As discussed in last year’s MB Herald, it looks like some influential Canadian Mennonites have decided to go ahead and partner together to educate the next generation of church leaders…
WCMS is an inter-Mennonite partnership that facilitates the offering of graduate and professional theological education in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The primary role of WCMS is to link the church constituency with the resources of various Mennonite educational institutions. At this time, students can gain graduate theological education by seeking admission to the MA Theological Studies offered by the Canadian Mennonite University or the Certificate of Christian Ministry offered through Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS) of Fresno, CA or Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) of Elkhart, Indiana. WCMS can also facilitate academic advising and coaching for those who train for vocational ministry. WCMS seeks to provide continued professional education for pastors and pastoral candidates through pastoral round tables, workshops and other special events.
The WCMS centre, located on the Canadian Mennonite University campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is supported by the following Mennonite organizations:
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS)
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (MBBS)
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU)
Steinbach Bible College (SBC)
The Winnipeg Theological Cooperative (affiliated with the Faculty of Theology, Canadian Mennonite University, St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre, St. John’s College and William and Catherine Booth College)
By partnering together, does this mean that these Mennonites have forgotten why they are named after Menno Simons? Are they now in agreement with Roman Catholicism, ecumenism, monasticism, and the emerging church with its contemplative mysticism? Does this mean they are also in support of CMU’s recent Refreshing Winds conference with Brian McLaren that is still being highlighting on their website (http://media.cmu.ca/)? Are mergers and money more important than being faithful and true to the gospel of Jesus Christ? What would Menno Simons say if he had a blog today?
I voluntarily renounced all my worldly honor and reputation, my unchristian conduct, masses, infant baptism, and my unprofitable life, and at once willingly submitted to distress and poverty, and the cross of Christ.
To understand why these questions and partnerships should be of concern to all Bible believing Mennonites, see these:
Lucifer Emerging (Updated)
McLaren’s ‘Refreshing Winds’
Menno Simons on The Papistic Belief