About Us

For advice on how to order resources, see How to Order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can borrow resources?
How do I search the catalog for age-specific resources?
What have you got for children and youth?
What have you got for adult Sunday school classes or study groups?
What if I can’t find a series to suit my interests?
Why do you charge fees?
How do I adhere to copyright law with Resource Centre materials?
What is your connection with the MCC Resource Catalog?
What is the focus of your collection?
What is the history of the Resource Centre?

Who can borrow resources?
Individuals, congregations, schools and community groups are all welcome to use our resources. See how to order for details.

How do I search the catalog for age-specific resources?
See our printable Short Lists for the most current and popular materials for various age groups. Then search the catalogue for detailed descriptions of the titles that catch your interest. To see our entire collection for any one age group, go to the Advanced Search page, and choose your audience from the drop-down menu. And don’t forget to visit the Newest Resources section for the very latest!

What have you got for children and youth?
Many of our materials for children and youth can be used in faith-based or public school settings. Resources for children focus on teaching peace and global issues to a wide range of learning styles. Resources for youth focus on discussion starters about peace, the Bible, societal and global issues.

Teachers may be particularly interested in our Cultures and Countries and Global Issues subject headings, or the Short Lists for children, junior youth and youth. (See also the documentaries list, as many of these may also be of interest to youth.) If you are unsure about the suitability of our materials, feel free to preview them or consult the librarian.

What have you got for adult Sunday school classes or study groups?
The focus of our adult collection is video-assisted group study. Most of our series are 6 or 8 sessions in length. Topics range from Bible study and theological questions to social issues and current events. Many come with study guides and other teaching aids. Want to do a quick search? Adult Sunday School and Group Studies is a printable list of our most popular and current titles.

What if I can’t find a series to suit my interests?
Our documentary collection is often used by groups to build their own series, or enhance another curriculum. Our librarian is available to help with creating your own series.

Why do you charge fees?
The fees you pay go towards purchasing new materials and subsidizing shipping costs for our remote borrowers.

Educational videos are typically more expensive than those geared to the mass market. Since we aim to purchase videos with public performance or circulation licenses (so that you may show them in your church, school or other public settings), we often pay higher purchase prices. A significant portion of our collection has purchase prices in excess of $100, which means that many churches and groups could not afford to purchase these resources on their own. We are pleased to provide resources for loan to share the burden of the time and expense needed to acquire them.

Shipping costs are now approaching $20 or more. While we cannot provide free shipping, we are pleased to provide remote borrowers with subsidized shipping, in order to make our resources more accessible to all.

For more information on fees, see the Loan Policies & Fees page or contact us. If you wish to make a donation in addition to the fees charged, the Resource Centre will issue charitable tax receipts for amounts of $10 or more.

How do I adhere to copyright law with Resource Centre materials?
Copyright law is a complex and changing area. The following are basic guidelines only.

The Resource Centre makes every possible effort to purchase only materials that can be used legally in home, church and school settings. We generally avoid the purchase of materials that require additional Site Licenses to be shown in churches. It is illegal for borrowers to duplicate or charge a fee for showing our (and most) videos.

If there are exceptions or special circumstances for individual videos, we aim to note these in our catalogue, or explain at time of reservation or checkout. The borrower is responsible for adhering to copyright law.

Occasionally, we are asked to loan materials to documentary producers. These loans will be made for research purposes only. If a producer wishes to copy materials, regardless of whether or not they are used in the final product, they need permission from the copyright holder. Please contact the Resource Centre for more information.

What is your connection with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Resource Catalog?
We’re part of the MCC Resource Centre network. Many of the materials listed in the MCC Resource Catalog are housed with us; others are located at MCC offices across North America. When you order through the MCC catalogue, materials will come to you from the closest office where they are available. If you would like some assistance with this service, please contact us or your local MCC office.

What is the focus of your collection?
In reflecting our common Anabaptist heritage, the Resource Centre seeks to provide to constituent churches and schools as well as other related groups, audiovisual resources that promote Christian faith and peacemaking, and assist in demonstrating God’s love.

We are happy to offer our constituency carefully chosen, high quality materials that largely reflect an Anabaptist/Mennonite/Brethren in Christ perspective. At times we look farther afield for productions that might be helpful in our ministries when we cannot find them from Anabaptist producers.
We recognize that our churches are theologically and geographically diverse. Not every video contained in the centre will be appropriate for your group. Please take the time to preview each video you use and decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your setting.

We welcome and prayerfully consider your comments on existing resources and your suggestions for resources to add to our collection. If you have any comments or concerns about our services that you would like the Resource Centre Board of Directors to see, please write to the address above, addressed to “Resource Centre Board” or email comments@mbicresources.org.
What is the history of the Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Resource Centre?
The Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Resource Centre was started in 1981 when Mennonite Central Committee Ontario and the former Inter-Mennonite Conference of Ontario (now Mennonite Church Eastern Canada) decided for the convenience of the users, to pool their audiovisual resources in one location. In 1985, the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches became a member conference. In 1988, the Canadian Conference of Brethren in Christ Churches, after years of unofficial involvement, also became a member. In 1992, the Resource Centre became a non-profit corporation and gained charitable status.
What began with eighteen 16mm films and 32 filmstrips and slidesets has now grown to over a thousand VHS, DVD, print and multimedia titles. We are rather unique in the church Resource Centre world because we are supported by more than one denomination. Representatives of the four member organizations make up the Resource Centre Board of Directors.