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    Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section Bylaws Our Board Our Organization Our Staff Our Story Who Are the Mennonite Brethren What We Believe Confession of Faith Detailed Version Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Our Board Steve Schroeder Chairman Southern District Conference Parkview MB Church Hillsboro Kansas Marv Schellenberg Vice Chairman Southern District Conference First MB Church Wichita Kansas David Hardt Treasurer Pacific District Conference The Bridge Church Bakersfield California Tim Hodge Secretary Southern District Conference Koerner Heights MB Church North Newton Kansas Aaron Box Pacific District Conference North Park Community Church Eugene Oregon Clyde Ferguson Jr North Carolina District Conference The Life Center Lenoir North Carolina Aaron Hernandez Latin American District Conference Grace Point Grulla La Grulla Texas Lud Hohm Central District Conference Bethel MB Church Yale South Dakota Our

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    Article 16 Article 17 Article 18 Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Artículo 1 Artículo 2 Artículo 3 Artículo 4 Artículo 5 Artículo 6 Artículo 7 Artículo 8 Artículo 9 Artículo 10 Artículo 11 Artículo 12 Artículo 13 Artículo 14 Artículo 15 Artículo 16 Artículo 17 Artículo 18 Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Christian Leader Mission USA MUSA National Youth Board of Faith Life Events 2016 National Gathering Event Archives Contact Us News Find a Church Home In This Section Bylaws Our Board Our Organization Our Staff Our Story Who Are the Mennonite Brethren What We Believe Confession of Faith Detailed Version Confession of Faith Condensed Version Confession of Faith Spanish Version Anabaptism The 12 Principles of Anabaptism Our Organization Our National Leadership Board is committed to Leading the Mission Linking the Teams and Serving the Family We are committed to being a ministry that does not duplicate the services of other MB institutions We want to give leadership to those ministries that our Conference has called and equipped us to e g Online and in print communication church planting and renewal Faith and Life clarity and cohesian etc I Cor 3 5 9 Our

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    the church both her home congregation and the larger Mennonite Brethren family runs deep She has served with the denominational magazine since 1994 and as editor since 2004 In her role with the magazine Connie enjoys learning about the ways local congregations and individuals are involved in transforming individuals families and communities then sharing those stories Her contact with many congregations and people has given her an appreciation for the diversity of the USMB family Each church is different with a unique role to fill in their home community she says Each church has a story to share and special people that call that church home She and her husband David have three children and attend Ebenfeld MB Church Hillsboro KS editor usmb org Myra Holmes Assistant Editor of Christian Leader Social Media Coordinator Myra serves as the Christian Leader s assistant editor as well as the Social Media Coordinator both part time positions from her home office in Denver God is definitely at work in and through our MB family Myra says and I get to help tell those stories whether in print or on Facebook or Twitter In addition to wearing two hats for the USMB Myra often dons cowboy boots to ride or work with horses She and her husband Ed attend Trailhead Church an MB church plant in Centennial Colo and have twin daughters myra usmb org Lori Taylor Executive Assistant Lori joined the USMB staff in 2008 and says This job is a blessing from God and I enjoy every aspect of it I am constantly encouraged by the life transformation stories I hear from all over the world This input creates an excitement in me to be a part of God s work She and her husband Geoff share a passion for supporting and encouraging healthy marriages and blended families They have one son three daughters two great son in laws and a new granddaughter Lori enjoys cooking a big dinner then lingering at the table with family and friends over good conversation and a cup of dark roast coffee lori usmb org Our Staff Don Morris Interim Executive Director Director Mission USA Don has been leading USMB church planting and church health initiatives since 2004 and works out of his office in Edmond Okla I believe we have an expanding desire to be used by God to help many more people become a part of his kingdom Don says Some denominations are headed backward I believe our conference of churches is headed in a positive direction That s exciting to be a part of He and his wife Janna attend Memorial Road MB Church Edmond Okla When he s not interacting with people from across our national church family which he thoroughly enjoys by the way Don might be found rooting for his favorite college football team Kansas State don usmb org or don missionusa net Donna Sullivan Administrative Secretary Bookkeeper Donna has been managing a myriad of behind the scenes details for

