The USMB Leadership Board is making a final call for applications for the position of USMB national director. Applications will be accepted through early February.
“As we continue to receive applications, we wanted to extend an invitation for additional submissions before we begin deliberation,” says Boris Borisov, Leadership Board vice chair who is leading the search.
The USMB Leadership Board began accepting applications in November 2023 and will be reviewing the pool of applicants at the end of February.
The job description for the national director is posted online at usmb.org. Individuals interested in applying for the position are invited to send a resume, personal testimony of faith journey and a one-page “vision statement” for their role as national director to email@example.com
Prior to beginning the search process, the Leadership Board worked with a consultant to help carry out 25 interviews with various U.S. Conference stakeholders and conduct a national survey, gathering input from 183 respondents. This information was integrated into the board’s deliberations to create the list of characteristics desired in the next national director as well as the job description. The board also prayed regularly for wisdom and guidance in the search process.
Vital characteristics sought in the national director include a vibrant Christian faith, mature spiritual character and a love for the church. “The new national director will be a visionary leader who can effectively communicate the mission of the Mennonite Brethren in a way that remains biblically faithful while engaging the wider culture,” says the job description.
The Leadership Board anticipates that for several weeks the new national director will work alongside retiring national director Don Morris, who announced his plans to retire in February 2023. The new national director will be one of the speakers at USMB Gathering 2024, to be held in Omaha, Nebraska, July 23-27.
Connie Faber joined the magazine staff in 1994 and assumed the duties of editor in 2004. She has won awards from the Evangelical Press Association for her writing and editing. Faber is the co-author of Family Matters: Discovering the Mennonite Brethren. She and her husband, David, have two daughters, one son, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. They are members of Ebenfeld MB Church in Hillsboro, Kansas.