Lendrum Mennonite Church – Edmonton, Alberta

About Us

Our vision at Lendrum Mennonite  Church is to be God’s people, growing through grace to be like Christ as we learn, love, and share – “so that in everything Christ would be known in us and through us.”   We at Lendrum are part of the global family of Mennonite Brethren churches. We are united in this family by our historical Anabaptist roots and our common commitment to the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith. We affirm this confession as a summary of our theological centre and our core beliefs.

We believe …


…in God as eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God created and sustains the universe. The eternal purpose of God the Father is to create a people who will bring glory to God forever. God alone is worthy of worship.
…that God became human in Jesus Christ. Jesus came to restore the world because humans have rejected God in disobedience. Jesus taught and modeled the way of God’s kingdom. He died on the cross, making it possible for us to accept a renewed relationship with God. He rose from the dead, broke the power of sin and death, and frees us to live in obedience to God’s will.
…that God the Holy Spirit invites all people to be reconciled with God and to join the global family of faith. Believers confess their faith, are baptized, and join in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and guided by the Bible, members of the church seek to live as followers of Christ and invite others to experience this new life. As Christians we are called to turn:

• from ignorance of God to a personal relationship with God;

• from bondage of sin and past mistakes to freedom, forgiveness, and healing;

• from individualism to interdependence with others in the local church;

• from lifestyle choices that harm us, others, and the earth to choices that nurture wholeness, healing, joy and peace;

• from hating enemies and ignoring neighbours to showing love and justice to all;

• from loving possessions to sharing with all in need;

• from aimless existence to a mission of representing and proclaiming God’s kingdom on earth.

As Christians we look forward to the day when God will once again send Jesus to bring all things under God’s eternal rule.

 

We Are…

… A People Who Love God


• We value a deep and transforming personal relationship with God. We express this desire in our practice of the spiritual disciplines, such as prayer and meditation, worship and service.
• We value a passionate spirituality that has both substance and integrity. We seek to demonstrate a joyful and sincere devotion to God.
• We are committed to learning. With the Scriptures as our primary text, we are called to use our God-given abilities to explore all realms of this created world. The goal of all our learning is to grow in faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ.
• We affirm music and the arts as an expression of God’s creativity and love of beauty.

 

… A People Who Love Others


• We value the warmth of fellowship the Spirit of God creates in a church. We believe the church is God’s new society where people covenant together to grow in mutual service and submission to one another.
• We value the gifts of all God’s people. We believe all Christians are gifted by the Spirit and called to ministry where they work, worship and live.
• We celebrate the rich variety of gifts and perspectives in our church. Our goal is to be united with one heart and one mind by the Spirit of God.
• We value the church as a safe place for asking questions, being challenged to think deeply, and for growing in maturity of faith.
• We value a congregational form of church polity. This includes a broad-based discussion of issues and ideas, where all voices are heard and respected, and where our decision-making strives for consensus.
• We appreciate the need for a flexible and responsive approach to ministry. We respect the traditions that have nourished past generations, while celebrating and being open to that which is new and innovative. Therefore, we periodically evaluate our structures and programs to ensure that they reflect our giftedness and they meet the needs of those they serve.

 


… A People Who Love Our World


•We are committed to the ‘good news of the Kingdom of God’ as Jesus announced it. Following his example, we seek to proclaim this good news throughout word and our actions. This means that our mission is warmly evangelistic, inviting people to a life-changing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It also means that we seek to embody the will of God for peace and justice ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’
•We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is profoundly relevant in our world and in the choices we make. It shapes our personal ethics, our family relationships, our economic and political values, and our stewardship of the environment.
•We are committed to welcoming and accepting all people in the way Christ did.
•We believe that following the way of Christ includes identification with the poor and the downtrodden. In our mission we seek to model Christ’s special concern for the poor, the weak, and the outcast.

 

Our church is governed using a congregational model.

 

Click to read our church leadership roles and responsibilities

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The body of believers under the leadership of Jesus Christ is the final authority in matters pertaining to the ministries of the Church. Individuals, leaders and agencies of the Church are responsible to the body. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit working in the body of believers, the Pastorate, the Church Board, the Commissions and Committees, shall serve the body of believers for the spiritual welfare of the Church and the sharing of the Gospel, striving to retain the unity of the body of Christ. This principle reflects our understanding of the leadership style of Christ and historic Anabaptist polity. The following Roles and Responsibilities are written in the light of these principles.

