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    10 Article 11 Article 12 Article 13 Article 14 Article 15 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 News News Archive Named 2015 coverage Monday Apr 27 2015 Read CL coverage of Named 2015 the National MB Youth Conference held April 9 12 in Denver Colo Raising funds for Named 2015 Pastors shave heads Day One Registration Theme Worship Session Day Two Service Ops Day Two Worship Session Day Three Learning Ops Day Three Worship Session Late Nights Sharing Booth Day Four Closing Worship Session Volunteers contribute to success Passerby impacted by closing session Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Named 2015 coverage Monday Apr 27 2015 Read CL coverage of Named 2015 the National MB Youth Conference

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    going on in here something very special I can feel it Why do you say that I asked I just feel something different and special in here that s not the same outside those doors he said He told me is is from China and was in the Colorado Convention Center for another conference non religious but overheard the singing and couldn t help but come in and see for himself what was going on I asked him if he knew Jesus Christ I know who he is and I sometimes go to a church to pray but I am not a Christian yet he said I once again smiled and he continued to say in amazement I like how they re all standing and singing That s powerful I explained our Named theme to him and how the standing and singing is simply an expression of what s going on inside of the students as they get to know who Jesus is and how worthy he is of our everything He smiled and looked at me handed me his phone and asked Could you type out the name of your churches Mennonite Brethren And also the name of this band His friends then called him over it seemed like they needed to go somewhere He looked at me and said Thank you Thank you for explaining and letting me see this for myself I will remember this moment for a long time So pray for Collin from China I pray that this moment will change his life forever and that the witness of Named 2015 may continue to change lives in through and around the people who attended Joanna Chapa was a member of the Named 2015 planning team and works for MB Mission Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments Kristin Pikop 2015 04 21 14 13 55 0 Wow What a powerful story Thanks for sharing I can t wait to tell my students on Wednesday Passerby impacted by Named 2015 closing session Monday Apr 20 2015 Young man says closing session is moment he ll remember for a long time Named 2015 participants represented themselves and Jesus well to people staying at the Hyatt Regency and those they encountered at the Colorado Convention Center Session host Stephen Humber told attendees about a businessman with whom Humber shared an elevator who commented that the high school students attending Named 2015 were different because they were attending a Christian conference Planning team member Joanna Chapa shares this story about a young adult she met Sunday morning during the closing worship session During the last morning session on Sunday I was standing toward the back of the ballroom As For All Seasons led worship a young man in his mid 20s walked in with an amazed look on his face What s going on here Is this a Christian event he asked Yes this is a National Youth Conference for the Mennonite Brethren churches across the

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    per person registration fee for Named 2015 didn t include transportation or meals which meant that youth groups needed help from generous congregations to get to the event especially those groups sending large numbers of attendees or those traveling great distances Youth workers tend to be a creative bunch so it s no surprise that fundraisers were creative too Many youth groups hosted a meal for donations like the chili cook off at College Community Church MB Clovis Calif or the Sunday dinner at Bethesda Church Huron SD Youth from Garden Valley Church Garden City Kan hosted the church s Valentine s banquet and a fundraising lunch at North Fresno Calif Church was combined with a silent auction of desserts Students at North Oak Community Church Hays Kan took orders for candygrams and lollipops then delivered them to church attendees on a Sunday morning First MB Church Wichita Kan sent a group of more than 70 to Named 2015 the largest group at the conference The group organized a variety of fundraisers including their biggest event a dinner theater and silent auction held in late January Katie Goings wrote directed and produced the original comedy A Night in McKurty that was performed two nights by the students in First MB s Student Ministry The students prepared and served a baked potato bar and Terry s Famous Chili The silent auction which featured different items each evening included a variety of homemade items baked goods sports memorabilia from Wichita State University and Kansas State University and business donations There was no charge for the dinner play or childcare but donations were accepted The group raised more than 16 000 In another fundraiser First MB attendees submitted requests for help with projects such as painting cleaning or babysitting Students who served then received donations toward Named 2015 although youth leaders noted that the experience of serving was valuable regardless of the size of donations Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Pastors shave heads to send youth to Named 2015 Saturday Apr 18 2015 SD group an example of creative fundraising By CL staff Youth groups tapped into significant creativity to raise the funds necessary to send youth to Named 2015 One of the most creative fundraisers CL staff noted took place at Christ Community Church CCC Sioux Falls SD where donations counted as votes toward the pastors shaving their heads We needed something really different to get people involved in fundraising for 27 of us to attend Named 2015 says youth leader Rebekah Coombs in an email interview A sign placed near the front door of the church featured pictures of pastors Troy Weiland and Neil Peterson with and without their hair and graphics to measure funds Over the course of about six Sundays church attendees placed money in two jars to indicate which pastor they believed should shave his head A tie in funds would mean both pastors would shave their heads There was a lot of

