The Alberta MB story began in the 1930s when a group of MB’s moved into the Coaldale area, mostly from Alberta and Saskatchewan, others coming from the former Soviet Union. As economic opportunities expanded throughout the province, new churches started in various farming communities, towns, and cities.
MB’s started as a church renewal movement in 1860 in south-eastern Ukraine. A Lutheran evangelist preached a personal salvation through Jesus Christ within the German-speaking Mennonites in the area. This spiritual renewal of about 20 families eventually led to the formation of the “Mennonite Brethren”. They emphasized the authority of the Bible, doing the Christian life in Community, and calling everyone to follow Christ in his Mission of being and making disciples. Influenced by the various other movements of the time, MB’s were shaped by Pietist convictions of Scripture and obedience, while Baptists left them with practices of church structure, a confessional statement, and baptism by immersion. (MB Confession of Faith).
Currently, MB’s around the world number about 250,000 members, with the largest groups in India, Congo, Laos-Thailand, and Canada (about 50,000 members). Our mission agency, Multiply, works in dozens of countries, partnering with over 20 conferences world-wide. MB Seminary offers various graduate degrees delivered in various locations in Canada and through online classes (World Campus).
The Alberta conference has about 20 member churches with new churches being established or joining each year. One of the exciting opportunities is assisting “diaspora” churches, Christians coming to Canada as immigrants or refugees, seeking to impact Canada with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We believe that being a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ and obeying the command making disciples is at the core of what it means to be in this family. Camp Evergreen is a great resource for our churches and province, providing training for leaders and outreach to kids. We are partnering with Columbia Bible College in the training of emerging leaders.
Together we are better and can do more for Christ’s Kingdom of loving our neighbor and sharing Christ’s message of love and forgiveness.