Media merger awaits denominational ratification

September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | Number 19
From a joint MPN/MMN Release |

The merger of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A., and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network (MMN), was approved on Sept. 23 by the boards of MPN and MMN at a meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. Final ratification, though, is subject to affirmation by MC Canada, part-owner of MPN, whose general board and Christian Formation Council are to meet later this fall, and that of MC U.S.A.’s executive board, which affirmed the general direction of the proposed integration plan at its meetings in Pittsburgh. The integration plan calls for a new name for the organization, and for the consolidation of as many operations as possible into one primary location to help improve efficiency and sustainability. The plan recommends that this location be in Harrisonburg, Va., with an on-site CEO there. On the financial side, the integration will help both organizations work towards sustainability through cost savings, new products and services, and new marketing initiatives. The new organization will relate to both MC Canada and MC U.S.A., and will retain a presence in Canada. At their Sept. 23 meeting, the boards of MPN and MMN also approved the creation of a reference group to “shepherd the integration process.”

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