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    personal experience are servants not masters obedience borne of biblical study is to be our guide Leadership is to be entrusted to members with integrity and spiritual balance While strong and wise leaders are needed dictatorship is suspect and to be rejected Congregational participation and action are necessary for a strong church polity A strong ethical emphasis is needed Happiness divorced from holiness leads to false freedom Faith and practice must be kept in proper balance Meaningful church worship is essential Lukewarm worship opens the door to hyper emotional expressions Radical renewal demands appropriate worship forms Migrations to North America 1870 s The Mennonite Brethren Church in Russia grew rapidly By 1872 12 years after its founding the Mennonite Brethren church numbered about 600 members Representatives met for the first MB Church family gathering a time of inspirational meetings and planning for evangelistic church extension Participation in foreign missions began with financial support of mission societies and quickly moved beyond it with the first MB mission field established in India From 1874 to 1880 some 18 000 Mennonites migrated from Russia to North America prompted by the Russian government s plans to introduce universal military service and economic factors Among the immigrants were many Mennonite Brethren The new settlers experienced all the hardships of pioneer life including primitive sod houses grasshopper plagues lack of markets for their produce and limited educational opportunities In 1878 the first interstate meeting of Mennonite Brethren leaders was held near Henderson Neb where the primary issue was uniting Mennonite Brethren congregations for mission purposes An interest in evangelism and mission has continued to bind Mennonite Brethren congregations together through the years By the turn of the century Mennonite Brethren congregations had been established in Kansas Nebraska North and South Dakota Oklahoma Colorado Manitoba and Saskatchewan and soon after in California Montana Texas Oregon and Washington In 1954 North American Mennonite Brethren organized into two national conferences Prior to this they had worked together as the General Conference a binational body that was organized into four regional districts This new structure made church growth and evangelism youth work Christian education concerns stewardship and Bible and liberal arts colleges the responsibility of the national conference The General Conference was responsible for the seminary international missions publishing the Historical Commission and faith and life matters In 2000 Canadian and U S Mennonite Brethren voted to divest the General Conference ministries to the two national conferences The two national conferences continue to work together as the owners of MB Biblical Seminary MB Mission and the Historical Commission Conference leaders meet regularly to consider ministry opportunities in North America and to support one another U S Mennonite Brethren Today Since the U S Conference was established in 1954 it has grown beyond its original European beginnings We are a unique denomination one of the most diverse in the country Today half of our 200 plus congregations worship in a language other than English on Sunday morning Today we refer to the conference as USMB and our congregations are located in Minnesota Montana Nebraska North Dakota and South Dakota Central District Conference Arizona California Oregon Utah Nevada and Washington Pacific District Conference in Texas Latin American District Conference in Arkansas Kansas Oklahoma Colorado and Missouri Southern District Conference in North Carolina North Carolina District Conference and in Georgia Although methods have changed we have remained committed to bringing people into the Kingdom of God and nurturing them as disciples of Christ Our story continues to unfold as we follow God s leading and seek to make disciples of all people Our Story We partner as ONE family serving ONE Lord on ONE mission for the transformation of individuals families and communities Our part of God s global Kingdom family has rich spiritual bloodlines that trace back into the heart of the 16th century Reformation From the start our spiritual forefathers were determined to hold to the Bible as the non negotiable source of truth We are unswervingly committed to these aspirations although we know we have not always lived up to them Our U S Mennonite Brethren family is one of 20 national conferences around the world which total about 300 000 members This global community is called International Community of Mennonite Brethren ICOMB The following notes about the history of the Mennonite Brethren are excerpted from Family Matters Discovering the Mennonite Brethren by Lynn Jost and Connie Faber published by Kindred Productions The Reformation In the early 1500s Martin Luther a German priest began studying the Bible in a way that critiqued some of the problems in the established church at the time He became convinced that God offered the divine gift of righteousness to believers in God He also was blocked in his efforts to reform the established church so in 1517 he went public with 95 theses which