June 6-8, 2023 | The Meeting Place (Winnipeg)

what is pco?

An equipping and orientation event for all pastors in an MB church in Canada. PCO is a National Faith and Life Team event, supported by MB Seminary faculty and Canadian Conference staff. It is for those who are new to ministry within the Mennonite Brethren conference and for others who are seeking a refresher on Mennonite Brethren history, theology and resources.

Attendance and completion of Pastors Credentialing Orientation is a requirement for pastoral credentialing through the pastor’s respective provincial conference.

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Presenters

Learn from our faculty who will teach on Mennonite Brethren history, theology and resources.

Carolyn Klassen

Carolyn Klassen is a therapist in Winnipeg, and speaker at Wired for Connection. Her many years of providing therapy provide her with a wealth of knowledge about people—including topics like grief, pain, anxiety, depression, joy and grace that are not easily or often spoken about in polite  

company. She has a Master’s Degree in therapy and frequently appears on news programs as an expert on relationships and mental health. She attends The Meeting Place in Winnipeg, where she is a member of the teaching team and an elder. 

Ken Esau

Ken Esau has recently completed 31 years of teaching Bible and theology at Columbia Bible College in order to take on the role of National Faith & Life Director for CCMBC. He has focused most of his teaching energy on encouraging students to see the Bible not so much as a book to be studied but a beautiful Shalom Kingdom, God-story to be joined. He and Karen attend The Life Centre in Abbotsford, BC

Mark Wessner

Mark is passionate about leadership, teaching, and spiritual formation. He is the president of MB Seminary, and has been blessed to also be a pastor, professor, prison chaplain, business leader, and is also on the elder board at Central Heights Church. Whenever Mark has a spare moment, he loves to run up and down the trails and mountains of the Fraser Valley. Mark and Jennifer have two young adult daughters, Emily and Ashley.

Andrew Dyck

Andrew is the Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry at Canadian Mennonite University, and one of MB Seminary’s adjunct faculty. In 2022 he completed 9 years of service on the National Faith and Life Team of the Canadian Conference of MB Churches. Before that, he pastored for 16 years in Abbotsford, BC, after having worked as a physiotherapist in Winnipeg. Throughout his adult life he has been drawn to prayer that listens, and to classic music (not only classical music). He and Martha are privileged to be parents and grandparents.

Schedule

8:00am

Registration

8:30 - 9:30am

Welcome

9:30 - 10:30am

Session 1: Introduction to Credentialing and to the Confession of Faith

10:30 - 11:00am

BREAK

11:00am - 12:15pm 

Session 2: The Confession of Faith and the Gospel

12:15 - 1:15pm

LUNCH

1:15 - 2:15pm 

Session 3: Reading Article 2 with Explanatory Notes

2:30 - 3:30pm

Session 4: Breakouts

3:30pm

Team Building Activities and Dinner

8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome & Worship

9:00 - 10:15am

Session 5: Evangelical-Anabaptist DNA (part 1)

10:15 - 10:45am

BREAK

10:45am - 12:00pm

Session 6: Evangelica-Anabaptist DNA (part 2)

12:00 - 1:00pm

LUNCH

1:00 - 2:15pm

Session 7: Healthy Church Leadership Boundaries (part 1)

2:15 - 2:45pm 

BREAK

2:45 - 4:00pm 

Session 8: Healthy Church Leadership Boundaries (part 2)

4:00pm

Group Activity and Dinner

8:30 - 9:00am

Welcome & Worship

9:00 - 10:15am

Session 9: Mennonite Brethren Ecclesiology

10:15 - 10:45am

BREAK

10:45am - 12:00pm

Session 10: Articles 10-11 and Article 13

12:00 - 1:00pm 

LUNCH 

1:00 - 2:15pm

Reflection & Q&R

2:15 - 3:00pm 

Certificate Ceremony & Closing

Testimonials

Registration