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    As an example Stetzer identified churches that are built like theaters people are invited to enter and be entertained while sipping a Starbucks But church was never meant to be a gathering place for Christian spectators Instead churches are people who follow Jesus by serving Church leaders need to recognize the passivity they are creating in their churches and through shoulder tapping encourage people to get involved Pew sitters take the initiative by approaching church leaders and asking how they can serve Working together great things can be accomplished The third point is that God empowers us In 1 Peter 4 10 two general categories of gifts are mentioned speaking and serving God has gifted us and we are empowered to serve Even the world recognizes when underappreciated and disadvantaged people use their gifts and they love watching it Stetzer used the example of Susan Boyle to vividly illustrate this point The purpose for all of this is to bring God glory The reason to serve is not for accolades or a badge Service for the Jesus follower is an action for adoration to cause people to gaze in wonder at Jesus the King of Glory The purpose behind serving is so that Jesus can be glorified and it is the purpose of church leaders to equip Christians to serve see Eph 4 11 13 So take the initiative When you serve with what you have been given it s a proclamation that He is risen Equip the saints for the work of ministry because those rowing the boat have a lot less enthusiasm to rock the boat Ed Stetzer Dave Buller is the pastor at Cornerstone Community Church Topeka Kan and has a background in information technology His life s purpose is to share God s love and help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus He is married to Emily and has four kids Dave blogs at www christianfirst us Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Four keys to spiritual gifts Saturday Jul 26 2014 By Dave Buller 20 of the people do 80 of the work Anonymous Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God s grace in its various forms 1 Pet 4 10 Growing up on the farm part of our daily routine was to feed the chickens and gather the eggs As much as we loathed the chickens and the chores that went along with them we loved eating our eggs light and fluffy with a bit of ham and onions for breakfast Something else I love is the verse in 1 Peter quoted above The responsibility of Christians to be involved with and to serve in the local church sometimes feels like a chore and one that is easy to say no to but the part about dispensing God s grace is an awesome thought Grace is not only something that God gives As we serve others in the

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    when it became a national rather than binational North American statement Following the announcement of the outcome of the vote delegates also approved a motion introduced from the floor that mandates the Board of Faith and Life to foster communication within our congregations to encourage the study of commitment to and growth in biblical love peacemaking and reconciliation guided by the Mennonite Brethren Confession of Faith Article 13 and to report the response to this initiative at the 2016 convention The motion passed unanimously The vote concluded a convention process that began Saturday morning with the Board of Faith and Life BFL report and open mic question and answer time a 45 minute workshop discussion Saturday afternoon and a second opportunity for comments on the convention floor just prior to the late afternoon vote Being part of this process for the past two and one half years been a privilege said Gary Wall Pacific District Conference minister addressing the delegates from the floor after the ballots were cast and before the vote was announced As you know some people do some heavier lifting than others Thank you to Ed Boschman Larry Nikkel and Tim Geddert pictured right leading floor discussion of Article 13 who led so well listened carefully and traveled many miles The delegates affirmed Wall s remarks with their applause Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Delegates approve revision of Article 13 Saturday Jul 26 2014 BFL given mandate to continue discussion on love peacemaking and reconciliation By Connie Faber Delegates voted 103 to 10 to approve the recommended revision to Article 13 Love Peacemaking and Reconciliation of the Confession of Faith at the closing business session this afternoon of the 30 th National Convention of the U S Mennonite Brethren Conference held July