were indictments of church abuses That started the Reformation movement that touched many countries and regions simultaneously in Europe In Switzerland two other reformers reached similar conclusions In Geneva John Calvin a former lawyer reacted much the same way as Luther In Zurich Ulrich Zwingli also preached reform Known as the People s Priest Zwingli was flamboyant energetic and a powerful preacher The Radical Reformation Anabaptists Zwingli attracted a group of young radicals who wanted even more reform Conrad Grebel was a bright but rebellious son of high society His decadent life had been transformed through new birth in Christ He and his colleague Felix Manz disagreed with Zwingli on the issue of baptism arguing for believers baptism rather than infant baptism They also advocated the separation of church and state The Zurich Council ordered Grebel and Manz to stop their home Bible studies and so the group broke completely with the established church On January 21 1525 this group met to pray about their critical situation Moved by the Spirit and with great fear every person present was baptized and pledged to live in separation from the world Anabaptism

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    Sunday We join in the ministry of the MB Foundation which serves the constituency in facilitating responsible stewardship Mennonite Brethren are involved in leadership development training the next generation of leaders North American Mennonite Brethren currently work together to provide theological training through MB Biblical Seminary with campuses in California British Columbia and Manitoba U S Mennonite Brethren own and operate Tabor College in Hillsboro Kan and Fresno Pacific University in Fresno Calif An Open Story We are people on a journey Dependent on God s grace we strive to be ever more faithful to God s Word and committed to God s purposes A Mennonite Brethren church in your community invites you to share in our continuing story Core Convictions We are a believer s church to deal with our human sinfulness we teach conversion to new life through faith in Jesus Christ and practice baptism as a public sign of personal commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord We are Bible centered we accept the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God seeking to obey its teaching as illumined by the Holy Spirit and interpreted in the Christian community We emphasize discipleship we seek to live as authentic followers of Jesus in our daily lives orienting our lives around Jesus teaching and model We value Christian fellowship we believe the church is a biblical and mutually loyal community that expresses itself in worship fellowship accountability and witness We are mission minded we share our faith by telling others about the Good News of Jesus and serving others in our neighborhoods and around the world in obedience to Jesus Great Commandment and to the Great Commission We seek peace we believe the Bible invites us to be at peace with God and with others even our enemies We cultivate healthy relationships we are committed to choices that produce wholeness healing joy and peace in all relationships Click here for a printable brochure Watch this 16 minute narrative of the historical background of the Mennonite Brethren Speaker Wendell Loewen Filmed at the National Youth Conference Named 2015 Who Are the Mennonite Brethren Mennonite Brethren are a people with a rich heritage and current experience of faith We welcome you to join in our continuing journey of faithful living A People of Faith The core of our identity as Mennonite Brethren is belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord We believe in the one true God the source of all life who reigns over all things as Father Son and Holy Spirit and who lovingly cares for all creation People through all history have turned away from God breaking the relationship God intended with us In order to bring us back into a right relationship with God God took on human nature in Jesus Christ who revealed the fullness of God through his obedient and sinless life Through word and deed Jesus proclaimed the reign of God bringing good news to the poor release to the captives and

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    The purpose of the church is to point people to Jesus and to call others to join us in this new life he provides Matthew 28 16 20 Acts 1 8 We believe that our purpose as God s church is to engage our culture transforming it as we pursue Christ s mission and cooperate with other like minded Christians We have also been influenced by the Anabaptist faith perspective The word Anabaptist was first used to describe 16th century reformers who insisted on believers baptism rather than infant baptism and emphasized the separation of church and state Like our forefathers in the faith we believe that God s people are made new in Jesus and are to grow as followers and learners disciples of him Mark 8 27 38 Matthew 5 7 Jesus followers announce and publically celebrate their decision to join the family of God by being baptized Acts 8 34 38 Romans 10 9 10 We intend to demonstrate faithfulness to God as we practice holy living and mutual