Off Site" prayer guide. -- 2002–2005.
  11. Living Hope Church Congregational Meeting Minutes. -- 2001–2014.
  12. Living Hope Church Congregational Meeting Minutes. -- 2015–2016.
  13. Living Hope Church Membership Memos. -- 2001–2005.
  14. Living Hope Church Worship Ministries Meeting Minutes. -- 2001–2003.
  15. Living Hope Church Care Groups. -- 2004–2009.
  16. Living Hope Church Membership Class Documents. -- 2005.
  17. Living Hope Church Membership Course Manuals. -- 2000–2004.
  18. Living Hope Church Growth Commitment Cards. -- 2001.
  19. Institute for Natural Church Development International Church Profile - Living Hope Church. -- 2003.
  20. Living Hope Church Natural Church Development Survey. -- 2001–2004.
  21. Finding Freedom through Forgiveness: A Course in Relationship Recovery. -- 2010.
  22. Music Committee Questionnaire. -- [ca. 2010].
  23. "News from Afar." Letters addressed to Living Hope Church from missionaries and others. -- 2002–2005.
  24. Evangelism Proposal. -- 2003.
  25. Pastoral Correspondence. -- 2005–2007.
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