Decisions made at Special Assembly 2017 have resulted in staff reductions at Mennonite Church Canada and program realignment to regional churches serving congregations. (See “Overwhelming vote in favour of new MC Canada structure.”)
Staff positions that will continue in the new structure are: executive minister; director of Indigenous Relations; bookkeeper/accounts payable administrator; coordinator of payroll, pensions and benefits accounting; director of resources and administrative assistant for CommonWord; executive assistant; web and multimedia producer; and director of International Witness.
Three communications staff have been released, as have four from Witness, one from Church Engagement and one from Operations. The following roles are discontinued: director of church engagement-communications; lead graphic designer; director of news services; executive minister of Witness; director of Africa, Latin America; administrative assistant of international ministries and national ministries; short term ministry coordinator of Witness; chief administrative officer/director of church engagement-administration; receptionist/administrative assistant; and director of congregational partnerships. A refocussing on the regional church capacity to serve congregations means that these staff roles at the nationwide church are no longer part of the structure.
Jason Martin has accepted the newly created role of director of International Witness. He has previous experience with relational funding from working as an International Witness worker with the Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions. MC Canada will be transitioning the International Witness program towards some form of relational funding in the coming year. Martin previously served MC Canada as director of congregational partnerships.
“We received a strong mandate at assembly and have been given direction,” said Willard Metzger, MC Canada’s executive minister (formerly executive director). “I am grateful that MC Canada has been an environment of family and community, and I trust the friendships will remain.”
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