Building Community

The Building Community facet of our ministry model focuses on engaging pastors and churches to foster closer relationships and community with us and with each other

Every MB church and partner organization is building community at all levels for kingdom ministry.

  • Providing networking opportunities for our pastors
  • Facilitating cooperation between our churches
  • Fostering individual relationships with pastors and churches
  • Communicating regularly with our ABMB community

Provincial Clusters

Throughout the ministry year, our three cluster groups (north, central, and south) meet regularly. Participants are pastors, staff and leaders serving in parachurch ministries. The focus of our clusters is to provide a safe and open time for leaders to share their concerns, passions, and experience in areas of ministry with a view to empowering one another toward effective and fulfilling ministry.

Peer Clusters meet together on the second week of most months, from 10:00am till noon in various locations.  If you want to be included in the Peer Cluster Group emails, please contact Ruthie at ruthie.kamphuis@abmb.ca.

Learn more about clusters

Pastor & Spouse Retreat

This is an opportunity for all pastors employed at any ABMB member church (along with their spouses if applicable), to have a bit of a break!  It is typically hosted in the fall and is a fantastic opportunity for networking, refreshment, rest, encouragement, and an all-round uplifting time. Theme, dates and location for this year’s retreat to be announced soon!

CONVENTION

Our annual convention takes place at the end of April or beginning of May. It affords a chance for all ABMB member churches, pastors, and attendees to delve into the financial and operational details of ABMB and reports from its partner ministries. It is preceded by our Pastor’s Study Day, and is an opportunity for collective learning and reporting to members.

Pastoral care for pastors in leadership

Pastors in each of our churches are engaged in front line ministry. Their jobs are defined by service and ministry to others. Part of our goal, as a conference, is to Pastor our Pastors. While caring for others, Pastors and leaders themselves often neglect their own needs, or simply don’t have an outlet or a trusted source of help and or support. We seek to fill this gap by providing individualized care and support when necessary. Consistently reaching out to the pastors and the leadership within our  congregations is one of our top priorities.

Church visits and preaching support

In order to get a better feel for our church families and to engage the members of these churches in our greater family dynamic, our Conference Minister regularly visit our various churches over the weekend service times. Occasionally, they are invited to preach and share with the congregations as well. This can build relationships with church members, provide respite to lead pastors, and fill a gap at a church that is without a lead pastor.

Pastoral transitions and searches

ABMB leadership avails itself to churches who are in transition, as well as to those who are in need of  a lead pastor. We aid in the search for transitional and temporary leadership, as well as provide guidance and interview assistance to search teams when needed.

Crisis support & Conflict Resolution

ABMB leadership provide crisis support and conflict resolution when necessary. We have a wealth of tools and resources available to assist churches and leaders to navigate these tough areas, and will happily assist our churches and/or leaders at whatever level these situations require.

Newsletters & Social Media

ABMB seeks to communicate regularly with our pastors and member churches. We publish a monthly newsletter, and are look at expanding our sphere of communication to include social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Prayer Day

At times, ABMB will organize a Alberta-wide or region-wide prayer day and invite pastors and/church members to attend. These help ensure that our primary focus remains on Christ, as we realize we can do nothing without Him. Our ABMB office staff gather consistently as a group to pray for our churches and our camps. We periodically contact individual churches throughout the year to ask for specific prayer requests, but we also invite churches and pastors to submit their more urgent requests to us as the need arises. Please contact our receptionist to submit your prayer requests directly.

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