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    connection between church and state the church is drawn into compromising on issues pushed by the state The church must be alert to what s happening and to be strong to take a stand where called for On Love and Nonresistance 1 The church in our global family understands the need for a commitment to peace a peace theology and a witness to peace through Christ because violence is so rampant in many countries 2 Some of our churches exist in peaceful countries and have not had to develop a strongly articulated peace position They recognize this difference and offer prayers for others in our global family who must find their way 3 Many in our global family rely on a message of peace in areas of witness to Muslims Some say we cannot reach Muslims authentically without the message of peace Where people suffer for their faith the stories of our Anabaptist history of persecution and martyrdom for their beliefs provide personal comfort and strengthen our faith family identity 4 Turning the other cheek is an exercise of power because the weak person thus sets the agenda and whoever sets the agenda has power African source 5 The churches of our global family have not all been trained to critique and discuss conflicting positions They often fragment over trivial disagreements and in fights for power status influence and access to resources This happens at local church and conference levels They need and want the gift of peace and conflict management A comment to this study conference from Brazil The attempt to hear one another from different parts of the world can really help us to grow We are thankful for the interest shown and the request for our response It would be great if we would also hear of the outcomes so the process does not stop Thank you again for the opportunity to share with you on behalf of ICOMB Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Message to USMB from the global MB church Tuesday Feb 19 2013 ICOMB offers global perspective to study conference topics From David Wiebe ICOMB executive secretary Among those attending the USMB Board of Faith and Life study conference held last month in Phoenix Ariz were a number of representatives from various Mennonite Brethren and inter Mennonite agencies Randy Friesen executive director of MB Missions David Wiebe general secretary for the International Community of Mennonite Brethren John Roth representing Mennonite World Conference Ron Byler representing Mennonite Central Committee Larry Dunn representing the Fresno Pacific University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies The study conference examined Article 12 State and Society and Article 13 Peace and Nonviolence These representatives were invited to share how they are involved in peacemaking during the closing session Saturday morning ICOMB s David Wiebe pictured left updated the study conference participants on the growth of Mennonite Brethren conferences around the globe Wiebe also asked leaders from ICOMB member conferences to comment on the issues of

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    of India When Hiebert died in March 2007 it was agreed that a fitting tribute to him would be a building in India where he and his wife Frances had served as missionaries as had his parents and grandparents Hiebert had personally set aside a sum of 50 000 for the college Additional funds were then collected from North America 270 000 and from India 30 000 Construction began in late 2010 and the building was completed in late 2012 The two story building features eight classrooms and is an attractive addition to the facilities already in place The new facility is quickly becoming as hoped a centerpiece for the India MB Conference which now numbers more than 150 000 members in over 900 churches MBC Bible College students come to the college from as far away as northeast India geographically and denominationally include Mennonite Brethren and Methodists Baptists and others There are 129 students enrolled this year Along with the support of MB Mission the North American facilitators for the project were Paul Wiebe Werner Kroeker and Elmer Martens They worked in partnership with Indian leaders Rev Dr PB Arnold president of the Governing Council of the MB Church of India Rev Dr RS Lemuelm president of the Board of Theological Education and Rev IP Asheervadam principal of MBC Bible College Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments India MBs to honor Paul Hiebert Tuesday Feb 19 2013 Hiebert Memorial Academic Center to be dedicated Feb 23 By Mark J H Klassen This weekend the Mennonite Brethren Church of India will be hosting the dedication observances of the new Hiebert Memorial Academic Center on the campus of the Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College in Shamshabad Andhra Pradesh India The building to be dedicated Feb 23 is

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    specific to one ministry says Morris We want them to transcend all types of ministry Presenters are a mix of local church leaders USMB staff and partners and guest speakers Each has expertise in their area of ministry Boschman might talk about casting vision or Jon Wiebe president and CEO of MB Foundation might give some practical financial advice For an upcoming LEAD ONE in the Southern District Conference former NFL player Todd Franz will speak on teamwork We re looking for excellence says Morris We want LEAD ONE to have a lot of take away In addition to practical sessions LEAD ONE offers ample time for interaction between attendees through informal mingling time discussion in both large and small groups and as church teams And that says Morris is a key benefit of LEAD ONE We can help each other he says Boschman adds that LEAD ONE is an example of U S Mennonite Brethren functioning as one family It s our own family encouraging helping inspiring and resourcing one another The events are free attendees are asked to contribute 15 to the host church to cover lunch and refreshments USMB receives no funds from these events and presenters are not paid an honorarium We re trying to keep the cost at a minimum says Morris Morris welcomes input from those who would like to help organize or host an event in their area as well as from those who have ideas for topics or presenters Email him at don missionusa net For more information on specific upcoming events contact Lori Taylor at lori usmb org PHOTOS Photo 1 LEAD ONE events include opportunities for church leadership teams to talk together about the information shared Photo from Don Morris Photo 2 Local pastors such as Chris Eidse of the Boone NC MB Church as well as USMB staff and ministry partner leaders are among the resource speakers for LEAD ONE events Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB events equip local churches Tuesday Feb 19 2013 LEAD ONE adds tools to the toolbox By Myra Holmes In an effort to strengthen local churches USMB is offering a series of LEAD ONE events one day regional events for leadership training and discussion It s our conviction that local church ministry people are best when they are spiritually healthy and growing says Ed Boschman USMB executive director This event helps with that LEAD ONE events are scheduled next week in the Southern District Conference Feb 25 at Memorial Road MB Church Edmond Okla and Feb 26 at Koerner Heights MB Church Newton Kan Events are scheduled in April for the Latin American MB LAMB district and the Central District Conference CDC and in May for the North Carolina District Conference In the last year and a half at least 10 LEAD ONE events have served between 250 and 350 people Don Morris director of Mission USA the church planting and renewal arm of USMB says the LEAD