 

MODERATOR

  • To provide leadership and inspiration to the Board and its members so that it functions in a harmonious and edifying fashion, seeking to fulfill the vision of the congregation.
  • To work within the framework of a congregational governance model, taking initiative to provide direction and vision for the Board and Congregation.
  • To call, organize and preside over monthly meetings of the Church Board and occasional Congregational meetings.
  • To plan and prepare meeting agendas in consultation with the congregation, Commission chairpersons and the pastoral staff.
  • To provide Board members with reasonable advance notice of agenda items and copies of relevant support documentation.
  • To plan and organize special Board meetings or retreats.
  • To prepare an annual written report on behalf of the Church Board to be presented at the Annual Congregational Meeting.
  • To monitor the work of the pastoral and administrative staff on behalf of the Church, providing direction and guidance.
  • To review expense claims for pastoral staff.
  • To make a reasonable effort to remain informed of the issues facing Church Commissions and Committees.
  • To be a member of the Pastoral evaluation committee.
  • To serve as the liaison between the Board and the Church.

 

BOARD SECRETARY

  • To keep a record of all Board and Congregational Meetings.
  • To assist in planning Agendas and to discuss other specifics regarding future meetings with the Moderator.
  • To provide all Board members with copies of the Agenda and Board Minutes.
  • To file and maintain copies of all Board and Congregational Minutes and other important documents.

 

TREASURER

  • To pay all approved accounts and obligations of the Church, including invoices for acquired goods and services, salaries and statutory deductions, employee benefits, budget allocation and designated donations.
  • To post all receipts, disbursements, adjustments, etc. into an acceptable permanent bookkeeping record.
  • To provide all information or returns required by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or other government agencies, including employee T4s and T4 Summaries, the Registered Charity Information Return, and the GST rebate application.
  • To provide to the Board pertinent information on donations and expenditures, and to bring up financial policy questions for decision or direction.
  • To inform the congregation regularly regarding the financial status of the Church.
  • To maintain arrangement for the safekeeping of the Church’s funds in a bank account or other deposit vehicle, as approved by the Board.
  • To issue charitable donation receipts to donors at year-end or as required.
  • To prepare the annual financial statements and present these at Church business meetings as soon as possible following the Church’s year end.
  • To compile budget details for review by the Board and to present the proposed budget for approval at a Church business meeting.

 

CARING COMMISSION (CC)

Organization

  • Each aspect of ministry will have a coordinator who will work with the people in a specific area.
  • A Caring Ministries Chair will call a meeting of the Commission for long ranging thinking and vision setting.
  • The Caring Ministries Chair will keep in touch with the Commission member and provide support and encouragement.
  • The Caring Ministries Facilitator will be on the Church Board.

 

Aspects of Care

  • To foster a sense of belonging to a community where people are encouraged to use their gifts.
  • To foster spiritual and relational growth and health in our families, individual lives and the community.
  • To provide support in daily life and in times of need or crisis.

 

Avenues of Care

Care for the Church Community

  • To assist in public worship during the Lord’s Supper and Baptism.
  • To provide spiritual watch care that seeks to foster spiritual health and wholeness in the Church.
  • To foster a commitment of prayer within the Congregation in partnership with the other Commissions.
  • To oversee the Church membership role.
  • To mentor new members and believers.

 

Pastoral Care

  • To provide crisis care and visitation to shut-ins.
  • To provide care to newcomers,
  • Small Groups:
  • encourage persons to get together in small groups for fellowship, study, prayer and Christian service as well as to celebrate each other’s joys and carry each other’s burdens.
  • to enable people to feel a sense of belonging.
  • to provide primary caring in times of need to group members.
  • to help with the assimilation of new members.
  • to help people discover and use their gifts.
  • to keep members active and involved.

 

Hospitality Care

Kitchen Stewards:  To plan special Church functions such as potlucks, bridal & baby showers, billeting, etc.

 

Practical Care

  • To assist with yard work
  • To help people with mechanical needs
  • To assist people with job searches
  • To assist with other needs as required.

 

DISCIPLESHIP COMMISSION (DC)

Commission Chair

1. To assist in determining the Christian Education/Discipleship needs of the Congregation so that ways of meeting those needs can be planned and implemented.  The needs and direction of the Discipleship Ministries Commission is based on the following congregation approved work:

  • The Lendrum Vision and Mission
  • The stated Lendrum Identity document
  • The MB Confession of Faith

 

2. To organize and coordinate the existing Discipleship Ministries programs and activities of the church for:

  • Children’s Ministries
  • Youth Ministries
  • Adult Ministries
  • Support Ministries

 

General

Each Coordinator is responsible for the following general responsibilities as well as program specific responsibilities as listed.