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    of it were shown each night during Richardson s sermon It wasn t until the third session after One Time Blind performed for the first time that the audience realized that the One Time Blind actors were the same four people reading the Scripture It was an unexpected twist to give the audience a smile said Bontrager Bontrager and the program team outlined the goals of each session for both One Time Blind and For All Seasons the conference worship band The groups then selected which sketches or songs in their repertoire fit best with that session Whether it was a pre session game of Never Have I Ever a song played by James Isaac and the unNamed House Band or the agency featured during that session the programming team carefully thought about what the students and youth workers would experience from the time they walked into the ballroom 30 minutes prior to the general session until they left two and one half hours later Ty Herrington Wichita Kan was the brains behind the games for the pre session photo left Peyton Loewen a Tabor College student assisted him Stephen Humber pastor of discipleship at Stony Brook Church in Omaha Neb was the emcee or host photo right Because the emcee does more than be funny provide transitions between elements of the program and make announcements finding the right person for that job was important The emcee has to handle unexpected moments in a pastoral way says Bontrager There is weight and spiritual content Not everything can be scripted I m incredibly pleased with the job Stephen did Watching Herrington Loewen Humber and other volunteers fulfill their assignments was a highlight for Bontrager That was one of the biggest joys watching the people we placed in certain roles use their gifts for God and work hard to do that well Among those volunteers were the four men that made up the house band James Isaac on vocals and keyboard drummer Archie Eutsler and guitarists Steven Gramsa and Dustin Hurlock The four had not played together before but they are all connected to First MB Church of Wichita Kan or bands that played at Southern District Conference summer camps The house band provided subtle connections to the Named 2015 theme of identity and names as well as specific elements of the evening program For example the house band played The Who s Who Are You to officially open the first session and a rock version of the Tabor College hymn when President Jules Glanzer walked on stage The house band was part of the creative team s effort to give the opening segment the feel of a late night talk show A video featuring nighttime scenes of downtown Denver and footage of Herrington and Loewen who provided a comic element each evening speaker John Richardson worship band For All Seasons the house band Humber and that evening s special guests added to the atmosphere The opening segment was another intentional decision on the part of the programming team We wanted to bring everyday elements like comedy and popular music into the sessions says Bontrager We want our lives to please God and the easiest thing is to keep faith in a separate place he says It s harder to integrate our faith into the secular world We wanted to do this in appropriate ways not to be clever but to point to Jesus Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Volunteers contribute to success of Named Saturday Apr 18 2015 Planning team members interns and crew give hours to Named 2015 By Connie Faber The 2015 National MB Youth Conference NYC brought together 780 teens and their sponsors for a four day conference Named 2015 involved a number of people who were never seen on stage but whose work was important to the weekend Topping the list are the youth workers who were on duty 24 7 from the time they boarded the van bus or plane until four days la ter when they arrived back home The youth workers may have put in long days but they also benefitted from the conference God moves among us just like he does the students planning team member Russ Claassen told the sponsors Friday morning during the youth workers meeting Among these sponsors was BJ Heizelman top right from Buhler Kan MB Church who has attended all 11 NYC events beginning in 1975 when he was a high school freshman While Heizelman has an impressive ongoing tenure as a youth sponsor Lynda and Jim Richert bottom right from Corn Okla MB Church were the oldest sponsors at Named 2015 The couple both in their early 70s were sponsors in the 80s took a break during the 90s and returned again as youth sponsors at the request of their pastor Youth workers who had medical issues themselves during the weekend or who had students in need of medical care called on Jessica Klassen Klassen from Birch Bay Wash was the Named 2015 on site nurse She was on call during the weekend to provide basic medical care and made at least two trips to the hospital during the weekend The three Mennonite Brethren educational institutions Tabor College Hillsboro Kan and Fresno Pacific University and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary Fresno Calif support NYC Part of their support includes providing college students to serve as event interns The 12 interns helped to set up the ballroom for the general sessions assisted with the registration process spent five to six hours making and packing sack lunches for the students to eat during their Service Ops distributed the lunches photo left and hosted Late Night activities The interns from both schools could not have blended any better says Lee Waldron Tabor College director of admissions They built a wonderful relationship during the conference and were so selfless to do whatever was needed I was encouraged by this and blessed by the work that took place