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    to raise 25 000 for church planting goals Epp hopes to meet again in April in Wichita Event goers are encouraged to arrive at 5 30 pm in order to participate in the silent auction Silent auction items will include baked goods two two foot tall handmade dolls family board electronic games and other hand crafted items Tickets for the 6 30 p m dinner are 15 when purchased in advance and 20 at the door A table for eight goes for 100 Advance tickets can be purchased at local church offices or online Among the items auctioneer Todd Croissant will be selling at Plant 2013 Pacific are two weeklong stays one at a four bedroom home in Lincoln City Ore and a second at a villa in Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula The Oregon home in the gated community of Indian Shores on a freshwater lake and six blocks from a beach on the Pacific Ocean sleeps 12 and has five bathrooms The Mexico condo has a partial ocean view from the balcony and sleeps up to eight Other items donated for the auction include a National Football League football signed by David Carr a quarterback for the New York Giants and a pair of cleats signed by Carr and his brother Derek who is a quarterback on the Fresno Calif State Bulldog football team Other items to be auctioned include entertainment opportunities antiques and home and garden items While participants will enjoy a catered dinner and the fun of bidding on a variety of donated items Epp says people will also learn about the work of the national conference We want to expose more and more people to the ministries of the USMB says Epp as we invest in the local church through LEAD events mentoring and church assessments plant new churches and grow new leaders through Ministry Quest and local church internships Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Fundraisers foster support for church planting Wednesday Feb 6 2013 Plant 2013 dinners and auctions scheduled for Dinuba Wichita By Connie Faber Funding the USMB goal of planting 60 new congregations six new churches each year for the next 10 years will require an increased financial commitment from individuals and U S Mennonite Brethren congregations And so USMB is hosting two regional Plant 2013 fundraising events to raise awareness of USMB activities and support for new church plants Because we are trusting the Lord of the church to enable us to partner in the planting of six new churches a year we need to be active in sharing that vision and calling on God s people to provide the financial resources says Ed Boschman USMB executive director These are the reasons for Plant 2013 Plant 2013 Pacific is scheduled for Saturday Feb 23 in Dinuba Calif and Plant 2013 Midwest is on the calendar for April 20 in Wichita Kan Both events will begin with a silent auction

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    the Mennonite Brethren family and the many resources available to local churches to meet leaders of district national and North American Mennonite Brethren ministries and to connect with other pastors In order for us to function effectively as one family on one mission it is a huge boost if we have good personal connectedness and common knowledge of what we are committed to and how we do what we do says Ed Boschman USMB executive director This event is extremely helpful in linking us together as a national team Tim Geddert Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary professor of New Testament and a BFL member and Valerie Rempel Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary associate dean and associate professor of history and theology will be the resource speakers Geddert will speak to the group Monday afternoon on The Church and God s Mission Tuesday morning Rempel will review the birth of Anabaptism and Mennonites and outline the birth and 150 year history of Mennonite Brethren Boschman BFL chair Larry Nikkel and Don Morris director of Mission USA the USMB church planting and renewal ministry will provide input during the orientation Steve Schroeder chair of the USMB Leadership Board and Lynn Jost dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary will give the morning devotions Other individuals involved in the orientation sessions will be Jon Wiebe of MB Foundation Randy Friesen of MB Mission and Amy Sterk of Kindred Productions USMB staff members and district ministers Registration covers 3 nights of deluxe lodging at Island Palms Hotel and Marina meals and all NPO events In addition to times of worship and input sessions the schedule includes a variety of group activities on Monday intended to build relationships among the pastors and ministry leaders and free time Tuesday afternoon New lead and staff pastors are expected to attend the event subsidized heavily by USMB and strongly supported by district leaders The event begins Monday morning and concludes Wednesday after lunch Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments National Pastors Orientation to be held in March Wednesday Feb 6 2013 NPO registration deadline two weeks away By Connie Faber Pastors new to the pastorate or new to USMB ministry will be familiarized with U S Mennonite Brethren history agencies and personnel when they meet March 11 13 in San Diego Calif The registration deadline for the 2013 National Pastors Orientation NPO is Feb 18 The three day event hosted by the USMB Board of Faith and Life BFL provides new lead and staff pastors and their spouses with opportunities to learn about the Mennonite Brethren family and the many resources available to local churches to meet leaders of district national and North American Mennonite Brethren ministries and to connect with other pastors In order for us to function effectively as one family on one mission it is a huge boost if we have good personal connectedness and common knowledge of what we are committed to and how we do what we do says Ed Boschman USMB