accountability 1 Peter 1 15 16 Matthew 18 15 20 Galatians 6 1 2 worship together in community Hebrews 10 25 and join with God to accomplish his mission Matthew 18 15 20 Matthew 9 37 38 1 Corinthians 9 22 Our authority comes from Scripture and is interpreted within the community of believers as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit Acts 15 Our mission comes from Jesus Great Commandment and his Great Commission Matthew 28 16 20 We are called to love our neighbors Matthew 22 34 40 to make disciples Matthew 28 18 20 and to make peace through reconciliation with God ourselves our enemies and God s creation 2 Corinthians 5 17 20 Matthew 5 38 42 Our mission will almost always be counter cultural because our allegiance is to the Lord Jesus The kingdom he proclaims puts us in tension with the culture around us which often demands allegiance to other people governments and temporal values To sum up we proclaim a biblical understanding of God that is both Evangelical and Anabaptist We continually seek a biblical vision of the work and mission of Jesus for individuals and for the world Our passionate commitment is to live as God s kingdom agents in the world anticipating the glorious day when God s kingdom is perfectly fulfilled Core Convictions We are a believer s church to deal with our human sinfulness we teach conversion to new life through faith in Jesus Christ and practice baptism as a public sign of personal commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord We are Bible centered we accept the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God seeking to obey its teaching as illumined by the Holy Spirit and interpreted in the Christian community We emphasize discipleship we seek to live as authentic followers of Jesus in our daily lives orienting our lives around Jesus teaching and model We value Christian fellowship we believe the church is a biblical and mutually loyal community that expresses itself in worship fellowship accountability and witness We are mission minded we share our faith by telling others about the Good News of Jesus and serving others in our neighborhoods and around the world in obedience to Jesus Great Commandment and to the Great Commission We seek peace we believe the Bible invites us to be at peace with God and with others even our enemies We cultivate healthy relationships we are committed to choices that produce wholeness healing joy and peace in all relationships Click here for a printable brochure What We Believe Our understanding of God comes from the Bible We believe that Jesus calls the people of the church to live in community being to serve God and others doing and to communicate to the world that God reigns over everything telling Our beliefs can be condensed into these three ideas MB s seek to think and live biblically We commit to believing studying and obeying the Bible as our trustworthy and final authority 2 Timothy 3 15 17 2 Peter 1 19 21 Our confession of faith is a statement about what we believe the Bible has to say about living in our world today As a biblical people we commit to resolving questions about God and how we are to live by asking What does the Bible say and How do we apply Scripture so that it guides how we live in today s world We seek to allow the Bible itself to guide us in our understanding of God We believe we should always go to the Scriptures for answers to questions about God rather than to human systems such as systematic Evangelical or Anabaptist theologies These may not accurately or adequately reflect a biblical theology We seek to avoid using any single verse in a way that puts it above the rest of what the Bible says about a particular issue That is called proof texting and can distort what the Bible means to say At the same time we recognize the priority of Jesus teaching When we read the Bible we use Christ s teachings as the first lens for reading other scriptures We want to know what Jesus said or taught about something believing that as God in human form we should look to Him first for a correct understanding of Scripture Our progression is to read the Gospels through the lens of the Sermon on the Mount the rest of the New Testament through the lens of the Gospels and the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament Our desire is to follow the pattern of the early church in answering questions about their faith As those early Christians discerned God s will together at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 we gather to study God s Word together and discern his will for us in our modern world We don t interpret the Bible in isolation We do it

