1. The CNBC has expanded from a western based network of churches to churches spread all across Canada. Today, more than half of our churches are east of Manitoba. This expanded territory requires a greater cooperation between the National Convention and the Regional Associations.
2. The CNBC has grown from 100 churches in 1998 to over 360 today. The ability of a National organization to strengthen 360 churches right across Canada would be greatly enhanced by greater cooperation and coordination between the National Convention and the Regional Associations.
3. Our church planting funds, strategies and staff have grown as a result of our partnership with the North American Mission Board ( NAMB ). The CNBC church planting team has grown from 3 to 15 units resulting in increased church plants, all of which will require support and strengthening by the CNBC. This increasing number of churches obliges us to find creative ways to increase our cooperation with Regional Associations. We must make every effort to avoid duplication of services, nationally and regionally.
4. The CNBC staff responsible for the strengthening of existing churches has decreased from 12 to 4 units in 25 years (1991-2016). This decrease in church strengthening staff for existing churches occurred while our territory doubled and the number of churches more than tripled. The biggest challenge facing the CNBC today is how to partner with Regional Associations to enlist and deploy field staff to strengthen existing churches.
5. With the challenges facing our family of churches, there is no room for competition. We must seek to bring the denomination together by making the necessary changes to our structure leading to greater cooperation and coordination between the National Convention and our Regional Associations.