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    us or understand us His message has been a consistent call to live out the mission of the church as reconcilers in the world He lives this message out in his own neighborhood as he has led friends and neighbors to salvation and baptism The question that this morning s session raises for me relates to the place of church in culture We have heard a lot about the unchanging eternal mission of God s church Stetzer presents this as a non negotiable But hasn t the church always changed and adapted itself in appropriate ways throughout 2000 years of its history For example the church had to alter its theology about the cosmos when Galileo verified that Earth revolved around the Sun not vice versa as had been the belief of the church From our own past Menno Simons shunned the conventional church of his day and birthed a new movement during the Reformation and then again in 1860 the Mennonite Brethren reinvented church as they moved toward personal piety and called people to repentance Many other examples of how church has morphed with a changing culture could be given To my question With so much cultural change and flux these days might this be a time to examine the validity of our own theology and practice I see this in a newer younger version of Evangelicalism The 20 something Evangelical crowd is concerned with issues like social justice environmentalism human rights equality volunteerism community life peacemaking and more Some of these are things that MBs already embrace others may need to be considered Which ones should become part of our church s mission Is there a time to reassess and modify the mission of the church Not an easy question Tim Neufeld is associate professor of ministry at Fresno Pacific University Follow him on Twitter at TimothyNeufed on Facebook at timothyneufeld and on his blog at www timneufeld blogs com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Reflection on National Pastors Conference Friday morning session Friday Jul 25 2014 By Tim Neufeld On Friday morning Ed Stetzer suggested that the Protestant church is not in the great peril that we think it is For the last decade many prognosticators have been forecasting the decline of Evangelicalism but based on Stetzer s own research he says There s no statistical decline of the Evangelical church It s clear he favors his own data over others choosing to nuance recent Pew studies that have indicated a rapid departure from traditional church structures The problem with data is that numbers often get used to support the agenda of the person using it I m guilty In keeping with his love for numbers categories and percentages Stetzer has come up with four equal categories of Christian types in America Non Cultural Congregational and Convictional The nones those who in a recent Pew study report their religious affiliation is none see this article for more info http news fresno edu

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    and 25 are convictional Christians shapes how they live Half of convictional Christians are evangelical Squishy middle cultural congregational Christians is shrinking and shifting at the same time You can t hate people and reach them at the same time 2 Corinthians 5 14 21 We get a new view vs 16 17 See people not as enemies but as prisoners of war Don t use earthly means for heavenly ends The Church needs to see the world as Jesus sees the world What the world needs is what we have received Mission show and share the love of Jesus to a lost and broken world Sent on a mission of reconciliation vs 18 19 Reminding us about importance of reconciliation repeated four times We need to hold our models loosely and our Jesus firmly It s easier to be on a recruitment mission rather than reconciliation We are sent on a mission of reconciliation Representing Jesus and his Kingdom vs 20 The world does not need to turn over a new leaf but receive new life Vs 21 describes the reconciliation and gives us our motivation Never let us get over the Gospel or take it for granted J L Martin is pastor of children and families at Hesston Kan MB Church He blogs at daddy4ms and at 1 Corinthians Parenting Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Notes from Friday morning Friday Jul 25 2014 By J L Martin Ed Stetzer shared with us again on Friday morning Growing percentage of people who are nones In America 25 are non Christians 75 are self identified as Christians Of those 75 25 are cultural Christians 25 are congregational Christians Christmas Easter and 25 are convictional Christians shapes how they live Half of convictional Christians are evangelical

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    Jesus saved me God intends all to use We are to be good managers of grace of God We don t own it It s not about getting our customer service needs met 1 Corinthians 12 18 God has placed those in the body as He wanted We can blame the victim or fix the problem You can t have dependency on clergy and have congregations on mission For which He empowers us Spirit will empower us to use the gifts we have The problem with America today is that there are too many riding in the back of the wagon with only a few pulling it Ross Perot When you raise the bar it impacts the whole church positively Thom Rainer The church is to be the place where people use their gifts for the glory of God To bring God glory We glorify God through song and when everyone in our church is using their gifts on mission Are we as pastors taking the glory from God Ephesians 4 11 13 When they are rowing the boat they have less time to be rocking the boat We live in a mission field with an unengaged mission force J L Martin is pastor of children and families at Hesston Kan MB Church He blogs at daddy4ms and at 1 Corinthians Parenting Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Ed Stetzer opens National Pastors Conference Thursday Jul 24 2014 By J L Martin Ed Stetzer was our speaker on Thursday night Missions subset of mission Mission what God is doing for His redemptive purposes in the world and we are invited to join Him Mission involves Gospel proclamation and Gospel demonstration The Gospel is to be proclaimed Jesus came serving and saving As Jesus was sent we

