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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.

EMPLOYMENT: Ministry

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.

What We Believe

Our understanding of God comes from the Bible. We believe that Jesus calls the people of the church to live in community (being), to serve God and others (doing), and to communicate to the world that God reigns over everything (telling). Our beliefs can be condensed into these three ideas.

MB’s seek to think and live biblically.  We commit to believing, studying, and obeying the Bible as our trustworthy and final authority.  (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).  Our confession of faith is a statement about what we believe the Bible has to say about living in our world today.  As a biblical people, we commit to resolving questions about God and how we are to live by asking, “What does the Bible say?” and “How do we apply Scripture so that it guides how we live in today’s world?”

We seek to allow the Bible itself to guide us in our understanding of God.  We believe we should always go to the Scriptures for answers to questions about God, rather than to human systems such as systematic, Evangelical or Anabaptist theologies.  These may not accurately or adequately reflect a biblical theology.  We seek to avoid using any single verse in a way that puts it above the rest of what the Bible says about a particular issue.  That is called proof-texting and can distort what the Bible means to say.

At the same time, we recognize the priority of Jesus’ teaching.  When we read the Bible, we use Christ’s teachings as the first “lens” for reading other scriptures.  We want to know what Jesus said or taught about something, believing that, as God in human form, we should look to Him first for a correct understanding of Scripture.  Our progression is to read the Gospels through the lens of the Sermon on the Mount, the rest of the New Testament through the lens of the Gospels, and the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.

Our desire is to follow the pattern of the early church in answering questions about their faith.  As those early Christians discerned God’s will together at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, we gather to study God’s Word together and discern his will for us in our modern world.  We don’t interpret the Bible in isolation.  We do it within the community of faith.  The early church gathered together and evaluated the apostolic testimony of Paul, Barnabas and Peter; so we gather together to discern the biblical text and how its authority guides our lives.  We try to interpret the Bible in this way within a world-wide community of faith guided by the Holy Spirit.

Though our primary authority for faith and life is the Bible, we have also been influenced by a number of different faithful Christ followers.  When our church formed in 1860, the first members expressed their agreement with Menno Simons, a pastor and Christ follower of the 16th century.  They were also influenced by the Lutheran pietist movement with its emphasis on (1) group Bible study, (2) warm Spirit-filled faith growing out of personal conversion, (3) thoughtful spirituality nurtured by disciplined Bible study, and (4) a desire and commitment to tell others about Jesus, his good news of salvation and peace with God.  MB’s were also open to influences from the larger evangelical church, especially Baptists who encouraged world missions and helped the young MB church develop its congregational polity.  This openness to other evangelical churches continued in North America in the twentieth century and still characterizes MB’s today.

Even though we claim the Bible as our source of understanding about God, we recognize that other Christians also claim that the Bible is the source of their distinctive beliefs.  Within our community’s historical faith, we guard against non-Biblical influences that might distort what we believe.  Two labels have been used to describe our community’s understanding of Scripture: Evangelical and Anabaptist.  Both words have origins in particular historical movements.  Through the years these words have taken on different meanings or associations depending on how our culture has experienced them.  Some find the labels positive and helpful.  Others prefer to avoid them.  We use them to identify the biblical perspectives that we affirm.  Although their current meanings overlap to some degree, what follows is a summary of what we have taken from each tradition – both Evangelical and Anabaptist.

The word “evangel” itself means gospel or good news.  It relates to the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The following emphases of evangelical faith describe some of the good news that we affirm.  Individual Christians experience spiritual birth through choosing to enter a trust-follow relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 3:3; Acts 16:31; Matthew 16:24).  This new status and relationship with God is made possible through faith in Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross, and his victorious resurrection. (John 3:16-18; Romans 3:19-26; Ephesians 2:8-9).  The authority for our understanding of God is the Bible (2 Timothy 3:15-17).  Maturity as a Christ-follower is nurtured through relational and personal spiritual disciplines (1 Timothy 4:8).  The purpose of the church is to point people to Jesus and to call others to join us in this new life he provides (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8).  We believe that our purpose as God’s church is to engage our culture, transforming it as we pursue Christ’s mission and cooperate with other like-minded Christians.

We have also been influenced by the Anabaptist faith perspective.  The word “Anabaptist” was first used to describe 16th century reformers who insisted on believers baptism rather than infant baptism (and emphasized the separation of church and state).  Like our forefathers in the faith, we believe that God’s people are made new in Jesus and are to grow as followers and learners (disciples) of him (Mark 8:27-38; Matthew 5-7).  Jesus followers announce and publically celebrate their decision to join the family of God by being baptized (Acts 8:34-38; Romans 10:9-10).  We intend to demonstrate faithfulness to God as we practice holy living and mutual accountability (1 Peter 1:15-16; Matthew 18:15-20; Galatians 6:1-2), worship together in community (Hebrews 10:25), and join with God to accomplish his mission (Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 9:37-38; 1 Corinthians 9:22).  Our authority comes from Scripture and is interpreted within the community of believers as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit (Acts 15).  Our mission comes from Jesus’ Great Commandment and his Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20).  We are called to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:34-40), to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and to make peace through reconciliation with God, ourselves, our enemies, and God’s creation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Matthew 5:38-42).  Our mission will almost always be counter-cultural because our allegiance is to the Lord Jesus.  The kingdom he proclaims puts us in tension with the culture around us which often demands allegiance to other people, governments and temporal values.

To sum up, we proclaim a biblical understanding of God that is both “Evangelical” and “Anabaptist.”  We continually seek a biblical vision of the work and mission of Jesus for individuals and for the world.  Our passionate commitment is to live as God’s kingdom agents in the world, anticipating the glorious day when God’s kingdom is perfectly fulfilled.

Core Convictions
  • We are a believer’s church: to deal with our human sinfulness, we teach conversion to new life through faith in Jesus Christ and practice baptism as a public sign of personal commitment to Jesus as Savior and Lord.
  • We are Bible-centered: we accept the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God, seeking to obey its teaching, as illumined by the Holy Spirit and interpreted in the Christian community.
  • We emphasize discipleship: we seek to live as authentic followers of Jesus in our daily lives, orienting our lives around Jesus’ teaching and model.
  • We value Christian fellowship: we believe the church is a biblical and mutually loyal community that expresses itself in worship, fellowship, accountability and witness.
  • We are mission-minded: we share our faith by telling others about the Good News of Jesus and serving others in our neighborhoods and around the world, in obedience to Jesus’ Great Commandment and to the Great Commission.
  • We seek peace: we believe the Bible invites us to be at peace with God and with others, even our enemies.
  • We cultivate healthy relationships: we are committed to choices that produce wholeness, healing, joy and peace in all relationships
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