Rooted... Rising to His Call Part 1
Rooted... Rising to His Call Part 1
WHO WE ARE
We are the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference. We are a diverse family of churches that are both urban and rural, stretching from Alberta to Ontario and into Mexico, Belize and Bolivia and all have a unique ministry we are called to. As disciples of Jesus we desire to reflect the heart and character of God. Disciples of Jesus grow, not for the sake of growth or the sake of increased knowledge, but for the sake of loving God with all we are and loving our neighbor as ourselves. As we grow in our understanding of who we are and the church God has called us to be, we take action to a renewed obedience and response to Jesus’ exhortation to “Make Disciples” in Matthew 28:18-20. This focus will result in God glorified.
Our story begins with the Anabaptist movement in Holland in the 1530′s. The early Anabaptists followed in the path of the Protestant reformers (Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli), but took the reforms further, advocating for believers baptism and non-violence, among other things. Because their ideas were considered radical and disruptive, they were persecuted by all branches of the Church. Groups of Mennonites (named after one of the early leaders, Menno Simons) migrated first to Poland, then later to Russia, seeking a peaceful place to continue their agricultural life and separation from the world. Finally in the late 1800′s, some moved to Canada, looking for educational freedom and military exemptions.
One of the Mennonite groups which moved to Manitoba was the Sommerfelder, who settled in the Winkler area. During the 1930′s, a revival broke out amongst them. Four young ministers were affected by this revival and eventually established a new church with 1100 members. In 1937, they organized as the Rudnerweider Mennoniten Gemeinde. This young group was passionate about missions, establishing new churches in Saskatchewan and sending out their first missionary to Africa. Click here to read more about the beginings of the Rudnerweider Gemeinde.
In 1959, the Rudnerweider restructured as a conference and became the Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference (EMMC). The next decade saw an expansion of ministries in Ontario, Belize, and Bolivia, as well as in Low German radio. Work among Mennonite immigrants in the US began in the 1970′s. A greater involvement among Low German speaking Mennonites in Mexico developed in the 1980′s.
In the past few years, some of our missions efforts have matured with the churches in Mexico and Bolivia both establishing their own national conferences. With churches in Belize, Mexico South and Canada (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario), regional organization and connections have become more important. This shift has also led to restructuring within the conference boards. Previous ministry councils have been disbanded in favour of one General Board and a General Council made up of representatives from the regions. It has been a season of change. We have reaffirmed our Anabaptist and evangelical roots, and are recommitting ourselves to obeying Jesus’ command: “Go and make disciples!”
Misión Evangélica Menonita (MEM) is an umbrella organization of partners that minsters to the Low German Mennonite people of Bolivia; particularly those families and individuals that have for one reason or another chosen to leave the colony setting. MEM is made up of a number of partner conferences. Originally made up of the EMMC and EBMC (Evangelical Bergthaler Mennonite Conference), MEM has grown to include a number of associated partners in Canada, Paraguay and Mexico. MEM is involved in education, evangelism and discipleship, and community development. Ministry activities have resulted in a government recognized education system with some 500 students registered in the programs and the Unidad Educativa Villa Nueva and Unidad Educativa Brillante schools in the communities of Villa Nueva and Hacienda Verde respectively. Active churches are also located in both communities and economic development programs are moving forward.
(Evangelical Bergthaler Mennonite Conference): The EBMC is a conference of 7 churches located in northern Alberta, primarily in the La Crete area. Members of the EBMC have a strong tie to the Low German Mennonites of Bolivia. The MEM partnership with EMMC developed in part because of the desire of the EMBC members to see the hope of the Gospel come into the lives of friends and relatives who were either still living in one of the numerous colonies, and others who had disassociated themselves with colony life. The EBMC and EMMC share equally in the annual budget that covers ministry expenses.
(Evangelical Mennonite Conference): The EMC conference headquartered in Steinbach, Manitoba became an associate member of MEM a number of years ago. EMC has since provided several staff members to help the ministry and participates actively by sending prayer and work teams to promote the work among its members.
The BMC located in the Cuauhtémoc region of Mexico is the newest associate partner in the MEM ministry. The BMC is developing an international missions outreach program and has chosen to participate in the MEM ministry by sponsoring a young couple to assist in the education ministry in the community of Hacienda Verde.
Iglesia Evangélica Mennonita in the Menno Colony, of Paraguay’s Chaco region has made it possible for a couple experienced in dairy, ranching and organizational leadership to be active participants of the MEM work in Bolivia.
(Evangelical Mennonite Church): EMG in Sommerfeld Colony of East Paraguay supports a young couple involved in administrative leadership and education in the community of Hacienda Verde.