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    audience to do the same with their faith and love for Jesus Be normal Be real said Richardson Don t be super spiritual We love and serve the world Colossians 3 14 tells believers to clothe themselves in love said Richardson Love is central to who we are in Christ and who we should be in our world said Richardson Is that what Christians are known for in your school We re called to bring heaven here Referencing Matthew 6 10 Richardson said Our role as believers on earth is bringing heaven here To illustrate how Christians can bring the reality of the future into the present Richardson invited the audience to imagine traveling to Montgomery Ala in a time machine and being able to convince the residents that slavery was wrong Don t let fear hinder you from what God wants you to do said Richardson Many of us tiptoe through life to arrive at death s door safely said Richardson as he donned a hat Dance into the kingdom of God and make a difference in the world The audience cheered and clapped as broke into his version of The Carlton while a video of Carlton dancing on the TV sit com playing on a screen behind him photo right The crowd enthusiastically joined For All Seasons in the final worship set that celebrated Jesus never failing love and God s amazing grace photo left As Stephen Humber gave the final announcements Ty Herrington who for the first time was not wearing a costume or carrying a prop interrupted him I am me said Herrington Turning to the audience Humber said How about you The session participants including Richardson and For all Seasons as well as planning team members and other volunteers joined Humber on stage for a final round of thanks Richardson gave the final challenge Go out and make a difference It is an adventure to follow Jesus Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Named 2015 Sunday closing session Saturday Apr 18 2015 Richardson gives students six ways to storm the gates By Connie Faber The Named 2015 closing session Sunday morning challenged the students to bring Christ s love to their schools and responded to that challenge with songs praising God for who he is The ballroom doors opened 30 minutes before the session began as it had for each previous session and Ty Herington and Peyton Loewen led a variety of activities and games while James Isaac and the unNamed House Band performed a variety of rock and pop songs Host Stephen Humber invited Ed Boschman who recently retired as the USMB executive director to join him on stage Humber introduced Boschman as a member of the planning team for the first National Youth Conference held in 1975 in Glorietta NM and as one who has been committed to USMB youth for four decades After reading Scripture Boschman opened the session with prayer inviting the audience to pray with their

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    been given Thursday evening and to look at the side that read true identity He reminded the audience that the voice of the adversary is in our lives and encouraged the students to fight that voice by listing specific descriptors of their true identity in Christ and then sharing what they wrote with others If you want to be ex actly the same this Monday as you were last Monday don t tell anyone he said But if you want things to be different tell someone even tonight For All Seasons returned to the stage to lead a final worship song Great are you Lord that emphasized the love light hope and restoration found in God Richardson s closing p rayer asked God to stir something inside this generation He reviewed the instructions for taking communion as youth groups and the groups left the ballroom to share the bread and juice and to reflect together on the day Also on Saturday Fresno Pacific University was one of the Saturday night session guests Thursday night the audience learned that Named 2015 speaker John Richardson is a FPU alumus and two nights later it was Richardson who introduced Bobby Martin an FPU admissions counselor and alumnus Martin described the university s goal as empowering leaders and transforming lives A video testimony by Dante an FPU student told how those goals played out in his experience Both Ministry Quest and USMB announced the winners of drawings The audience enjoyed a video recap of the conference to date Ty Herington continued his quest for identity this time appearing as Darth Vader and Katniss from The Hunger Games Just be yourself was host Stephen Humber s advice Saturday afternoon was scheduled as free time for Named 2015 attendees Some students explored 16 th Street Mall and other Denver tourist attractions while others stayed around the 1 100 room Hyatt Regency enjoying the indoor pool and other features Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Named 2015 Saturday evening session Friday Apr 17 2015 Evening session includes call to mission dramatic storytelling and exploring our real identity By Connie Faber Following another fun and wacky opening segment Stephen Humber the Named 2015 host and a USMB pastor from Omaha Neb led the audience in an opening prayer that the crowd spoke in unison It was a unique way to bring us into the meat of the evening session that concluded with the youth groups taking communion together Humber introduced Ricky Sanchez a missionary to Southeast Asia with MB Mission Humber told the audience that in the 15 years that Sanchez and other MB workers have been in the region they have seen the church grow to include more than 80 000 believers Sanchez told of his conversion and call to mission work He spoke of his desire to respond to the call of Romans 10 14 And how can they hear without someone preaching to them I want to challenge you to take

