Annual Church Gathering 2021
Courageous Imagination

Motions were passed by the delegate body

An important part of our life is the work that we do together as MCEC congregations. These are some of the practical things that under-gird our commitment to our long-standing priorities of making disciples, growing congregations and forming leaders. The delegate body voted on motions that are a part of our required annual meeting agenda.

I Dream of A Church Where...

As the people of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada we are here to be a movement following Jesus and putting our faith into action. Our faith calls us to look with courage to see where God is already at work. Participants broke into small groups to share one dream or hope for the church. I dream of a church where...

Statements coming soon!

Documents and Links

Ministry Highlights

We will be discussing these videos - click here.

  • A Kingdom Impact
    - Mission
  • A Lifelong Learning Journey
    - Leadership
  • MCEC@Quebec
    - Mission
  • Relationships Across International Borders
  • Support for Youth Ministry in MCEC
    - Youth
  • The Next Normal of Pastoral Ministry
    - Leadership
  • We Are Ready!
    - Intercultural Ministry
  • Mennonite Church Canada - Doug Klassen, Executive Minister
  • Mennonite Church Manitoba - Michael Pahl, Executive Minister

Year in Review

It has been an exciting year of ministry. We may refer to some of these documents but may not be actively interacting with them during our meeting.

"Great is thy faithfulness"
Arli Klassen, Moderator

“Great is thy faithfulness” was my grandparents’ favorite hymn, who came to Canada as teenage refugees in the late 1920s. They fled violence in what was then south Russia, and began married life as farmers in the Dirty Thirties.

We too have lived through a very hard year in 2020, a year unlike anything we have known or experienced before. I see God’s faithfulness in our MCEC family.

It is wonderful to see how congregations pivoted to find new and creative ways to continue being the Body of Christ on earth: online worship, telephone trees, small groups, reaching out to those around us who have practical needs. I know it has been stressful, particularly for pastors doing new things every week. As Christ’s Body we are faithful in figuring things out. And God is faithful.

It has been a year with a few significant staff transitions in MCEC staff. David Martin retired after 15 years of leadership. Leah Reesor-Keller accepted our invitation to become our new Executive Minister. Fanosie Legesse accepted our invitation to become our Intercultural Mission Minister. Both of them began formally and informally in their roles just as the pandemic restrictions settled in. They are faithful in responding to these calls to lead and serve. And God is faithful.

In Deuteronomy 31:6 we hear the encouragement: “Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread (of them), because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” I know we have all struggled with fear in this last year. I am encouraged that we were faithful in following Jesus through those fears, as congregations and as an MCEC community. God is faithful.

Courageous Imagination
Leah Reesor-Keller, Executive Minister

See, I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it? I am making a way …. - Isaiah 43:19

As I start off my ministry with MCEC, I’ve been delving into the theme of courageous imagination. In this time of uncertainty within the church and globally, I believe we need to grow our capacity to dream & imagine a way forward, seeking after God. In this time, faith calls us to look with courage to see where God is already at work, making a way despite the challenges. Where do you see God at work in your family, in your community, in your congregation? This has been a hard year, and there are significant challenges still ahead locally and globally. Yet even now, especially now, following Jesus calls us to be salt for the earth, and a city on a hill, to quote from the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:13-16. 

  • Perhaps your congregation is exploring new ways to connect with the community around you as part of a ReLearning Community cohort.
  • Maybe you are a pastor beginning your ministry, drawing on mentorship and peer support from the Transitioning into Ministry program to help you infuse fresh perspectives and energy into your new congregation.
  • You might be church council members looking at your structure and pastoral needs, prayerfully considering what changes may be needed to support the well-being of your congregation and its witness.  

Where is God calling you? What are new ways of being salt and light in your community at this time? I pray that God will grant us courage and faith on this journey together as an MCEC community, seeking to follow Jesus and live into God’s Shalom.