The current board, chaired by Larry Nikkel, has been working on revising and improving some of the documents used in the Conference such as the Ministry Licensing Application, the Ordination and Licensing Policies and Procedures, the Ordination Application Questionnaire, the Membership Affiliation Covenant, the Pastor's Covenant and recasting the BFL pamphlets. They also continue to process the bi-national Confession of Faith Memo of Understanding.
Another of the Board's tasks is to plan and help sponsor the biennial National Pastors' Orientation. The next NPO will be held in March, 2015. More information will be posted in the future, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In January 2013, the Board sponsored the USMB Study Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The purpose of this study conference was to study and understand the biblical text and historical context which inform Articles 12 and 13 of the MB Confession of Faith. For more information see the available topics in the box to the left.
The responsibilities of the Board of Faith and Life shall be to:
A. Provide spiritual oversight and serve as the guardian of the Confession of Faith. Any changes or modifications to the Confession of Faith must be processed through this Board for presentation to the Conference;
B. Watch over the spiritual life of the Conference and its churches and give guidance and direction in matters of faith, doctrine and ethics. It shall, when deemed necessary, initiate appropriate action or serve as a reference body in issues of spiritual and social concern;
C. Function as an advisory board to district conferences in matters of ethics, doctrine, and polity;
D. Initiate appropriate disciplinary action when conditions contrary to the teaching of the Bible and the principles of the Conference exist in our churches and conferences;
E. Convene study conferences for purposes of consultation and discernment on issues of faith, discipleship or polity; and
F. Commission the dissemination of information in print and other media to facilitate wider participation in study and consensus building.
Click below to view the following documents:
Ministry Licensing Application Packet
Ordination and Licensing Policies and Procedures Packet
Ordination Application Questionnaire Packet