  • To coordinate the activities of their ministry team internally and also with respect to the activities of other teams and commissions.
  • To be actively discerning those individuals who have giftedness in these areas of ministry and to invite them to be part of the ministry team.
  • To give leadership, encouragement, inspiration and support to that ministry’s program and activity leaders.
  • To attend the Discipleship Ministries Commission meetings.
  • To prepare monthly activity update reports for DMC circulation and a written report for the Annual General meeting.

 

Children’s Ministries Co-ordinator

  • To help further the vision of the Children’s Ministry team “to building relationships and providing a creative learning environment so that our children know they are loved and valued by God”
  • To recruit and organize staff, review and recommend curriculum and program guidelines and to supervise programs and activities for:
    • “Little Lambs” Nursery
    • Children’s Sunday School (ages 3 to grade 5)
    • Junior Church
    • Girls and Boys Clubs
    • Young Families Activities
    • Church Camp/Picnic
    • Christmas and Easter Programs
    • Special Worship services/events

 

Youth Ministries Co-ordinator

  • To help further the vision of the youth ministries team “to prepare young people to live lives of devotion to Christ”
  • To recruit and organize staff, review and recommend curriculum and program guidelines and supervise programs and activities for the youth Grades 6 to 12 in the areas of:
    • Sunday School
    • Activity nights that encourage spiritual and social development
    • Small group Bible study
    • Special Worship/Church Events
  • To serve as a Christian role model to the junior and senior high school youth

 

Adult Ministries Co-ordinator

  1. To help further the vision of the adult ministries team to help people build, develop and model a Christ-like daily life of worship fellowship, discipleship, outreach and ministry.
  2. To recruit and organize staff, review and recommend curriculum and program guidelines and supervise programs for adults in the areas of:
  • Adult Sunday School
  • Adult Small Groups

 

Support Ministries Co-ordinator

  1. To help further the vision of the DMC through support ministries.
  2. To recruit and organize staff, review and supervise programs and activities including:
  • “Safe Place” Ministry Awareness Team (MAT)
  • Library/Curriculum/Resources Team
  • Snack Team
  • Craft/Materials/Supplies Team
  • Communications Team
  • Worship Liaison

 

FACILITIES COMMISSION (FaC)

  • To maintain the Church buildings, grounds, furniture and equipment including office equipment and computers.
  • To maintain temperature controls in the buildings for comfortable teaching, learning and Church worship.
  • To hire and recommend the salaries and duties of the Church custodial staff.
  • To meet with fire inspectors and Mennonite Mutual Insurance Representatives (MMIC) etc. as required.
  • To maintain a list of key holders and maintain locks and security procedures.
  • To liaison with other groups using the facilities as needed.

 

Commission Chair

  • To call and preside over Commission meetings.
  • To give leadership and inspiration to the Commission.
  • To coordinate the efforts of the Commission.
  • To assign specific tasks to Commission members from time to time.

 

MISSION & SERVICES COMMISSION (MSC)

The central purpose of the Missions and Services Commission is to facilitate and encourage Christian witness; that is, we are to be God’s presence in the world. To this end we encourage our fellow congregants to be intentionally involved in building the kingdom of God.

 

Commission Chair

  • To call meetings, set agendas, prepare and administer the budget, represent the Commission to the Board, take on specific Committee tasks.
  • Pastoral Liaison: provides communication between pastoral staff and commission.

 

Non-person-specific Responsibilities

Communications and Awareness

  • To provide public recognition of those engaged in witness, including public commissioning of those beginning service.
  • To update bulletin board in the main foyer.
  • To make necessary church announcements.
  • To advertise (specifically the 111 St. sign board for the Klondike Breakfast).
  • To develop, maintain and enhance a web-site.

 

Administrative involvement with local organizations, including but not limited to the Thrift Store, Mennonite Center for Newcomers (MCN), Ten Thousand Villages, Chinese Church, MMI and maintaining contact with administrators and/or Board members appointed from Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church.

 

Congregational Hands-on Involvement, including:

  • refugee sponsorships
  • local outreach (Klondike breakfast, special programs)
  • foreign students at the U of A

 

World Involvement, including:

  • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
  • Mennonite Brethren Missions
  • Other missionary support
  • Christian Peacemakers International

 

WORSHIP COMMISSION

Responsibilities of the Commission as a Whole

  1. To assist in determining the worship needs of the congregation so that ways of meeting those needs can be planned and provided.
  2. To facilitate the proclamation of the gospel through worship and special services.
  3. To establish an atmosphere that promotes fellowship, worship and outreach.
  4. To act as a sounding board for the individual Commission member’s plans and proposals.
  5. To encourage and affirm members of the congregation in using and developing their talents in public ministry.
  6. To consult with the Facilities Commission when arrangements are required regarding the public address system, chair setup, and decorations for special occasions.
  7. To host guest speakers and lecturers.

