Job Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT: Local Church
LEAD PASTOR: Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, Kansas is seeking a Lead Pastor.
Anabaptist Evangelical multi-staff church - Discipleship and missions - valued with close connection to local college - Average attendance is 290 - Annual budget is currently approximately $421,000 - Community population is 3,000 - Located 50 miles northeast of Wichita [Population of 388,000]
Additional information available at www.parkviewmb.com and www.usmb.org. If interested please contact: Andrew Jost at andrewjost55@icloud.com

DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP ARTS AND MUSIC: Bethany Church in Fresno, Calif., whose purpose is "To Be Fully Alive, Making Christ Jesus Known From Our Communities to the World," is seeking to fill the part-time to full-time position of Director of Worship Arts and Music. Music education is preferred, with an interest in and ability to develop a worship and music incubator for children and youth. The director will work closely with the lead pastor and other staff to craft inspiring weekend services and ongoing events that empower us to pursue our ministry objectives of maturity, unity and multiplication. Interested persons should contact Pastor Brian Wiebe at Brian@BethanyChurchFresno.com.

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES AND SMALL GROUPS: Enid (Okla.) MB Church is seeking a full-time Director of Student Ministries and Small Groups. Enid is a town of about 50,000 people, and our current worship attendance averages 280 people. We are looking for a servant leader, with a heart for God’s work through the local church and a genuine love for people. We desire to find a leader with a passion for student ministry and discipleship through small groups in order to equip both youth and adults to become gospel shaped people on mission with Christ in the world. For more information, visit enidmb.com.

LEAD PASTOR: A Mennonite Brethren church in Dinuba, Calif., is searching for a lead pastor to join our congregation and newly created Elder Team who are prayerfully seeking to implement our vision for a renewal of our committed, mature and friendly congregation. We are located in a growing rural community of mostly Hispanics. Our two Sunday services average 180 in total attendance. The successful candidate will demonstrate a missional orientation and excitement about embracing this opportunity to help us reach our community as we seek to implement our vision to Love God, Love Others and Make Disciples. For more details email pastoralsearchtaskforce@gmail.com.


Director: Good Neighbor Ministries, Inc., Omaha, Neb., is looking for a candidate to fill the role of director. Responsibilities include organizing work volunteers, managing service projects and building relationships with neighbors, community organizations and churches. Requirements include a passion for Christ and spreading the Gospel, strong communication and interpersonal skills, some degree of handiness and a vision of neighborhood renewal, working closely with the neighborhood church, Faith Bible Church, and relocating to provided housing in the Columbus Park neighborhood. Compensation includes housing, utilities, a monthly stipend ($1500) with the opportunity to earn more with personal mission support. Please send resume to stephen@goodneighbornetwork.net For more information, call Stephen Stout at: (402) 616-1250 Good Neighbor Ministries is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Omaha's Columbus Park neighborhood for 20-plus years. Our mission is to touch the city with the love of Jesus and create a movement of reproducing Christ-centered, strong and healthy neighborhoods. We are Christians with a heart for the city, working together to share the gospel through Christ centered, faith driven, compassionate service to the people in the heart of the city.

EMPLOYMENT: University

Executive Director of the Foundation and Planned Giving: Fresno Pacific University Foundation Board of Directors is searching for an experienced visionary Christian leader for their next executive director of the foundation and planned giving and invites applications. Detailed information is available online at: https://www.fresno.edu/visitors/careers/executive-director-foundation-and-planned-giving Download and complete an application form. Candidates must complete and submit an application in order to be considered for the position. Email careers@fresno.edu

Faculty: Fresno Pacific University is seeking an Assistant/Associate Professor of Spanish who can function as a generalist. Possible specialties include Peninsular or Latin American literature. Candidates must be able to teach intermediate and advanced courses which include culture, language, critical theory, and research. The faculty member will be expected to engage in scholarly activity, contribute to ongoing program assessment and evaluation and advise students. Complete job description and requirements at www.fresno.edu/careers.


USMB - Midwest Office
7348 W. 21st, Suite 115, Wichita, KS 67205

T (316) 558-8688 Toll Free (800) 257-0515
Email: offices@usmb.org


USMB - West Coast Office
Lori Taylor, Executive Assistant
(send all mail to the Midwest Office)

T (661) 303-9471
Email: lori@usmb.org

LEAD Cohorts

LEAD Cohorts are online meeting places for small groups of MB pastors and leaders – or anyone interested in learning more about a specific topic or gathering with like-minded people.

LEAD Cohorts are FREE to all participants. The only cost is for books or materials, if recommended by the cohort leader. LEAD Cohorts typically last three months and meet online every two weeks for about an hour.

The following 11 cohorts will be starting in August and September. Registration information will be sent via email over the summer.


Becoming a Good and Faithful Steward – Jon Wiebe and Dennis Fast
Cohort will meet every other Monday from 2:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning August 27
Money is often a difficult topic for pastors to address. This cohort will help leaders become familiar with biblical instruction on money and stewardship, develop tips for faithful stewardship and provide resources to help your congregation take hold of real life!
Required reading: Good and Faithful by Gary Hoag (provided by MB Foundation to each participant.)

Jon Wiebe is MB Foundation president and CEO, and Dennis Fast is MB Foundation church relations director.

