Mennonite Brethren pastor a leader but not ‘the lead’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

A part of Audrey Hindes always wanted to be a pastor. Even as a child, she took seriously the suggestion to read her Bible every day. “When I went to Fresno Pacific University my freshman year, according to...

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Storm impacts Peruvian Mennonite Brethren

May 1, 2017 by

By what seemed like divine coincidence, Mennonite World Conference Andean regional representative Pablo Stucky planned to visit Peru in early April. His scheduled meetings with church leaders came shortly...

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Ready to repent

Apr 24, 2017 by

I am amazed at God’s faithfulness to his people as seen in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Three remnants travel from Babylon to the Promised Land. The people go back with the goal of rebuilding their land...

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CMU’s experiment

Oct 24, 2016 by

A grand experiment took place in 2000. Schools from the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church Canada denominations merged, creating Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man. In practice and geography,...

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Martens, Mennonite Brethren scholar who served the church, dies at 86

Sep 26, 2016 by and

FRESNO, Calif. — Elmer Mar­tens, a Mennonite Breth­ren biblical scholar and seminary president whose life was a testament to faith, knowledge and service to the church, died Sept. 21 of a heart attack. He...

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Global Mennonite Brethren leaders boost Latin American churches

Aug 1, 2016 by and

The International Community of Mennonite Brethren gathered for teaching, decisions and encouragement during its annual summit June 2-5 in Panama City, Panama, with the theme of strengthening the church. “The...

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Evana broadens confessional choices at first convention

Jul 13, 2016 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — The Evana Network is growing and taking steps to welcome members from other Anabaptist denominations besides Mennonite Church USA. Evana’s first convention, ReGen 2016, drew 257 people —...

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Dear MB Church

Jun 6, 2016 by

If you wrote a letter to your denomination or area conference, what would you say? That’s the question Carol Penner asked herself recently. In her case, it was about the Canadian Conference of Mennonite...

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The conference that sought its own end

Feb 29, 2016 by

Rare is the organization that exists with an eye to its own termination. Yet that’s a big part of the story of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren, a small but energetic denomination that was “ready to unite...

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Churches in Germany help refugees find Jesus

Feb 10, 2016 by and

NEUWIED, Germany — The leader of MB Mission’s Oasis team had never seen anything like it before: a large crowd of Arabic speakers responding to the gospel in Germany. “I saw the Holy Spirit like an...

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No north or south

Dec 21, 2015 by

Mennonite Church Canada is changing, and its transformation could instruct other denominations. Declining donations were deemed to be a trend rather than an aberration, and something had to be done. A Nov. 28...

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Leading Mennonite Brethren historian dies

Dec 7, 2015 by

FRESNO, Calif. — Paul Toews, a leading Mennonite Brethren historian who taught for 44 years at Fresno Pacific University and did groundbreaking research on Mennonites in Russia, died Nov. 27. He was...

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Canadian MB study conference returns to sexuality

Oct 12, 2015 by

A Mennonite Brethren study conference later this month will focus on sexuality in a way that goes beyond only homosexuality concerns. The Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will host “God,...

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Flood, robbery bring S.D. churches together

Sep 28, 2015 by

A flood and a robbery brought two Mennonite Breth­ren congregations in Sioux Falls, S.D., closer in late August. An Aug. 27 storm flooded Christ Community Church with 3 to 5 inches of water, the U.S....

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Global MB delegates build trust, use authority

Aug 31, 2015 by , , and

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Representatives from 21 national Mennonite Brethren conferences from around the globe met for the International Community of Mennonite Brethren annual summit July 26-29 at Messiah...

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‘MB Herald’ gets a reprieve

Aug 3, 2015 by

The shutdown of Mennonite Brethren Herald has been put on hold, but it is unclear what the future holds for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Breth­ren Churches’ denominational magazine. CCMBC leadership...

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Honest imperfection

Jun 8, 2015 by

Rumor has it the church is a place for people who’ve got their act together. People who will tell you how well everything is going. People who think pretty highly of themselves. We can see where this rumor...

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MB baseball teams reach World Series

Jun 8, 2015 by

Both U.S. Mennonite Breth­ren colleges’ baseball teams reached their respective World Series this season. Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University won its second consecutive National Christian College Association...

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Canadian MBs to shutter denominational magazine

May 25, 2015 by and

The official periodical of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches will be shuttered at the end of the year. Conference leadership announced May 11 that Mennonite Breth­ren Herald will be...

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MB youth challenged to consider their identity

May 11, 2015 by

DENVER — Every four years, high school students from Mennonite Brethren churches across the country get together for the largest gathering of Mennonite Brethren in the United States. This year, 780 students...

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Confession change aims to get MBs talking

Apr 20, 2015 by and

HILLSBORO, Kan. — Larry Nikkel wants to start a conversation among Mennonite Brethren about peace and nonviolence that hasn’t happened in decades. Nikkel, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren...

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Present at the end

Apr 13, 2015 by

Nobody should die alone. That’s the commitment made by Donwood Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg. Donwood, which is owned by eight Mennonite Brethren churches in the city, made that commitment after...

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Canadian MB response to same-sex wedding: it wasn’t us

Apr 13, 2015 by

Canadian Mennonite Brethren leaders needed to clear up confusion about whether their denomination was involved in a same-sex wedding. Responding to numerous inquiries, the leaders, Willy Reimer and Brian...

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California churches assist with Ukrainian relief

Apr 6, 2015 by

Mennonite Brethren in Fresno, Calif., are responding to conflict and suffering in Ukraine by partnering with Ukrainian MB congregations for ministry in the country’s war zone. Conversations between...

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Paralysis moves group to help

Mar 9, 2015 by and

LeRoy Goossen of Fresno, Calif., marked 20 years of paralysis Jan. 5. But thanks to a brotherhood of volunteers that traces its origin to his Mennonite Brethren church, it is rare for a weekday to go by...

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