Warmly received by the Mennonite Church


I don’t talk much about the house church network on my blog but this day I’m happy to report good news.  Last fall I was at a church planting conference in Calgary.  I got to meet some very cool people from all kinds of organizations and denominations.  I really enjoyed meeting Jared Siebert from the Free Methodist church.  I heard lots about him from Jordon Cooper back in the day.  From what I could tell the Free Methodists have definitely been the boldest in attempting different expressions of church.  These guys were the only ones I connected to that had any clue of how to bridge a house church network in to their organization.

The house church network were never fully adopted by the Mennonite Brethren.  As time grew on it became apparent to us that we weren’t a good fit.  There is a bigger story than that but it is probably best left for another time, perhaps like my memoirs.  In the end the whole process wasn’t easy for me.

The group I connected with the best was the Mennonite Church.  I was invited to sit in with them and Stuart Murray at the conference.  It felt like family.  It felt like coming home after going away for a long time.  Subsequent meetings with their people only reinforced that feeling.  I hope things with these folks work out.  I’ll be at their annual conference this February.  I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the peoples.

I got to talk to people from a handful of denominations, and they all have pretty decent folks.  As I had discussions with people it just affirmed my comfort with anabaptism.  I kind of wish the Mennonites were a little more in tune with their anabaptist roots.   Honestly I wish more denominations were a little more in touch with their roots.  There is great wealth in our church traditions that we’ve cast aside with our preoccupation of the next successful organizational approach.

  1. #1 by Lila on February 6, 2010 - 11:27 am

    Gosh, Leighton, you want us to really stretch: we’re supposed to embrace our past and at the same time reach for the future–all the while really being present to the ‘Now.’ That’s asking a lot–maybe more than we’re able–without God’s help.

  2. #2 by Robert Kenneth Peter Kroeker on February 7, 2010 - 9:23 pm

    Kinda disappointing that a good connection couldn’t be found with the MB’s. I’m sorry to hear things didn’t mesh. One comment that DB made to me was that he thought I sounded a lot like you (in terms of philosophy of church planting) – let me know how things go with the good old GC =)

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