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:
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:
Now more than ever, the world needs followers of Jesus to be the gospel we proclaim. Following the path Jesus laid for us, through the power of the Spirit, we must work to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight to the blind, and to set the oppressed free. Conventional wisdom says that wielding power is the way to bring about peace and justice. In our nation, the most concentrated power is found in politics and government. We are urged to put all our energy into controlling or influencing that power. Our calling is not to rule the world or even save it. Ours is to be faithful to Jesus, wherever we are, in whatever stage of life we find ourselves, in whatever vocation we’ve been given. Urging those in power toward more just policies is part of our work. So is service to the poor and oppressed, supporting the peaceful resolution of conflicts, and sharing our hope in Jesus.
Mennonite Mission Network will continue to proclaim the whole full gospel of Jesus, in word and deed. We do so not with the expectation that we will right every wrong in the world—we leave that with confidence to God—but believing that all we do in God’s Spirit will have greater impact than we can imagine, thanks to the unending generosity and love of God.