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    made When responders did note instances of disagreement it was done graciously Presentations and responses were followed by a session devoted to table discussions and an open mic time When differences of opinion emerged during small group discussions participants seemed to deal graciously with one another While open mic times during Friday s discussions of Article 13 were livelier than those Thursday pertaining to Article 12 people spoke briefly calmly and did not confront one another The final paper by Tim Geddert on living with diversity as well as Brent Warkentin s response attempted to provide a framework for agreeing even while disagreeing The Friday evening session highlighted ways in which USMB churches are engaged in peacemaking and reconciliation ministries The conversation that evening endorsed the emphasis on active peacemaking in Article 13 But we do disagree While there was strong affirmation that U S Mennonite Brethren carry on the commitment to being a peace church to living as peacemakers and to giving primary allegiance to God and his kingdom we do not agree on exactly what that looks like For example we do not agree on when if ever it is appropriate for an individual to legitimately use violence to defend oneself or someone else We don t agree on how to interpret God s actions in the Old Testament and Jesus s teachings in the New Testament And also we don t have consensus about the role of the Confession of Faith Is it prescriptive or descriptive While the study conference identified points of disagreement there was only limited discussion on these differing convictions There was also minimal conversation about the Confession of Faith articles themselves and disagreements about the confession are what prompted the study conference in the first place The Board of Faith and Life has a challenging job ahead of itself when members meet in March to determine the next steps The title of this study conference Kingdom Citizens in a World of Conflict reflects what we know to be true U S Mennonite Brethren are Christians who disagree on important matters And so BFL has to figure out how best to lead us forward in spite of disagreements When they meet next month BFL will be aided in this process by the information they collected at the study conference The board will review pages of notes compiled during table discussions They will review the results of an evaluation asking participants to rank how well the stated study conference objectives were met BFL will wade through responses to seven essay questions requesting participants feedback and counsel While BFL members did not seem sure of what is next they do agree that the task before them is challenging The next step might be equal in magnitude to convening a study conference said BLF member Michael Eldridge This is no small task said BFL member Gary Wall and we appreciate your prayers In his closing remarks BFL chair Larry Nikkel spoke about the importance of trust as the board continues its work We need your trust and we know that trust needs to be earned said Nikkel As we work forward we will continue pursuing trust As BFL labors to balance a commitment to Jesus as Lord and peacemaking with the current diversity of opinion practice and conviction I recommend that we trust them to work hard at the demanding task before them and that we pray for them Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Study conference demonstrates peacemaking Wednesday Feb 6 2013 Presentations small group discussions and open mic times included in conference schedule By Connie Faber CL Editor How was it is a question I ve been asked more than once since returning home from the Board of Faith and Life BFL study conference held Jan 24 26 in Phoenix Ariz This was the first study conference hosted by BFL since the binational General Conference was divested to the U S and Canadian national conferences in 2003 The study conference concerned Article 12 Society and State and Article 13 Love and Nonresistance of the USMB Confession of Faith two articles about which U S Mennonite Brethren do not have consensus Given the diversity of convictions we have about this stuff I think a lot of us were curious how the discussion would play out So how was it The April May issue of the Christian Leader will include a special report of the study conference Meanwhile here are several personal observations about the historic three day event Thanks to great hosts conference participants could focus on the agenda There were few if any complaints about the service offered by Coast Phoenix Sky Harbor Hotel and USMB event coordinator Donna Sullivan once again did a stellar job Folks from area USMB congregations provided sound and projection equipment and technicians as well as musicians that led in daily times of worship Participants affirmed the work that Larry Nikkel BFL chair and study conference M C and Ed Boschman UMSB executive director invested in planning the event Attendance exceeded expectations Organizers were hoping that at least 100 people would register That a total of 174 people attended the conference demonstrates that U S Mennonite Brethren care deeply about these topics said BLF chair Larry Nikkel in his opening remarks Thursday afternoon The five district USMB conferences were each represented According to a pre conference registration list 57 registrants came from the Pacific District Conference 54 from the Southern District Conference 12 from the Central District Conference two from the North Carolina District Conference and one from the Latin America MB Conference Additionally 21 people from the Canadian Conference of MB Churches leadership team attended the conference as did 15 representatives from various USMB and inter Mennonite agencies Your presence here spoke volumes said Gary Wall Pacific District Conference minister and BFL member noting that some people attended at their own expense and that lead pastors of larger churches attended as did representatives of denominational