(La Iglesia Evangélica Anabautista en Bolivia): LIEAB is a group of churches in Bolivia that are made up of Bolivian nationals. LIEAB is a result of the 50 years of ministry of EMMC in the Santa Cruz area. This conference of Spanish speaking Bolivian churches is active in church planting, education and leadership development, youth and college and career age discipleship, and is actively discerning a further move into international missions.
(Seminario por Extensión Teológico a las Américas): SETA is an arm of LIEAB. SETA handles the promotion, distribution and grading of SEAN (Study by Extension for All Nations) Bible study materials for much of Bolivia. SEAN materials were first introduced into Bolivia more than 25 years ago by then EMMC missionary Sharon Soper and Missions Director Lawrenece Giesbrecht. This program continues to help train people of Bolivia in both Spanish and Low German.
(the La Fortaleza School): Not long after the EMMC ministry to the Spanish-speaking Bolivians started in a new barrio (suburb) in south Santa Cruz a school was built. Now, years later this institution is a respected, well recognized elementary and high school with some 600 to 700 students in a maturing neighborhood. Parents from nearby, and from various areas of Santa Cruz, select this school to teach and train their children over the free public education system available to them.
(Red de Iglesias Misioneras Internacionales): As the LIEAB group of churches matured they organized to send out their first international missionaries. Rubén and Guadalupe Mercado and their two daughters served in Mexico City a nearly a decade teaching and training local church leaders. This led to the formation of RIMI dedicated to encouraging and mentoring church leaders in areas of Mexico. Now years later, after a time of leadership of LIEAB, Rubén is committing his leadership gifts to assisting RIMI in reaching out into other Latin countries and beyond with help and resources for the many independent pastors serving alone.
This ministry provides a Christian radio presence in Mexico’s capital city. The association with Impacto JCV is again through RIMI and Rubén Mercado. Impacto JCV broadcasts programs to encourage, teach and mentor the Christian community, and to attract those who are searching to the Word of God.
AIM works primarily with the leaders of independent indigenous mission groups. Through visiting the indigenous missions and building relationships with them, AIM has come to know our indigenous mission leaders. Our vision of discipleship is taking the role of serving in suitable and appropriate ways, and encouraging the indigenous mission in their lead ministry role.
More than 2 billion people still need to hear the gospel. Since 1892 Avant Ministries has focused on planting and developing the church in the unreached areas of the world. Through church planting, church support ministries, media, education, camp and business, we hope to establish churches among the unreached: mature, nationally-led churches that desire to plant more churches, first in their own city, and then all over the world.
HHM (Healing Hearts Ministries) is a vision driven, principle run, and relationally based organization. We are a group of people that believe in the incredible value and worth of each individual and God’s ability to transform their life into His image. We have principles we seek to implement through grace in each life believing God can bring His healing touch into the deepest pains of the heart. These principles we seek to apply to every missionary, worker, and all those to whom we reach out to. We do all this to see God’s Kingdom grow and to bring glory to Him.
To bring hope and a future through Christ to youth and their families in the inner city. Inner City Youth Alive (ICYA) is located in the North End of Winnipeg, which is one of the poorest and underserved area in Winnipeg and Canada. ICYA provides a safe, active and nurturing environment for children and youth, many of whom experience poverty, abuse and neglect.
InterAct Ministries (Formerly Midway Christian Leadership(MCL)) joined with Mid-Way Christian Leadership a not for profit organization based in Thompson, Manitoba in 2016. MCL's focus has been on establishing churches and other ministries in Northern Manitoba within the First Nations Communities. The ministry runs a Bible camp and provides life coaching for youth and adults. Joining with InterAct Ministries allows the ministry in Northern Manitoba to be part of their ministries. InterAct Ministries exists to make disciples among least-reached peoples in cooperation with like-minded churches and organizations. EMMC has missionaries with InterAct.
MMF was founded by Gerhard and Luise Wiens in 1983 in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The Wiens’ first had a burden to reach the old Mennonites colonies in Mexico. Their first ministry of preaching and teaching happened in Mexico from 1983 to 1990. We currently work in 18 different countries globally with over 40 agents/missionaries. Our goal is to support, encourage, and train indigenous missionaries and organizations around the world who are engaged in fruitful Kingdom work.
Northern Canada Evangelical Mission (NCEM) is an interdenominational faith organization seeking to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native peoples of Canada. Organized in 1946, we currently have a membership of about 90 full-time missionaries (plus associate, honorary, and Governing Board members) on about 20 stations across the country and in specialized ministries.
Operation Mobilisation’s role in the Church is to mobilise people to share the knowledge of Jesus and His love with every generation in every nation. OM pioneers and leads initiatives to redeem lives, rebuild communities and restore hope in over 110 countries.
Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God's good news, we believe that He has called us to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where he is least known.
