The U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches is a family of about 200 diverse congregations that is committed to church multiplication and evangelism, intentional disciple-making and leadership development.
Our desire is that each local church will reach its full, God-given ministry potential within the framework of our evangelical and Anabaptist distinctives. We want to develop a community of churches that connect and network with one another, sharing resources and ideas and gathering for fellowship and learning.
We call ourselves the United States Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches—USMB for short. What does that mean?
United States tells you where we are situated. We are one of 21 national Mennonite Brethren conferences around the world that partner for mission and ministry through the International Community of Mennonite Brethren.
We are called a Conference because we know that we accomplish more for Jesus Christ and His Kingdom by working together, as stated in our tagline—“Increasing Impact Together.” We believe God calls us to be on mission together as a people who belong to Him and live for Him.
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We are called Mennonite because one of our early pastoral leaders was named Menno Simons. We grow on a branch of the church tree that emerged from the Protestant Reformation in 16th-century Europe known as Anabaptists, or “re-baptizers.”
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We are called Brethren because of the close spiritual kinship that developed among the founding families as they met for fellowship, prayer and Bible study. The revival sparked by their gatherings gave birth to the Mennonite Brethren Church in 1860.
More: Who are the Mennonite Brethren, What We Believe
We use the word Churches because we highly value Christian fellowship as experienced in local congregations. As followers of Jesus we worship and serve Him best when we are part of a body of believers.
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Our logo communicates the importance of relationships in the U.S. Mennonite Brethren family. The continuous letters of USMB speak to the interconnectedness of our commitment to plant churches, grow disciples and develop leaders, while the cross formed out of the white space between the M and the B communicates that the gospel is central. The tri-color symbol of three equal and interlinking shapes to the left of USMB represent our commitment to network and collaborate around our three core commitments.