Who We Are

Mennonite Church British Columbia (MCBC) exists to help congregations be Anabaptist, Missional*, and Connected.

Mennonite Church British Columbia is a faith community of Christian churches with a passionate allegiance to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.

Our purpose is to enable congregations to individually and collectively engage most fully in the mission of Christ.

Our Beliefs

The beliefs and practices of Mennonite Church British Columbia Congregations come from the authority of scripture as interpreted in the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective.

"Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective"

Our Commitments

  • To love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all your mind.  Plus, love our neighbours as ourselves.
  • To be effective witnesses through evangelism, service, peace, and justice.
  • To become faithful, mature disciples of Christ.
  • To call, train, and support leaders to assist congregations in fulfilling the mission of God in a broken world.
  • To keep the unity of the Spirit in our congregations, our conferences, and the global Christian Church community.

Mennonite Church BC is one of five regions - Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Eastern Canada - that together form Mennonite Church Canada.


What are Anabaptist Christians?

Anabaptists hold to three essentials...

Jesus is the center of our faith.

We are a believing people who seek to:

  • Follow Jesus in daily life.
  • Interpret the Scriptures in the Spirit of Jesus.
  • Promise their highest loyalty to Jesus Christ.

Community is the center of our lives.

We are a Christ-centred community of believing people who tend to see:

  • Forgiveness as being essential for community.
  • Dialogue and group discernment as necessary for the interpretation of Scripture.
  • Small face-to-face groups as central to the life of the church.

Reconciliation is the center of our work.

We are a believing, Christ-centred community of people who are called to:

  • Help reconcile people to God.
  • Help reconcile people to each other.
  • Serve as God’s ambassadors of reconciliation in the world.

Adapted from Palmer Becker, What is an Anabaptist Christian?, Missio Dei #18, James R. Krabill, series editor. Accessed online: https://assets.mennonites.org/Downloads/DL.MissioDei18.E.pdf. Used by permission. See also, Palmer Becker, Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith (Menno Media 2017).

As Mennonite Church British Columbia, we are committed to our Anabaptist roots and identity. The resources below were developed to help cultivate our understanding of what it means today to be Anabaptist:

  • Anabaptist Testimony Night is a short guide developed by the MCBC Faith & Life Committee on how to help your congregation share stories of what it means to be Anabaptist. Click here, to download the guide.
  • Gareth Brandt, Professor of Practical Theology, at Columbia Bible College is willing to offer MCBC churches a variety of options to learn more about Anabaptism from 20-30 minute sermons to 4-part courses. speakers bureau


Benefits of Belonging to MCBC

MCBC is Anabaptist

MCBC Key Themes and Intended Outcomes

MCBC Better Together

1. To Define and Engage Anabaptist Identity

Intended Outcome: A growing and vibrant Anabaptist identity among our pastors and congregations.

2. To Be a Missional* Community

Intended Outcome: That our pastors, congregations, and people who belong to our congregations would be joyfully engaged in missional activity with their neighbours and in their communities.

* Definition of Missional by Leslie Newbigin, "The Church is sent into the world to continue that which Jesus came to do, in the power of the Holy Spirit, reconciling people to God."

 3. To build healthy connections and trust with and among our congregations. 

Intended Outcome:  Transparent communication and edifying relationships with and among MCBC churches. 

What is a Missional Church?

  1. The Missional Church is a community gathered by the Spirit from all walks of life, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities and ages, intentionally serving as a sign of the Kingdom by breaking down dividing walls.
  2. The Missional Church gathered in worship immerses itself in the values and rhythms of the Kingdom, celebrating life in the presence of Jesus Christ its King, Redeemer, Saviour and Lord, offering itself as a foretaste of this Kingdom.
  3. The Missional Church is a community sent out by God, in the power of the Holy Spirit to live in the world as Jesus did. The Missional Church is a listening community, together discerning where God is at work in the world and entering into this activity in order to serve as an instrument of the Kingdom of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.