Studies show that planting new churches is the most effective way to bring people into the family of God. So, church planting and multiplication is a crucial area of mission and ministry for USMB.
Church Planting Mobilizer Brian Harris spearheads our national church multiplication vision to plant churches that will produce new disciple-making, reproducing Mennonite Brethren churches. Harris leads USMB’s Church Planting Council (CPC), which connects with local churches and district conferences to provide a national vision, cohesion and collaboration for planting new MB churches. The CPC is made up of members Brian Harris (SDC), Aaron Hernandez (LAMB), Christian Kohs (CDC), Henri Ngolo (EDC), Andy Owen (SDC) and Don Morris.
In addition, The Network, a group of MB pastors providing various project management pieces and church planter support, is a vital component of this collective church planting effort. The concentrated teamwork of our local churches, five districts, Church Planting Mobilizer, CPC and The Network, all working together to plant more churches, is not just a good thing to do, it is what we must do.
To move forward with planting more churches, we are actively praying
and searching for committed and gifted church planters.
Mennonite Brethren have always been a missionary people. While our church-planting initiatives have varied over the years, our mission remains the same. In 1996, USMB established Mission USA as its church planting and church renewal arm. Under the direction of Ed Boschman (1996-2001) and Don Morris (2004-2016), many churches were planted.
We retired Mission USA in 2016 in favor of a church planting connection with Multiply. In October 2019, Multiply ceased church planting operations in the U.S., creating a church planting leadership void. So in 2020, the USMB Leadership Board launched the CPC to continue our efforts to plant churches and renew existing congregations.
We unabashedly ask for much-needed funds to invest in this eternity-changing vision. Furthermore, we’re seeking prayer warriors who will commit to pray for direction, wisdom and protection. And we ask for prayers for increased connections with people who don't know Jesus…yet.
Partner with us as we seek to live out the Great Commission by spreading the Good News in our own communities and around the world.