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    how we live that out After months of consulting with individuals churches districts and the Canadian Conference of MB Churches followed by multiple revisions and acceptance by the International Community of Mennonite Brethren the USMB Board of Faith and Life proposed the current wording of Article 13 at the USMB Convention in Santa Clara California in July 2014 where delegates approved the article as it appears here The Bible is our written authority As Anabaptists we believe that authoritative interpretation of the Bible is the result of corporate reflection under the guidance of the Holy Spirit This confession is the result of such a process and not only describes how the US Mennonite Brethren Church interprets the Bible for our context but is also an authoritative guide for biblical interpretation theological identity and ethical practice The reader should be alert to the following literary conventions adopted for this confession Scripture references are listed at the conclusion of each article These references are not meant to be exhaustive nor do they serve primarily as proof texts for the articles Pronouns referring to God are uniformly upper case to remind the reader that the use of the masculine pronoun is a convention of human language God is neither male nor female human male and female are created in the image of God A more complete commentary and pastoral application of this confession is available from Kindred Productions A liturgical version of this confession Confessing Together is also commended for use in congregational worship Revised and updated from the Introduction written for the 1999 version Article 1 God Article 2 Revelation of God Article 3 Creation and Humanity Article 4 Sin and Evil Article 5 Salvation Article 6 Nature of the Church Article 7 Mission of the Church Article 8 Christian Baptism Article 9 Lord s Supper Article 10 Discipleship Article 11 Marriage Singleness Family Article 12 Society and State Article 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation Article 14 The Sanctity of Human Life Article 15 Stewardship Article 16 Work Rest and the Lord s Day Article 17 Christianity and Other Faiths Article 18 Christ s Final Triumph Click here for a printable version of the Confession of Faith Detailed Version Confession of Faith Detailed Version Introduction The Mennonite Brethren Church is rooted in the evangelical Anabaptist sixteenth century Reformation a movement that sought to recapture the faith and life of the New Testament church The Mennonite Brethren Church was born as a renewal movement in Russia on 1860 World mission efforts and widespread migrations have produced a movement that circles the globe The Mennonite Brethren Church emphasized the centrality of biblical authority articulating confessions of faith in order to connect scriptural teaching with contemporary discipleship With Menno Simons we hold central the biblical statement For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid that foundation is Jesus Christ 1 Cor 3 11 The 2014 USMB Confession of Faith contains wording of Article 13 which has been revised

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    sinless life Through word and deed Jesus proclaimed the reign of God bringing good news to the poor release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind Christ triumphed over sin through His death and resurrection and was exalted as Lord of creation and the church The Savior of the world invites all to be reconciled to God offering peace to those far and near and calling them to follow Him in the way of the cross Until the Lord Jesus returns in glory He intercedes for believers acts as their advocate and calls them to be His witnesses God the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit the Counselor is the creative power presence and wisdom of God The Spirit convicts people of sin gives them new life and guides them into all truth By the Spirit believers are baptized into one body The indwelling Spirit testifies that they are God s children distributes gifts for ministry empowers for witness and produces the fruit of righteousness As Comforter the Holy Spirit helps God s children in their weakness intercedes for them according to God s will and assures them of eternal life Genesis 1 Exodus 15 2 3 Exodus 34 6 7 Deuteronomy 6 4 6 Psalm 8 Psalm 23 Psalm 139 Isaiah 55 8 9 Isaiah 66 12 13 Jeremiah 31 31 34 Hosea 11 1 4 Matthew 1 18 25 Matthew 5 7 Matthew 28 18 20 Mark 8 34 38 Luke 4 18 19 John 1 1 18 John 14 26 John 15 26 John 16 7 15 Acts 1 8 Acts 2 1 4 Romans 8 1 17 I Corinthians 12 4 7 I Corinthians 13 I Corinthians 15 3 8 II Corinthians 1 22 II Corinthians 5 16 21 II Corinthians 13 14 Galatians 5 22 23 Ephesians 1 15 2 22 Ephesians 3 14 21 Philippians 2 6 11 Colossians 1 15 20 I Timothy 6 15 16 II Timothy 2 11 13 Hebrews 12 7 11 I Peter 2 21 25 I John 2 2 Revelation 5 5 6 9 10 Article 1 God We believe in the one true living God Creator of heaven and earth God is almighty in power perfect in wisdom righteous in judgment overflowing in steadfast love God is the Sovereign who rules over all things visible and invisible the Shepherd who rescues the lost and helpless God is a refuge and fortress for those in need God is a consuming fire perfect in holiness yet slow to anger and abounding in tender mercy God comforts like a loving mother trains and disciplines like a caring father and persists in covenant love like a faithful husband We confess God as eternal Father Son and Holy Spirit God the Father God the Father is the source of all life In Him we live and move and have our being The Father seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth and hears the prayers of all

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