Key 73

A Moment from Yesterday

January 19, 2022 | Opinion | Volume 26 Issue 2
Conrad Stoesz | Mennonite Heritage Archives
(Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / Conference of Mennonites in Canada)

The banner at the Conference of Mennonites in Canada gathering in Vancouver in August 1971 read, “That the world may believe,” based on John 17:21. Palmer Becker, executive secretary of the Commission on Home Ministries of the General Conference, reported on plans for two new initiatives: “Probe ’72,” a Mennonite consultation on evangelism in Minneapolis, Minn.; and “Key ’73,” a trans-denominational effort to share Christ with every person in North America. Becker said that ministers need to equip and mobilize their congregations, and that the purpose of the church is to share God’s love. The problem, said Becker, is that people don’t know how to show God’s love, and people are not sure, “What is the gospel? Where and when should [people] share it?” (From the 1971 conference yearbook, page 32.)

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(Photo: Mennonite Heritage Archives / Conference of Mennonites in Canada)

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