This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

‘MB Herald’ gets a reprieve

The shutdown of Mennonite Brethren Herald has been put on hold, but it is unclear what the future holds for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches’ denominational magazine.

mb herald cover may 2015CCMBC leadership announced in a July 10 letter that the Herald will continue to be published beyond the end of the year, the previously announced date when the publication would end.

Additional meetings on the magazine and overall communication strategy have been inserted into the agenda of CCMBC’s Annual General Meeting Oct. 21 in Winnipeg, Man.

The letter, signed by CCMBC moderator Harold Froese, executive director Willy Reimer and Board of Faith and Life chair Brian Cooper, states that feedback indicated leadership misread sentiments associated with the magazine.

“We underestimated the feelings people had toward the Herald as a vehicle for creating community. We did not provide a mechanism that would invite participation in the process of moving from the Herald to a new publication and communication plan,” they wrote. “It was wrong to assume that we as leaders had the support to execute such a change to fulfill the vision of our MB churches without constituency consultation.

“We apologize for taking action without more dialogue.”

Focus groups and surveys will work to better involve readers, pastors and denominational leaders in shaping the denomination’s communication plans.

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