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    of Mission USA He gave enthusiastic leadership to that for six years before returning to Laurelglen as their executive pastor In October of 2007 Ed accepted the call to be our USMB executive director He served us faithfully in that role for nearly seven years until our convention in July when he completed his term in order to step toward retirement The imprint of Ed s life and his leadership has left its mark on many of us He was a passionate leader and a visionary leader He was continually working toward greater unity and synergy among all of our churches and denominational entities Ed helped us articulate a common vision of partnering as one family serving one Lord on one mission for the transformation of individuals families and communities Ed also cared for lost people and often told stories of how God was using him to reach people for Jesus I appreciated Ed s transparency as a leader as well as his deep desire to see our tribe grow in health and vitality as Jesus followers Relentlessly Ed has traveled back and forth throughout our districts attending countless meetings and speaking in churches calling us to follow Christ with greater passion and unity I am very grateful to God for Ed He has been a true gift of leadership to our family of churches and to me personally Thankfully during his retirement years Ed will continue to leave his mark on the lives of some of our pastors through his ongoing coaching ministry Thanks Ed You left a good impression on my life Steve Schroeder is the pastor of Parkview MB Church in Hillsboro Kan and chairs the USMB Leadership Board Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 1 Comments R John Sankara Rao 2015 03 02 00 49 57 0 Thank you Bro Ed for your life and ministry which is a great encouragement to many like me I met you through the ICoMB conference John s rao India The example of Ed Boschman Monday Sep 1 2014 Ed left a good impression by Steve Schroeder When we re keyed our church building recently I was given a key with a unique number stamped on it I m guessing someone did that using a hammer and a steel punch This is the picture Paul gave young Timothy when he told him not to let anyone look down on his youthfulness but rather he was to be an example to others in speech in life in love in faith and in purity 1 Tim 4 12 An example like this leaves a permanent mark or impression on the other person That s what happened to me when I first met Ed Boschman He was my youth pastor in San Jose Calif and during our few years together there he left a permanent impression on my life He made ministry look fun He played guitar and he taught God s Word with enthusiasm He loved the church and he

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    the community As we practice and develop a rhythm of life in the small things the larger tasks tend to get easier Show up every day You can t practice if you stay at home and sit on the couch Similarly you can t live missionally with the windows closed the blinds drawn and the television on Again it doesn t have to be big or grandiose right off the bat but commit to showing up every day and doing something small for someone around you with the opportunity to share in community with them The great failure of the missional movement happens when it gets divorced from the simple acts that we can do to love our neighbors as ourselves In the past the church has relied heavily on the event oriented program with the right speaker the right music and the right atmosphere to encourage participation and attendance In the missional movement it s much simpler than that It is instead the exact opposite Where before the church ran like a complex machine that needed to run smoothly missional is defined by simplicity Where the attractional church thrived on passivity and silence the missional movement focuses on communal participation And when we try to make missional hard we stop making it missional So as you begin to settle into your fall routine with school and work make it a daily habit to be missionally focused Look at your schedule and find one thing on your to do list that you could be more intentional about and use it has a time to share in community with others and advance the Kingdom in your neighborhood Begin with the end in mind Start small be faithful Show up You ll be amazed what God does through you Justin Hiebert is pastor at Garden Park Church Denver Colo and is married to Elise This article first appeared on his blog www empoweringmissional com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Three ways to practice missional living Thursday Aug 28 2014 By Justin Hiebert As summer comes to a close we begin to settle into what we often call our normal routine Vacations are over school is starting the temperatures will soon begin to drop and the busyness of summer will give way to the steady rhythm of fall And if you re a sports fan particularly a football fan it also means that you get to enter the joyous time of weekend games Practices have started the media outlets have kicked it into full gear scrimmage games are already happening and eyes are turning towards the television to see what sports hero will mess something up next It s this time this season that I ve been thinking a lot about recently For all the time given to New Year s resolutions I think the start of a new school year a new sports year and a return to an old rhythm often goes missed as a vital

