Local churches the focus of new USMB Future Story
Mission USA news story
Mission USA director Don Morris, pictured at the 2014 National Convention, invites everyone to what he calls the "most memorable convention in USMB history. (CL photo)
In just a few weeks—July 29-30, 2016—we will gather in Denver, Colorado, for the biennial U.S. Mennonite Brethren National Convention. The convention schedule will be a little bit different this year as there will be less reporting from the stage and more time for workshops, visiting with one another and hearing from a great guest speaker, Matt Heard.
Throughout the convention, Mission USA-supported church planters will share stories about the exciting things God is doing in their locations. A good part of the Saturday evening session will be spent listening to more church plant stories and then praying for these leaders. We do church planting together, and we should also celebrate God’s good work together.
Likely the most important aspect of this convention will be the full reveal of the new vision for USMB as expressed in what will be known as our Future Story. This new path forward comes as the result of two years of praying, planning, evaluating, processing, editing, rewriting and discussing. Many people from the USMB family have had a part in listening to God and in the development of what we believe is his message and vision for us.
“Although most of the details will be revealed in Denver, you should know that the Future Story strategically focuses on helping and empowering each local MB church to reach its full, God-given ministry potential,” says Don Morris, USMB interim executive director.
Morris says that after this process, those involved believe God has directed USMB efforts into three core commitments:
- local, national, and global church multiplication/church planting/evangelism,
- intentional disciple-making and
- developing leaders
“I hope you’ll be in attendance as we join together for what may be one of the most memorable conventions in our USMB history!” says Morris.