Below you can find pictures of our workshop presenters along with the main topics they addressed.
These workshops were held Saturday, July 8, 2017. The workshops were recorded. To view the video, click on the name or picture of the workshop presenter.
Jason Friesen, Youth Pastor at Nassau Street Church and Tim Goertzen, Youth Pastor at Winkler EMM Church, will be presented a workshop for youth on the topic of evangelism. The aim of the workshop was to equip young people to tell their friends and family about Jesus. Activities and snacks were available for youth during the other workshop time slots providing youth with an opportunity to get to know each other and have fun together. This workshop was NOT recorded.
Pastor Kenny Warkentin prepared a workshop titled "Identity and Sexuality: What’s the big deal?" How do we value identity and sexuality as it pertains to our faith, our walk with others and in context to the world around us? Can we hold to a Biblical understanding of sexuality and still radically love others? This workshop is for the believer who is wrestling to understand the very complex issue of gender and sexuality as expressed by Culture today. How do we honor God with our sexuality and gender and love our neighbour? Follow the link for more information about Kenny and to view this workshop.
Larry Wilson led a workshop titled "Understanding First Nations People: A Look at First Nations and Caucasian Worldview/Values". The first step to effective cross-cultural evangelism is awareness. Without a proper understanding of another’s cultural values and motivations, one’s attempt to communicate the gospel becomes skewed; resulting in biased and distorted assumptions, conclusions and actions. He engages in an open discussion and dialogue comparing the primary motivation of each culture resulting in a greater awareness of one’s own cultural values in comparison to another. Awareness of these differences will increase our effectiveness in communicating the gospel to people of a another culture. Attendees had opportunity to share their experience, expertise and insight during the workshop. To learn more, view the workshop video below.
"Understanding our DNA through the Gospel" presented by Harold and Wendi Park. How does the Gospel affect your DNA? Discover what our understanding of family heritage says about the way we engage with others. The presenters shared their unexpected spiritual journey of understanding their Mennonite-Korean heritage & how the Gospel changed their vision of family. This workshop discussed the theology of family & explored how it practically impacts the way we parent, pastor & prioritize children in our church communities. Attendees learned about the current child welfare crisis, globally & locally, and discussed what the Gospel has to say about adoption, foster care & family restoration. Knowing your roots will inform your action - perhaps in unexpected ways. To view the workshop, click the video below.
Diedrich and Judy Harms are long-time evangelists and teachers in the Low German Mennonite Community. They play a vital part in the annual program at Steinreich Bible School in Mexico teaching, counseling and mentoring students along with traveling extensively to evangelize and teach. They are partially supported by EMMC missions. View their workshop below.
Professor Patrick Friesen led a workshop titled "The Gospel Invites a Response". The gospel message demands a response from followers. Too often in our worship services we have taught ourselves that a response isn’t necessary by the way in which we structure our worship services. This seminar focused specifically on how we can better respond to the gospel in our congregational worship. Click the video below to view this workshop.
What do early Christians, early Mennonites, EMMC founders and C2C Network have in common? The attendees of this workshop heard stories, Biblical foundations, and 21st Century church planting best practices. There are more religious “nones” than ever before. Canada is filled with lost, hurting and broken people. Indigenous and new Immigrant peoples and many more have a spiritual hunger. How do we respond? For C2C Network, “keeping a clear vision of the Gospel” translates into Jesus “having dominion from Sea to Sea, and from the rivers to the ends of the earth”. (Psalm 72:8) How can you and your church respond? What are the challenges or roadblocks? How do you lead a church planting focus in your church? These and other aspects were explored in this workshop. To view the workshop, click the video below.
Many will remember Sharon Soper as a missionary to Bolivia working with what is now the LIEAB group of churches. As a nurse Sharon developed Super Flour to supplement the meager diets of many malnourished kids she treated. Sharon will have just returned from several weeks in Bolivia. She was joined in her presentation by then EMMC Missions Director Lawrence Giesbrecht to share memories of those mission developments. View the workshop below.
Darrell Kehler presented a workshop focusing on Leadership Development. After walking a number of EMMC churches though the Leading With Vision workshop a number of interesting facts have emerged. Learn what the facts are – and how they impact our leadership approach. The Body of Christ is “one body made up of many parts.” Each part is important, but cannot realize its full potential unless it works together with the parts that are different. Jesus understood this when he chose his disciples. He opted for people with characteristics as diverse as the society they lived in, to be his closest followers. Come discover what we can learn from Jesus about developing godly leaders that will impact the world around us. View this workshop video below..
Professor Terry Hiebert from Steinbach Bible College prepared a workshop titled "Searching for Renewal in our Churches". The story of the EMMC is a search for renewal through several important stages. Our churches like ourselves change through stages of birth, growth, and decline. At each stage of church life there may be signs of health and potential risks. These risks, if unattended can lead to slow but certain death. This workshop will explore the 5 stages of the church lifecycle, identify the 8 signs of a healthy church, and suggest 3 critical interventions. The session concluded with Paul’s vision for leaders in search of renewal. To view the workshop, click the video below.
Abe and Margaret Harder have been serving as missionaries with MEM in Bolivia since 2015. They reported on their work and the developments in education at the new community of Hacienda Verde. Abe and Margaret are from Aylmer EMM Church. Currently they are the pastor couple of the Villa Nueva church; mentoring members and developing leaders. To view their workshop, click the video below.