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    to do with growing the church or facilitating a worship service This utilitarian language about spiritual gifts worries me With it we come dangerously close to using people and objectifying them And any time we turn people into objects use them to fulfill our plan to grow the church we miss the point Such use or misuse of mission and spiritual gifts language can be another form of pastoral control leaving people feeling hollow and empty without a real relationship with Jesus On the other hand if we as pastors work to inspire the use of gifts for the glorification of God we will likely be nurturing a congregation that worships together not just during a Sunday morning service but in all aspects of life The daily sharing of life in Christ whether in a neighborhood at a job or on a campus is itself an offering of honor and glory to the Creator I have no doubt that a Christian community that does this will be healthy and in the end attractive to lost souls Note the subtle difference The goal of exercising spiritual gifts is not to grow the church but to glorify God and in that experience the church will likely grow I m not sure where Stetzer s starting point is spiritual gifts as a church growth strategy or a way to glorify God and nurture Christian community Regardless I agree with him that we need a renewed sense of the Spirit s presence in every believer s life If we discover that and if we can learn to release ministry and share leadership responsibility our churches will be healthier stronger and more vital to the culture in which we live And that s a great mission to join Tim Neufeld is associate professor of ministry at Fresno Pacific University Follow him on Twitter at TimothyNeufed on Facebook at timothyneufeld and at his blog www timneufeld blogs com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Off to a good start Thursday Jul 24 2014 By Tim Neufeld The USMB pastors gathering is off to a great start wonderful worship times of prayer and reunions with other MB pastors scattered across the States I often wonder if it s worth the money and effort to get to these events but when I pick up a conversation with an old friend and meet new ones I m always glad I came Tonight Ed Stetzer our speaker for the weekend focused on the church s mission challenging us to think about our own role as pastors and leaders in that mission Using 1 Peter 4 10ff he spent an hour illustrating four key points 1 Everyone has gifts 2 God intends for all to use their gifts 3 he empowers us to use these gifts and 4 these gifts are to bring glory to God Stetzer offered many insights into the mission of the church and the use of spiritual gifts in pursuit of that mission

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    these attendees are preparing to be taken into membership The second area is additions to the leadership and staff Two new men have been meeting with the elders We are thankful to have these men using their gifts in the service of shepherding the people says Thommen In addition as the new part time executive minister Thommen will be responsible for providing administrative leadership and oversight for the general operation of Trinity Church The third area is in a change to Trinity s mid week ministry Trinity has had a mid week service since its inception Beginning in the fall the church will be transitioning to a small group ministry The plan is to continue a mid week service and meal together once a month the other three weeks will be dedicated to small groups These small groups will meet in homes and are specifically designed provide a venue for prayer fellowship and application of questions derived from the sermon Many of our members are engaged in meaningful gospel ministry in their day to day lives says Thommen Consequently more people continue to come to Trinity to hear the Gospel proclaimed We continue to thank the Lord for his grace and pray that we would continue to be faithful and wise regarding the people and ministry the Lord has entrusted to us Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Trinity Church celebrates three way progress Monday Jul 21 2014 At Trinity Church of Portland we are thankful and amazed at the Lord s continued work says David Thommen executive minister for this Portland Ore church Trinity is not quite four years old has been off subsidy for two years and helped birth Christ Church Sellwood Art Azurdia is the lead pastor attendance on an average Sunday is

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    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 Project teams Thursday Jul 17 2014 For each of our church plants we create what is called a project team These teams have been an important part of our church planting success The project team provides oversight and guides the project serving as the initial leadership board until the new church is ready for a transition to in house leadership This time frame is often at least three years The project team s involvement typically begins to decrease as the new church s leadership matures in understanding and commitment to the vision and as those leaders gain sufficient leadership knowledge skills and abilities to be implemented into the approved governance structure Timing of this leadership transition is critical to the success of the church plant 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 Project teams Thursday Jul 17 2014 For each of our church plants we create what is called a project team These teams have been an important part of our church planting success The project team provides oversight and guides the project serving as the initial leadership board until the new church is ready for a transition to in house leadership This time frame is often at least three

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