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Columnist Wanted

Interested in writing as a columnist for The Messenger? We are seeking someone to provide at least six columns of 500 words (every other month) in a year to appear both in print and online. Topics are quite, but not totally open. Honorarium is provided. Please provide three samples of work, information on background and education, and describe active EMC church connection. Information and questions can be directed to editors at and 204-326-6401.

Now Hiring

The EMC National Office is seeking a Missions and Finance Assistant to work as an active part of the office team. They should have a passion for Christ, the Church and missions. The ability to manage a varying schedule and assess and prioritize tasks is essential. An ideal candidate will be adaptable and be able to take initiative in identifying and resolving problems. They should be an excellent communicator who is confident interacting with people in person or through a variety of media. This position offers equitable pay and benefits with opportunity for professional development. For more information on this position and how to apply, go to our website Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 or until a suitable candidate is found. Anticipated start date is early fall.

Gary Schellenberg Retires after 45 Years at Providence


Gary Schellenberg

OTTERBURNE, Man.—After 45 years of dedicated service, Gary Schellenberg retired from Providence University College and Seminary and on May 30, 2019, was among five people honoured at a Retirement Dinner (along with Hendrik van der Breggen, Daryl Climenhaga, Edmund Neufeld and Deborah van Duin). Gary was made Prov’s first ever Vice President Emeritus, a lifetime designation. Gary’s father, Rev. Dave K. Schellenberg, was the first editor of The Messenger (1963-1987) and a proud parent who found ways to include his children and grandchildren in its pages. Rev. Schellenberg likely would have been glad to see his son mentioned.

Coaldale MC Welcomed, Field Expansion Considered

General Board concerned about gap between constitution and practice on women in leadership

by Terry M. Smith

COALDALE, Alta.—Conference council delegates on July 6, 2019, heard updates, voted to receive Coaldale Mennonite Church into membership, and took a straw vote on where EMC missions efforts might expand.  Continue reading Coaldale MC Welcomed, Field Expansion Considered

Ministerial Looks at ‘Questioning Faith’

by Terry M. Smith

TABER, Alta.—The EMC’s ministerial on July 5, 2019, considered how to respond to people questioning their faith, adopted a new process for preparing for ordination, heard the General Board briefly update on the matter of women in leadership, and prayed for the needs of ministerial members and congregations. Continue reading Ministerial Looks at ‘Questioning Faith’