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Ministry workers invited to conference at CMU that will focus on becoming global

“Becoming global congregations” is the focus of an upcoming conference for those in ministry that will be held at Canadian Mennonite University.

ReNew: Resourcing Pastors for Ministry takes place Monday, February 6 to Wednesday, February 8 at CMU (500 Shaftesbury Blvd.). The three-day event will feature stimulating Bible studies, inspiring worship, powerful stories, and enriching fellowship.

Dr. Jonathan Bonk, an expert in missions and evangelism, will appear at the conference as the keynote speaker. Bonk is Executive Director Emeritus of the Overseas Ministry Study Centre in New Haven, CT, a research professor of mission at Boston University, and author of Missions and Money: Affluence as a Western Missionary Problem.

Renew“CMU and its predecessor colleges have a long history of holding conferences meant to resource pastors,” says Andrew Dyck, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies and one of the conference’s organizers. “We are committed to helping support, encourage, and resource church leaders.”

The Christian Church is the body of Christ worldwide. It transcends geographical and denominational boundaries. Despite this conviction, and despite technology that makes the world smaller, it is easy for congregations to succumb to localism. 

This year’s ReNew conference, titled, “Opening Our Maps: Becoming Global Congregations” will explore questions such as: How might congregations become more global in their worldview, practices, and endeavours? What might it mean to be a globally minded congregation, in relationship with the church in other lands, the church of other denominations, and the ethnically diverse church at home?

Representatives from a handful of churches in Alberta and Manitoba will share stories about what their congregations are doing. The churches range from a congregation doing evangelism in inner city Winnipeg, to a rural church where three different denominations gather together for worship services.

“We’ve worked really hard to include church leaders from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, including newcomers to Canada, so that we can learn from their experiences,” Dyck says. “I’m excited to hear what they have got to teach all of us.”

CMU faculty will lead workshops exploring the theological foundations of the Church as the body of Christ; innovative congregational partnerships; indigenous peoples as part of the global church; and more.

“Christ calls us to take the extra mile of welcoming people that we haven’t welcomed before,” Dyck says. “I hope this conference helps all of us reach just a little further and take a little more initiative to extend grace and welcome to people that we haven’t welcomed before.”

ReNew is intended for all who are involved in ministry. For more information and to register, visit

About CMU
A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU’s Shaftesbury campus offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, humanities, music, sciences, and social sciences, as well as graduate degrees in theology, ministry, peacebuilding and collaborative development, and an MBA. CMU has over 800 full-time equivalent students, including those enrolled in degree programs at the Shaftesbury and Menno Simons College campuses and in its Outtatown certificate program.

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For additional information, please contact:
Kevin Kilbrei, Director of Communications & Marketing; 204.487.3300 Ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB  R3P 2N2

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Andrew Dyck Joins Bible & Theology Faculty

June 13, 2012 – The Board of Directors of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Canada, together with the Board of Governors of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) have appointed Andrew Dyck, Ph.D (cand.) as assistant professor of ministry studies at Canadian Mennonite University. This new position is jointly funded by MBBS Canada and the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba. Dyck will teach or give leadership in the area of spiritual formation, worship, preaching, ministry supervision, evangelism, leadership development, and pastoral care and counselling. In addition, he will serve as a resource person for the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Conference.

“Andrew is ideally suited for this position,” says MBBS Canada President Dr. Bruce Guenther. “He brings a deep understanding of Mennonite Brethren evangelical-Anabaptist identity, a proven track record of effective servant leadership, and a passionate commitment to helping leaders become caring and faithful witnesses and disciples of Jesus Christ. I am confident that his appointment will expand the capacity of MBBS Canada to train men and women for the mission of reaching Canada with the good news of Jesus Christ.”

“I am thrilled at the appointment of Andrew Dyck into this ministry position,” says CMU President Dr. Gerald Gerbrandt, “both because of what it represents in cooperation between MBBS Canada and CMU, as well as because of the contribution Andrew will make to our community. His years of experience in pastoral ministry, combined with his studies in Christian spirituality, will very much benefit our students, and through them, the larger church.”

Dyck brings a wide breadth of church leadership experience that has most recently included a senior co-pastoral position at Highland Community Church in Abbotsford, BC and a senior pastoral position at King Road Mennonite Brethren Church also located in Abbotsford. Dyck has held a variety of denominational leadership positions, most recently as a member of the Pastoral Ministries Committee of the BC Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, and as executive secretary of the MB Historical Commission.

His extensive ministry exposure provides him with a deep well of experience to relate to and guide the ministry students that attend CMU’s Graduate School of Theology and Ministry.

Dyck’s educational background includes training as a physiotherapist (University of Manitoba), three years of study at Mennonite Brethren Bible College (Winnipeg), as well as a Master of Arts in Church Leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He is currently completing a Ph.D at International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague (University of Wales) on the spirituality of Mennonite Brethren in Canada. Publications and public presentations, both scholarly and popular, underscore Dyck’s academic skills and the valuable contribution he will make to CMU, MBBS Canada, and the training of leaders for the Mennonite Brethren constituency and beyond.

Dyck is described by former colleagues, leaders, and friends as a man of integrity and impeccable Christian character, and someone who is deeply committed to the Church. His life demonstrates a deep love for God and an uncompromising commitment to the Lordship of Christ in his life. He is married to Martha (who now teaches Kindergarten-Grade 1); they have three adult children.

“I thank God for this opportunity to serve alongside others in training pastors and leaders for the Mennonite Brethren and other denominations. As seminary graduates follow Jesus Christ, it is my desire that they be known as people of depth: people who love deeply and demonstrate godly character, who lead wisely and live winsomely, who know God’s Word thoroughly, and who draw from the reservoir of the Spirit’s living water.”

“The joint MBBS & Manitoba Conference of MB Churches appointment of Andrew Dyck in practical theology is a significant step in building a stronger pastoral training center on the CMU campus in Winnipeg,” says Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches Executive Director Willy Reimer. “Andrew’s appointment will provide greater support for the development of pastoral leaders as well as resourcing Manitoba pastors and churches for the mission of reaching Canadians with the good news of Jesus Christ.”

MBBS Canada is the seminary of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. It is a member of the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS) at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC), which offers eight degree programs accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. The seminary is involved in two graduate degree programs at Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, MB) through an affiliation agreement.

A Christian university in the Anabaptist tradition, CMU offers undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences, business, humanities, music, and social sciences, as well as two graduate degree programs. CMU has over 1,700 students, including Menno Simons College and Outtatown students, and is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

MBBS contact:
Dr. Bruce Guenther, President, MB Biblical Seminary Canada

CMU contact:
Nadine Kampen, CMU Communications & Marketing Director; 204.487.3300 Ext. 621
Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2