Coffee Shop Talk – Patrick Coyle
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm (CDT) beginning August 30
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with some of your ministry peers to talk about common issues and challenges in ministry.  Each gathering will be focused on a specific topic such as balancing ministry and family, personal spiritual growth or dealing with conflict.

Pat Coyle has been the Senior Pastor of Shafter MB in Shafter, California since 2001.

Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery – Chandelle Claassen
Cohort will meet every other Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 4
Embark on a personal journey of self-discovery using a personality assessment tool called the Enneagram (a study of nine interconnected personality types that help us understand ourselves and others) as we learn to recognize and respond to God in our life stories. Participants will learn how they respond under stress and how to make choices that lead to a healthier and authentic life.
Recommended reading: The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
There is an Enneagram Assessment tool fee of $10 (optional but beneficial)

Chandelle Claassen is a trained spiritual director and certified life coach and member of the USMB LEAD Coaching team.

Gospel Priorities for a Healthy Church – Jared Pulliam
Cohort will meet every Wednesday from 11:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 5
Study the Scriptures and encourage one another, with regard to living as disciples of Christ in community together. Understand three significant topics that impact our ministry in the local church: Understanding our Identity by working through what it means to be part of Christ's church, both globally and locally; Defining our Purpose by giving careful thought to the kinds of things we are called to pursue as local churches; Implementing Healthy Leadership by examining what Scripture says about those who are called to shepherd the people of Christ.
Recommended reading: The Living Church by John Stott and The Shepherd Leader by Timothy Witmer 

Jared Pulliam is the lead pastor of Christ Church Sellwood in Portland, Oregon.

Hero Makers – Brian Allen
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 2:00-3:00 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 6
Delve into five powerful practices found in Jesus’ ministry that will provide practical tools and strategies for multiplying the dreams God has given us. Regardless of the size or notoriety of our ministry, we will dig into the book Hero Maker and support each other as we seek to maximize our leadership and shift the culture of our churches and ministries to a sustainable path of reproduction and multiplication.
Recommended reading: Hero Makers by Dave Ferguson and Warren Bird

Brian Allen is the lead pastor of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro, Kansas.

Introduction to Spiritual Formation – Chandelle Claassen
Cohort will meet every other Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 4
An introduction to biblical and Christ-centered spiritual formation, or the maturing of one’s relationship with God. Explore the importance of soul care practices with the intent to embrace who we are uniquely created in Christ to be. Participants will be equipped with and experience application of various tools and spiritual exercises. The cohort will be contemplative in nature.
Recommended reading: The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner (This is a new book since the last cohort.)

Chandelle Claassen is a trained spiritual director and certified life coach and member of the USMB LEAD Coaching team.

Jesus and Me – Terry Hunt
Cohort will meet every other Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 pm (CST) beginning Sept. 4
Everyone needs renewed hope and streams of encouragement. This cohort is designed to remind believers of the presence of Jesus and to walk with him daily. Together we will discover and understand better his longing and deep desire to walk alongside us – in the good and not-so-good days of our lives.
Recommended reading: Jesus Today: Experience Hope Through His Presence by Sarah Young

Terry Hunt is the North Carolina district minister and lead pastor of The Life Center in Lenoir, NC.

Overcoming Performing for God by Abiding in Him – Ed and Carol Boschman
Option to meet every other Wednesday or Thursday (afternoon or evening) - specifics TBD
Join as couples or individuals on this introspective and freeing journey unpacking the devastating trap of pursuing God’s love and approval by our performance. Together we will consider whether moralism has captured our thinking to the degree that we adhere to a certain set of external regulations to find acceptance, worth and self-esteem and whether our churches have fallen prey to meritocracy, which is the way of the kingdom of this world.
Recommended reading: Saving the Saved by Brian Loritts

Ed Boschman leads the USMB LEAD Coaching program and was the previous USMB Executive Director.  He and Carol gladly share from their years of experience and hearts to serve.

Practical Disciple-making – Bob Davis and Stephen Humber
Cohort will meet every other Thursday from 3:00-4:30 pm (CDT) beginning August 30
Jesus commands us to make disciples as we go, so this cohort will help us do that very thing. Each participant will choose someone along the discipleship pathway (from not yet a believer to moving into community, service or leadership) that they are intentionally discipling. We’ll support each other, share, learn and pray together for these nine sessions. It’s going to be creative, stretching and a lot of fun.

Bob Davis and Stephen Humber serve on the mobilization team of MB Mission and desire to see healthy churches engaged in making disciples. 

Refreshing Your Pastoral Counseling – John Oelze
Cohort will meet every other Monday (daytime) - specifics TBD
This cohort model and example will provide a great context and guide for working with others through everyday struggles of life by focusing specifically on the heart of the counselor.  Through personal counseling interactions from within the cohort, we will be reminded and refreshed as the Holy Spirit guides us in examining our own hearts to bring about change in others.
Recommended reading: Inside Out by Larry Crabb

This cohort is led by John Oelze, the executive pastor at First MB Church in Wichita, Kansas.

Youth Ministry Realities – Russ Claassen
Cohort will meet every other Monday from 3:00-4:00pm (CST) beginning August 27
Get to know other youth workers and engage in passionate discussion focused on the realities we face as youth workers. We will explore topics relevant to the group, such as personal leadership development and spiritual growth, recruiting and training volunteers or talking about Jesus with teens in the iCulture. The possibilities are endless.

Russ Claassen is the Southern District youth minister and youth pastor at Koerner Heights Church in Newton, Kansas.




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