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    is to engage people with the gospel and that happens in relationships Evidence of those growing relationships shows in increased Sunday attendance which has nearly doubled to somewhere between 50 and 60 Box easily counts eight or 10 families from the immediate neighborhood in that number most of whom have come as a result of relationships begun during service And North Park is no longer invisible We ve gone from a church that was somewhat hidden to a church that is not only known but known for loving our community Box says That s a really significant shift This month North Park will increase their impact on child hunger and continue to build relationships through a partnership with Generosity Feeds a nonprofit that equips churches to tackle hunger and reach out through one day food packaging events North Park is inviting their neighbors to gather Feb 23 at Holt Elementary to help assemble meals that will be given to children to ensure they eat over the weekend Generosity Feeds supplies the raw materials and packaging supplies for a nutritious soup mix provides training and coaching and helps with online registration and donations North Park hopes to assemble at least 10 000 meals in about two hours Again full bellies are only part of the goal Generosity Feeds not only helps plan the event but also trains select church leaders to build relationships with those who come to serve Ron Klabunde of Generosity Feeds says We recognize that by training missionally minded people in how to ignite relationships they re igniting new relationships with people who already have a desire toward the heart of God So if you ask North Park size doesn t matter Outreach can be us as a church taking the lead inviting others and their resources to come alongside and championing the lost and the broken and the least Box says A tiny church can suddenly multiply their impact Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Size doesn t matter at North Park Friday Feb 1 2013 Small church makes big impact when it partners with community by Myra Holmes Just a couple of years ago North Park Community Church NPCC Eugene Ore was invisible in the community Although the church sits across the street from an elementary school Aaron Box says that when his family moved to the area and he introduced himself as pastor of North Park neighbors and school staff responded with Where s that And really what difference could a tiny band of 27 people make in a community that leans liberal ranks among the most unchurched in the nation and has a distinct hostility toward organized religion Quite a bit of difference actually Amazing things can happen especially in a small church says Box The key is not to do it alone When NPCC began in the early 50s the desire of the congregation was to engage their community But as often happens over time the congregation lost its

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    conference would be the beginning of a 12 to 18 month conversation The CL editors agreed to not publish articles or essays on this topic prior to the January event Nikkel also repeatedly said that this event would be open to anyone and everyone And so it is important that we provide an avenue for those interested in discussing this important issue whether or not they were able to attend the study conference The CL offers limited opportunities for dialogue we publish on a bimonthly schedule and our content is limited to 32 pages but these restrictions are not an issue in an online discussion or blog site And so the CL BFL and the USMB social media coordinator are partnering to create a discussion space on the USMB website This online discussion provides an opportunity for those in the USMB family to continue the conversation that began at the Kingdom Citizens in a World of Conflict study conference This discussion like the study conference centers on a biblical understanding and real world application of Articles 12 and 13 The goal of the discussion is to provide input for BFL on the mood biases and positions of the USMB family as the board reviews the articles identifies areas of unity and determines the best path forward in processing the USMB commitment to peacemaking We expect participants to have a variety of opinions and to disagree with one another It s OK to have strong feelings about important matters as long as we listen well to one another USMB social media coordinator Myra Holmes who is also the CL assistant editor will moderate the blog to ensure that the discussion stays on track and avoids personal attacks Excerpts and full reprints of study conference papers will be posted on the site Readers are invited to submit essays respond to discussion questions and leave comments and interact electronically with one another Join the conversation Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Online forum continues study conference discussion Friday Feb 1 2013 Online discussion focuses on Articles 12 13 of USMB Confession of Faith by Connie Faber U S Mennonite Brethren gathered in late January for what Board of Faith and Life C BFL chair Larry Nikkel told delegates to the USMB biennial convention may be the most important gathering of USMB leaders we ve had in 50 years Important because participants would talk about two articles Article 12 Society and State and Article 13 Love and Nonresistance in our Confession of Faith about which we lack consensus and therefore unity We ve probably never had the sense of unity on this issue Peace and Nonresistance that some may think that we ve had said Nikkel in a CL interview Time for a family talk Oct Nov issue Important because this occasion would test our mettle Can we talk peaceably about peace In numerous conversations with the CL Nikkel emphasized that the 2013 study conference would be the beginning of

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