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    committees Church plant reports Storytelling was a common reporting method among the representative of the 14 ministries who reported to convention delegates Stories from USMB church planters are frequently the highlight of a USMB National Convention and the Santa Clara convention was no different Mission USA the USMB church planting and church resourcing ministry is two years into a 10 year effort to annually plant six churches It takes all of us to do this said Don Morris Mission USA director Noting that only one third of USMB congregations financially support the national conference Morris said the remaining two thirds are missing out on what we are doing together to plant churches and to reach people Picking up on keynote speaker Ed Stetzer s encouragement that USMB church planters target various U S subcultures Morris said the Mission USA report would highlight some of the divots in which churches have recently been planted Seven church planters or church plant couples shared stories of transformation An eighth church planter reported via video Their stories reflected the diverse environments in which USMB church plants are ministering among Filipinos in Las Vegas Nev and Russian and African immigrants in Spokane Wash among Mormons in Utah and rapidly growing areas in South Texas Mission USA church planters are ministering to the unlikelies addicts atheists and people influenced by spiritism 216 this section 989 from beginning Ministry reports Delegates heard Friday afternoon from representatives from Tabor College and Fresno Pacific University In addition to the Board of Faith and Life and Mission USA Saturday delegates heard from Christian Leader editor Connie Faber and social media coordinator Myra Holmes who is also the CL assistant editor Delegates also heard updates from MB Foundation the U S Mennonite Brethren stewardship ministry the National Youth Commission the Historical Commission Kindred Productions the North American publishing ministry MB Mission the International Community of Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite World Conference 1078 words Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Testing the website Thursday Aug 21 2014 HEADLINE Article 13 revision approved DECK Business sessions focus on Article 13 ministry reports Many of the 121 U S Mennonite Brethren USMB delegates who attended the July 2014 National Convention viewed the decision regarding a new version of Article 13 of the Confession of Faith Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation as the reason to attend this year s convention As delegates arrived and mingled Friday afternoon in the hallways of the Santa Clara Marriot the proposed revision to Article 13 was one of the things they talked about And so some delegates were concerned when Leadership Board chair Steve Schroeder announced at the opening business session that afternoon that amendments to the proposed revision could not be made from the floor But Saturday morning the Board of Faith and Life BFL report both the tone and the content seemed to calm those concerns and to foster a cordial atmosphere for the discussions that followed BFL chair Larry Nikkel began by emphasizing

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    first time commitments to Christ IAV is following up with those children and with parents who expressed interest in attending church or Bible studies Rodriguez says IAV will host a Bible study in the park through September to gauge neighborhood interest We are praying that we can have more people from that neighborhood to come to know Jesus he says Neighbors attend community festival The week ended with a community festival on Saturday at IAV Festival activities included moon jumps face painting puppets skits music led by a team from Grace Bible Church and IAV and testimonies from individuals from Grace Bible Church and Mission MB Free hamburgers and hot dogs were served to all who came Families who attended were asked to complete a short survey which allowed them to express openness to a visit from someone from IAV The teams worshiped together at IAV on Sunday morning Worship was led by a combined team from all three churches Rafael Nunez pastor of Mission MB preached After church the teams enjoyed a meal together before going their separate ways The real work starts now It seemed the week was busy with a lot of work to do Rodriguez says but the real work starts now with the believers and the families that want to know more about Jesus Pray for us that we have the wisdom to keep on showing God s love and that we can stay strong on God because we know that Satan our enemy is going to try to do something to keep us from reaching more people more families that need God Tagle of LAMB says that while nothing specific is yet planned the three churches are likely to work together again next summer The blessings are too many to let the program finish We will pray for God s leading and continue planning he says Wherever he leads we would be foolish not to follow Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments USMB churches serve Omaha community Tuesday Aug 19 2014 Five year partnership benefits three congregations in multiple ways By Myra Holmes USMB congregations representing three cities two districts and two languages teamed up for a week of outreach in an Omaha Neb community July 15 20 Iglesia Agua Viva IAV Omaha Neb a Spanish language church in the Central District Conference CDC hosted about 10 people from Grace Bible Church Gettysburg SD an English language CDC congregation and about 20 from Mission Texas MB Church a Spanish language church in the Latin American Mennonite Brethren LAMB district In addition individuals from other Omaha USMB congregations served in specific areas One participant noted that the three churches have a history of serving together and added They speak both English and Spanish sometimes simultaneously Unique partnership This outreach effort was the outworking of a sister church relationship between Mission MB and Grace Bible Church that began in 2009 Iglesia Agua Viva joined summer outreaches in Texas in 2012 and 2013

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    will use this season to draw USMB leaders and agencies closer together as we meet pray and discern together what God s vision is for us going forward he says We also expect to gain some clarity on our priorities and how we can partner with God in what he is doing in our USMB family says Schroeder Furthermore we re expecting to have a clearer picture of how our USMB Leadership Board and national staff can better partner with our district ministers to serve our local churches and pastors Bullard talks about helping USMB leaders paint beautiful pictures of a possible future I hope I can be catalytic to open up the leadership to the possibilities God has for them and then step back and watch them be captivated by God s vision for the future of Mennonite Brethren Bullard says he views his role as one of servant and hopes participants in the process understand that clearly The worst thing would be that USMB re images itself in any of the images I help paint for them he says USMB must be re imaged in the image of God Bullard will meet with a broad cross section of key USMB leaders first in a series of phone conversations then in two gatherings this fall in September and November The hope is that those meetings will result in specific agreed upon goals Schroeder says the LB will communicate goals and strategies broadly to the constituency Once the picture of our preferred future becomes clearer to us we will eagerly share that will all those who care to join in he says Schroeder urges the USMB family to join in prayer for these fall gatherings that God would reveal more of his heart for USMB churches that the Holy Spirit would draw those who gather into unity and that God would give Bullard wisdom and discernment as he guides through this process Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Board hires Bullard to lead review Tuesday Aug 19 2014 USMB Leadership Board initiates review of conference vision and structures By Myra Holmes The USMB Leadership Board has hired consultant George Bullard to lead a review of conference vision and structures Steve Schroeder board chair says the LB views the retirement of executive director Ed Boschman as a God given opportunity to re evaluate where we are as a family of churches and to discern together where God is leading us Boschman retired in July Don Morris is serving as interim executive director during the review Schroeder says the LB didn t want to simply hire another executive director with the same responsibilities and assume that nothing needs to be reviewed or changed Bullard is president of The Columbia Partnership TCP a Christian ministry organization focusing on ministry vitality of leaders congregations denominations and parachurch organizations He is also general secretary for the North American Baptist Fellowship and senior editor for TCP s Leadership Series George loves the