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    door the Tabor and FPU representatives hosted a variety of games as an alternative The most popular of these was four way volleyball Two volleyball nets intersected in the middle with a team of five or six students in each quadrant If a team allowed the big pink beach ball to touch the ground or if a team member touched the net that team received a point and once a team accumulated five points it was replaced by a new team Another unique game was blind dodgeball In teams of two one person was blindfolded while the other gave instructions on where to find ammunition where to throw and when to dodge Competitors had to follow their partner s voice and often resorted to crawling to find balls Saturday s late night activity featured nine inflatables which included several obstacle courses a boxing ring a mechanical bull and a giant slide The several hundred students who showed up were proof that high school students and even some of their sponsors aren t too old for inflatables Sock footed students milled around the ballroom as contemporary Christian music played over the loudspeakers Some people pulled out their smartphones to capture videos of their friends enjoying the inflatables Those who stuck it out until midnight gained the advantage of shorter lines as the crowd began to dwindle after 11 30 p m Both Friday and Saturday nights featured a photo booth where students posed with goofy hats sunglasses and other props Students could choose to send a copy of the photos to themselves electronically or get a small printed copy on the spot Providing late night activities for students was especially important at this year s conference because of increased enforcement this month of Denver s curfew for those under age 18 The late night activities therefore provided students with something near the hotel to do at night that was both safe and fun Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Named 2015 Late Night Tuesday Apr 14 2015 Late Night provides youth with a break By Jared Janzen After days full of learning worshiping serving and reflecting at night students atten ding Name d 2015 had opportunities to loosen up and enjoy fun performances and games Late night activities were sponsored by Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University FPU and lasted from 10 or 10 30 p m to midnight each night A team of 17 admissions staff and student interns from the two schools oversaw the various games and activities that took place in the Colorado Convention Center The big event of the first night Thursday was a massive game of dodgeball with at least 300 students and sponsors on each side The teams lining the sides of the large ballroom looked like armies preparing for battle A number of rounds were played each lasting five to 10 minutes and ending when most people had been eliminated To mix things up one game featured Southern District Conference

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    do groups but the really good stuff is the heart to heart said Bergen One student from Christ Community Church of Sioux Falls SD shared how before the conference he had doubts about God but not anymore Another student from Bible Fellowship Church of Rapid City SD said she now recognizes that she is not who other people says she is but rather a creation of God and that s all that matters to her Perhaps the strongest testimony shared was by a girl from Hillsboro Kan MB Church She said that the week before the conference had been the worst week of her life She had been depressed spent a lot of time crying and had even cut herself for the first time She almost didn t come on the recommendation of her therapist and even during the first day of the conference she was still sad and doubtful But her attitude was changed after one of the Learning Ops Saturday morning Today I just felt so much peace she said I feel so much better and happier and I realize that I want to be a missionary The plan for these stories and reflections is to incorporate them into a highlight video that will convey the story of Named 2015 and show how God moved in students lives this weekend Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Youth share how Named 2015 impacted them Tuesday Apr 14 2015 Video to highlight students reflections By Jared Janzen This year s National Youth Conference Named 2015 included an invitation for willing students to share their stories on film The goal of the sharing booth was for students to be real and honest about sharing their experiences at the conference Students were encouraged to reflect on what God

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