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We are a small nonprofit enterprise, commissioned by Mennonite Church USA to lead, mobilize and equip congregations to join God’s reconciling work, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to everyone in the world. We are stewards of long-term relationships with partners in more than 50 countries, and staffed with people experienced in cross-cultural communication and holistic witness. We endeavor to connect with people in mutually transforming relationships across cultures. Our ministries vary widely because the people, places and needs vary widely. Our principles remain constant. Jesus is the center of our faith. Community is the center of our life. Reconciliation is the center of our work.

We operate within a network of long-term relationships. We recognize our need for each other, and emphasize mutual regard and exchange. Relational ministry uses everyone’s gifts, and encourages learning among all who participate. Our goal is to support existing faith communities, to help facilitate new faith communities by working with local leaders, and to see individuals come to know the love of Jesus. We believe that peace and reconciliation are integral parts of the gospel, and we seek to learn from and serve everyone – especially marginalized people.

We are one of five program arms of Mennonite Church USA. The other four are Everence (stewardship), Mennonite Education Agency, MennoMedia, and Mennonite Health Services Alliance. Mission Network has a relationship of accountability and collegiality with the Mennonite Church USA Executive Board. We are separate institutions with separate identities, boards and mandates, even though we intersect at many places (including sharing some staff). We are called to serve the whole church to join in God’s reconciling mission.

We affirm the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective as a primary point of reference for our theology and identity. We understand the Scriptures to be normative for our life and practice as the body of Christ. We strive to interpret the Scriptures through the words and actions of Jesus with the guidance of the Holy Spirit present in the gathered church.

No, but potential mission workers do play a key role in securing funding for ministry. We coach workers and congregations in forming a support team that embraces the worker’s call and who are ready to champion their call to ministry. The work of securing the needed funding is shared by Mennonite Mission Network, the worker, the support team, and the sending congregation.

This is distinguished from the “faith mission” approach, where the workers themselves are entirely responsible for raising their support. A ministry support team (MST) is a group of five or more individuals who agree to care for a specific mission worker through prayer support, encourage them with notes and cards, communicate with them and their friends back in the United States, and assume the responsibility for finding the financial resources to support their ministry. A Mission Network staff person serves as MST coach, and works with each MST to ensure their success by clarifying roles, offering advice and counsel, providing resources, and linking the MST to other churches who are also interested in supporting the mission workers.

Yes. We believe Jesus calls the whole church to passionate involvement in God’s mission. People and congregations who come together around a common vision are able to collaborate effectively and create productive ministries. Different perspectives can offer strength to common work.

Money contributed to the general fund goes to support many different areas of mission, including: 

  • International ministries that support both local partners and North American workers in leadership development and holistic witness around the world.
  • Ministries in the United States, including missional preaching and teaching, training for local and global witness, church planting, and peace and justice ministries.
  • Support services that care for workers, administer programs, maintain the financial and technical infrastructure, create resources for congregations, and get out the word to constituents about ways that God is working around the world.
  • Voluntary service programs for all ages and abilities.

For details, see our annual financial report.

There are many differences and many common values. We each focus on our areas of expertise while frequently collaborating in many parts of the world. The two primary differences are:

  • Mission Network is supported mostly by a single denomination while MCC is supported by many different Anabaptist groups.
  • Mission Network’s primary goal is to support the church and local leaders around the world as they invite people to faith in Jesus. MCC’s mission is to provide material aid in the name of Christ.

 

 



 

 

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