We believe that education is an effective catalyst bringing hope to individuals and positive transformation to societies. We follow our Lord Jesus Christ by engaging with the needs of this world – physical, relational, and spiritual. Our teachers use their skills and contexts to bring Christ’s light and healing to all – children, adults, leaders, and mission workers alike.
Our Vision to see Christ known, loved and worshipped by the unreached peoples of the world. Our Mission empowered by the Holy Spirit, with a sense of urgency and a commitment to work with others, we: Proclaim the gospel by word and deed, so that people come to a living faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and become his disciples. Gather believers around Christ, establishing churches in the Word of God so that they make disciples in their communities and beyond. Mobilise for missions, recruit, train, send and care for workers in fellowship with the wider Chur
Ending Bible poverty by facilitating the translation of God’s Word among minority language communities worldwide
To participate in the body of Christ in responsible evangelism of youth, presenting them with the person, work and teachings of Christ and discipling them into the Church.
Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced “WHY-wham”), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known. Back when we began in 1960, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, we still focus on youth, and we also involve people aged 9 to 90. We currently have tens of thousands of staff (called “YWAMers”) and we work in thousands of teams and locations
Steinbach Bible College (SBC) is an Evangelical Anabaptist college committed to training men and women to serve God in the church and society since 1936. SBC is governed by the Christian Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Mission Conference and more recently the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba by appointing representatives to the Cabinet which gives direction to the College. EMMC Reps- – Darrell Dyck, Steinbach MB; Darrell Kehler, Niverville MB
Steinreich Bibelschule (SBS) is a Bible School in Chihuahua, Mexico focused on discipleship with Low German speaking Mennonites for evangelism and ministry. Diedrich Harms, Leadership Developer / Evangelist, is actively involved in teaching and recruiting students for the school.
Inter-Mennonite Chaplaincy Association is a partnership of three Mennonite church conferences working together to provide an Anabaptist Mennonite presence and chaplain on the University of Manitoba campus. The church conferences involved in this association are EMMC, EMC and Mennonite Church Manitoba. EMMC Reps - Len Loewen, Morrow Gospel Winnipeg, Gladys Terichow, Morrow Gospel Winnipeg.
Abundance Canada (formerly Mennonite Foundation of Canada) is a public charitable foundation for people of faith, making giving joyful and easy since 1974. Abundance Canada is donor-advised, providing guidance, tax information and tools to help you support the causes you care about most. EMMC provides representatives to their board of directors and encourages churches and individuals to interact with the services Abundance Canada provides. EMMC Rep- Jacob Friesen, Morrow Gospel Church
African Inter-Mennonite Mission is an Evangelical Anabaptist missionary partnership through which African, North American, and European churches and individuals are working together to further God’s mission. EMMC Rep- Lyn Dyck, Executive Director
Conferencia Misionera Evangelica (CME) – John Froese, El Valle MX Church planting efforts in Mexico North have matured and become their own conference. EMMC maintains a close connection through Evangelical Mennonite Conference missionaries. As a conference, EMMC continues to help in many practical ways.
Eden Foundation/ Eden Healthcare (Manitoba) The Eden organization together with other faith communities is a publicly funded facility which is owned and sponsored by the Mennonite community. In all that we do we strive to follow the example of Christ who healed the sick, comforted the sorrowful and welcomed the outcast. EMMC Reps- Mary Driedger, Ruth Wiebe
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) was formed by a group of pastors in 1964. Today, the EFC affiliates include denominations, ministry organizations, educational institutions and individual congregations who promote fellowship, cooperation and a united voice to media and government. The EFC also has more than 15,000 supporting individuals. The Executive Director of EMMC is a representative to their board of directors.
Kanadier Mennonite Concerns Committee – Allen Kehler, Winnipeg MB
Meetinghouse Gathering - This is a consortium of Anabaptist publications in USA and Canada. EMMC's Communication Coordinator- Lil Goertzen is a member on behalf of The Recorder.
Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) is a global, non-profit organization that strives to share God’s love and compassion through relief, development and peace building. The needs of local partners and churches guide program priorities. EMMC provides representative to the board of directors. EMMC Reps- Dick Plett, Winkler EMMC, Maggie Bergen- Altona EMMC
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is the disaster-relief agency of Mennonite churches in Canada, the United States and their territories. MDS currently involves more than 3,000 Mennonite, Amish and Brethren in Christ churches and districts. EMMC provides regional representation to their organization.
Mennonite World Conference (MWC) This is a community of Anabaptist related Churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service and witness. EMMC shares representation to their North American board of directors with EMC.
Tri Conference is a grouping of conferences in order to share resources and work together on projects. The conferences are: Evangelical Mennonite Conference, EMMC and Christian Mennonite Conference.