International Community of Mennonite Brethren
(ICOMB) is one of the best examples of our Mennonite Brethren ONENESS. ICOMB is the vehicle whereby Mennonite Brethren church conferences of the world express their partnership in mission and ministry. It was officially launched in 1990 during the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba. There are currently 18 member conferences in 15 countries.
This cooperative venture is based on five purposes:
1. To articulate and promote a vision for internationalization the mission and ministries of the Mennonite Brethren church on a global basis.
2. To facilitate inter-conference communication and information flow, thereby enhancing spiritual unity and brother/sisterhood among Mennonite Brethren churches of the world.
3. To provide a framework (regional and/or global) for the exploration of mutual conference concerns such as: the Confession of Faith, pastor-church relationships, calling out leaders, leadership and lay training, ethical issues, publication of Christian literature, evangelism and church planting, etc.
4. To develop a forum for mutual encouragement—a cooperative conference-to-conference partnership that transcends ethnic, cultural and language barriers and that celebrates our oneness in Jesus Christ.
5. To promote and manage a World Relief Fund to benefit member conferences.