Networking is an important part of the national congress and [Norm Voth] was encouraged by some of the innovative and creative ways denominations are working at building the church. "We need a larger diversity of models for church," Voth said. "Our work with Little Flowers Community is one alternative model of what it means to be the church." Little Flowers is a joint partnership between Youth With a Mission and MC Manitoba in the inner-city Winnipeg neighbourhood of West Broadway.There is no appetite for competing for converts, said Voth. He cited the example of the Mennonite Brethren Church in British Columbia, which has a large budget for church planting and makes financial resources available to other churches that need resources for this task. "We are beginning to see where some of the boundaries we haven't crossed in the past are being crossed, while at the same time maintaining our own denominational distinctives and identities," said Voth. "The goal is to build faith communities that demonstrate discipleship. As someone who is part of the Mennonite church, I resonate with the emphasis on discipleship that is at the heart ofAnabaptism."
Canadian Mennonite Vol. 16 No. 1
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