On March 12th approximately 85 participants took in the online SKMB Assembly 2022. The day began with a pre-Assembly session specifically engaging questions pertaining to the 2022 Budget and Common Understanding & Common Covenant. The speaker for Assembly, Ken Esau, was introduced and provided a brief update on his work as the interim National Faith & Life Director.
The theme for Assembly 2022 was Do not lose heart from 2 Corinthians 4. Ken Esau, Old Testament instructor at Columbia Bible College provided listeners with five powerful reasons followers of Jesus should not lose heart:
Rick Schellenberg, SKMB Faith & Life Team chair, led the Assembly communion and prayer for Ukraine.
Jeff Siemens, moderator of the SKMB Executive Board brought forward five key motions all of which the delegates adopted:
Discipleship Coach, Luke Etelamaki, introduced the Missional Leadership video resource for lay church leaders seeking to re-gain missional traction post-COVID: “The Missional Leadership series was created to help you and me as leaders to push against missional drift.”
Director of ministry, Phil Gunther, gave the following address to the Assembly:
“I want to begin by giving thanks to the LORD for His unwavering faithfulness toward Janine & I and the work of this office of Director of Ministry. God is good, all the time. I want to follow that up by saying thank you for your support, in multiple ways, of myself and our collective mission and ministry.
As a community of MB churches, camps and schools, we have had a metaphorical rollercoaster ride – emotionally, mentally, spiritually and programmatically – since the pandemic struck Saskatchewan exactly two years ago. Assembly 2020 was the sunrise event for us into a season of frustrations and adjustments, Assembly 2022 is hopefully the sunrise event of a fruitful future.
As we gaze out upon the horizon, we quickly learn that we are in a different world, a different culture, a different ministry context and set of challenges, and yet, the same spiritual needs exist, and our Gospel continues to be the only remedy and hope.
I continue to hear in my mind that words of Tod Bolsinger in his book Canoeing the Mountains, “The world in front of you is nothing like the world behind you…we are called to adapt to a changing world because we are called to reach that changing world [with the Gospel].” And, as Ken Esau has encouraged us, we do not lose heart in the work.
SKMB is anchored to the Gospel and seeks to advance it by the power and blessing of the Holy Spirit. We are kingdom-minded, and our king has given us our mission – to go and make disciples. We do this as a love and faith response to Jesus. SKMB’s mandate is supporting churches and camps in making disciples, that is our singular focus, but it takes on different shapes from missional training, leadership training, conflict resolution, governance support, pastoral transition assistance, pastoral care and collective strategic partnerships.
A sample of the challenges our member churches and camps face in 2022 include: