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History

In late 2017, two organizations merged: MB Mission, a global mission agency, and C2C Network, a church-planting network focused on Canada and the US.

Rich Mission History

Both organizations shared a rich mission history within the larger story of the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, which was the result of a fresh move of the Holy Spirit among Mennonites in Southern Russia in 1860. From the very beginning, MBs were characterized by a revitalized faith in Jesus and a passion for sharing the Gospel with others. This was seen first locally with their fellow Mennonites and Russian neighbours and then by sending missionaries to the ends of the earth, which first happened in 1889 when they sent missionaries to India.

Due to persecution in Russia in the early 1900s, many MBs were scattered internationally and started new churches wherever they went. Eventually, in North America, their churches united around a common mission to see the Gospel proclaimed and churches planted around the world, so they formed MB Mission.

As the MB Church continued to grow in North America, church multiplication in Canada was particularly fruitful. During this time, MB churches in Canada founded the C2C Network to resource church planting for MBs across the country.

Converging Strategies

At the same time, in many global settings where MB Mission was working, more national leaders were taking charge and seeing fruitfulness like never before. In response to this, MB Mission began re-positioning their global workers in a more supportive role alongside national leaders. Increasingly, the new strategy was focused on building healthy partnerships with national church-planting networks.

A similar trend developed in North America as C2C continued to grow and blossom into a cross-denominational resource. During this time, C2C was also asked to expand into the US. As a catalyst for unity within the larger body of Christ, C2C became more and more focused on growing healthy partnerships.

It became apparent that, although the two organizations worked in different fields, they shared a common mission strategy. Before long, the question was being posed, “Wouldn’t we be better together?”

United Mission

The process of merging was long and arduous, but it was finally affirmed in November 2017. A few months later, in March 2018, the Board gathered and discerned that the two organizations should no longer function as two but unite as one under the name of Multiply.

Soon afterward, Multiply identified their tagline: together that the world may know. It referenced the prayer of Jesus in John 17:20-23 and communicated the agency’s passion to see the Church united and fully released into God’s mission. Although the new agency was MB-based, it was focused on serving cross-denominationally to facilitate church planting locally, nationally and globally. Practically, the agency’s vision was to equip every Christ follower to live and share the Gospel and to help every church get involved in planting churches.

As Multiply was launched, it was hoped that local and global mission would be brought closer together at a time when the world of mission was changing radically. Major people movements continued to shift the world’s population, with many from the least-reached people groups of the world moving to places where the Gospel was being proclaimed with freedom. As well, the church of the Global South had become a major mission force. In addition, the false dichotomy between the church and mission was being replaced by a growing understanding that God was on a mission and his missionary was the Church. Global mission was re-envisioned as being “from everywhere to everywhere.” For Multiply, this meant that the best of C2C’s local and national emphases, like their church-planter training and support systems, could be conjoined with the best of MB Mission’s global strategies, like contextual and holistic ministry, so that together as one agency they could more effectively help the world get to know Jesus.