Abide in me : a proposal for covenant-renewal in Mennonite Church Manitoba
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Having walked with the Mennonite Church in a pastoral capacity for over 40 years, the last six as conference pastor of Mennonite Church Manitoba (MCM), I sensed a growing need among its member congregations for renewal of relationship with God and with each other. The concept of " covenant" became a vehicle for testing the potential for meeting such a need. Research in various disciplines — biblical, historical and sociological — broadened the understanding of the term and provided the basis for the doctor in ministry project.
Using the research and participatory methodologies in the project, I took a sample group through a real life experiment with covenant-renewing. The responses of the participants and my analysis sought to answer the hypothesis that a renewed covenant with God is foundational to other relationships in Christian community; it enables the MCM community to grow in faithfulness to God and each other amidst the issues of faith and life, and to discern together through the Holy Spirit the Way of Jesus.