 

Responsibilities of the individual Co-ordinators of the Worship Commission

Commission Chairperson

  1. To call and chair the Commission Meetings.
  2. To give leadership and inspiration to the Commission.
  3. To ensure that speakers are identified and contacted for all services and meetings.

 

Usher Co-ordinator

  1. To ensure there are people to provide a warm welcome to people entering the Church and to assist them in seating as required.
  2. To assist in promoting a worshipful atmosphere.
  3. To ensure that there are people to distribute bulletins in a welcoming manner.
  4. To ensure there are people to help with the offering.
  5. To inform usher volunteers of special needs or setup requirements as needed.
  6. To ensure there is a sound coordinator to help with the setup, maintenance and recording of sound during the worship service.
  7. To co-ordinate sound for special events.

 

Music Co-ordinator

  1. To encourage participation of the Congregation in music through selection of song leaders.
  2. To co-ordinate special music events/evenings.
  3. To co-ordinate special group opportunities.
  4. To co-ordinate instrumentalists.
  5. To encourage the choir in leading the Congregation in worship by supporting the choir director and pianist.
  6. To encourage special groups in leadership of special programs and music events

 

Lay Co-ordinator

  1. To co-ordinate the lay worship leaders, readers and witness stands for the worship service.
  2. To encourage participation from as many people as possible in the worship leading and scripture reading and prayer.
  3. To encourage diversity in these components of the worship service.

 

Worship Planner

  1. To create and encourage meaningful traditions.
  2. To plan and co-ordinate special functions or Church services during the year.
  3. To respond to tasks related to special events as identified by members of the Worship Commission.
  4. To advertise special events.

 

Aesthetics Planner

  1. To create and encourage meaningful visual arts traditions.
  2. To plan and co-ordinate the aesthetic themes for special functions or Church services during the year.
  3. To respond to tasks related to needs for aesthetics for special events as identified by members of the Worship Commission.

 

Village Night Co-ordinator

  1. To assess needs and plan for special evenings during the year.
  2. To promote family and community within the congregation through the evening programs.
  3. To contact people regarding involvement in evening events.
  4. To advertise for special evening events.

 

Pastor (ex officio member)

  1. Shares the roles and responsibilities that pertain to the Worship Commission and provides a liaison with other Church activities and programs.
  2. Provides leadership and inspiration in promoting worship in the Church.
  3. Assists in co-coordinating the efforts of all members of the Worship Commission.

 

MEMBERS AT LARGE (M@L)

Board Communications Representative (formerly MB Herald Rep)

  1. To report information regarding Board activities to the Congregation through the Church bulletin, monthly newsletters and Church website.
  2. To prepare submissions to Church newsletters, website and MB Herald in consultation with the moderator and the Board.

 

Camp Representative

  1. To keep the Board and the Congregation informed of the activity of Camp Evergreen, our Alberta Mennonite Brethren (MB) Conference camp.
  2. To act as the primary contact point for the Church Board and Congregation for news and information related to the activities of Camp Evergreen.
  3. To promote the camping ministry of Camp Evergreen to the Congregation.

 

College Representative

  1. To keep the Congregation and the Board informed of news related to the activities of our Mennonite Brethren post-secondary schools. Primary emphasis will be placed on the schools to which we provide ongoing financial support, namely Bethany College and Canadian Mennonite University.
  2. To act as the primary contact point for the congregation for news and information coming to the Church from our MB schools.
  3. To promote the ministry of the MB schools to the congregation.

 

Nominations

  1. To establish a nomination committee in consultation with the Church Board, in order to prepare a slate of nominees for positions on the Church Board and Commissions that are due to be elected by the Congregation at the Annual General Meeting.
  2. To work in consultation with the Church Board, the pastoral staff and the Congregation to identify suitable candidates for any elected positions of the Church.
  3. To seek out nominees for any Church Board or Commission positions that become vacant in the period between Annual General Meetings.
  4. To identify delegate nominees for congregational consideration to represent the congregation at Annual Conventions of:
  • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
  • Alberta MB Conference
  • Canadian MB Conference.