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  • History of AEFMQ » Québec Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
    English speaking missionaries planning to go to Zaire came to Quebec to learn French In 1960 following the revolution in Zaire most of these missionaries who now spoke French were asked to stay on in order to establish an evangelical presence in the province of Quebec This set of circumstances motivated the Mennonite Brethren to send their first missionary to Quebec The objective was to plant and to begin a Mennonite Brethren mission work in the province Consequently Ernest and Lydia Dyck settled in St Jérôme in 1961 Despite some opposition they planted the first Mennonite Brethren congregation Without witnessing prodigious growth several other churches were begun The Saint Jérôme Church grew to the point where it gave birth to two new churches Sainte Thérèse and Saint Laurent Phase III The Second Stage of Church Planting 1971 1984 New Church plants growth of the establishedchurches emerging agencies and the official recognition of the Quebec Association of Mennonite Brethren Churches AEFMQ This third phase 1971 1984 was characterized by rapid growth Six new churches were added to the roster Saint Eustache Sainte Rose Sainte Anne des Plaines Charlesbourg New Richmond and Saint Donat It was during this period as well that various Mennonite Brethren agencies emerged on the scene Camp Péniel Institut biblique Laval and Le Lien As communication difficulties arose it became expedient to unite the churches and agencies into an Association with representation at the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches The Quebec Association of Mennonite Brethren Churches AEFMQ was formed and received official status in 1982 Little by little the leadership of the Mennonite Brethren work in Quebec was taken over by the Quebec Association Phase IV A Period of Mere Sustenance and then Decline 1985 2002 Spiritual disillusionment resulted in the progressive decline of the churches This fourth era began near the end of 1984 and continued until 2002 In an effort to continue the momentum of rapid growth seen in the third phase of development the Association AEFMQ initiated Project 2000 The objective of this project was to establish 40 churches with a total of 2 000 members by the year 2000 Unfortunately the 90s were years of spiritual disillusionment resulting in the progressive decline of the churches This phenomenon was not exclusive to the Mennonite Brethren Other evangelical denominations faced the same reality Project 2000 had to be put aside It was replaced by efforts to encourage faithfulness and personal growth of believers The objective became one of managing the decline and consolidating the churches Despite these lean years there was progress a Cambodian church Église chrétienne Khmère de Saint Laurent was established IBL which later became ETEM received accreditation from the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research and Faith Education was launched and gained momentum Phase V A Stage of Projection and Development 2002 to the present The Quebec Association AEFMQ once again begins dreaming It reaches forward initiates new projects and focuses on development This fifth phase began in 2002 and

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  • Evangelicals Protestant » Québec Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches
    Bible alone comprises the foundation of Christian beliefs thus the maxim sola scriptura Scriptures only in their creed Scriptures have supreme authority over all human and ecclesiastical power They reveal to humans salvation as a means to God and are a guidebook to human conduct before God Protestants affirm that salvation is by grace in opposition to being merited by good works Salvation comes completely and solely from the grace of God without human merit Salvation is a gift given by God It cannot be earned Hence the maxim sola gratia grace alone God extends pardon to humans not on personal merit but on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross Protestants affirm that only through faith in Christ can we have access to the grace of God Salvation comes by faith and not through works Thus the maxim sola fide meaning by faith alone Faith is the surrender to and the confidence that we have in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross for the pardon of our faults Good works are the exterior manifestation of faith They are not the cause but the fruit of salvation Through his her good works the believer expresses gratitude to God for the gift of salvation he has received Protestants affirm that there are only two sacraments or rites baptism and the Lord s Supper If salvation is by grace received through faith alone the sacraments are symbols or signs of redemption They remind us concretely of the salvation God gives and thus strengthen the faith of the believers We can also mention that the worship of the Virgin Mary and of the saints are not Protestant doctrines They do however acknowledge Mary s fundamental role and the inspiring examples of many believers in the history of the Church While recognizing the profound spirituality that is associated with it monastic living is virtually absent Protestants believe in the priesthood of all believers All believers including pastors are servants of God Mariage of pastors is permitted Despite these differences one must not ignore nor overlook a number of similarities between Catholics Protestants and the Orthodox Churches Some of the similarities are belief in a supreme God and the Trinity belief in the humanity and the divinity of Christ belief in the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross belief that the Bible is the Word of God belief that the Church is composed of the people of God and belief in the triumphant return of Christ to establish His Kingdom on earth And where are the Evangelicals in all of this An evangelical Christian is a Protestant who adheres to the historical and apostolic Christian faith Over the years particularly during the 18 th century known as the Century of Lights Siècle des lumières diverse theological streams appeared in the Churches Many of them either rejected or distanced themselves from the fundamental truths of historical Christianity denying the supreme authority of the Scriptures the divinity of Jesus the

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  • agenda@aefmq.org
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