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The Manitoba Conference of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, was called in its Act of Incorporation "The Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba." The MB Church of Manitoba had its beginning on 30 May 1886, when Heinrich Voth baptized two couples. The place of beginning was Burwalde, near Winkler, where a little chapel was constructed. In 1898 this chapel was moved to Winkler. Then other churches sprang up around Winkler. A large influx of new immigrants arrived in 1922-1925, most of them settling in or near Winnipeg. In the 1950s the Mennonite Brethren Church was spread over the southern portion of the province, with a membership of 3,462 in 22 congregations.

On 5 April 1940 it was decided to incorporate the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba, which was done. "The objects of the corporation are to promote, engage in and carry on the Christian Religion and Christian Worship and religious education according to die religious belief of the members of the corporation." The doctrines of the church were the fundamental teachings of the Bible about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, as given in the Glaubensbekenntnis of the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1955 there were 22 local churches in Manitoba, including five missions. The following institutions were owned by the Manitoba MB Church: one Bible school, one high school, one old folks' home, five mission stations, one Bible college (owned and supported by the whole Mennonite Brethren Church of Canada). The Conference met twice annually until 1942, since then only once annually.

The Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba was a member of the Northern District (Canadian) Conference, which held its meetings once annually in one of the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. The Northern District Conference was a member of the General Conference of the M.B. Church of North America.

Outstanding personalities of the Manitoba Conference included H. S. Voth, A. H. Unruh, J. G. Wiens, H. H. Janzen, D. D. Derksen, and G. D. Pries. -- H. H. Redekop


1990 Update

In 1929 the Mennonite Brethren congregations in Manitoba united to form a conference, which was incorporated in 1940 and amended its organization in 1982. Total membership in 2001 was 6,081, distributed among 33 congregations, with a heavy concentration of members in Winnipeg. A vigorous and active conference program concentrates on building the Kingdom of God. The Board of Missions and Church Extension supervises and supports church planting, student ministries, prison chaplaincy and counselling programs. MB Communications oversees television programs and English, German, Low German, and Russian radio releases. The German and Russian releases are broadcast all over the world. The Board of Educational Institutions directs Winkler Bible School and the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute. The conference is also very active in inter-Mennonite projects, including Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Eden Mental Hospital in Winkler. -- William I. Neufeld

2010 Update

In 2010 the Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches had 39 congregations and 6,433 members. In 2010 the following congregations were members of the conference:
City Congregation Members
Altona South Park Mennonite Brethren Church 136
Boissevain Boissevain Mennonite Brethren Church 123
Brandon Richmond Park Church 180
Carman Friends Community Church 18
Cranberry Portage Grace Church 8
Elm Creek Elm Creek Mennonite Brethren Church 242
Flin Flon Cornerstone Community Church 31
Justice Justice Mennonite Brethren Church 51
Killarney Lakeview Community Church 113
La Salle La Salle Community Fellowship Church 55
Manitou Manitou Mennonite Brethren Church 80
Morden Westside Community Church 254
Newton Community Fellowship Church 152
Niverville Fourth Avenue Bible Church 127
Selkirk Selkirk Community Church 51
Snow Lake Snow Lake Christian Centre Fellowship 6
Steinbach Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church 407
Thompson Thompson Christian Centre Fellowship 33
Winkler Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church 500
Winnipeg Bethel Evangelical Christian Assembly 16
Winnipeg Christian Family Center 41
Winnipeg Connect Community Church 0
Winnipeg Crossroads Mennonite Brethren Church 101
Winnipeg Eastview Community Church 490
Winnipeg Église Communautaire de la Rivière Rouge 34
Winnipeg Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church 354
Winnipeg Faithworks 74
Winnipeg Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church 349
Winnipeg Jubilee Mennonite Church 122
Winnipeg McIvor Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church 546
Winnipeg North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church 602
Winnipeg Philadelphia Eritrean Church 80
Winnipeg Portage Avenue Church 287
Winnipeg River East Mennonite Brethren Church 218
Winnipeg Salem Mennonite Brethren Church 46
Winnipeg Slavic Evangelical Church 33
Winnipeg The Meeting Place 210
Winnipeg Westwood Community Church 214
Winnipeg Winnipeg Chinese Mennonite Brethren Church 49
Total 6,433

Bibliography

Manitoba MB Conference yearbooks.

Winkler MB Church minutes.


Additional Information

Address: 83 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB  R2L 1L2

Telephone: 204-594-3050

Website: Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches



Author(s) H. H. Redekop
William I. Neufeld
Date Published March 2012


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Redekop, H. H. and William I. Neufeld. "Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2012. Web. 30 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Manitoba_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=58202.

APA style

Redekop, H. H. and William I. Neufeld. (March 2012). Manitoba Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Manitoba_Conference_of_Mennonite_Brethren_Churches&oldid=58202.




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