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    and a necessary component of life in the Kingdom The out refers to mission Church is more than a service It s the people doing life together on God s mission in our everyday life The all refers to gathering We regularly gather together to celebrate the work and presence of Christ All are welcome I can tell you that these three vital concepts are consistently lived out in the life of Axiom Church says Don Morris USMB interim executive director It s fun to be present when baptisms are happening as it is truly a celebration of life transformation But the celebration doesn t stop there A lot of ministry happens the other six days of the week Axiom is all about deep relationships and discipleship Axiom Church continues to grow and space pressure is an issue especially in the children s area We had 25 kids in the small kid s area this past Sunday And we have nine count them nine women in our church that are close to giving birth said Linderman in early August Axiom Church is a partnership church plant of Copper Hills Community Church Glendale Ariz The Pacific District MB Conference and Mission USA USMB To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments In out all Tuesday Aug 19 2014 Axiom Church our USMB church plant in Peoria Ariz just celebrated one year of ministry at their current location The church continues to walk alongside people searching for answers to life s questions whether those people are just beginning that journey or have come to a faith decision and beyond that Recently three more people were baptized after making a profession

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    the works for 24 months from idea to inception It takes resources in the form of time staff and money to offer a service like online giving for the very first time says Jon C Wiebe president and CEO Our desire is to offer biblical financial stewardship solutions and in today s world that means offering convenience security and ease in giving That s why we have invested in making this service available to our donors and our community Existing customers with MB Foundation can access their information at www mbfoundation com accountlogin and select View My Fund The online service will allow existing donors to View balances activity and statements for their accounts Add to an account with a debit card credit card or e check Make grants to charities Customize a list of favorite charities Request new charities to be added Non customers can also use the online services by visiting www mbfoundation com donatenow and selecting Search Now to begin looking for the charity or cause they wish to give to The service is provided in partnership with Stellar Technology Solutions LLC STS a software and technology service provider for non profit organizations STS is based in Stroudsburg Pa and has provided similar giving solutions to some of the largest organizations in North America While there are many online giving tools available to ministries the service through MB Foundation is the first to be specifically designed for the needs of the Mennonite Brethren community Every online payment provider has fees to make the service work We are no different says Wiebe The added benefit with our service is the fees further ministry through MB Foundation and the national church family Another benefit is our family like knowledge of the donor base of the ministries and the charities that we as Mennonite Brethren hold dear says Wiebe We believe that makes for a stronger partnership for the kingdom of Christ Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments MB Foundation offers online giving services Tuesday Aug 19 2014 New online service designed to meet needs of Mennonite Brethren MB Foundation press release For the first time in its history MB Foundation donors and potential donors now have the ability to conduct their giving activity online through the ministry s website at www mbfoundation com This is a new service provided by MB Foundation the stewardship ministry of U S Mennonite Brethren after a software conversion and implementation process that has been in the works for 24 months from idea to inception It takes resources in the form of time staff and money to offer a service like online giving for the very first time says Jon C Wiebe president and CEO Our desire is to offer biblical financial stewardship solutions and in today s world that means offering convenience security and ease in giving That s why we have invested in making this service available to our donors and our community Existing customers with MB Foundation

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    Chad He continues I think Chad now sees more clearly how important it is to live a Sabbathing kind of life with unique daily weekly monthly quarterly and annual Sabbaths Don Morris director of Mission USA says Perhaps this is a way of living that all pastors should aspire to While Stoner was away allowing the Lord to refresh his soul the ministry of this four year old church was well resourced by the Humbers and by Stony Brook s church planter in residence Wes Wilmer Wilmer and his wife Michele will be planting early next year in Fremont Neb Morris says Sabbaticals can be extremely beneficial for both the pastor and his church but sadly this time of soul refreshment is not always readily embraced by church leadership For those who are constantly giving of themselves a sabbatical can replenish vigor and passion as well as provide a renewed connection with Jesus The church s ministry is then enhanced I think all pastors should be provided with a Sabbatical at least every seven years and it should last for at least three months Stony Brook Church is a partnership church plant supported by the Central District Conference CDC and Mission USA To read other stories in this issue of Mission USA Snapshot click on the Snapshot button at the top left Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments A rested man Tuesday Aug 19 2014 Chad Stoner pastor of Stony Brook Church Omaha Neb shown here with family completed his sabbati cal earlier this month Following his return to this vibrant and growing church plant the church s leadership held what Stephen Humber associate pastor called a super leadership retreat that gave the elders and staff separate times to catch up with Chad He continues I

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